Department of Public Works, Highway, and Transportation

Highway and Transportation Divisions

2302 Fish Hatchery Rd., Madison, WI 53713-2495
Phone: (608) 266-4261 Fax: (608)-266-4269

Public Works Divisions

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713
Phone: (608) 266-4018 Fax: (608) 267-1533


The Public Works, Highway, and Transportation Department (PWHT) is an agency within the Government of Dane County, Wisconsin. It provides services to the local citizens, businesses, and government agencies with regard to lakes, waste and recycling, engineering, and transportation management.

There are six divisions within PWHT that provide services for a specific program area:

Public Works Engineering

The Public Works Engineering Division is responsible for designing, bidding, and managing construction and facility improvement projects for Dane County.

Public Works Lakes

The Public Works Lakes Division is responsible for aquatic weed harvesting on all of the County's lakes as well as performing construction work on many County projects.

Solid Waste / Recycling

The Solid Waste / Recycling Division is responsible for the siting, construction, operation, maintenance, closure, and post-closure care of Dane County's landfills, compost sites, and landfill gas-to-energy systems.

Highway Engineering

The Highway Engineering Division plans, designs and manages roadway related construction projects for the County Trunk system.

Highway Maintenance

The Highway Maintenance Division maintains all Interstate and State Highways (designated by numbers) and all County Trunk Highways (designated by letters).

Highway Administration

The Highway Administration Division designs, coordinates, and maintains transportation systems for Dane County, Wisconsin.