Interstate 41

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Interstate 41 marker

Interstate 41
I-41 highlighted in red
Route information
Length: 176.33 mi (283.78 km)
Existed: April 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)[1] – present
History: Approved for designation in 2012;[2] signing in progress, with completion in September 2015
Major junctions
South end: I-94 / US 41 in Russell, IL
 
North end: I-43 / US 41 / US 141 in Howard, WI
Location
States: Illinois, Wisconsin
Counties: IL: Lake
WI: Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, Brown
Highway system
IL 40 IL US 41
WIS 40 WI US 41

Interstate 41 (I-41) is a 176.33-mile-long (283.78 km) Interstate Highway connecting the interchange of I-94 and U.S. Route 41 (US 41), located 0.9 miles (1.4 km) south of the Wisconsin–Illinois border at the end of the Tri-State Tollway in metropolitan Chicago, to an interchange with I-43 in metropolitan Green Bay, Wisconsin. The designation travels concurrently with US 41, I-894, US 45, and sections of I-94 in Wisconsin and Illinois. The route was officially added to the Interstate Highway System on April 7, 2015.[1]

Route description[edit]

I-41 begins 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 highway continues north concurrently with I-94 to the Mitchell Interchange in Milwaukee, turns west to run concurrently with I-894 and I-43 to the Hale Interchange, and turns north to run concurrently with I-894 and US 45 to the Zoo Interchange, with the US 45 concurrency continuing until the I-41/US 41/US 45 split near Germantown. The Interstate roughly parallels I-43, which runs north–south along Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Green Bay. I-41 runs through the Fox Valley (including the cities of Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Appleton, along with the Fox Cities) and Green Bay, where it ends at the I-43 interchange. The Interstate is approximately 176 miles (283 km) long and located almost entirely within the state of Wisconsin, and will be completely concurrent with a slightly adjusted alignment of US 41 to its termination in Green Bay.[3]

History[edit]

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 (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users).[4]

In the initial language of the bill, the route was named Interstate 41, which correlates with the U.S. Highway it parallels and also complies with the Interstate naming guidelines through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The final bill omitted the I-41 designation. In 2009, Green Bay officials began a campaign to have US 41 designated as a northern extension of I-55 from its current termination in Chicago, with the alternative being designated as a spur of I-43.[5][6] At the spring meeting of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbers of AASHTO on May 18, 2012, the I-55 designation was discussed by the committee. Coordination would have been required with the FHWA and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on the I-55 designation.

However, IDOT officials were not interested in signing an extension of I-55 from its Chicago terminus to the state line. Therefore, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) decided to seek a different designation not requiring the cooperation of their Illinois counterparts. Four designations were proposed by WisDOT and put up for public review: two new primary designations (I-41 and I-47) and two auxiliary designations (I-594 and I-643).[7] At the end of October 2012, WisDOT submitted I-41 to AASHTO for consideration at their fall Special Committee meeting, where it was conditionally approved on November 16, 2012, pending FHWA concurrence.[2] Official approval of I-41 then hinged on weight limit exceptions being approved for the route,[8] which initially passed the United States House of Representatives as H.R. 4745 and awaited a United States Senate vote as S. 2438,[9] but were later passed in a different bill (H.R. 83) on December 16, 2014.[10][11][12] On April 9, 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that the FHWA had approved I-41 as part of the Interstate Highway System.[13] According to WisDOT, the approval came two days earlier.[1]

Newly-installed I-41/US 41 sign south of WIS 145 near Richfield from June 2015

WisDOT is scheduled to replace or modify 3,500 signs by September 2015 after coordination with IDOT and the FHWA.[14] Installation of some I-41 signs has already occurred, though the signs are being covered until the entire route is signed.[15] Over the next 5–10 years, shoulders are slated to be rebuilt as older parts of the highway are upgraded.[16] The re-designation to Interstate status also makes the route subject to the Highway Beautification Act, meaning current advertising billboards along the Milwaukee to Green Bay portion of the road can no longer be upgraded or enlarged, nor can new signs be added.[17]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit[18][19] Destinations Notes
Lake Newport Township 0.00 0.00 1B I-94 east (Tri-State Tollway)
US 41 south – Waukegan
Southern end of I-94 and US 41 concurrencies; freeway continues southward as I-94; exit numbers based on I-94's mile markers
0.76 1.22 1A Russell Road Signed as exit 1 northbound
  0.90
0.00
1.45
0.00
Illinois–Wisconsin state line
Kenosha Pleasant Prairie 2.04 3.28 347 WIS 165 / County Q (Lakeview Parkway)
3.43 5.52 345 County C
Kenosha 5.07 8.16 344 WIS 50 – Kenosha, Lake Geneva
Town of Somers 6.59 10.61 342 WIS 158 – Kenosha
8.35 13.44 340 WIS 142 / County S – Burlington, Kenosha
Town of Paris 10.07 16.21 339 County E
RacineKenosha county line Mount PleasantTown of Paris village line 12.08 19.44 337 County KR (County Line Road)
Racine Mount Pleasant 13.95 22.45 335 WIS 11 – Burlington, Racine
Town of Yorkville 16.01 25.77 333 WIS 20 – Waterford, Racine
Caledonia 19.64 31.61 329 County K – Racine
Town of Raymond 21.67 34.87 327 County G
23.17 37.29 326 Seven Mile Road
Caledonia 24.10 38.79 325 WIS 241 north (27th Street) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Milwaukee Oak Creek 324 Elm Road Future exit, will replace exit 325
26.39 42.47 322 WIS 100 (Ryan Road)
28.47 45.82 321 Drexel Avenue
29.41 47.33 320 County BB (Rawson Avenue)
Milwaukee 30.38 48.89 319 County ZZ (College Avenue)
31.08 50.02 318 WIS 119 – General Mitchell International Airport
32.37 52.09 317 Layton Avenue
32.53–
32.69
52.35–
52.61
10
316
I-94 east / US 41 south – Chicago, Airport
I-43 north / I-94 west / US 41 north – Milwaukee
I-894 west
Mitchell Interchange; northern end of I-94 concurrency; eastern end of I-43 wrong-way concurrency; eastern end of I-894 concurrency
33.60 54.07 9 WIS 241 – South 27th Street No access is allowed from I-94 west or to I-94 east; exit numbers based on I-894's mile markers
Greenfield 34.64 55.75 8 WIS 36 – Loomis Road
35.64 57.36 7 South 60th Street
36.66 59.00 5B South 76th Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
36.66–
37.14
59.00–
59.77
5A-B South 76th Street, South 84th Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
36.86 59.32 5A WIS 24 west – Forest Home Avenue Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Milwaukee 38.06 61.25 4 I-43 south / US 45 south – Beloit, Chicago Hale Interchange; western end of I-43 concurrency; southern end of the US 45 concurrency
Greenfield 39.32 63.28 3 Beloit Road (CHT-T)
39.93 64.26 2B Oklahoma Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
West Allis 40.67 65.45 2A National Avenue Southbound exit to westbound National Avenue only
40.93 65.87 1E Lincoln Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
41.89 67.42 1D WIS 59 – Greenfield Avenue
Milwaukee 42.61 68.57 1
38
I-94 – Madison, Downtown Milwaukee, Chicago
I-894 east
Western end of I-894 concurrency; signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west) northbound and exits 38A (west) and 38B (east) southbound; Zoo Interchange
Wauwatosa 43.36–
43.60
69.78–
70.17
39 US 18 (Bluemound Road) / Wisconsin Avenue Northbound exit is not signed for Wisconsin Avenue; exit numbers based on US 45's mile markers
44.14–
44.56
71.04–
71.71
40 Watertown Plank Road, Swan Boulevard Soutbound exit not signed for Swan Boulevard
44.94 72.32 42A WIS 100 north (Mayfair Road) / North Avenue east Southbound exit not signed for WIS 100
45.54 73.29 42B North Avenue west
46.59 74.98 43 Burleigh Street
47.59 76.59 44 WIS 190 (Capitol Drive) Three-level diamond interchange; access roads for the adjacent Harley-Davidson and Penzeys Spices plants are also part of the interchange
Milwaukee 48.69 78.36 45 County EE (Hampton Avenue)
49.52 79.69 46 County E south (Silver Spring Drive) / WIS 100 Southern end of WIS 100 concurrency
51.05 82.16 47 WIS 175 (Appleton Avenue)
51.85 83.44 47B County PP (Good Hope Road) Exit numbers based on US 41's mile markers
52.15–
52.94
83.93–
85.20
48 WIS 145
Waukesha Menomonee Falls 54.64–
54.77
87.93–
88.14
50 WIS 74 west / WIS 100 east (Main Street) Northern end of WIS 100 concurrency; signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west)
55.45 89.24 51 Pilgrim Road Signed as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)
Washington Germantown 56.68 91.22 52 County Q (County Line Road)
58.63 94.36 54 WIS 167 east (Mequon Road) / County Y (Lannon Road) Southern end of WIS 167 concurrency
61.64 99.20 57 WIS 167 west (Holy Hill Road) Northern end of WIS 167 concurrency
Richfield 63.27 101.82 59 US 45 north – West Bend Northern end of US 45 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance
64.37 103.59 60 County FD to WIS 145 Signage reads WIS 145; ramp signage reads CTH-FD TO WIS 145
Slinger 68.17 109.71 64 WIS 60 – Jackson, Slinger, Hartford Signed as exits 64A (east, Jackson) and 64B (west, Slinger, Hartford) northbound. Commerce Blvd
Town of Polk 70.45 113.38 66 WIS 144 – West Bend, Slinger
Town of Hartford 72.12 116.07 68 County K
Town of Addison 76.37 122.91 72 WIS 33 / County W – West Bend, Allenton
Town of Wayne 79.59 128.09 76 County D
Dodge Town of Theresa 85.22 137.15 81 WIS 28 – Mayville, Kewaskum
Lomira 89.24 143.62 85 WIS 67 – Lomira, Campbellsport
Town of Lomira 91.29 146.92 87 WIS 49 / County KK – Brownsville, Waupun
Fond du Lac Town of Byron 96.10 154.66 92 County B – Oakfield, Eden
Fond du Lac 99.71–
99.72
160.47–
160.48
95 US 151 – Madison, Manitowoc
101.01 162.56 97 County VVV (Hickory Street)
101.84 163.90 98 County D (Military Road) Former US 151
103.74 166.95 99 WIS 23 (Johnson Street)
North Fond du Lac 104.24 167.76 101 County OO (Winnebago Street)
Winnebago Town of Eldorado 110.27 177.46 106 County N
Town of Nekimi 117.47 189.05 113 WIS 26 / County N – Rosendale, Waupun
Oshkosh 120.22 193.48 116 WIS 44 / WIS 91 (South Park Avenue, Ripon Road)
Oshkosh 121.64 195.76 117 9th Avenue
Oshkosh 123.14 198.17 119 WIS 21 (Omro Road, Oshkosh Avenue)
Oshkosh 125.05 201.25 120 US 45 (Algoma Boulevard) to US 10 west To US 10 west not signed southbound
Oshkosh 128.10 206.16 124 WIS 76 (Jackson Street)
Neenah 133.30 214.53 129 Bell Street, Breezewood Lane
134.67 216.73 131 WIS 114 / County JJ (Winneconne Avenue)
135.61 218.24 132 Main Street, Oak Ridge Road No entrance ramps
Town of Menasha 136.35 219.43 133 County II (Winchester Road)
137.81 221.78 134 US 10 east / WIS 441 north
137.86 221.86 US 10 west Southbound exit and entrance only
139.62 224.70 136 County BB (Prospect Avenue)
Outagamie Town of Grand Chute 140.88 226.72 137 WIS 125 (College Avenue)
141.65 227.96 138 WIS 96 (Wisconsin Avenue)
142.71 229.67 139 WIS 15 / County OO (Northland Avenue) to County A To CTH-A not signed southbound
145.67 234.43 142 WIS 47 (Richmond Street)
Appleton 147.67 237.65 144 County E (Ballard Road)
148.59–
148.61
239.13–
239.16
145 WIS 441 south
Town of Little Chute 151.10 243.17 146 County N – Little Chute
Kaukauna 152.78 245.88 148 WIS 55 – Seymour, Kaukauna
153.99 247.82 150 County J – Kaukauna
Town of Kaukauna 158.25 254.68 154 County U – Wrightstown
Brown Town of Lawrence 161.21 259.44 157 County S – Freedom
181.87 292.69 161 County F (Scheuring Road)
Ashwaubenon 167.12 268.95 163A County G (Main Avenue) Signed as exit 163 southbound
167.40 269.40 163B WIS 32 north (Ashland Avenue) – Green Bay Northbound exit and southbound entrance
168.39 271.00 164 County AAA (Oneida Street, Waube Lane)
169.36–
169.46
272.56–
272.72
165 WIS 172 to I-43 / WIS 57 – A. Straubel Airport To WIS 57 not signed northbound
171.14 275.42 167 County VK (Lombardi Avenue, Hazelwood Lane)
Green Bay 172.18 277.10 168 WIS 32 south / WIS 54 (Mason Street) Southern end of WIS 32 concurrency
Howard 17317 27,869 169 WIS 29 (Shawano Avenue) / WIS 32 north / Dousman Street Northern end of WIS 32 concurrency
174.75 281.23 170 US 141 south (Velp Avenue) Southern end of US 141 concurrency
175.16–
175.43
281.89–
282.33
171 I-43 south – Milwaukee
US 41 north / US 141 north – Marinette, Iron Mountain
Northern end of US 41 concurrency; northern end of US 141 concurrency; northern terminus of I-43; I-41 terminates at northbound entrance ramp from I-43
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c US 41 Interstate Conversion Team (April 9, 2015). "US 41 Interstate Conversion: Wisconsin State Line–Green Bay, in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, and Brown Counties". Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on April 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Vitale, Marty (November 16, 2012). "SCOH Report from Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering Annual Meeting" (PDF) (Report). Pittsburgh, PA: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ Google (April 7, 2014). "Overview Map of Interstate 41" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Behnke, Duke (September 5, 2007). "'Interstate 41’ on Near Horizon". The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI). Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jagannathan, Malavika (February 8, 2009). "Officials Push to Rename Revamped US 41". Green Bay Press Gazette. Retrieved July 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ Staff (February 9, 2009). "New Business, Minutes of the Village Board Meeting" (PDF). Village of Howard, Wisconsin. Retrieved July 10, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Staff (May 2012). US 41 Public Information Meeting Report (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bollier, Jeff (December 13, 2014). "Interstate Upgrade for 41 Clears Hurdle". The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI).  [page needed]
  9. ^ "Appropriations by Fiscal Year: FY2015". United States Congress. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 113th Congress (December 16, 2014). "H.R.83: Making Consolidated Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2015, and for Other Purposes". U.S. Government Printing Office. Public Law No: 113-235. 
  12. ^ Bollier, Jeff & Shuda, Nathaniel (December 12, 2014). "Interstate 41 Clears Major Congressional Hurdle". The Oshkosh Northwestern. 
  13. ^ Srubas, Paul (April 9, 2015). "US 41 Named Officially to Interstate Highway System". Green Bay Press Gazette. 
  14. ^ Rudat, Kim (December 15, 2014). "Federal Legislation Will Enable Converting US 41 to an Interstate" (Press release). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ Delong, Katie (July 3, 2014). "Have You Seen the Signs for Interstate 41? Why They’re Not a Mistake!". Milwaukee, WI: WITI-TV. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ryan, Sean (August 12, 2013). "Highway 41 to Become Interstate 41 Next Year under $8M DOT Proposal". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ US 41 Interstate Conversion Team (April 9, 2015). "US 41 Interstate Conversion: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 8, 2007. 
  19. ^ Staff. "Exit Numbers on US 41". Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 10, 2007. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing