U.S. Route 14 in Wisconsin

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 14 in Wisconsin. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 14.

US Highway 14 marker

US Highway 14
Don Hutson Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 198.49 mi[2] (319.44 km)
Existed: 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 14 / US 61 in La Crosse
  US 53 / WIS 16 in La Crosse
US 61 / WIS 131 in Readstown
US 12 in Middleton
US 18 / US 151 in Madison
US 12 / US 18 / US 151 in Madison
US 51 in Janesville
I-39 / I-90 in Janesville
I-43 in Darien
East end: US 14 in Walworth
Counties: La Crosse, Vernon, Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Dane, Rock, Walworth
Highway system
WIS 13 WIS 14

In the U.S. state of Wisconsin, U.S. Route 14 (normally called U.S. Highway 14, Highway 14 or US 14) runs northwest-southeast across the western to southwest portions of the state. It links La Crosse and the southwestern portion of the state with Madison and Janesville. US 14 is mostly two-lane surface road with the exception of a few multilane urban arterials and a freeway section around Madison that it mostly shares with US 12.

Route description[edit]

The La Crosse West Channel Bridge carrying US Route 14, US Route 61, Minnesota State Highway 16, and Wisconsin State Highway 16 across the Mississippi River between La Crescent, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is the river's West Channel.

US 14 enters Wisconsin from La Crescent along with US 61 and WIS 16 (linking to Trunk Highway 16). The three highways immediately junction with US 53 in the downtown area and WIS 16 continues east while US 14 along with US 61 turn southeast and out of La Crosse, linking up with WIS 35 south along the way for three miles (5 km), after a short concurrency, US 14 and US 61 turn east while WIS 35 continues south. The US routes then exit La Crosse County for Vernon County.[3] In Vernon County, the routes passes through Coon Valley and Westby, joining with WIS 27 and turning south and passing through Viroqua. WIS 27 splits off to the southwest as US 14 and US 61 head southeast to Readstown where US 61 turns south and US 14 heads east into Richland County.[4]

US 14 continues southeast into Richland County, bypassing Sylvan and Boaz before turning east. After a seven mile (11 km) east trek, the highway enters Richland Center and immediately turns south. WIS 80 crosses the highway in the southern part of downtown before US 14 turns southeast and junctions with WIS 58. US 14 passes through Sextonville and turns south to collect WIS 60 at Gotham. The two highways then head east-southeast to Lone Rock where they cross WIS 130 and exit to Sauk County[5] The routes then split at Spring Green while crossing WIS 23, with US 14 heading south into Iowa County while WIS 60 continues east.[6] US 14 bypasses Helena and passes through Arena and into Dane County.[7] US 14 turns southeast at Mazomanie and junctions with WIS 19, then passes through Black Earth, Cross Plains and turns east to meet US 12 east at the West Beltline Highway in Middleton, a suburb of Madison.[8]

US 14 and US 12 follow the beltline south and around the west side of Madison and join US 18 east and US 151 north. All four US routes head east for three miles (5 km) through urban Madison where US 151 splits north to head into downtown Madison and US 12 and 18 continue east, while US 14 turns south toward Oregon on a seven-mile (11 km) stretch of freeway. the highway bypasses Oregon to the east and becomes a two lane road and enters Rock County east of Brooklyn.[8] US 14 turns southeastward at Evansville and passes through Leyden and then takes a northeastern bypass around Janesville, crossing U.S. Route 51 in Wisconsin and meeting up with I-39, I-90 and WIS 26 at a triangle formed by the three distinct routes northeast of the city. US 14 then turns south and meets Wisconsin Highway 11. Both highways turn east and pass through Emerald Grove on the way into Walworth County[9] US 14 turns southeast to Darien while WIS 11 continues east to Delavan. US 14 junctions with I-43 just before passing through Darien. At Walworth, the highway turns due south and heads into Illinois.[10]


US 14 was signed later than the other US Routes in Wisconsin, being opened in 1933. The route replaced the old versions of WIS 11, from La Crosse to Madison, WIS 13 from Madison to Evansville, WIS 92 into Janesville, and WIS 20 and WIS 89 from Janesville to Illinois. The older WIS 14 was in existence when US 14 was opened, that was redesignated as WIS 81 and WIS 15 (the latter being the present-day I-43.[2]

La Crosse saw a major upgrade in the Mississippi River Bridge on its west side which carried US 14 along with US 61 and WIS 16/TH 16. An additional bridge was added to the existing "Cass Street Bridge" in 2003-2004 to relieve traffic congestion that plagued the old bridge. The old bridge, which served two-lane traffic before 2004, now serves two lanes of westbound traffic and the new bridge, dubbed the "Cameron Avenue Bridge," carries two lanes of eastbound traffic along with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Additional lanes were added to the highway between the channels of the Mississippi River.[2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
La Crosse La Crosse 0 0 US 14 west / US 61 north / MN 16 west – La Crescent Continuation into Minnesota
Mississippi River Bridge
US 53 north (4th Street South) / WIS 16 east (Cass Street) Eastern end of WIS 16 overlap; national end of US 53
WIS 33 east (Jackson Street)
WIS 35 north (West Avenue South) Northern end of WIS 35 overlap
WIS 35 south / Great River Road south Southern end of WIS 35 overlap
Vernon Town of Hamburg WIS 162 south Western end of WIS 162 overlap
Coon Valley WIS 162 Eastern end of WIS 162 overlap
Westby WIS 27 north Northern end of WIS 27 overlap
Viroqua WIS 58 / WIS 82 east Northern end of WIS 82 overlap
Town of Franklin WIS 35 north Southern end of WIS 27 and WIS 82 overlaps
Readstown US 61 south / WIS 131 south Eastern end of US 61 overlap; western end of WIS 131 overlap
WIS 131 north Eastern end of WIS 131 overlap
Richland Town of Dayton WIS 171 west
Richland Center WIS 80
Town of Richland WIS 58 north
Gotham WIS 60 west West end of WIS 60 overlap
Lone Rock WIS 130 north Western end of WIS 130 overlap
WIS 130 south / WIS 133 south Eastern end of WIS 130 overlap
Sauk Spring Green WIS 23 north Western end of WIS 23 overlap
WIS 60 east Eastern end of WIS 60 overlap
WIS 23 south Eastern end of WIS 23 overlap
No major junctions
Dane Mazomanie WIS 78 north Northern end of WIS 78 overlap
Black Earth WIS 78 south Southern end of WIS 78 overlap
Middleton US 12 west Western end of US 12 overlap
251B Parmenter Street Westbound exit only
Madison 252 Greenway Boulevard
253 Old Sauk Road
254 County M / County S (Mineral Point Road)
255 Gammon Road
257 Whitney Way
258 US 18 west / US 151 south (Verona Road) / Midvale Boulevard – Dodgeville Western end of US 18 and US 151 overlaps
258A Seminole Highway Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only
259 Todd Drive
260 County D Eastbound exits signed 260A (south) and 260B (north)
261 US 12 east / US 18 east (Beltline Highway) / US 151 north (Park Street) Eastern end of US 12, US 18, and US 151 overlaps
Fitchburg McCoy Road
Lacy Road Under construction
County MM – Oregon, Fitchburg
Oregon WIS 138
Town of Rutland WIS 92
Rock Town of Union WIS 59 east Northern end of WIS 59 overlap
Evansville WIS 59 west / WIS 213 Southern end of WIS 59 overlap
Janesville US 51
WIS 26
I-39 / I-90
WIS 11 west Western end of WIS 11 overlap
Town of Bradford WIS 140 south
Walworth Town of Darien WIS 11 east / WIS 89 north Eastern end of WIS 11 overlap
Darien I-43
Walworth WIS 67 north Northern end of WIS 67 overlap
Town of Walworth WIS 67 south Southern end of WIS 67 overlap
US 14 east Continuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Business US Highway 14
Location: Janesville
Length: 8.4 mi[11] (13.5 km)
Existed: c. 1963c. 2006[11]

Business Route US 14 in Janesville was a locally posted route along what used to be mainline US 14 until the early 1950s. Currently, only the portion from I-39/I-90, east toward US 14 east of Janesville, runs along WIS 11. Northwest of Janesville, BUS US 14 runs along County Trunk Highway E (CTH-E).

Signage for BUS US 14 appears to be missing at some locations within the city. It is unknown if the route markers are currently being maintained by the city or if they are no longer being replaced as they reach the end of their lifespans.

While City US 14 became BUS US 14 in the 1960s, several City US 14 route marker assemblies remain in Janesville. Also, the first reassurance marker assembly along CTH-E also includes a sign for BUS US 14.[11]


Route map: Bing

  1. ^ Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 02:55, 4 July 2006 (UTC).
  2. ^ a b c Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 10-19 (U.S. Highway 14)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  3. ^ La Crosse Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  4. ^ Vernon Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ Richland Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  6. ^ Sauk Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  7. ^ Iowa Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  8. ^ a b Dane Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  9. ^ Rock Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  10. ^ Walworth Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  11. ^ a b c Bessert, Christopher J. (January 31, 2009). "Business Connections". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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