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WisDOT’s Statewide Traffic Operations Center. WisDOT STOC - Overview. The mission of the STOC is to manage congestion and improve transportation safety, mobility, and efficiency on Wisconsin’s state highways. Operate traffic management and traveler information systems on WI highways

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wisdot stoc overview
WisDOT STOC - Overview

The mission of the STOC is to manage congestion and improve transportation safety, mobility, and efficiency on Wisconsin’s state highways

  • Operate traffic management and traveler information systems on WI highways
  • 24 hr / 7 day a week / 365 days a year
  • “Call Center” staffed by STOC Operators
lane ramp closure system

Lane & Ramp Closure System

An overview of the new features and a look at common closures.

lcs objectives
LCS Objectives
  • Web-based system used to track closures and restrictions on Wisconsin state highways
  • Archive LCS data in the WisTransPortal system for future analysis and integration with other WisDOT / TOPS Lab traffic engineering applications and research
  • Facilitate data sharing with WisDOT applications that require lane closure data, such as 511 Traveler Information, Inconvenience Map production and Oversize/Overweight (OSOW) permitting
  • Improve the completeness, reliability, and timeliness of lane closure data on state highways
  • Integrate historical traffic flow data and capacity information to calculate available closure thresholds
  • Coordinates activities to reduce back-ups and potential conflicts
    • Multiple activities can utilize the same closure
    • Avoid lane closures during a special event
    • Avoid conflicting lane closures on same highway
  • Eliminates duplications and inefficiencies by streamlining information into one system
  • Provides link to historical data that can be used to make informed decisions
system use
System Use
  • What closures should be tracked?
    • All let projects (information formerly entered into Traffic Impediment Module)
    • Any planned maintenance or permit / utility work closure or restriction on:
      • IH & USH
      • Major state highways (Corridors 2030, 4-lane +, detoured closures)
    • Emergency Closures (I.e. closures that are the result of an unexpected incident, such as a bridge hit or flooding, that result in the roadway being closed for an extended period of time)
    • All major special events
  • When should closures be entered?
    • 14 days - Project start or full roadway closure
    • 7 days - System ramp closure
    • 3 days - Lane and service ramp closure
user roles
User Roles
  • LCS User Roles
    • Administrator
    • Supervisor
    • Regional Traffic Engineer (RTE) - Regional Coordinator
    • Statewide Traffic Operations Center (STOC)
    • Project Manager (PM)
  • Permit Coordinator (PC)
  • Maintenance Coordinator (MC)
  • Project Leader (PL)
  • Inspector (INSP)
  • Requestor (REQ)
  • Viewer (VIEWER)
  • System can be accessed via the Internet – therefore people outside of WisDOT can log on with a username and password
a note on entering
A note on entering
  • When entering closures, please remember:
    • Specific closure information must be used when entering data into the LCS.
      • A two month period indicating a roadway may be closed occasionally is not acceptable
    • For rolling closures, a specific date and time period should be entered
      • The location should be identified using the anticipated start and end point of the segment where the closure will take place
    • Full roadway closures must be entered directionally
      • One closure will be made for each direction
acceptance process
Acceptance Process



Return / Reschedule




acceptance process continued
Acceptance Process Continued
  • When entering closures, please remember:
    • A WisDOT Regional Traffic Supervisor (RTS) must accept all freeway and expressway closures.
      • If a RTS is unavailable, Regional Operations Managers should make approval
      • Maintenance or project related staff should not be granted acceptance authorization
    • WISDOT PDS, Traffic, and Maintenance Supervisors should review closure information entered and accepted by staff with proper authorization on a weekly basis
    • It is important that closures be entered in accordance with the advanced notification guidelines previously outlined to allow adequate time for approval
  • Enhancements have been made to better facilitate the acceptance process
    • Acceptance authorization will only be allowed by the Traffic Supervisor for all freeway closures.
data accuracy completing closures
Data Accuracy & Completing Closures
  • It is critical that all closure information entered in the LCS be accurate
    • The closure information entered in the LCS is used to:
      • Provide traveler information through WI’s newly established 511 phone system and website (www.511wi.gov), where data accuracy will have a direct impact on the public’s perception of the value of the system
      • Issue OSOW permits, which has a direct impact on the movement of commerce through WI
  • Any closure entered for more than 14 days must be manually completed
    • This requires a user to enter the LCS and complete the closure
    • A closure will continue to be reported until checked complete
    • Closures less than 14 days will automatically discontinue reporting
special events
Special Events
  • Special event information can be viewed within the LCS
    • Event information should be checked when scheduling closures to identify conflicts
    • The regional traffic section is responsible to enter special events that may impact traffic and are of concern when scheduling closures
      • This activity should be coordinated with the Regional Communication Managers
      • At a minimum, events should be entered into the LCS by the 15th of every month. A report of all the events will be distributed to all PDS and Ops Supervisors
web address
Web Address


request general section
Request - General Section


  • Disappearance of the duration drop down.
  • Disappearance of the External Comments
  • New naming scheme
    • Primary and Secondary contacts phone numbers will automatically populate


request facilities section
Request - Facilities Section



  • The duration drop down is now in the facility section of a closure
closure duration
Closure Duration
  • Daily/Nightly: closure occurs on a daily or nightly basis as specified by the starting and ending times per each day within the start date and end date range.
  • Continuous: closure is more than 24 hours but less than 2 weeks.
  • Long Term: closure more than 2 weeks.
duration long term
Duration – Long Term
  • Long Term closures no longer have a timeframe associated with the dates of the closure.
duration weekly
Duration - Weekly
  • Weekly: re-occurs on a weekly basis as specified by the day of week dropdowns
  • New DOW location to make it easier to distinguish between the beginning and end days.
closure walk through
Closure Walk Through
  • If work will be done in the opposite direction, the MakeLike link will auto fill the General section of the closure
    • User will have to change the Hwy Direction
closure walk through1
Closure Walk Through
  • The Edit button is where changes can be made to a live closure
  • Used when the new date/time are known
  • Rescheduled requires re-acceptance
  • Used when date/time are unknown
closure walk through2
Closure Walk Through
  • This long term closure will need to be “completed” when the work is finished
  • For closures with a single or multiple facilities, use Complete All button
  • A closure that has multiple facilities but only 1 is complete, use the facility-specific complete button

All closures lasting longer than 2 weeks need to be completed, regardless of the closure type (daily/nightly, weekly, continuous or long term)

common mistakes
Common Mistakes
  • Closures cannot be entered with a “vague” definition of when a lane closure may happen
  • Must be entered with specific dates & times
    • Unless the closure is truly long term
common mistakes1
Common Mistakes
  • Closures cannot be entered with no begin and end time defined
forgot password
Forgot Password
  • If a user lost his/her password, the user can follow the “Forgot Password” link to have their password reset
  • For username/password questions, email: wislcs@topslab.wisc.edu
  • For questions about missing construction Project IDs, email: wislcs@topslab.wisc.edu
  • For additional questions about WisLCS reporting procedures, contact the WisDOT State Traffic Operations Center:

Scott Kozlik Doug Dembowski

Lead Operator Supervisor

Phone: (414) 227-2161 (414) 227-2149

E-mail: scott.kozlik@dot.wi.govdouglas.dembowski@dot.wi.gov

  • WisDOT STOC 24-hour phone number: (414) 227-2142