U.S. Route 41 in Wisconsin

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 41 in Wisconsin. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 41.

US Highway 41 marker

US Highway 41
US 41 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 300 mi (500 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 41 on the Illinois Border in Pleasant Prairie
 

I-94 in Pleasant Prairie
I-43 in Milwaukee
US 45 in Milwaukee
US 151 in Fond du Lac
US 45 in Oshkosh
US 10 near Menasha

US 141 in Green Bay
North end: US 41 on the Michigan border in Marinette
Location
Counties: Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, Brown, Oconto, Marinette
Highway system
Future I-41 WIS 41

U.S. Highway 41 (US 41) is a north–south highway United States Numbered Highway in eastern Wisconsin. It runs from Pleasant Prairie on the Illinois border north to Marinette on the Michigan border.

By the end of 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) expects to reassign the alignment of US 41 from Russell, Illinois, near the Wisconsin–Illinois state line to Green Bay to the Interstate Highway System. The new route, to be named I-41, is also expected to carry US 41 as a hidden concurrency.

Route description[edit]

US 41 is a freeway for nearly 70 percent of its route through Wisconsin, with the exceptions being a stretch in Milwaukee (Lisbon and Appleton avenues) and an expressway section north of Green Bay. The highway is concurrent with I-94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois border.

US 41 runs northwest from Milwaukee and passes Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and Appleton before heading to Green Bay. The route is a major access point for Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball club, the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in Oshkosh, and for Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers NFL football team.

After leaving Green Bay, US 41 continues north to Abrams co-signed with US 141, and then it turns east off the co-signed route toward Marinette and into Michigan.

History[edit]

In Milwaukee the original routing of US 41 used Lisbon Avenue east to North 27th Street, then south along that road to the Illinois state line. After the Stadium Freeway was built in the 1960s, US 41 followed that road from Lisbon Avenue south across I-94 to National Avenue and then east to 27th Street, which is known as Layton Boulevard between National Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. WisDOT rerouted US 41 along I-94 from the Stadium Interchange to the Illinois state line, removed Layton Boulevard north of Forest Home Avenue from the state highway system and gave Layton Boulevard and 27th Street south of Forest Home Avenue the designation of WIS 241 in a compromise to avoid expansion of the original route. The old US 41 freeway section south of I-94 to National Avenue (which was realigned to accommodate the construction of Miller Park) was designated WIS 341 but is unsigned. Trailblazer signs label it Miller Park Way.

By 1955, US 41 was relocated from the corridor of today's WIS 175 and its successors to a nearby expressway in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Washington, Waukesha, and Milwaukee Counties.[1]

In Green Bay, the road used to[when?] make a curve to the right west of De Pere, going onto Ashland Avenue to the Green Bay city limits. It then turned left onto Highland Avenue (after 1968, Lombardi Avenue), going past Lambeau Field and curving right onto Military Avenue. It then turned left at Velp Avenue. At the time from about 1956 to 1968 this was the outer highway for Green Bay, and the site for Lambeau Field was chosen because of highway access.[citation needed] The area now is urbanized. It then followed present day Velp Avenue north to Suamico where it merged with what is now the US 41 freeway. The original Green Bay bypass was once again bypassed with the present US 41 freeway beginning at Velp, southerly to Lombardi in 1968; Velp north to Suamico in 1971; then from Lombardi south to De Pere in 1974.[1]

Appleton also saw US 41 realignments over the course of time, beginning with the 1937 two-lane bypass (along the present freeway route) from Neenah northerly to a T-intersection with US 10 (today's Wisconsin Avenue, WIS 96). There, US 41 turned east with US 10, back to its original route at the intersection of US 10 (Wisconsin Avenue) and Richmond Street north of downtown Appleton, then north on Richmond to present day Northland Avenue. There it turned east on new alignment back to the original route northeast of Kaukauna. In 1940, US 41 was extended northerly from the T-intersection at US 10 for one mile (1.6 km), before making a large sweeping curve onto present day Northland Avenue to join back up with the previous bypass at Richmond Street. By 1962, the original Appleton bypass had been converted to four-lane divided highway from Oshkosh north to Northland Avenue, then north and east on new alignment bypassing the Northland Avenue bypass with the current freeway easterly to Kaukauna.

Current status[edit]

US 41 is being upgraded to Interstate Highway standards between Milwaukee and Green Bay. Interchange upgrades are underway on US 41 near Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Green Bay. Between now and 2015, US 41 will be converted from the existing four-lane freeway to a six-lane freeway in both[clarification needed] cities. US 41 has also been upgraded to four-lane expressway between Oconto and Peshtigo, which includes freeway bypasses of both cities. The Oconto-to-Peshtigo stretch, which had been the last remaining two-lane segment of US 41 in the state, opened as a four-lane expressway between the two cities in November 2008. The Oconto and Peshtigo bypasses were completed November 19, 2009. At present, US 41 is constructed to freeway standards from the north side of Milwaukee to the US 41/US 141 interchange in south-central Oconto County, approximately 19 miles (31 km) north of Green Bay.

Future[edit]

Main article: Interstate 41

I-41 is the designation proposed for assignment by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to the present US 41, I-894, and portions of US 45 and I-94. The highway is to be signed between the Wisconsin–Illinois border and Green Bay. The I-41 designation will replace the present US 41 freeway designation north of Milwaukee.

The freeway portion of US 41 and US 45 from Milwaukee through the Fox Valley to Green Bay was proposed and designated as an Interstate Highway as part of the 2005 highway funding bill.[2] The highway will begin at the I-94/US 41 interchange in Russell, Illinois, located 0.9 miles (1.4 km) south of the Wisconsin–Illinois border at the end of the Tri-State Tollway. The Interstate will be approximately 175 miles (282 km) long and located almost entirely within the state of Wisconsin, and will be concurrent with a slightly adjusted alignment of US 41 to its termination in Green Bay. Pending a waiver of current Interstate Highway weight limits for large trucks by the U.S. Congress,[3] the upgrade and signing of I-41 could be complete by the latter half of 2014.[4]

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[5] km Exit[6] Destinations Notes
Kenosha Pleasant Prairie 0.00 0.00 I-94 west / US 41 south – Chicago Continuation into Illinois
2.04 3.28 347 WIS 165 / CTH-Q (Lakeview Parkway)
3.43 5.52 345 CTH-C
Kenosha 5.07 8.16 344 WIS 50 – Kenosha, Lake Geneva
Town of Somers 6.59 10.61 342 WIS 158 – Kenosha
8.35 13.44 340 WIS 142 / CTH-S – Burlington, Kenosha
Town of Paris 10.07 16.21 339 CTH-E
RacineKenosha county line Mount PleasantTown of Paris village line 12.08 19.44 337 CTH-KR (County Line Road)
Racine Mount Pleasant 13.95 22.45 335 WIS 11 – Burlington, Racine
Town of Yorkville 16.01 25.77 333 WIS 20 – Waterford, Racine
Caledonia 19.64 31.61 329 CTH-K – Racine
Town of Raymond 21.67 34.87 327 CTH-G
23.17 37.29 326 Seven Mile Road
Caledonia 24.10 38.79 325 WIS 241 north (27th Street) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Milwaukee Oak Creek 324 Elm Road Future exit, will replace exit 325
26.39 42.47 322 WIS 100 (Ryan Road)
28.47 45.82 321 Drexel Avenue
29.41 47.33 320 CTH-BB (Rawson Avenue)
Milwaukee 30.38 48.89 319 CTH-ZZ (College Avenue)
31.08 50.02 318 WIS 119 – General Mitchell International Airport
32.37 52.09 317 Layton Avenue
32.53–
32.69
52.35–
52.61
316 I-43 south / I-894 west – Beloit, Madison, Fond du Lac Southern end of I-43 concurrency
34.07 54.83 314B Howard Avenue
34.64 55.75 314A Holt Avenue
36.35–
36.77
58.50–
59.18
312B Becher Street, Lincoln Avenue, Mitchell Street
36.77–
37.10
59.18–
59.71
312A Greenfield Avenue, Lapham Boulevard, Mitchell Street
37.37 60.14 311 WIS 59 (National Avenue) / 6th Street
38.03 61.20 310C I-794 east / Plankinton Avenue – Lakefront, Port of Milwaukee Northbound exit to and southbound entrance from Plankinton Avenue; I-794 is westbound to/eastbound from I-94 both directions
38.20 61.48 310B I-43 north – Green Bay Northern end of I-43 concurrency
38.71 62.30 310A 13th Street Southbound exit only
39.54 63.63 309B 25th Street, Clybourn Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
39.63 63.78 St. Paul Avenue, 26th Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
40.25 64.78 309A 35th Street
40.78 65.63 38B I-94 west – Madison Northern end of I-94 concurrency
40.89 65.81 Miller Park Way (WIS 341 south)
41.07 66.10 38C US 18 (Wisconsin Avenue, Blue Mound Road) / Wells Street
41.53 66.84 39A State Street, Vliet Street
42.15 67.83 39B Washington Boulevard Northbound exit only
42.46 68.33 40A Lloyd Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
42.64–
42.72
68.62–
68.75
Northern end of freeway
45.35 72.98 WIS 190 (West Capitol Drive)
45.66 73.48 WIS 181 (North 76th Street)
45.66 73.48 Silver Spring Drive Interchange
49.29 79.32 WIS 175 north (Appleton Avenue) Northbound exit and southbound entrance (47A)
49.46 79.60 US 45 south / WIS 100 south Southern end of US 45/WIS 100 concurrency; southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern end of freeway
50.26 80.89 47B Good Hope Road
50.56–
51.35
81.37–
82.64
48 WIS 145
Waukesha Menomonee Falls 53.05–
53.18
85.38–
85.58
50 WIS 74 west / WIS 100 east (Main Street) Northern end of WIS 100 concurrency; signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west)
53.86 86.68 51 Pilgrim Road Signed as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)
Washington Germantown 55.09 88.66 52 CTH-Q (County Line Road)
57.04 91.80 54 WIS 167 east (Mequon Road) / CTH-Y (Lannon Road) Southern end of WIS 167 concurrency
60.05 96.64 57 WIS 167 west (Holy Hill Road) Northern end of WIS 167 concurrency
Richfield 61.86 99.55 59 US 45 north – West Bend Northern end of US 45 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance
62.78 101.03 60 CTH-FD to WIS 145 Signage reads WIS 145; ramp signage reads CTH-FD TO WIS 145
Slinger 66.58 107.15 64 WIS 60 – Jackson, Slinger, Hartford Signed as exits 64A (east, Jackson) and 64B (west, Slinger, Hartford) northbound
Town of Polk 68.86 110.82 66 WIS 144 – West Bend, Slinger West Bend not signed southbound
Town of Hartford 70.53 113.51 68 CTH-K
Town of Addison 74.78 120.35 72 WIS 33 / CTH-W – West Bend, Allenton
Town of Wayne 78.25 125.93 76 CTH-D
Dodge Town of Theresa 83.63 134.59 81 WIS 28 – Mayville, Kewaskum
Lomira 87.65 141.06 85 WIS 67 – Lomira, Campbellsport
Town of Lomira 89.70 144.36 87 WIS 49 / CTH-KK – Brownsville, Waupun
Fond du Lac Town of Byron 94.81 152.58 92 CTH-B – Oakfield, Eden
Fond du Lac 98.12–
98.13
157.91–
157.92
95 US 151 – Madison, Manitowoc
99.42 160.00 97 CTH-VVV (Hickory Street)
100.28 161.39 98 CTH-D (Military Road) Former US 151
102.15 164.39 99 WIS 23 (Johnson Street)
North Fond du Lac 102.65 165.20 101 CTH-OO (Winnebago Street)
Winnebago Town of Eldorado 108.68 174.90 106 CTH-N
Town of Nekimi 115.88 186.49 113 WIS 26 / CTH-N – Rosendale, Waupun
Town of Algoma 118.63 190.92 116 WIS 44 / WIS 91 (South Park Avenue, Ripon Road)
Oshkosh 120.05 193.20 117 9th Avenue
Town of Algoma 121.55 195.62 119 WIS 21 (Omro Road, Oshkosh Avenue)
Oshkosh 123.46 198.69 120 US 45 (Algoma Boulevard) to US 10 west To US 10 west not signed southbound
Town of Oshkosh 126.51 203.60 124 WIS 76 (Jackson Street)
Neenah 131.71 211.97 129 Bell Street, Breezewood Lane
133.08 214.17 131 WIS 114 / CTH-JJ (Winneconne Avenue)
134.02 215.68 132 Main Street, Oak Ridge Road No entrance ramps
Town of Menasha 134.76 216.88 133 CTH-II (Winchester Road)
136.22 219.22 134 US 10 east / WIS 441 north
136.27 219.31 US 10 west Southbound exit and entrance only
138.03 222.14 136 CTH-BB (Prospect Avenue)
Outagamie Town of Grand Chute 139.29 224.17 137 WIS 125 (College Avenue)
140.06 225.40 138 WIS 96 (Wisconsin Avenue)
141.12 227.11 139 WIS 15 / CTH-OO (Northland Avenue) to CTH-A To CTH-A not signed southbound
144.08 231.87 142 WIS 47 (Richmond Street)
Appleton 146.08 235.09 144 CTH-E (Ballard Road)
147.00–
147.02
236.57–
236.61
145 WIS 441 south
Town of Little Chute 149.15 240.03 146 CTH-N – Little Chute
Kaukauna 151.19 243.32 148 WIS 55 – Seymour, Kaukauna
152.40 245.26 150 CTH-J – Kaukauna
Town of Kaukauna 156.66 252.12 154 CTH-U – Wrightstown
Brown Town of Lawrence 159.62 256.88 157 CTH-S – Freedom
163.64 263.35 161 CTH-F (Scheuring Road)
Ashwaubenon 165.53 266.39 163A CTH-G (Main Avenue) Signed as exit 163 southbound
165.81 266.85 163B
US 41 Bus. north (Ashland Avenue) – Green Bay
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
166.80 268.44 164 CTH-AAA (Oneida Street, Waube Lane)
167.77–
167.87
270.00–
270.16
165 WIS 172 to I-43 / WIS 57 – A. Straubel Airport To WIS 57 not signed northbound
169.55 272.86 167 CTH-VK (Lombardi Avenue) Main exit to reach Lambeau Field
Green Bay 170.59 274.54 168 WIS 32 south / WIS 54 (Mason Street) Southern end of WIS 32 concurrency
Howard 171.58 276.13 169 WIS 29 (Shawano Avenue) / WIS 32 north / Dousman Street Northern end of WIS 32 concurrency
173.16 278.67 170
US 141 south / US 41 Bus. south (Velp Avenue)
Southern end of US 141 concurrency
173.54–
173.84
279.29–
279.77
171 I-43 south – Milwaukee
Town of Suamico 175.77 282.87 173 CTH-M (Lineville Road)
178.82 287.78 176 CTH-B (Sunset Beach Road) – Suamico
Oconto Town of Little Suamico 181.80 292.58 179 Brown Road
184.81 297.42 182 CTH-S
Town of Abrams 187.85 302.32 185 CTH-D (Sampson Road) – Abrams
189.44 304.87 187 US 141 north – Crivitz, Iron Mountain Northern end of US 141 concurrency; northern end of freeway and southern end of expressway
Town of Pensaukee 192.05 309.07 CTH-J At-grade intersection
194.96 313.76 CTH-SS
Oconto 197
US 41 Bus. – Oconto
Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
198 WIS 22 south – Oconto
200
US 41 Bus. – Oconto
Northbound entrance and southbound exit only
Lena CTH-A Two at-grade intersections; southern intersection is CTH-A east and northern intersection is CTH-A west
Marinette County Line CTH-W At-grade intersection
Grover CTH-M At-grade intersection
Peshtigo 212
US 41 Bus. (French Street) / CTH-Y to CTH-D – Peshtigo
216
US 41 Bus. (Haynes Street) to CTH-B – Peshtigo
Marinette 219 CTH-T north to WIS 180 to WIS 64 At-grade intersection
WIS 64 west (Hall Avenue) – Mountain, Pound At-grade intersection
Menominee River US 41 north – Menominee Continuation into Michigan
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bessert, Christopher J. (January 31, 2009). "US 41, The Complete History". Wisconsin Highways. Self-published. Retrieved December 14, 2006. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ Behnke, Duke (September 5, 2007). "'Interstate 41’ on near horizon". The Post Crescent (Appleton, WI). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cassidy, Tabitha (July 5, 2013). "Petri, Ribble propose legislation allowing existing trucks to use the future I-41". The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Marley, Patrick (July 29, 2013). "Highway 41's upgrade to interstate is ahead of schedule". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Wisconsin State Trunk Highway Logs:
    • Southeast Region Staff (December 31, 2008). State Trunk Highway Log for Southeast Region (XLS). Waukesha, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 041N. 
    • Southwest Region Staff (December 31, 2008). State Trunk Highway Log for Southwest Region (XLS). Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 041N. 
    • Northeast Region Staff (May 14, 2009). State Trunk Highway Log for Region 3. Green Bay, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. pp. 172–200. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Exit Numbers on US 41". Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 10, 2007. 

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