U.S. Route 41 in Wisconsin

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US Highway 41 marker

US Highway 41
US 41 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length 225 mi (362 km)
Existed 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end I-41 / I-94 / US 41 near Pleasant Prairie
 
North end US 41 at Marinette
Location
Counties Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, Brown, Oconto, Marinette
Highway system
I-41WIS 41

U.S. Highway 41 (US 41) is a north–south highway United States Numbered Highway in eastern Wisconsin. It runs from Pleasant Prairie on the Illinois border north to Marinette on the Michigan border. Most of the route is concurrent with Interstate 41 in the state, with the exception of the portion between Howard, a suburb of Green Bay, and Marinette.

Route description[edit]

US 41 is a freeway for nearly 85 percent of its route through Wisconsin, with the exceptions being a 29-mile (47 km) expressway section from the US 141 interchange in Oconto County to Marinette and a five-mile (8.0 km) surface arterial section within Marinette. The highway runs concurrently with I-94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois border and concurrently with I-41 from Howard 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.

After leaving Green Bay, US 41 continues north to Abrams co-signed with US 141, and then it turns east off the co-signed route toward Marinette and into Michigan.

History[edit]

The first alignment of US 41 in Wisconsin, which extended south from Marinette to the Illinois state line, was defined generally by two state trunk highways in existence in 1926: WIS 15 from Marinette to Milwaukee, and WIS 57 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line. Signs for the newly established highway were to be placed in spring of 1927.[1] A meeting of the Wisconsin Highway Commission in 1926 decided that no new U.S. Highway number would overlap with an existing state route number; therefore, WIS 41 was retired and renumbered when US 41 came into existence.[1]

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.

By 1955, US 41 was relocated from the corridor of today's WIS 175 and its successors to a nearby expressway in Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Washington, Waukesha, and Milwaukee Counties.[2]

In Green Bay, the road was rerouted in 1953 to 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. US 41 then followed present day Velp Avenue north to Suamico where it merged with what is now the US 41 freeway. Until 1968 this was the outer highway for Green Bay; the area now is urbanized. The 1953–1968 Green Bay bypass was once again bypassed, sequentially, 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.[2]

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.

Exit list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[3]kmExit[4]DestinationsNotes
KenoshaPleasant Prairie0.000.00 I-41 south / I-94 east / US 41 south – ChicagoContinuation into Illinois
2.043.28347 WIS 165 / CTH-Q (Lakeview Parkway)Exit numbers follow I-94
3.435.52345 CTH-C
Kenosha5.078.16344 WIS 50 – Kenosha, Lake Geneva
Somers6.5910.61342 WIS 158 – Kenosha
8.3513.44340 WIS 142 / CTH-S – Burlington, Kenosha
Town of Paris10.0716.21339 CTH-E
RacineKenosha
county line
Mount PleasantParis
village/town line
12.0819.44337 CTH-KR (County Line Road)
RacineMount Pleasant13.9522.45335 WIS 11 – Burlington, Racine
Town of Yorkville15.96–
16.01
25.69–
25.77
333 WIS 20 – Waterford, Racine
Caledonia19.6431.61329 CTH-K – Racine
Town of Raymond21.6734.87327 CTH-G
23.1737.29326Seven Mile Road
Caledonia24.1038.79325 WIS 241 north (27th Street)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
MilwaukeeOak Creek324Elm RoadFuture exit, will replace exit 325
26.3942.47322 WIS 100 (Ryan Road)
28.4745.82321Drexel Avenue
29.4147.33320 CTH-BB (Rawson Avenue)
Milwaukee30.3848.89319 CTH-ZZ (College Avenue)
31.0850.02318 WIS 119 – General Mitchell International Airport
32.3752.09317 CTH-Y (Layton Avenue)
32.53–
32.69
52.35–
52.61
316
10
I-43 north / I-94 west – Milwaukee
I-894 west
Mitchell Interchange; northern end of I-94 overlap; eastern end of I-43 and I-894 overlaps
33.6054.079 WIS 241 – South 27th StreetNo access is allowed from I-94 west or to I-94 east; exit numbers follow I-894
Greenfield34.6455.758 WIS 36 – Loomis RoadSigned as exits 8A (south) and 8B (north)
35.6457.367South 60th Street
36.6659.005B CTH-U (South 76th Street)Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
36.66–
37.14
59.00–
59.77
5A-BSouth 76th Street, South 84th StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
36.8659.325A WIS 24 west – Forest Home AvenueWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Milwaukee38.0661.254 I-43 south / US 45 south – Beloit, ChicagoHale Interchange; western end of I-43 overlap; southern end of the US 45 overlap
Greenfield39.3263.283 CTH-T (Beloit Road)
39.9364.262BOklahoma AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
West Allis40.6765.452ANational AvenueSouthbound exit to westbound National Avenue only
40.9365.871ELincoln AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
41.8967.421D WIS 59 – Greenfield Avenue
Milwaukee42.6168.571
38
I-94 – Madison, Downtown Milwaukee, Chicago
I-894 east
Zoo Interchange; western end of I-894 overlap; signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west) northbound and exits 38A (west) and 38B (east) southbound
Wauwatosa43.36–
43.60
69.78–
70.17
39 US 18 (Bluemound Road) / Wisconsin AvenueNorthbound exit is not signed for Wisconsin Avenue; exit numbers follow US 45
44.14–
44.56
71.04–
71.71
40Watertown Plank Road, Swan BoulevardSoutbound exit not signed for Swan Boulevard
44.9472.3242A WIS 100 north (Mayfair Road) / North Avenue eastSouthbound exit not signed for WIS 100
45.5473.2942BNorth Avenue west
46.5974.9843Burleigh Street
47.5976.5944 WIS 190 (Capitol Drive)Three-level diamond interchange; access roads for the adjacent plants are also part of the interchange
Milwaukee48.6978.3645 CTH-EE (Hampton Avenue)
49.5279.6946 CTH-E south (Silver Spring Drive) / WIS 100Southern end of WIS 100 overlap
51.0582.1647 WIS 175 (Appleton Avenue)
51.8583.4447B CTH-PP (Good Hope Road)Exit numbers follow US 41
52.15–
52.94
83.93–
85.20
48 WIS 145
WaukeshaMenomonee Falls54.64–
54.77
87.93–
88.14
50 WIS 74 west / WIS 100 east (Main Street)Northern end of WIS 100 overlap; signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west)
55.4589.2451Pilgrim RoadSigned as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)
WashingtonGermantown56.6891.2252 CTH-Q (County Line Road)
58.6394.3654 WIS 167 east (Mequon Road) / CTH-Y (Lannon Road)Southern end of WIS 167 overlap
61.6499.2057 WIS 167 west (Holy Hill Road)Northern end of WIS 167 overlap
Richfield63.27101.8259 US 45 north – West BendNorthern end of US 45 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
64.37103.5960 CTH-FD to WIS 145Signage reads WIS 145; ramp signage reads CTH-FD TO WIS 145
Slinger68.17109.7164 WIS 60 (Commerce Boulevard) – Jackson, Slinger, HartfordSigned as exits 64A (east, Jackson) and 64B (west, Slinger, Hartford) northbound
Town of Polk70.45113.3866 WIS 144 – West Bend, Slinger
Town of Hartford72.12116.0768 CTH-K
Town of Addison76.37122.9172 WIS 33 / CTH-W – West Bend, Allenton
Town of Wayne79.59128.0976 CTH-D
DodgeTown of Theresa85.22137.1581 WIS 28 – Mayville, Kewaskum
Lomira89.24143.6285 WIS 67 – Lomira, Campbellsport
Town of Lomira91.29146.9287 WIS 49 / CTH-KK – Brownsville, Waupun
Fond du LacTown of Byron96.10154.6692 CTH-B – Oakfield, Eden
Fond du Lac99.71–
99.72
160.47–
160.48
95 US 45 south / US 151 – Madison, ManitowocSouthern end of US 45 overlap
101.01162.5697 CTH-VVV (Hickory Street)
101.84163.9098 CTH-D (Military Road)Former US 151
103.74166.9599 US 45 north / WIS 23 (Johnson Street)Northern end of US 45 overlap
North Fond du Lac104.24167.76101 CTH-OO (Winnebago Street)
WinnebagoTown of Eldorado110.27177.46106 CTH-N – Van Dyne
Town of Nekimi117.47189.05113 WIS 26 / CTH-N – Rosendale, Waupun
Oshkosh120.22193.48116 WIS 44 / WIS 91 (South Park Avenue, Ripon Road)
121.64195.761179th Avenue
123.14198.17119 WIS 21 (Omro Road, Oshkosh Avenue)
125.05201.25120 US 45 (Algoma Boulevard) to US 10 westTo US 10 west not signed southbound
128.10206.16124 WIS 76 (Jackson Street)
Neenah133.30214.53129Bell Street, Breezewood Lane
134.67216.73131 WIS 114 / CTH-JJ (Winneconne Avenue)
135.61218.24132Main Street, Oak Ridge RoadNo entrance ramps
Town of Menasha136.35219.43133 CTH-II (Winchester Road)
137.81221.78134 US 10 east / WIS 441 north
137.86221.86 US 10 westSouthbound exit and entrance only
139.62224.70136 CTH-BB (Prospect Avenue)
OutagamieTown of Grand Chute140.88226.72137 WIS 125 (College Avenue)
141.65227.96138 WIS 96 (Wisconsin Avenue)
142.71229.67139 WIS 15 / CTH-OO (Northland Avenue) to CTH-ATo CTH-A not signed southbound
145.67234.43142 WIS 47 (Richmond Street)
Appleton147.67237.65144 CTH-E (Ballard Road)
148.59–
148.61
239.13–
239.16
145 WIS 441 south
Little Chute151.10243.17146 CTH-N – Little Chute
Kaukauna152.78245.88148 WIS 55 – Seymour, Kaukauna
153.99247.82150 CTH-J – Kaukauna
Town of Kaukauna158.25254.68154 CTH-U – Wrightstown
BrownTown of Lawrence161.21259.44157 CTH-S – Freedom
181.87292.69161 CTH-F (Scheuring Road)
Ashwaubenon167.12268.95163A CTH-G (Main Avenue)Signed as exit 163 southbound
167.40269.40163B WIS 32 north (Ashland Avenue) – Green BayNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
168.39271.00164 CTH-AAA (Oneida Street, Waube Lane)
169.36–
169.46
272.56–
272.72
165 WIS 172 to I-43 / WIS 57 – A. Straubel AirportTo WIS 57 not signed northbound
171.14275.42167 CTH-VK (Lombardi Avenue, Hazelwood Lane)
Green Bay172.18277.10168 WIS 32 south / WIS 54 (Mason Street)Southern end of WIS 32 overlap
Howard173.17278.69169 WIS 29 (Shawano Avenue) / WIS 32 north / Dousman StreetNorthern end of WIS 32 overlap
174.75281.23170A US 141 south / CTH-HS (Velp Avenue)Southern end of US 141 overlap; former exit 170
175.16–
175.43
281.89–
282.33
170B I-43 south – MilwaukeeNorthern terminus of I-41 and I-43; northern end of I-41 overlap; former exit 171
Town of Suamico173 CTH-M (Lineville Road)
176 CTH-B (Sunset Beach Road) – Suamico
OcontoTown of Little Suamico179Brown Road
182 CTH-S
Town of Abrams185 CTH-D (Sampson Road) to CTH-EE – Abrams
187 US 141 north – Crivitz, Iron MountainNorthern end of US 141 overlap
Northern end of freeway
Town of Pensaukee CTH-J – Brookside, Little Suamico
CTH-SS – Pensaukee
Southern end of freeway
197
Bus. US 41 north – Oconto
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Oconto198 WIS 22 / CTH-Y – Oconto, Gillett
200
Bus. US 41 south to CTH-S – Oconto
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
Northern end of freeway
CTH-A eastSouthern end of CTH-A overlap
CTH-A west – LenaNorthern end of CTH-A overlap
MarinetteCounty Line CTH-W – County Line
Grover CTH-M – Coleman
Southern end of freeway
212
Bus. US 41 north / CTH-Y – Peshtigo
216
Bus. US 41 south – Peshtigo
Northern end of freeway
Marinette CTH-T (Roosevelt Road) to WIS 180
WIS 64 west (Hall Avenue) to WIS 180
Menominee RiverWisconsin–Michigan state line
US 41 north – EscanabaContinuation into Michigan
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Prepares to Mark New U.S. Thru Highways". Appleton Post-Crescent. August 18, 1926. p. 7. Retrieved December 23, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ a b Bessert, Christopher J. (January 31, 2009). "US 41, The Complete History". Wisconsin Highways. Self-published. Retrieved December 14, 2006. [self-published source]
  3. ^ Wisconsin State Trunk Highway Logs:
    • Southeast Region Staff (December 31, 2008). State Trunk Highway Log for Southeast Region (XLS). Waukesha, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 041N. 
    • Southwest Region Staff (December 31, 2008). State Trunk Highway Log for Southwest Region (XLS). Madison, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. 041N. 
    • Northeast Region Staff (May 14, 2009). State Trunk Highway Log for Region 3. Green Bay, WI: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. pp. 172–200. 
  4. ^ Staff. "Exit Numbers on US 41". Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved June 10, 2007. 

External links[edit]

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