Wisconsin Highway 142

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State Trunk Highway 142 marker

State Trunk Highway 142
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length: 17.7 mi[1] (28.5 km)
Major junctions
West end: WIS 11 / WIS 36 / WIS 83 in Burlington
  US 45 in Paris
East end: I-41 / US 41 / I-94 / CTH-S in Kenosha
Location
Counties: Racine, Kenosha
Highway system
US 141 WIS 144

State Trunk Highway 142 (STH 142, commonly known as Highway 142 or WIS 142) is a mostly rural highway connecting Burlington with Kenosha.

Prior to the commissioning of Interstate 43 in the early 1970s, the current route of WIS 142 was designated as State Trunk Highway 43 (WIS 43). The route number was changed in accordance to then-Wisconsin Department of Transportation policy, which prohibits duplicate numbers between state and US/Interstate highways within Wisconsin.

When the road was recently rebuilt, the state department of transportation incorporated a new feature they are testing called centerline rumble strips.

The highway's eastern terminus with Interstate 94 has been called "Wisconsin's most visible cheese interchange" by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The intersection had three cheese shops until 2009 and still has two; the oldest, Mars Cheese Castle, has been at the intersection since 1947.[2]

History[edit]

WIS 142 in rural Kenosha County

Prior to 1992, WIS 142 extended from I-94/US-41 along what is called Washington Road into Kenosha. WIS 142 ended at WIS 32 (Sheridan Road) on Kenosha's north side. In 1992, WisDOT turned the eastern section back to city and county control. The section is now known as County Highway S.

Prior to the opening of the Burlington Bypass, WIS 142 extended into Burlington. WIS 142 ended at WIS 11 on Burlington's east side. In 2010, with the completion of the eastern section of the Burlington Bypass, WIS 142 was truncated to end at WIS 83. (With the completion of the entire bypass, the terminus now consists of WIS 11, WIS 36, and WIS 83.)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 140-149 (Highway 142)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-03-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ Herzog, Karen (April 7, 2009). "Gouda-bye: Freeway alters cheese interchange - Road project forces store to close, another to move". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.