U.S. Route 2 in Wisconsin

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U.S. Highway 2 marker

U.S. Highway 2

US 2 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 118.95 mi[2][3] (191.43 km)
Existed: November 26, 1926 (1926-11-26)[1] – present
History: Designated in 1917 as WIS 18 and 34
Tourist
routes:
Lake Superior Circle Tour
Western segment
Length: 104.49 mi[2][3] (168.16 km)
West end: US 2 in Superior
Major
junctions:

US 53 in Superior
US 53 in Amnicon
US 63 in Moquah

US 51 in Hurley
East end: US 2 in Hurley
Eastern segment
Length: 14.46 mi[3] (23.27 km)
West end: US 2 / US 141 in Florence
East end: US 2 / US 141 in Spread Eagle
Location
Counties: Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron; Florence
Highway system
I-894 US 8

US Highway 2 (US 2) is a part of the United States Numbered Highway System that runs from Everett, Washington, to St. Ignace, Michigan. In Wisconsin, the highway enters runs east–west across the northwestern part of the state and re-enters the state in the northeast part. It runs from the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge over the Saint Louis Bay at Superior, where it enters from Minnesota, east to Michigan state line near Hurley. Further east, US 2 re-enters Wisconsin from Michigan in Florence County and briefly traverses that county before re-entering Michigan. US 2 is a Wisconsin Corridors 2020 Connecting route east of its concurrency with US 53. The section concurrent with US 53 is a Wisconsin Corridors 2020 Backbone route.[4]

Route description[edit]

Western segment[edit]

US 2 enters the state from Minnesota at the city of Superior on the Bong Memorial Bridge. US 2 then follows Belknap Street eastbound, passing through downtown Superior, where it has an intersection with Wisconsin Highway 35 (WIS 35). US 2 then continues east for 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to its intersection with US 53. At this point, the two highways then run concurrently southeasterly on a four-lane surface street (East 2nd Street) for 5 miles (8.0 km). After the intersection with Moccasin Mike Road, a seven-mile (11 km) freeway segment begins for US 2/US 53 as the highway leaves the city of Superior together.[5] US 2/US 53 has an interchange with WIS 13 near Parkland; WIS 13 begins its course around the Lake Superior shoreline at this point.[6] US 2 and US 53 split in South Range at an unusual interchange at which westbound US 2 traffic must cross over the freeway to the eastbound lanes to access US 53 south.[7] US 2 then continues independently again as a two-lane road, passing through Wentworth, Poplar, and Maple as it heads east to the DouglasBayfield county line at Brule. Just west of Brule, US 2 crosses the Brule River State Forest.[6]

In Bayfield County, US 2 passes through Iron River then proceeds east-southeasterly through the Chequamegon National Forest and to Ino where it turns east and meets US 63's northern terminus at about six miles (9.7 km) east of Ino. US 2 turns northeastward and meets WIS 13, which joins it eastbound as they follow the Lake Superior shoreline closely to the Ashland County line and the City of Ashland.[8] WIS 13 turns south in downtown Ashland while US 2 follows the lakeshore northeastward and turns east at the city limit and proceeds to Odanah and turns southeastward to the Iron County line.[9] the highway junctions with WIS 169 two miles (3.2 km) east of the county line then turns eastward to Saxon where it crosses WIS 122. US 2 then continues east, then southeast toward Hurley where it meets US 51 at its northern terminus and immediately enters Michigan.[10]

Eastern segment[edit]

US 2 re-enters Wisconsin from Iron County, Michigan concurrently with US 141 and turns southeastward to Florence and intersects WIS 70/WIS 101 at their shared terminus. After a short trek through Florence via Central Avenue, Furnace Street and Florence Avenue,[11] the highway turns south and passes by Commonwealth then turns east and passes through the community of Spread Eagle. The highway returns into Michigan three miles (4.8 km) east of Spread Eagle.[12]

History[edit]

In 1918, the western segment of US 2 was old WIS 10 with the exception of the short segment between US 51 and the Michigan state line, which was not a part of the state highway system until Michigan signed their trunkline system a year later.[13] The entire eastern segment was designated as old WIS 69 in 1918.[14] One business route existed for US 2 until 2002. Business US 2 began at the US 51 terminus and headed southeast to WIS 77 in downtown Hurley where it turned east into Michigan. Although Michigan still has the route signed, Wisconsin removed its signs. The street in Hurley that runs from WIS 77 to the border is still a state trunkline despite not having a numbered designation.[13]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2][3] km Destinations Notes
Douglas Superior 0.00 0.00 US 2 west / GLCT (Bong Bridge) – Duluth US 2 enters Wisconsin from Minnesota
2.24 3.60 WIS 35 (Tower Avenue)
3.95 6.36 US 53 north (2nd Street) Northern end of US 53 concurrency
8.70 14.00 Northern end of freeway
Town of Parkland 10.58 17.03 WIS 13 / LSCT – Bayfield Eastern end of LSCT concurrency
Town of Amnicon 15.30 24.62 US 53 south Southern end of US 53 concurrency; southern end of freeway along US 2
Community of Brule 32.47 52.26 WIS 27 south – Hayward
Bayfield KeystoneEileen town line 58.31 93.84 US 63 south – Hayward
Town of Eileen 61.37 98.77 WIS 137 east – Ashland
Town of Barksdale 64.12 103.19 WIS 13 north / LSCT – Bayfield Western end of WIS 13/LSCT concurrency
Ashland Ashland 67.75 109.03 WIS 13 south – Marshfield Eastern end of WIS 13 concurrency
Iron Town of Gurney 88.68 142.72 WIS 169 south – Mellen
Town of Saxon 93.33 150.20 WIS 122 – Upson
Hurley 104.33 167.90 US 51 south – Rhinelander Interchange
104.49 168.16 US 2 / LSCT east – Ironwood US 2 enters Michigan
US 2 enters Michigan for 109.177 mi[15]
Florence Town of Florence 104.59 168.32 US 2 west / US 141 north – Crystal Falls US 2 re-enters Wisconsin concurrent with US 141
Community of Florence 108.40 174.45 WIS 70 west / WIS 101 south
Town of Florence 118.95 191.43 US 2 east / US 141 south – Iron Mountain US 2 re-enters Michigan concurrent with US 141
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System". Highway History. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Staff (May 26, 2009). State Trunk Highway Log for Region 5. Superior, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. pp. 1–16. 
  3. ^ a b c d Staff (December 31, 2008). State Trunk Highway Log for North Central Region (XLS). Rhinelander, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 
  4. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation (PDF). Corridors 2020 Routes: Backbones and Connectors (Map). http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/business/econdev/docs/corridors2020.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  5. ^ Google Inc. "Belknap Street, Superior, Wisconsin". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Belknap+Street,+Superior,+Wisconsin&ie=UTF8&ll=46.723447,-92.092209&spn=0.024595,0.080338&z=14&om=1. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  6. ^ a b Wisconsin Department of Transportation (PDF). Douglas Co. (Map). http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/douglas.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  7. ^ Google Inc. "US 2, South Range, Wisconsin". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=US+2,+South+Range,+Wisconsin&sll=46.606821,-91.905441&sspn=0.024648,0.080338&ie=UTF8&ll=46.604698,-91.907372&spn=0.012324,0.040169&z=15&om=1. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  8. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation (PDF). Bayfield Co. (Map). http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/bayfield.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  9. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation (PDF). Ashland Co. (Map). http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/ashland.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  10. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation (PDF). Iron Co. (Map). http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/iron.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  11. ^ Google Inc. "US 2, Florence, Wisconsin". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=US+2,+Florence,+Wisconsin&sll=46.723447,-92.092209&sspn=0.024595,0.080338&ie=UTF8&ll=45.922379,-88.248625&spn=0.012479,0.040169&z=15&om=1. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  12. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation (PDF). Florence Co. (Map). http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/maps/docs/counties/florence.pdf. Retrieved December 25, 2007.
  13. ^ a b Bessert, Chris. "Highways 1–9 (US 2 West)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
  14. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Highways 1–9 (US 2 East)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 25, 2007. 
  15. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Cartography by Michigan Center for Geographic Information. http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/prfinder/. Retrieved September 14, 2010.

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