Highway Department

Highway Department


The Marathon County Highway Department operates the highway system under its jurisdiction to provide a safe and convenient means for the vehicular transportation of people and goods.

The department oversees the maintenance of over 600 miles of the county trunk highway system and annually contracts with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to maintain an additional 874 lane miles of State and Federal Highway System roads .

The Highway Department also provides technical assistance, financial aid, and various services to other local units of government including the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). These services are critical to maintaining a safe, convenient, and efficient transportation system serving communities, residents, and businesses throughout Marathon County.

The policy-making body for the Highway Department is the Infrastructure Committee. The Committee consists of seven County Board Members elected for a two-year term by the County Board of Supervisors. The powers and duties of the Highway Committee are defined by Section 83.015 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

The administration and implementation of the departmental policies is the responsibility of the Highway Commissioner with assistance from the administrative staff. The Highway Commissioner reports to the Highway Committee and is also charged with certain duties as directed by Wisconsin Statutes Section 83.01

The Highway Department primary operations are centered at 1430 West in Wausau, WI.  The office lobby is open as follows;

  • Winter Hours:   Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Summer Hours:  Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Fridays by Appointment Only

The Highway Department has outlying shops located at the following addresses:

  • W 4165 STH 97 North, Edgar, WI 54426    phone 715-352-2120
  • 490 Oak Road, Mosinee, WI 54455
  • 8155 Duncan Road, Hatley, WI 54440
  • 1015 East Linden Street, Abbotsford, WI 54405

Thanks for visiting the site and please remember to drive safely!





James Griesbach

Commissioner: James Griesbach
Phone: 715-261-1800
Fax: 715-261-1810
E-mail: Contact Us

Address: Map
1430 West Street
Wausau WI 54401

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