Wisconsin Highway 66

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State Trunk Highway 66 marker

State Trunk Highway 66
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 18.73 mi[1] (30.14 km)
Major junctions
South end: WIS 34 in Wis. Rapids
  I-39 / US 10 / US 51 in Stevens Point
North end: WIS 49 in Rosholt
Location
Counties: Wood, Portage
Highway system
WIS 65 WIS 67

State Trunk Highway 66 (often called Highway 66, STH 66 or WIS 66) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It runs north–south in central Wisconsin from Rosholt to Stevens Point and along what used to be County Road P to Wisconsin Rapids. The entire length of this highway is designated the Polish Heritage Highway.[2]

Route description[edit]

Wisconsin Highway 66 originally began at the corner of Reserve and Main Streets in downtown Stevens Point however once US Highway 10 finished the expansion of the bypass around Stevens Point deserting the old US 10, plans arose to expand WIS 66 to use the former highway. This is how Highway 66 got its current-day route, which begins in Wisconsin Rapids travelling north on County Road P, it then adjoins the former U.S. 10 which routes through downtown Stevens Point, passing the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point campus, and later joins with current U.S. 10, U.S. 51, and Interstate 39 travelling north.

Highway 66 then departs from Highways 10 and 51 and I-39 and continues northwest past the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, heading east at Jordan near the Jordan County Park of Portage County. This stretch and the remainder of the highway is the only part of the original WIS 66 before the 2009 highway expansion project.

After crossing County Highway J near the unincorporated town of Ellis, Highway 66 turns northwest again to Rosholt, where it becomes Grand Avenue. Highway 66 ends at the western intersection with WIS 49. Grand Avenue continues on as Highway 49 East to the intersection of County Highway NN, where Highway 49 turns south.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 60-69 (Highway 66)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  2. ^ Sopa, Adeline; "Hwy 66 - Polish Heritage Highway: An Historic Link"; page from the Portage County Historical Society Website