U.S. Route 41 in Wisconsin
US 41 highlighted in red
|Maintained by WisDOT|
|Existed:||1926 – present|
|South end:||US 41 on the Illinois Border in Pleasant Prairie|
|US 141 in Green Bay|
|North end:||US 41 on the Michigan border in Marinette|
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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, the upgrade and signing of I-41 could be complete by the latter half of 2014.
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|See Interstate 94|
||Milwaukee||38B||I-94 west – Madison||North end of I-94 overlap|
|Miller Park Way (WIS 341 south)|
|38C||US 18 (Wisconsin Avenue, Blue Mound Road) / Wells Street|
|39A||State Street, Vliet Street|
|39B||Washington Boulevard||Northbound exit only|
|40A||Lloyd Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|Gap in freeway along Lisbon Avenue and Appleton Avenue|
|WIS 175 north (Appleton Avenue)||Northbound exit and southbound entrance (47A)|
|US 45 south / WIS 100 south||South end of US 45/WIS 100 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|47B||Good Hope Road|
||Menomonee Falls||50||WIS 74 west / WIS 100 east (Main Street)||North end of WIS 100 overlap; signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west)|
|51||Pilgrim Road||Signed as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)|
|52||CTH-Q (County Line Road)|
||Germantown||54||WIS 167 east (Mequon Road) / CTH-Y (Lannon Road)||South end of WIS 167 overlap|
|57||WIS 167 west (Holy Hill Road)||North end of WIS 167 overlap|
|Richfield||59||US 45 north – West Bend||North end of US 45 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|60||CTH-FD to WIS 145||Signage reads WIS 145; ramp signage reads CTH-FD TO WIS 145|
|Slinger||64||WIS 60 – Jackson, Slinger, Hartford||Signed as exits 64A (east, Jackson) and 64B (west, Slinger, Hartford) northbound|
|66||WIS 144 – West Bend, Slinger||West Bend not signed southbound|
|Allenton||72||WIS 33 / CTH-W – West Bend, Allenton|
||Theresa Station||81||WIS 28 – Mayville, Kewaskum|
|Lomira||85||WIS 67 – Lomira, Campbellsport|
|Brownsville||87||WIS 49 / CTH-KK – Brownsville, Waupun|
|Fond du Lac
||Hamilton||92||CTH-B – Oakfield, Eden|
|Fond du Lac||95||US 151 – Madison, Manitowoc|
|97||CTH-VVV (Hickory Street)|
|98||CTH-D (Military Road)||Former US 151|
|99||WIS 23 (Johnson Street)|
|North Fond du Lac||101||CTH-OO (Winnebago Street)|
|113||WIS 26 / CTH-N – Rosendale, Waupun|
|116||WIS 44 / WIS 91 (South Park Avenue, Ripon Road)|
|119||WIS 21 (Omro Road, Oshkosh Avenue)|
|120||US 45 (Algoma Boulevard) to US 10 west||To US 10 west not signed southbound|
|124||WIS 76 (Jackson Street)|
|Neenah||129||Bell Street, Breezewood Lane|
|131||WIS 114 / CTH-JJ (Winneconne Avenue)|
|132||Main Street, Oak Ridge Road||No entrance ramps|
|133||CTH-II (Winchester Road)|
|134||US 10 east / WIS 441 north|
|US 10 west||Southbound exit and entrance only|
|136||CTH-BB (Prospect Avenue)|
||Appleton||137||WIS 125 (College Avenue)|
|138||WIS 96 (Wisconsin Avenue)|
|139||WIS 15 / CTH-OO (Northland Avenue) to CTH-A||To CTH-A not signed southbound|
|142||WIS 47 (Richmond Street)|
|144||CTH-E (Ballard Road)|
|145||WIS 441 south|
|Little Chute||146||CTH-N – Little Chute|
|Kaukauna||148||WIS 55 – Seymour, Kaukauna|
|150||CTH-J – Kaukauna|
||Sniderville||154||CTH-U – Wrightstown|
|Little Rapids||157||CTH-S – Freedom|
|De Pere||161||CTH-F (Scheuring Road)|
|163A||CTH-G (Main Avenue)||Signed as exit 163 southbound|
US 41 Bus. north (Ashland Avenue) – Green Bay
|Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|164||CTH-AAA (Oneida Street, Waube Lane)|
|Ashwaubenon||165||WIS 172 to I-43 / WIS 57 – A. Straubel Airport||To WIS 57 not signed northbound|
|167||CTH-VK (Lombardi Avenue)||Main exit to reach Lambeau Field|
|Green Bay||168||WIS 32 south / WIS 54 (Mason Street)||South end of WIS 32 overlap|
|169||WIS 29 (Shawano Avenue) / WIS 32 north / Dousman Street||North end of WIS 32 overlap|
US 141 south / US 41 Bus. south (Velp Avenue)
|South end of US 141 overlap|
|Howard||171||I-43 south – Milwaukee|
|173||CTH-M (Lineville Road)|
|Suamico||176||CTH-B (Sunset Beach Road) – Suamico|
|Abrams||185||CTH-D (Sampson Road) – Abrams|
|187||US 141 north – Crivitz, Iron Mountain||North end of US 141 overlap; freeway ends|
US 41 Bus. – Oconto
|Northbound exit and southbound entrance only|
|198||WIS 22 south – Oconto|
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|
||County Line||CTH-W||At-grade intersection|
US 41 Bus. (French Street) / CTH-Y to CTH-D – Peshtigo
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
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- Behnke, Duke (September 5, 2007). "'Interstate 41’ on near horizon". The Post Crescent (Appleton, WI). Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- 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.
- Marley, Patrick (July 29, 2013). "Highway 41's upgrade to interstate is ahead of schedule". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
- Staff. "Exit Numbers on US 41". Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 10, 2007.
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