Wisconsin Highway 46

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State Trunk Highway 46 marker
State Trunk Highway 46
WIS 46 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length34.13 mi[1][2] (54.93 km)
Major junctions
South end US 63 / WIS 64 in Deer Park
  US 8 in Balsam Lake
North end WIS 35 in Milltown
Location
CountiesSt. Croix, Polk
Highway system
WIS 45.svg WIS 45WIS 47.svg WIS 47

State Trunk Highway 46 (often called Highway 46, STH-46 or WIS 46) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It runs in north–south in west-central Wisconsin from Cylon to Milltown. Other towns connected to Highway 46 are Balsam Lake, Amery, and Deer Park. Near Cylon, in an area known as the four corners, Highway 46 intersects Highways 63 and 64.

Route description[edit]

WIS 46 begins northward from a roundabout near Cylon. This is where US 63, WIS 46, and WIS 64 meet. Further north, it then crosses the Apple River. After that, it passes the Amery Municipal Airport (which is north of the river). Then, the route enters Amery. Before meeting US 8, WIS 46 then crosses the Apple River again. After crossing the river, it then turns west, traveling along US 8 for around a couple of miles. Meanwhile, WIS 46, as well as US 8, cross the aforementioned Apple River. After leaving the concurrency, it then traveled north to Balsam Lake. Going further north, the road then curves west towards downtown Milltown. However, the route turns north, avoiding downtown. After intersecting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, it then meets WIS 35. At that point, WIS 46 ends there.[2]

History[edit]

Initially, WIS 46 largely traveled from Cylon to WIS 14 (now US 8) via part of its modern-day routing.[3] In 1919, it extended southwest to WIS 12 (now US 12) via present-day WIS 64 and WIS 65.[4] By 1924, its southernmost portion moved eastward and extended south to largely follow present-day US 63. It traveled all the way to Red Wing, Minnesota.[5] After the formation of U.S. Routes in 1926, most of WIS 14 became US 8. WIS 46 then superseded part of the older alignment from US 8 to WIS 35 in Centuria.[6] By 1935, US 63 supplanted a portion of WIS 46 south of Cylon.[7] By 1936, WIS 46 moved its service from Centuria to Milltown.[8]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
St. CroixCylon0.00.0 US 63 / WIS 64
PolkTown of Apple River18.429.6 US 8 eastEastern end of US 8 concurrency
Town of Balsam Lake22.536.2 US 8 westWestern end of US 8 concurrency
Milltown34.1354.93 WIS 35
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 40-49 (Highway 46)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  2. ^ a b c Google (December 20, 2020). "Overview Map of WIS 46" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  3. ^ Wisconsin Highway Commission (1918). Official Map of the State Trunk Highway System of Wisconsin (Map). [c. 1:1,010,000]. Madison: Wisconsin Highway Commission. OCLC 38871736, 69119995. Retrieved December 20, 2020 – via American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection.
  4. ^ Wisconsin Highway Commission (1919). Official Map of the State Trunk Highway System of Wisconsin (Map). [c. 1:1,010,000]. Madison: Wisconsin Highway Commission. OCLC 829862961, 911138596.
  5. ^ Wisconsin Highway Commission (1924). Official Highway Map of Wisconsin: 'The Playground of the Middle West' (Map). c. 1:950,400. Madison: Wisconsin Highway Commission. OCLC 560719947. Retrieved December 20, 2020 – via American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection.
  6. ^ Wisconsin Highway Commission (1927). Official Highway Map of Wisconsin, 'The Playground of the Middle West' (Map). 1:950,400. Madison: Wisconsin Highway Commission. Retrieved December 20, 2020 – via American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection.
  7. ^ State Highway Commission of Wisconsin (January 1935). Official Highway Map of Wisconsin (Map). 1:887,040. Madison: State Highway Commission of Wisconsin. Retrieved December 20, 2020 – via American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection.
  8. ^ State Highway Commission of Wisconsin (January 1936). Official Highway Map of Wisconsin (Map). 1:887,040. Madison: State Highway Commission of Wisconsin. Retrieved December 20, 2020 – via American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection.

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