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State funding to improve fire and emergency response during U.S. 41 and State Highway 29 construction

Type of Jurisdictions Involved



Specific Jurisdictions Involved

  • Village of Howard,
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation


  • Brown
  • Outagamie



Type of Agreement

Wisconsin DOT-funded vehicle for mitigating highway emergencies

Implementation and Incubation

In 2008, the Village began attending meetings regarding U.S. 41 and State Highway 29 reconstruction.

Factors Involved

  • Wisconsin DOT construction on US 41 and STH 29 corridors was expected to cause increase in accidents and congestion
  • The Village of Howard performed a gap analysis considering current resources available to the fire department and expected limitations placed on rescue efforts from construction
  • The Village Fire Department not equipped to manage highway emergencies in the limited roadway conditions that the construction project would present with limited road access - limited capabilities means additional hazards and/or traffic delays.


  • Village of Howard looking to have Wisconsin DOT fund the purchase of an emergency vehicle designed to mitigate highway-related emergencies
  • Reduced costs
  • Improved services


  • Wisconsin DOT reimbursing the Village $175,000 of $250,000 total vehicle cost
  • Vehicle will be a Rapid Intervention Concept Vehicle allowing the Village to have access to emergency scenes and allow quick-clearance of traffic incidents
  • Budgetary impact to Village less than $20,000 out of capital fund since Village had some equipment and tools already available to them
  • Reduced costs Improved services

Project Contact

Ed Janke


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