More stories about WISCONSIN

  • On the Offensive

    Wisconsin communities prepare for an invasion of emerald ash borer.

  • Slippery Slope

    The constant pummeling of snow and record-low temperatures throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Canada this winter made for one big quandary: shortages in rock salt, the deicing staple of public works departments far and wide.

  • Motorists Make Concrete Impression

    An attorney from the Milwaukee suburb of River Hills, Wis., was exiting northbound I-43 when he found himself stuck. It wasn't bumper-to-bumper traffic that held him in one place—it was the pavement itself.

  • Meaningful measurements

    When the city of Milwaukee began using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to manage its 50 buildings, operations and maintenance director Joe Jacobsen didn't know how hard it would be to convince other managers of the true measure of his department's performance.

  • From Preventive to Proactive

    Many cities use geographic information systems (GIS) combined with asset management software to manage infrastructure, but buildings often get short shrift. But now forward-thinking facility managers, are also using technology to bring their role out of the basement and into the modern world.

  • That which Gets Measured, Gets Managed

    An automated fuel dispensing system enables Madison, Wis., to better maintain virtually all of its 1100 vehicles.

  • Top Leaders

    PUBLIC WORKS highlights the APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders.

  • Tunnel vision

    Homeowners don't like it when their basements repeatedly flood after heavy rains, and they don't want to hear excuses about poor sewer conditions. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) heard these complaints, and by 1998, the agency had made the Northwest Side Relief Sewer (NWSRS)...

  • Signs of success

    Implementing an automated asset management system can be overwhelming for any organization, regardless of its size or number of assets. For the Wisconsin DOT(WisDOT), implementing a new sign management process was a major undertaking that delivered many benefits.

  • Getting along

    Elected officials can drive you crazy. They all want to get their two cents in on how your public works department should operate. However, there are ways to work together in harmony and ensure your operation continues to run smoothly.