Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Friday, October 8, 2021 – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

UWM Student Union – Wisconsin Room
2200 E. Kenwood Ave.

  • Bringing academics, students and practitioners together to network and share information on topics of interest to transportation professionals in southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.
  • Showcasing practical applications of transportation related academic research.
  • Providing an opportunity for Wisconsin DOT and other presenters to share their innovative practices with the broader transportation community
  • Register early for this free event.
  • Registration for the symposium is closed. For more information, contact Mark Gottlieb at


8:00 – 8:30Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00Welcoming Remarks
Brett Peters, Dean, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science
Paul Hammer, Deputy Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Xiao Qin, Director, UWM Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation
9:00 – 9:45Plenary Session Keynote Speaker – Dr. Firas Ibrahim, Director, Office of Research, Development and Technology, United States Department of Transportation
9:45 – 10:00Break and Networking
10:00 – 12:00Breakout Sessions 1-4
12:00 – 12:45Box Lunch with Speaker (WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson)
1:00 – 3:00Breakout Sessions 5-7
3:00Wrap-up, attendee evaluations and closing remarks

For More Information
Mark Gottlieb

Lead Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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Speaker Biographies

Yong Bai, PhD, P.E., F.ASCE
McShane Chair and Professor of Construction Engineering, Marquette University

Dr. Bai has conducted extensive research in drone and AI technologies, as well as infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Jeff Bauer, P.E.
Senior Project Manager and Transportation Client Service Leader, Jacobs Engineering

Jeff has been with CH2M HILL/Jacobs since 1990, and has worked on and led the design for various significant projects in Wisconsin including the Marquette Interchange North Leg in Milwaukee and I-41 in Winnebago County . He is currently serving as the design project manager for the Jacobs team on the I-94 East-West Study between 70th and 16th Streets.  Jeff is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Ohio. Jeff serves on the board of ACEC WI and the WTBA Consultant Council.

Nick Bennett, P.E.
Transportation Project Manager, HNTB

Nick has experience designing and managing reconstruction and rehabilitation projects of varying sizes around the Midwest. Nick is a graduate of UW-Madison and has 13 years of experience delivering projects in collaboration with WisDOT. Project highlights include working on the 41/29 interchange reconstruction in Brown County, 10/441 corridor reconstruction in Winnebago County, and leading design for the Madison Beltline Flex Lane.

Brian Bliesner, P.E.
Southeast Freeway Design Chief, WisDOT

Brian has worked for WisDOT for 33 years. He has held a number of positions in Project Development, Operations and Planning with the Department. He has worked both in SE Region and the WisDOT Bureaus. Over his professional career, Brian has gained significant experience in public involvement and the NEPA process, managing EIS development for FDL Bypass, Burlington Bypass, Whitewater Bypass, Highway 164 expansion, and I-43 expansion. On the I-94 EW project he leads a large consultant and WisDOT team working on completing a Supplemental EIS and Record of Decision.  Brian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Ted Bristol
Director of Operations, Mileage Based User Fee Alliance

Ted Bristol is the chief operating officer for the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA). After spending ten years on Capitol Hill working for a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee working on infrastructure issues, Ted moved to Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath as leader of the public sector policy team.  One the Hill and at Faegre Drinker, Ted helped secure significant project funding and provisions ins four key transportation authorization bills, ISTEA TEA-21, SAFETEA-LU and the FAST Act.  He helped launch MBUFA ten years ago.

Donna Brown-Martin
Director, Milwaukee County Department of Transportation

Donna leads a team of approximately 400 employees responsible for Fleet Management, Highway Maintenance, Transportation Services on County Trunk Highways (CTH) and county-owned bridges; and Airport administration and support; Additionally, Donna oversees another 900 staff as part of the Milwaukee County Transit System, which reports directly to the Department. Donna started her career in transportation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. She is a 25-year veteran of public service with the State of Wisconsin and has demonstrated extensive experience in management and public policy including but not limited to public administration, planning, environmental analysis, social justice, and racial equity.

Beth Cannestra, P.E.
Director, Bureau of Project Development, WisDOT

Beth has been at WisDOT for 36 years.  She has been the Director for the Bureau of Project Development for the past 10 years and in that role is responsible for design and construction policy and oversight, asset management, consultant and contractor procurement, design and construction technologies and alternative contracting.  She started her career in the Wisconsin Rapids office and spent 10 years as a construction supervisor in the Madison regional office.  Additional roles include the Director of Structures, Chief Roadway Development Engineer and Contracts Engineer.  She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.   

June Coleman
Director, Bureau of Performance Improvement, Research and Strategic Initiatives, WisDOT

June Coleman has been with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for nearly ten years.  In 2020, she joined the Division of Budget and Strategic Initiatives (DBSI) as the director of the Bureau for Performance Improvement, Research, and Strategic Initiatives.  Prior to joining DBSI she was the program and policy manager for the Local Programs & Finance Section in WisDOT’s Division of Transportation Investment Management.  

Lea Collins-Worachek
Director, Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance, WisDOT

Lea Collins-Worachek has been the Director since September 2020. OBEOC serves as WisDOT’s regulatory arm that works to promote business opportunity and equity for the Disadvantaged Business En terprise (DBE) program, labor and wage compliance under Title VI and the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lea came to WisDOT from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) where she was the Milwaukee County District Director for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Lea has worked for the State of Wisconsin for 21 years.

Glenn D. Fulkerson
Wisconsin Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

Glenn has been Division Administrator since June 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant Division Administrator (ADA) in the Illinois Division since 2001.  Glenn began his career with FHWA in 1985. Upon completing the Highway Engineer Training Program, he was assigned to the Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division in Northern Virginia where he served as a Roadway Design Engineer, Bridge Design Engineer and as head of the Bridge Inspection Unit. In 1996, he became the Division Bridge Engineer in the Missouri Division.

Glenn has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from The George Washington University. He is also a certified NHI instructor for the Conducting Effective Program Reviews (CEPR) and the Writing Effective Program Reviews (WEPR) courses.

Mark Geronime, P.E.
Vice President of Operations, Milwaukee Regional Medical Complex

Mark joined the MRMC executive team in 2016 as Vice President of Operations after completing a notable 25-year career in the United States Navy.

A native of Rosemount, Minnesota, Mark graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned through NROTC in May 1991. After completing nuclear training schools and officer training, Mark served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer on a nuclear-powered ship, later transferring to the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps where he successfully completed tours of duty around the nation and world. Many of his duties included command responsibility, including his last position as the Commanding Officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest where he provided oversight for four bases across 11 states.

Mark also holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oregon, and completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton School of Business in 2012.

Mark’s primary focus of responsibility for MRMC includes overall design, construction, and operations of MRMC Thermal, MRMC Water as well as being accountable for campus public works operations.

Alex Gramovot
Urban and Regional Planner, WisDOT

Alex is the Planning Section Chief and project manager for the current update to WisDOT’s long-range statewide multimodal transportation plan, Connect 2050. Previously, Alex managed the statewide metropolitan planning program for the Florida Department of Transportation, and used innovative methods to effectively engage with Florida’s 27 MPOs. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Master of Science in Planning from Florida State University.

Luke Holman
Strand Associates, Inc.

Luke has worked for Strand Associates, Inc. for over 22 years and has managed numerous small to large-scale transportation planning, design and construction projects throughout Wisconsin and other areas of the US. His primary area of focus is technology design which includes traffic signal systems and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Luke led the Strand Associates, Inc. team for several components of the Beltline Flex Lane project, including; systems engineering, ITS design, drainage design, environmental documentation, and public involvement. Luke is also involved in the 2021 deployment phase of the Beltline Flex Lane project, primarily focusing on the ITS installation and integration oversight.

Firas Ibrahim, PhD
United States Department of Transportation

Dr. Firas Ibrahim is the Director of the U.S. DOT’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology. In this role, he provides leadership to ensure that RD&T programs and activities across the Department and University Transportation Centers advance the Department’s goals and priorities, and that research is of the highest quality.

Dr. Ibrahim was previously the Federal Highway Administration’s Lead Manager for Stewardship & Oversight. In that role, he provided stewardship and oversight leadership to ensure the successful delivery of the $44 Billion Federal-aid highway program annually, and the alignment of enterprise activities and resources with priorities. He served in various leadership position within FHWA.

Dr. Ibrahim served as the Surface Transportation Team Leader at the United States Embassy in Kabul, and Transportation Counselor and Attaché at the United States Embassy in Baghdad. He also held positions in Academia and the private sector.

Dr. Ibrahim holds Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Pennsylvania.

Yuhan Jiang, PhD.
Researcher, Dept of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University

Dr. Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction and Operations Management at the South Dakota State University. He has a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University. His research focuses on Drone and Artificial Intelligence in Construction Operations, Building and Infrastructural Facility Management.

Josh LeVeque, P.E.
Civil Engineer-Advanced, WisDOT

Josh is on the Southeast Freeways Team. He has been with the department since 2001, and has worked on various design and construction projects. He has most recently served as a design project manager the Zoo Interchange project, I-94 East-West project, and various freeway rehabilitation projects.

Josh is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Andrew Levy
Urban and Regional Planning Supervisor, WisDOT

Andrew is an Urban and Regional Planning Supervisor at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation System Development in the Southeast Region. He oversees the region’s efforts to include bicycle and pedestrian needs, freight needs, economic development, business and community concerns, and data analysis at early stages of transportation project development. Prior to his work at WisDOT, he worked for 7 years as a Regional Planner and Sustainability Coordinator for the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission in East Central Illinois.

Bu Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Bu Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a Ph.D. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University and worked as a research scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles before joining UW-Madison. His research focuses on developing technologies related to sustainable construction materials, waste upcycling, and carbon capture and utilization. He is currently serving on the Academic Committee of the Envision sustainability rating program, the WHRP’s Steering Committee and Rigid TOC, and the Infrastructure Working Group of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts.

David Locher
Transportation Manager/BRT Quality Manager, Milwaukee County Transit System

David specializes in bus stops, transit advocacy in construction, and development of the East-West BRT system. He began his career with MCTS as a bus driver in 2005, then holding positions as platform instructor, route supervisor, and transportation specialist. His passion for transit throughout Milwaukee County and the region has positioned David to help manage the East-West BRT and provide operational guidance for the first ever BRT system in the state of Wisconsin.

Madalena Maestri
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Chief, WisDOT

Madalena grew up in a family-owned, small business in rural Wisconsin. Her heart has remained steadfast in cultivating small business opportunities throughout her career. She has provided guidance to small businesses in identifying vision and mission for their companies, creating strategic plans, and improving communication processes. At WisDOT, Madalena leads a team of DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) professionals, who are committed to helping traditionally underrepresented small business owners participate in statewide highway and bridge construction projects.

William (Bill) Mohr, P.E.
Southeast Freeways Group Supervisor, WisDOT

Bill has over 33 years of experience in providing detailed knowledge and expertise in the delivery of major projects along interstate and local highway systems.  Prior to joining the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bill worked for both the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), and for a private consultant in Wisconsin. Since 2005, Bill has devoted his time and efforts to the reconstruction of the SE Freeway system with notable projects including: the $1.65 billion-dollar Kenosha to Milwaukee I-94 North/South segment with the Mitchell interchange, and the $1.71 billion-dollar Zoo interchange project. Currently, Bill oversees the delivery of the final in-house design of the north leg of the Zoo interchange project. He is also leading the effort for the re-evaluation of the I-94 East/West major project which will reconstruct 3.5 miles of the freeway between the Zoo Interchange and the Marquette interchange – including a new system interchange at Miller Park stadium.  Bill is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of California and Wisconsin

Kevin Muhs, P.E., A.I.C.P.
Executive Director, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Kevin Muhs is the Executive Director for the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, the regional planning agency and metropolitan planning organization for Southeastern Wisconsin. Kevin supervises and directs the Commission’s advisory regional planning efforts in the areas of transportation, land use development, and environmental resources. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Kevin helped lead the development of VISION 2050, Southeastern Wisconsin’s regional land use and transportation plan. Kevin’s background is in transportation planning and engineering, with particular experience in planning and implementing public transit services. Kevin strongly believes that a robust multimodal transportation system is needed for Southeastern Wisconsin to compete with other metro areas.

Andre Ost, P.E.
Transportation Practice Area Leader, GRAEF-USA

Andre has over 15 years experience in the transportation engineering field and is currently the Practice Area Leader for the GRAEF Transportation Design group in Milwaukee. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Andre is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, Florida, Illinois and Minnesota, as well as a registered PTOE.

In his career, Andre has worked on a wide range of traffic and transportation engineering projects, however he most enjoys the challenges of complex urban roadway projects.

Andre also serves on the ITE Wisconsin Board of Directors and is currently the Treasurer.

Outside of work Andre enjoys spending time with his wife Katie and three children who are 12, 9 and 5. When not driving his kids to activities, you will likely find Andre and his family outside walking or biking around Wauwatosa.

Jeff Polenske, P.E.
Commissioner of Public Works
City of Milwaukee

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Jeff Polenske has worked for the City of Milwaukee for 30 years. After working within the City’s Traffic Engineering and Planning & Development units, Jeff served as the City Engineer from August 1st, 2000 until taking on the role of Commissioner of Public Works in November of 2018. During his time with the City of Milwaukee, Jeff has worked towards building a more comprehensive multi-modal transportation system and helped guide the development and adoption of the City’s Complete Streets Policy. When it was first adopted in 2018, the City’s Complete Streets Policy was regarded as one of the top three policies in the country and it is now being used to guide the City in making equitable improvements that will benefit all users of our public ways with a focus on the most vulnerable users. Jeff has also been involved in many community mobility improvements, including the development and operations of the City’s streetcar project.

Xiao Qin, PhD, P.E.
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UWM

Dr. Qin is the Director of the Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation at UWM.  His research focuses on highway safety and crash modeling, traffic operations, ITS, sustainable transportation planning, statistical methods and applications in transportation, and GIS/GPS applications.

Robert Schneider, PhD
Professor, UWM Department of Urban Planning

Dr. Schneider has more than 20 years of experience in the pedestrian and bicycle transportation field. He has led more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as active transportation safety, demand analysis, and data collection. Dr. Schneider chaired the Transportation Research Board Pedestrian Committee from 2014 to 2020 and was named the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Research Professional of the Year in 2019.

Brenda Schoenfeld
Consultant Services Section Chief, Bureau of Project Development, WisDOT

Prior to her current role, Brenda was a Southwest Region Project Development Supervisor for 9 years. Brenda is a 1994 graduate of UW-Milwaukee and was a WisDOT transportation project manager for 11 years prior to her management role. Brenda’s team managed many highway design and improvement projects including US 12/18 Madison Beltline corridor rehabilitation of pavements and bridges and interchange upgrades.

Carolyn Seboe, AICP
Planning Group Director, HNTB

Over the past 18 years she has led a range of transportation studies for transit, passenger rail and roadway corridors throughout Wisconsin and beyond. Most recently Carolyn has been working with WisDOT to deliver virtual public engagement strategies for the Connect 2050 plan. Carolyn also has worked with WisDOT to complete environmental documents for roadways in Southeastern Wisconsin, and has been part of the Muskego Yard, TCMC, Milwaukee streetcar and East-West Bus Rapid Transit project teams.

Jerry Shadewald
Transportation Planning Practice Leader, HNTB

Jerry is involved with various traffic engineering and transportation planning projects. Jerry is a graduate of UW-Platteville and Iowa State University and has over 20 years of transportation experience including corridor studies, traffic studies and highway design while specializing in travel demand modeling and traffic forecasting. Project highlights include working on the I-41 reconstruction in Brown County, the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, and the Madison Beltline Flex Lane.

Konstantin Sobolev, PhD
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UWM

Dr. Sobolev’s research is focused on high performance cement based composites, application  of nanomaterials in construction and waste utilization.

David Steele
Executive Director, Regional Transit Leadership Council

Dave has been at RTLC since 2018.   Prior to RTLC, he was President & CEO of PAVE Milwaukee, an organization supporting quality K-12 education options in the city. Steele holds a Masters in Urban Planning from UW-Milwaukee a non profit management certificate from Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative. 

Aileen Switzer
Administrator, Division of Business and Strategic Initiatives, WisDOT

 Aileen Switzer is the administrator of the Division of Budget and Strategic Initiatives (DBSI) at WisDOT. DBSI oversees the department’s biennium budget; manages the department’s performance improvement program; administers the department’s research and library programs; and serves as the liaison for federal transportation issues. The division develops and coordinates department strategic initiatives and emerging issues, such as connected and automated vehicles. Aileen has extensive experience in transportation management and research, serving 24 years at WisDOT and nearly 2 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from UW-Madison. 

Benjamin Thompson, P.E. 
Alternative Contracting Engineer, WisDOT 

Ben joined the Alternative Contracting Section at WisDOT after 8 years in project development at the WisDOT Southwest Region.  Before joining WisDOT in 2012, I completed an MS Degree at UW-Madison focusing on alternative contracting methods for highway construction projects, worked as a research engineer at UW-Madison, and as a bridge design engineer at MSA Professional Services. 

Craig Thompson
Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Secretary Thompson was appointed to lead WisDOT in January 2019.  WisDOT is one of the largest state agencies, with 3,400 employees and a biennial budget of over $6 billion.  Prior to his appointment, he was executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin.  He has over 25 years experience working with Wisconsin businesses, communities, legislators and local governments.  He is a graduate of UW-Madison.

Hani Titi, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UWM

Dr. Titi has more than 28 years of experience in advanced experimental research and analysis, especially in problems related to pavement materials and geotechnical engineering. During his current position at UW-Milwaukee and previous positions at Louisiana Transportation Research Center and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, he conducted advanced research and served as PI and Co-PI for projects funded by different entities including: Wisconsin Highway Research Program (WHRP)/Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Midwest Regional University Transportation Center, and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Dr. Titi served on several TRB committees and NCHRP panels. Dr. Titi is the author and co-author of more than 80 publications (journal, conference and research reports) in the area of geotechnical and pavement engineering.

Charles Wade, CTP
Director, Bureau of Planning and Economic Development, WisDOT

Chuck has over 20 years experience in transportation planning.  His ureau is responsible for many of the WisDOT’s multimodal long-range planning efforts and administers planning and economic development programs. In his former role, Chuck was responsible for long-range planning, managing planning systems data, the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and administering state and federal requirements for the state’s Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and Regional Planning Commissions (RPC).

Prior to WisDOT, Chuck worked on corridor planning, access management, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and environmental documentation projects as a Wisconsin based consultant. Chuck graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning and University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Policy and Planning and Urban and Regional Studies. He is a Certified Transportation Planner (CTP) within the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Breakout Sessions

Research #1 (Infrastructure/Operations) 10:00 am – 11:45 am Moderator: Michael Schrader, UWM

Academic research in materials, construction and highway operations

Using Drones to Determine Site Elevation
Quickly and accurately estimating elevations of a construction site in real time is a challenge. Researchers at Marquette University developed a deep learning model for estimating construction site elevations using a drone-based orthoimage. The success of their research project has advanced the drone-based orthoimaging method in construction site surveying, which can automatically identify the static obstacles and determine the ground elevations more quickly and accurately.
Yong Bai and Yuhan Jiang (Marquette University)
Concrete Durability Research and Solutions
Concrete used in transportation infrastructure needs a delicate proportioning of the mixture to maintain the expected workability and mechanical performance, and to ensure long-term durability in the field. Classical concrete mix design includes the optimization of aggregates and supplementary cementitious materials, as well as fine-tuning of the types and dosage of chemical and air-entraining admixtures.
Despite universal utilization and extensive research, most modern concrete applications are based on relatively dated technology, requiring massive inputs of raw materials, and resulting in bulky designs. The next generation of concrete can be developed to boost performance, and reduce embodied carbon and waste, delivering a product with high lifecycle durability, while also being energy and labor-efficient, rapidly deployable, economical, and less dependent on natural resources than existing concrete. Future concrete can be developed using nano-engineering; multi-scale modeling, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and ultimately, digital manufacturing and “smart” sensor-embedded construction. With hundreds of billions in infrastructure upgrades and R&D being added to the federal budget over the next eight years, there has never been a better time to improve contemporary materials and practices, nor to invest in advancing concrete construction technology.

Konstantin Sobolev (UWM)
Wisconsin Oversize-Overweight Truck Route Evaluation
With continuing increases in the number of Oversize-Overweight (OSOW) vehicle permits issued in recent years, the management and analysis of OSOW permit data is becoming more inefficient and time-consuming. Large quantities of archived OSOW permit data are held by Departments of Transportation (DOTs) across the United States, and manual extraction and analysis of this data requires significant effort. In this paper, the authors developed OSOW database of single trip permit truck records for Wisconsin DOT and provided an online portal for data access and visualization.  Furthermore, the authors investigated the impacts of overweight (OW) permit truck traffic on flexible pavement performance in Wisconsin using field investigation and analyses of the pavement information data. Several Wisconsin highways with heavy OSOW traffic were selected for investigation and assessment of pavement damage. The research included field work (traffic counts and visual pavement surface distress surveys) as well pavement performance and damage analyses from pavement information system data.
Hani Titi (UWM)
Research #2 (Sustainability and Safety) 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm Moderator: Xiao Qin, UWM

Research and implementation in environmental sustainability and traffic safety

Embodied Carbon Emissions and Implications for Infrastructure Projects
Modern infrastructure is a major contributor to anthropogenic carbon emissions. To limit the impact of climate change, drastic actions need to be taken in the next 10-30 years to reduce net carbon emission down to zero. These actions will impact all industrial sectors, including cement and steel manufacturing that have direct implications on the construction of physical infrastructure. This talk will discuss embodied carbon emissions in infrastructure projects, carbon emission mitigation methods for construction materials manufacturing, and potential impacts of these mitigation strategies on infrastructure projects.  
Bu Wang (UW-Madison)
Implementation of Complete Streets in the City of Milwaukee
A complete street is a transportation facility that is planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit vehicles, truckers, and motorists. This presentation will focus on how the City of Milwaukee has adopted and implemented a “Complete Streets” policy.
Jeff Polenske (City of Milwaukee)
Exposure Data to Improve Pedestrian Safety: WisDOT SE Region Pilot Study
This presentation will describe results from a study conducted by UW-Milwaukee for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety to improve pedestrian exposure data and analysis in the seven-county WisDOT Southeast Region. The two main research products were an intersection pedestrian crossing volume model and a multi-use trail crossing safety performance function. The presentation will focus on practical applications of the research, particularly for safety analysis.
Robert Schneider (UWM)
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Innovative Projects and Practices 10:00 am to 11:45 am Moderator: Casey Newman, WisDOT

Showcasing new and innovative practices

Alternative Contract Delivery – Design Build at Wisconsin DOT
An overview of the development of the design-build program at WisDOT, as well as updates on the current state of the program and what we are doing as we move closer to the first design-build projects at WisDOT.
Beth Cannestra and Ben Thompson (WisDOT)
Multi-modal Design: North 87th Street reconstruction project
The North 87th Street reconstruction project is a multi-modal upgrade for the eastern portion of the MRMC campus.  The existing roadway had not been changed significantly in over 30 years, and in that time the number of patients/visitors to campus has more than tripled.  Over 7,000 parking spaces now use the 0.5 mile project corridor.  The North 87th Street project is a major investment by the campus; not only will it facilitate traffic flow, but it will improve the experience for non-vehicular users with protected bike lanes, widened sidewalks, and safe signalized crossings.  Innovative raised / separated bike lanes, bike boxes at major intersections and green skid resistant pavement markings are all being provided to promote bicycling to the campus.
Andre Ost (Graef), Mark Geronime (MRMC)
Madison Beltline Flex Lanes
WisDOT SW Region will be reconstructing a portion of the Madison Beltline in 2021 and will reconfigure the existing right of way to include a dynamic part-time shoulder use concept, labeled the Flex Lane.  The ‘Flex Lane’ concept reconfigures the travel lanes to provide a wider inside shoulder that is striped for use by drivers based on overhead dynamic signing. Various design, operations and maintenance considerations went into the Flex Lane project; from reducing shoulder ponding and detailed construction staging to implementing new traffic control procedures with the Traffic Management Center.
Nick Bennett, Jerry Shadewald (HNTB), Brenda Schoenfeld (WisDOT), Luke Holman (Strand)
Planning 10:00 am to 11:45 am Moderator: Mark Gottlieb, IPIT

Regional and statewide transportation planning and public engagement

Updating the Regional Land Use and Transportation Plan for SE Wisconsin – Challenges and Opportunities
Southeastern Wisconsin’s regional land use and transportation plan—VISION 2050—was developed to provide long-term guidance to State agencies and local governments on the future of the Region. In a changing world, including changes due to COVID-19, climate change, and technological advancements, how can long-range plans respond to and prepare the Region for these impacts?
Kevin Muhs (SEWRPC)
Connect 2050Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Statewide Transportation Plan
The presentation will focus on what Connect 2050 is and what makes it different from past long range plans previously prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).  Connect 2050 is a vision plan that looks forward over the next approximately 30 years.  It sets the stage for future updates to other modal plans and policy documents within the Department.
Charles Wade (WisDOT)
Innovative and web-based engagement strategies that are being used to involve citizens and transportation stakeholders
An overview of the public engagement strategies used for WisDOT’s Connect 2050 long range plan update and how they adapted to focus primarily on web-based engagement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will preview the range of online tools and techniques that were used to ask Wisconsinite’s about the future of transportation, and lessons learned.
Alex Gramovot (WisDOT), Carolyn Seboe (HNTB)
Policy and Finance 10:00 am to 11:45 am Moderator: Paul Hammer, WisDOT

Developments in state and federal transportation finance

Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization
An update on the status of Federal Surface Transportation Reauthorization as well as other Federal Transportation Infrastructure funding proposals.
Glen Fulkerson (FHWA – Wisconsin Division)
Mileage Based User Fees
Congress has authorized more than $100 million for states to pilot mileage-based use fee systems as the long term sustainable alternative to the gas tax for transportation infrastructure financing.  More than a dozen states have either launched or completed pilots testing the viability of mileage-based systems and exploring questions related to privacy, equity and interoperability.  The presentation will share highlights of current pilots and discuss the path forward for developing a national system.
Ted Bristol (Director of Operations -MBUFA)
Long Term Revenue Options/Sources
The presentation highlights emerging methods of funding transportation needs, from asset management to user fees, necessary to meet the needs of the transportation system as new technologies become more prevalent, traveler needs change, and traditional revenue sources become more challenged.
Aileen Switzer (WisDOT)
I-94 East/West Freeway 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm Moderator: Scot Becker, WisDOT

Updating the current status and developments with the I-94 E/W Freeway project

I-94 East/West Project Update
Current status of the Environmental Impact Statement, alternatives under consideration, and traffic analysis and results.
Bill Mohr and Josh LeVecque (WisDOT); Jeff Bauer (Jacobs)
Environmental Justice and Transportation Projects
Historic look at highway planning in Milwaukee area (impacts from the 1950s/60s era construction), How NEPA changed highway planning and design; Project level analysis and Environmental Justice efforts specific to I-94 East-West Freeway Corridor project.
Brian Bliesner (WisDOT)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Opportunities
Discussion of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Workforce Development committees: a statewide effort, starting in Southeast Region. Share information on the DBE program, it’s success stories and a look ahead.
Leah Collins-Worachek and Madalena Maestri (WisDOT)
Mobility Options 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm Moderator: Andrew Levy,WisDOT

Solutions to improve mobility and access to employment

Bringing Bus Rapid Transit to Milwaukee County-E/W BRT and Future Transit Planning and Enhancements
The E-W BRT is Milwaukee County’s 9-mile bus rapid transit line connecting City of Milwaukee’s downtown to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center in Wauwatosa. The first BRT in Wisconsin, it builds on the Milwaukee County Transit System’s existing grid to bring enhanced public transportation to the region. From feasibility to fruition, the project began as a study in 2016, broke ground for construction Summer 2021, and looks forward to revenue service Fall 2022. An overview of the project, its design, construction, and implementation.
Milwaukee County/MCTS Donna Brown Martin – (Milwaukee County); David Locher (MCTS) Mike Zabel (HNTB)
Last Mile Job Connections
The Regional Transit Leadership Council, a business and civic group, is spearheading an effort in partnership with WEDC, business and community groups, and others to address the spatial mismatch between jobs and job seekers in SE Wisconsin by planning and implementing transportation services that address the “last mile” problem in low-density suburban areas. 
David Steele (Regional Transit Leadership Council)
Wisconsin Non-Drivers: Transportation Accessibility and Mobility
Presentation will highlight the diverse number of non-drivers in Wisconsin, whether by choice or of necessity, transportation accessibility and mobility needs, and an overview of multimodal options and barriers. In 2020, WisDOT formed the Non-Drivers Advisory Committee to assess current transportation needs for Wisconsin’s non-driving populations and to develop recommendations that facilitate affordable and accessible options to public transportation.
June Coleman (WisDOT)