The Interstate 41 and Wisconsin Department of Transportation logos.

I-41 Project Outreach Summary

As part of the I-41 Project to improve 23 miles of Interstate between Appleton and De Pere, WisDOT initiated a robust public involvement program to communicate with and gather feedback from stakeholders in the project area.

This summary highlights our major outreach initiatives from 2020 through 2022 and describes how the program affects awareness and acceptance of the I-41 Project.

Our Commitment to Our Community

Scott Ebel, Corridor Project Manager
Scott Ebel
Corridor Project Manager, I-41 Project

Involving the public early and engaging with them often from initial design to final construction is what makes any transportation project successful. The I-41 Project is no exception. Public comments and stakeholder feedback have already influenced many design and construction considerations. We want to hear from you.”

Who are Our Stakeholders?

Public Outreach

WisDOT disseminates project information for a wide audience and invites the public to share their input and concerns. Outreach efforts include:

  • Large-scale public involvement meetings
  • Meetings with individual property owners
Public Outreach

Business Outreach

WisDOT connects with business interests on regional, corridor, interchange and individual levels. Meetings topics include access and traffic management planning. Outreach efforts include:

  • Corridor business groups
  • Interchange business groups (future)
  • Individual businesses
  • Community organizations

Government Outreach

WisDOT connects with municipal and civic representatives and elected officials to gather input that helps us make project-related decisions. Stakeholders include:

  • Local, state and federal officials
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency services

Agency and Stakeholder Outreach

WisDOT identifies state, federal, tribal, permitting and other agencies that have a regulatory responsibility or interest in the project, and coordinates with those agencies to satisfy requirements and mitigate potential issues.

Inclusive Engagement

WisDOT is committed to transparency and accessibility of I-41 Project information. We worked special considerations into our public engagement activities to encourage participation among all project-area residents.

Our strategies for inclusive engagement:

Presenting online content in accordance with federal accessibility standards
Adding advocacy organizations to our stakeholder outreach database
Supplying printed materials to advocacy agencies for distribution
Providing paper versions of outreach materials upon request
Providing downloadable materials in Hmong, Spanish and English
Including closed captioning on live virtual meetings and recorded content

Hearing from You

WisDOT continually seeks feedback and collects comments about the project, giving people a voice in their transportation systems. The project team documents all communications, responds to feedback, and uses input received to help develop or modify proposed project improvements.

How do We Receive Project Comments?

The project team collects comments during virtual and in-person meetings using online and paper comment forms

We also receive comments via email, phone calls and digital forms linked to the project website

We collect the most comments during our live virtual meetings

Outreach Toolkit

Project Meetings

The I-41 Project team uses meetings to share information and interact with the public, community and stakeholder groups, businesses, and local and elected officials in the project area.

The chart below shows the total numbers of small- and large-scale outreach meetings.

Enhancing Our Engagement

The I-41 Project team has adopted new ways of interacting with the community. In 2020, WisDOT moved from providing only in-person meetings to also offering live online, on-demand and hybrid meeting attendance.

In-Person Meetings

In-person meetings allow people to speak with project team members, view exhibits and submit comment forms.

Hybrid Meetings

Hybrid meetings allow the public to simultaneously view the same presentation whether attending in person or live online.

Live Online Meetings

We share digital registration links before these meetings, which are held entirely online and streamed live.

On-Demand Video

We offer recordings of public meetings to watch on demand. The meetings have been viewed a combined 3,000 times on YouTube since they aired.

Project Website

WisDOT launched a new, easy-to-browse website for the I-41 Project in July 2022. The website features videos and interactive maps visualizing the planned improvements, the latest project schedule, and information presented at public and business meetings.

Visit Website

Our Most Viewed Webpages

The Home, About and News and Events webpages are often the most viewed pages of the I-41 Project website. During our first in-person public involvement meeting in August 2022, we saw a spike in users visiting.

Accessibility icon

Did You Know?

The I-41 Project outreach program values and prioritizes accessibility and inclusion.

Our digital outreach tools meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, an internationally recognized set of 78 pass-or-fail success criteria for making websites, mobile apps and other digital content accessible to people with disabilities.

Not only can our website be viewed in multiple languages, the UserWay Accessibility Widget in the bottom right-hand corner of our website allows users to select accessibility tools that may be the most helpful to them.

News and Updates

We create informational materials including newsletters, surveys, meeting invitations and updates, and we distribute them via email, U.S. mail and in person at meetings.

Image of various I-41 Project print materials

1.3K

Number of subscribers who
receive project email updates

12K

Number of addresses in
our project mailings database

WisDOT uses social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to enhance project visibility and engage a broad audience, which can help expand information reach with shares and reposts.

As we moved further into design, our 2022 What’s Happening on I-41 campaign gave followers a behind-the-scenes look at various aspects of designing an Interstate project.

What's Next?

Major Project Milestones

February 2023

Design plans expected to be 60% complete

Spring 2023

Right of way plat expected to be complete

2024

Project construction scheduled to begin

Project Timeline

The timeline below shows planned timeframes for various project tasks. Our outreach efforts including meetings will continue throughout the duration of the project.

See Detailed Schedule
January 2020

Project Initiation

2020-2021

Environmental Study

WE ARE HERE  
2022-2028

Design and Traffic Management

2022-2028

Real Estate

2023-2028

Utilities

2024-2030

Construction!

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January 2020
Project Initiation
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Environmental Study
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Design and
Traffic Management
2022-2028
Real Estate Activities
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2023-2028
Utilities Coordination and Relocation
2024-2030
Project Construction
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The Interstate 41 and Wisconsin Department of Transportation logos.

I-41 Project Outreach Summary

As part of the I-41 Project to improve 23 miles of Interstate between Appleton and De Pere, WisDOT initiated a robust public involvement program to communicate with and gather feedback from stakeholders in the project area.

This summary highlights our major outreach initiatives from 2020 through 2022 and describes how the program affects awareness and acceptance of the I-41 Project.

Our Commitment to Our Community

Involving the public early and engaging with them often from initial design to final construction is what makes any transportation project successful. The I-41 Project is no exception. Public comments and stakeholder feedback have already influenced many design and construction considerations. We want to hear from you.”

Scott Ebel, Corridor Project Manager
Scott Ebel
Corridor Project Manager,
I-41 Project

Inclusive Engagement

WisDOT is committed to transparency and accessibility of I-41 Project information. We worked special considerations into our public engagement activities to encourage participation among all project-area residents.

Our strategies for inclusive engagement:

Presenting online content in accordance with federal accessibility standards
Adding advocacy organizations to our stakeholder outreach database
Supplying printed materials to advocacy agencies for distribution
Providing paper versions of outreach materials upon request
Providing downloadable materials in Hmong, Spanish and English
Including closed captioning on live virtual meetings and recorded content

Hearing from You

WisDOT continually seeks feedback and collects comments about the project, giving people a voice in their transportation systems. The project team documents all communications, responds to feedback, and uses input received to help develop or modify proposed project improvements.

How do We Receive Project Comments?

The project team collects comments during virtual and in-person meetings using online and paper comment forms

We also receive comments via email, phone calls and digital forms linked to the project website

We collect the most comments during our live virtual meetings

Project Meetings

The I-41 Project team uses meetings to share information and interact with the public, community and stakeholder groups, businesses, and local and elected officials in the project area.

The chart below captures the total numbers of small- and large-scale outreach meetings.

Enhancing Our Engagement

The I-41 Project team has adopted new ways of interacting with the community. In 2020, WisDOT moved from providing only in-person meetings to also offering live online, on-demand and hybrid meeting attendance.

In-Person Meetings

In-person meetings allow people to speak with project team members, view exhibits, and submit comment forms.

Hybrid Meetings

Hybrid meetings allow the public to simultaneously view the same presentation whether attending in person or live online.

Live Online Meetings

We share digital registration links before these meetings, which are held entirely online and streamed live.

On-Demand Video

We offer recordings of public meetings to watch on demand. The meetings have been viewed a combined 3,000 times on YouTube since they aired.

Project Website

WisDOT launched a new, easy-to-browse website for the I-41 Project in July 2022. The website features videos and interactive maps visualizing the planned improvements, the latest project schedule, and information presented at public and business meetings.

Visit Website

Our Most Viewed Webpages

The Home, News and Events and About webpages are often the most viewed pages of the I-41 Project website. During our first in-person public involvement meeting in August 2022, we saw a spike in users visiting News and Events.

Accessibility icon

Did You Know?

The I-41 Project outreach program values and prioritizes accessibility and inclusion.

Our digital outreach tools meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, an internationally recognized set of 78 pass-or-fail success criteria for making websites, mobile apps and other digital content accessible to people with disabilities.

Our website can be viewed in multiple languages, and the UserWay Accessibility Widget in the bottom right-hand corner of the site allows users to select accessibility tools that may be the most helpful to them.

News and Updates

We create informational materials including newsletters, surveys, meeting invitations and updates, and we distribute them via email, U.S. mail and in person at meetings.

Image of various I-41 Project print materials

1.3K

Number of subscribers who receive project email updates

12K

Number of addresses in
our project mailings database

WisDOT uses social media platforms Facebook and Twitter to enhance project visibility and engage a broad audience, which can help increase information reach with shares and reposts.

As we moved further into design, our 2022 What’s Happening on I-41 campaign gave followers a behind-the-scenes look at various aspects of designing an Interstate project.

Major Project Milestones

February 2023

Design plans expected to be 60% complete

Spring 2023

Right of way plat expected to be complete

2024

Project construction scheduled to begin

Project Timeline

The timeline below shows planned timeframes for various project tasks. Our outreach efforts including meetings will continue throughout the duration of the project.

See Detailed Schedule
January 2020

Project Initiation

2020-2021

Environmental Study

WE ARE HERE  
2022-2028

Design and Traffic Management

2022-2028

Real Estate

2023-2028

Utilities

2024-2030

Construction!

Did you know you can leave a comment or send a question to the I-41 Project team in less than five minutes?

Submit a comment about the project

  • Click the button below to register your name and send us your comment
  • Let us know your preferred communication method to receive our response, if needed
Share Comment

Sign up to receive email updates

  • Click the button below to subscribe for emailed project updates
  • Enter your name, email address, the city where you reside, and your zip code
Get Emails
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