Marquette University, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
The “Public Perceptions of the Midwest’s Pavements” is the largest survey of public perceptions of satisfaction and improvement policies on rural, two-lane highways ever conducted in the 20th Century in the USA. The project was a Pooled Fund effort undertaken by the Wisconsin DOT and included equal participation of the Iowa and Minnesota DOTs. Approximately 4500 drivers and over 1000 highway segments were surveyed in the three states in all three phases of the project, between 1996 and 2000.
The surveys included improvement policy and construction alternative issues and trade-offs, as well as surveys of beliefs and attitudes of the public that affect public trust and satisfaction. The results of the project are reported in phase reports (pdf), with a report on each phase in each state.