U.S. Route 45 in Wisconsin

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US Highway 45 marker

US Highway 45
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 305 mi (491 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 45 in Bristol
  I-43 / WIS 100 in Hales Corners
I-41 / I-43 / I-894 in Greenfield
I-94 / I-894 in West Allis
US 18 in Wauwatosa
WIS 175 in Milwaukee
I-41 in Germantown
US 151 in Fond du Lac
I-41 in Oshkosh
US 10 in Winchester
US 8 / WIS 47 in Monico
North end: US 45 in Land O' Lakes
Location
Counties: Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, Waupaca, Shawano, Langlade, Oneida, Vilas
Highway system
WIS 44 WIS 45

U.S. Highway 45 (US 45) runs north–south through the eastern and northern portions of the state of Wisconsin. Also called Highway 45, it runs from the state line with Illinois near the village of Bristol in Kenosha County to the Michigan state line at the town of Land O' Lakes in Vilas County, a total of about 305 miles (491 km).

Route description[edit]

US 45 enters from Illinois at Pikeville and is a two-lane road up to its junction with WIS 36 southwest of Milwaukee. It runs concurrent with WIS 36 to its junction with WIS 100. As it follows WIS 100 north, it becomes an urban multilane road. It merges onto I-43 north in Greenfield then follows I-894, I-41, and US 41 north from the Hale Interchange one mile (1.6 km) to the east. After I-894 ends at I-94, US 45 continues as a freeway north into Wauwatosa following I-41 and US 41 north of the Zoo Interchange. The two routes split further north with US 45 continuing to West Bend. The freeway section of US 45 ends north of West Bend and continues into Kewaskum as a four-lane highway. North of Kewaskum, it passes through Waucousta and Eden as it approaches Fond du Lac

A wrong-way concurrency: northbound US 45 and southbound US 151 south of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (actual direction of travel is westbound)

US 45 reaches a point just south of Fond du Lac, where it joins US 151 and, in a brief wrong-way concurrency, jogs to the west, where it joins I-41. It then follows I-41 north around Fond du Lac to the junction with WIS 23, and jogs back east, into the center of Fond du Lac, where it then turns north, and follows the shore of Lake Winnebago as a two-lane road, to Oshkosh. It runs through Oshkosh as Main Street, then turns onto Algoma Boulevard, which it follows out of Oshkosh. As it crosses I-41 it becomes a freeway facility to US 10 in Winchester. After briefly joining US 10, US 45 takes a northward track as a two-lane rural road and heads into North Central Wisconsin with the exception of a four-lane expressway between Clintonville and Marion. The route serves as the central street for Antigo and Eagle River and passes into various state and national forest land. The route leaves the state at Land O' Lakes.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Exit[1] Destinations Notes
Kenosha Village of Bristol 0.00 0.00 US 45 south – Chicago Continuation into Illinois
WIS 50
Community of Paris WIS 142
Racine Union Grove WIS 11
Yorkville WIS 20 East end of WIS 20 concurrency
Dover WIS 20 West end of WIS 20 concurrency
Waukesha Muskego WIS 36 Southern end of WIS 36 concurrency
Milwaukee Franklin WIS 36, WIS 100 Northern end of WIS 36 concurrency
Southern end of WIS 100 concurrency
CTH-BB (Rawson Avenue) Interchange
Hales Corners WIS 24
Greenfield 60 I-43 south – Beloit Southern end of I-43 concurrency
4
61
I-41 south / I-43 north / I-894 east / US 41 south – Milwaukee
I-41 north / I-894 west / US 41 north – Fond du Lac
Northern end of I-43 concurrency, southern end of I-41/I-894/US 41 concurrency at the Hale Interchange
3 Beloit Road
2B Oklahoma Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
West Allis 2A National Avenue Southbound exit to westbound National Ave only
1E Lincoln Avenue Southbound exit and northbound entrance
1D WIS 59 – Greenfield Avenue
Milwaukee 1
38
I-94 – Madison, Downtown Milwaukee, Chicago
I-894 east
Signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west) northbound and exits 38A (west) and 38B (east) southbound; I-94 exit 305; I-894 western terminus; end of I-894 concurrency
Wauwatosa 39 US 18 (Bluemound Road) / Wisconsin Avenue Northbound exit is not signed for Wisconsin Avenue
40 Watertown Plank Road, Swan Boulevard Southbound exit not signed for Swan Boulevard
42A WIS 100 north (Mayfair Road) / North Avenue east Southbound exit not signed for WIS 100
42B North Avenue west
43 Burleigh Street
44 WIS 190 (Capitol Drive)
45 Hampton Avenue Butler use exit 45
Milwaukee 46 WIS 100 south (Silver Spring Drive) Southern end of WIS 100 concurrency
47 WIS 175 (Appleton Avenue)
47B Good Hope Road
48 WIS 145
Waukesha Menomonee Falls 50 WIS 74 west / WIS 100 east (Main Street) Northern end of WIS 100 concurrency; 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)
Washington Germantown 54 WIS 167 east (Mequon Road) / CTH-Y (Lannon Road) Southern end of WIS 167 concurrency
57 WIS 167 west (Holy Hill Road) Northern end of WIS 167 concurrency
Richfield 59 I-41 north / US 41 north – Fond du Lac Northern end of I-41/US 41 concurrency, signed as exit 59 northbound
60 WIS 145 (Fond du Lac Avenue) / CTH-FD CTH FD signed on the ramp only
Jackson 63 WIS 60 – Slinger, Jackson
65 CTH-PV (Pleasant Valley Road)
West Bend 68 Paradise Drive
71 WIS 33 / WIS 144 (Washington Street)
73 CTH-D (Main Street)
Freeway ends
Kewaskum WIS 28 Southern end of WIS 28 concurrency
WIS 28 Northern end of WIS 28 concurrency
Fond du Lac Auburn WIS 67
Town of Fond du Lac US 151 Interchange
Fond du Lac WIS 23
Winnebago Oshkosh WIS 44
WIS 76
WIS 21
I-41 – Fond du Lac, Appleton Interchange
CTH-T Interchange
Town of Winneconne WIS 116 west, CTH-GG east Interchange
Winchester CTH-II Interchange (old WIS 150)
US 10 Interchange; eastern end of US 10 concurrency
US 10 Interchange; west end of US 10 concurrency
WaupacaOutagamie
county line
WIS 96
Outagamie Hortonia WIS 15
New London WIS 54
Waupaca Bear Creek WIS 22, WIS 76 Southern end of WIS 22 concurrency
Clintonville WIS 22 Northern end of WIS 22 concurrency
Shawano Whitcomb WIS 153
Town of Wittenberg WIS 29 Interchange, east end of WIS 29 concurrency
Wittenberg WIS 29 Interchange, west end of WIS 29 concurrency
Aniwa WIS 52 Southern end of WIS 52 concurrency
Langlade Rolling WIS 47 Southern end of WIS 47 concurrency
Antigo WIS 64 Southern end of WIS 64 concurrency
WIS 52 / WIS 64 Northern end of WIS 52 and WIS 64 concurrency
Oneida Monico US 8 / WIS 47 Northern end of WIS 47 concurrency, west end of US 8 concurrency
US 8 East end of US 8 concurrency
Three Lakes WIS 32 Southern end of WIS 32 concurrency
Vilas Lincoln WIS 70 East end of WIS 70 concurrency
Eagle River WIS 70 / WIS 17 West end of WIS 70 concurrency, Southern end of WIS 17 concurrency
Lincoln WIS 17 Northern end of WIS 17 concurrency
Town of Land O' Lakes US 45 north – Ontonagon Continuation into Michigan
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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U.S. Route 45
Previous state:
Illinois
Wisconsin Next state:
Michigan