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WisDOT charts a new direction in mapping

On GIS Day, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will recognize the role that Geographic Information Systems play in providing Wisconsin residents and businesses with ways to say informed, plan, make better decisions and solve problems.

From maps of the state’s road construction projects to Rustic Roads, WisDOT applies GIS technology to make transportation data understandable.

Growing list of GIS services

WisDOT recently launched WisDOT Maps. Maps through this portal are interactive. They allow users to zoom in and out, add data layers, print and export maps, sort and filter data, and perform other actions.

One of WisDOT’s newest and most popular maps, Rustic Roads, makes locating these unique, beautiful Wisconsin roads even easier. Using this GIS map, travelers can search for a Rustic Road by county, community, road name or number. The interactive map also provides detailed descriptions of the road.

Transportation Improvement Program maps that include information about planned improvement projects for the next two and six years are helpful tools for local communities and businesses. These maps include basic information about projects: work type, route, project limits and cost range.

Current interactive maps available include:

In addition to the transportation related maps, WisDOT provides GIS data (for use with GIS software and other mapping tools) free of charge through WisDOT GIS Open Data. This self-service website gives viewers the capability to access and use WisDOT’s authoritative GIS data in various formats.

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