Wisconsin Highway 64

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State Trunk Highway 64 marker

State Trunk Highway 64
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 275.65 mi[1] (443.62 km)
Major junctions
West end: MN 36 in St. Joseph
  US 63 / WIS 46 in Deer Park
US 53 in Bloomer
US 51 in Merrill
US 45 / WIS 47 / WIS 52 in Antigo
US 141 in Pound
East end: US 41 in Marinette
Location
Counties: St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa, Taylor, Lincoln, Langlade, Oconto, Marinette
Highway system
WIS 63 WIS 65

State Trunk Highway 64 (often called Highway 64, STH 64 or WIS 64) is a Wisconsin state highway running east–west across central Wisconsin. It is 275.65 miles (443.62 km) in length. The western end of Highway 64 is located at the Minnesota state line on the St. Croix Crossing bridge in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. The eastern end is located at U.S. Highway 41 in downtown Marinette on the corner of Marinette Avenue and Hall Avenue. In between, Highway 64 runs through eight counties in the northern part of Wisconsin.

Route description[edit]

Western Section (State Line to US 53)[edit]

Highway 64 begins at the St. Croix Crossing bridge at the Wisconsin/Minnesota state line. The highway continues as a four lane freeway bypassing Houlton for approximately a mile, before meeting and running concurrent with WIS 35 for 9 miles (14 km) until Somerset. Highway 64 is a limited-access freeway from 150th Avenue in Houlton until 85th St./Raleigh Rd. in Somerset. Continuing east, the highway is an expressway with at-grade intersections until 145th St. in New Richmond. From 145th St. on, the route is a two-lane surface road. In Cylon, Wisconsin Highway 64 is concurrent with US 63 from the US 63/WIS 46 (known locally as 'Four Corners') junction until 260th St.

Highway 64 winds through Dunn County, running through mostly rural areas and unincorporated towns. Approximately half-way through its routing in the County, WIS 64 runs concurrent with Wisconsin Highway 25. After passing the Hay Creek Public Hunting Grounds, WIS 64 crosses the Red Cedar River before crossing into Chippewa County. Highway 64 continues east through Chippewa County, crossing US 53 at exit 112, just north of Bloomer.

Central Section (US 53 to Antigo)[edit]

WIS 64 runs concurrently with WIS 40 for about four miles before Highway 40 turns north towards US 8. Just south of Cornell, WIS 64 meets the northern terminus of Wisconsin Highway 178 before crossing the Chippewa River and into Cornell as Bridge Street.

In downtown Cornell, WIS 64 intersects with Wisconsin Highway 27 at South 3rd Street. The two state highways run concurrently out of the city to the Cornell Municipal Airport. WIS 27 turns north towards Ladysmith, while WIS 64 continues East into Taylor County.

Highway 64 becomes Main Street in Gilman, intersecting with Wisconsin Highway 73 east of the village. WIS 64 and 73 continue south across the Yellow River before WIS 73 continues south towards Thorp. WIS 64 runs along the southern border of Chequamegon National Forest en route to Medford, where it becomes Broadway Avenue. WIS 64 then crosses Wisconsin Highway 13 at 8th Street on the east side of the city. Outside of the unincorporated town of Goodrich, WIS 64 meets the northern terminus of Wisconsin Highway 97 (Mink Drive). WIS 64 continues slightly northwest into Goodrich before entering Lincoln County. Highway 64 continues on for about 10 miles (16 km) before intersecting Wisconsin Highway 107. Highways 64 and 107 continue north for two miles before turning east and into the city of Merrill, where they become Main Street.

WIS 64 and WIS 107 run alongside the Wisconsin River, crossing it on the west side of Merrill before WIS 107 continues northwest on Grand Avenue. WIS 64 continues east across the Prairie River as 1st Street into downtown. At North Polk Street, WIS 64 splits into two one-way streets, with eastbound traffic continuing for about seven blocks on East 1st Street, while westbound traffic takes East 2nd Street past the post office, Prairie River Middle School, and on to North Polk Street. Two blocks east of the Lincoln County Courthouse at Center Avenue (also known as County Highway K), Highway 64 turns south for one block and back to East Main Street. It then continues east out of the city to US 51 at exit 208.

East of the US 51 freeway, Highway 64 crosses the southern terminus of Wisconsin Highway 17, then heads east towards Langlade County. WIS 64 takes a brief two-mile turn south with County Highway X before crossing the county line.

Highway 64 continues east towards the city of Antigo. A new detour opened in the fall 2011 that now has Highway 64 bypassing downtown Antigo. It crossesUS 45 and Wisconsin Highway 47, and merges with Wisconsin Highway 52 on the North side of Antigo. WIS 52 and 64 continue east while US 45 and WIS 47 continue north.

Eastern Section (Antigo to Marinette)[edit]

About a mile (1.6 km) outside of Antigo, WIS 52 turns northeast at Langlade Road, just north of Langlade County Airport. WIS 64 continues due east, going through the towns of Polar, Elton, White Lake, and Langlade. WIS 64 then enters the western boundary of the Nicolet National Forest before entering Oconto County.

Highway 64 continues through the wooded hills of the Nicolet National Forest before intersecting with Wisconsin Highway 32. The two highways turn to the southeast along the Oconto River into the town of Mountain. After passing Chute Pond Park, WIS 32 turns toward the south towards Breed while WIS 64 heads east along the southern edge of the National Forest into Marinette County.

Highway 64 is the county line between Oconto and Marinette for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) before entering Marinette. On the northern edge of the city of Pound, WIS 64 intersects with US 141 before continuing east toward the city of Marinette. Upon entering Marinette, WIS 64 becomes Hall Avenue, continuing downtown until it reaches its eastern terminus at US 41 (Marinette Avenue) at State Street. US 41 continues east on Hall Avenue to Bridge Street and into the state of Michigan.

Exits on STH 64[edit]

Exit 4: CTH V Anderson Scout Camp Road

Exit 5: CTH VV Business STH 64 38th Street Somerset

Exit 9: CTH C STH 35 Business STH 64 Somerset Osceola

Exit 12: CTH A Business STH 64 New Richmond

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 60-69 (Highway 64)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-03-20. [self-published source?]

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