Wisconsin Highway 11

State Trunk Highway 11 marker
State Trunk Highway 11
WIS 11 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length 157.56 mi[1] (253.57 km)
Major junctions
West end US 61 / US 151 / WIS 35 in Kieler
Major intersections US 51 in Janesville
I-39 / I-90 in Janesville
I-39 / I-90 in Janesville
US 14 in Janesville
US 14 / WIS 89 in Darien
I-43 in Elkhorn
US 45 in Union Grove
I-41 / I-94 / US 41 in Mt. Pleasant
East end WIS 32 in Racine
Location
Counties Grant, Lafayette, Green, Rock, Walworth, Racine
Highway system
← WIS 10 β†’ US 12
← WIS 341 WIS 351 β†’ WIS 441

State Trunk Highway 11 (often called Highway 11, STH-11 or WIS 11) is a state highway running east–west across southern Wisconsin. The highway connects Dubuque, Iowa with the cities of Janesville, Racine and Elkhorn. Most of the route is two-lane road with the exception of an expressway bypass of Monroe, a multilane bypass of Janesville, a section where it is concurrent with I-39 and I-90, a combined freeway/divided highway bypass of Burlington to the south, where it is partially concurrent with WI 36 and WI 83, and urban multilane highway in the greater Racine area.

Route description

WIS 11 begins in Grant County at the freeway carrying US 61 and US 151 and concurrent with WIS 35. WIS 35 turns south to Illinois a half of a mile into the route as WIS 11 meanders to the east to Hazel Green where it picks up WIS 80 north for 3 miles (4.8 km) before turning east again into Lafayette County while WIS 80 continues north along the county line.[2] The highway passes through Benton and Shullsburg before reaching the WIS 23 southern terminus five miles (8 km) east of Shullsburg. WIS 11 then junctions with WIS 78 in Gratiot and passes through South Wayne two miles (3 km) west of the Green County line.[3]

WIS 11 eastbound from WIS 75 in Kansasville

Browntown is the first community that WIS 11 passes through in Green County. WIS 11 then becomes a freeway and circles around Monroe to the north, picking up concurrency with WIS 81 east and Crossing WIS 69 and the terminus of WIS 59 while on the freeway segment. WIS 81 turns southeast toward Beloit two miles (3 km) south of Brodhead while WIS 11 passes through the city and turns east into Rock County.[4] The highway crosses WIS 213 in Orfordville and passes through Footville before beginning its southern bypass of Janesville. The bypass crosses US 51 and then joins I-39 and I-90 for 3 miles (4.8 km) back up north where it turns east toward US 14 and joins it concurrently - the two routes continuing east to Walworth County.[5]

Two miles into Walworth County, US 14 turns south to Darien while WIS 11 heads east into Delavan where it meets WIS 50. the highway heads northeast to Elkhorn where it junctions with WIS 67 and the freeways of US 12 which it does not have direct access to, and I-43. WIS 11 then heads east through Spring Prairie and into Racine County at Burlington.[6] A bypass of Burlington was completed in 2010 and WIS 11 now travels around the south side of Burlington and bypassing the downtown area.[7] In Burlington, the highway crosses or meets WIS 36, WIS 83 and WIS 142. WIS 11 passes through Union Grove and crosses US 45 then passes over I-94, I-41, and US 41 and into the greater Racine area - crossing WIS 31 in Sturtevant and ending at WIS 32 in downtown Racine - just a half mile from the shores of Lake Michigan.[8]

History

The current Highway 11 is the second route to be known by that name. The first Highway 11 ran from Prairie du Sac to Gotham, then to LaCrosse, and then to Superior. The route that WIS 11 currently follows was previously designated WIS 20 from the Iowa state line to Burlington. The remaining route was not a part of the state highway system at the time.[9]

State Trunk Highway 351 marker

State Trunk Highway 351

Location Janesville
Length 2.64 mi[10] (4.25 km)
Existed c. 1988–2002

WIS 11 previously ran through downtown Janesville. A southern bypass was constructed and opened to traffic on November 11, 2002.[9] The former route was turned back to the city and county but not given any county route designations. The bypass consisted of a two-lane road between the western end and CTH-D, and four-lane roadway between CTH-D and the interstates. The section of WIS 11 between I-39/I-90 and US 51 was previously numbered as WIS 351.[10]

Major intersections

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
Grant Sandy Hook 0.0 0.0 US 61 / US 151 / WIS 35 north / Great River Road north β€“ Dubuque, Madison WIS 35 South follow WIS 11 East
0.5 0.80 WIS 35 south / Great River Road south β€“ East Dubuque WIS 35 North follow WIS 11 West
Hazel Green 9.9 15.9 WIS 80 south β€“ Galena WIS 80 North follow WIS 11 East
12.7 20.4 WIS 80 north β€“ Cuba City, Platteville WIS 80 South follow WIS 11 West
Lafayette Shullsburg 28.8 46.3 WIS 23 north β€“ Darlington Southern terminus of WIS 23
Gratiot 34.4 55.4 WIS 78 south β€“ Warren WIS 78 North follow WIS 11 East
34.8 56.0 WIS 78 north β€“ Argyle WIS 78 South follow WIS 11 West
Green Monroe
Bus. WIS 11 (6th Avenue West) / CTH-N β€“ Monroe
Interchange
55.1 88.7 WIS 69 south / WIS 81 west β€“ Freeport, Argyle WIS 81 East and WIS 69 North follow WIS 11 East; Interchange
55.9 90.0
WIS 69 north / Bus. WIS 11 β€“ Monticello, New Glarus
WIS 69 South follow WIS 11 West; Interchange
57.0 91.7 WIS 59 east β€“ Albany, Evansville Interchange
Brodhead 68.8 110.7 WIS 81 east β€“ Beloit WIS 81 West follow WIS 11 West
72.5 116.7 WIS 104 north β€“ Brooklyn
Rock Orfordville 77.8 125.2 WIS 213 β€“ Beloit, Evansville
Janesville 93.1 149.8 US 51 β€“ Beloit, Janesville
95.6 153.9 I-39 south / I-90 east β€“ Beloit, Rockford WIS 11 follow I-39/90 North
98.1 157.9 I-39 north / I-90 west β€“ Madison WIS 11 follow I-39/90 South
99.5 160.1 US 14 west β€“ Janesville WIS 11 East follow US 14 East
Emerald Grove 104 167 WIS 140 south β€“ Clinton
Walworth Darien 111 179 US 14 east / WIS 89 north β€“ Darien, Whitewater WIS 11 West follow US 14 West
Delavan 116 187 WIS 50 east β€“ Lake Geneva
Elkhorn 122 196 WIS 67 β€“ Whitewater, Williams Bay
124 200 I-43 β€“ Beloit, Milwaukee
Spring Prairie 130 210 WIS 120 β€“ Lake Geneva, East Troy
Racine Burlington 135 217 WIS 36 south β€“ Lyons, Lake Geneva WIS 36 east follow WI 11 east
138 222 WIS 83 south β€“ Paddock Lake WIS 83 north follow WI 11 east
139 224 WIS 142 east β€“ Kenosha
141 227 WIS 36 north / WIS 83 north β€“ Milwaukee WI 36 west/WI 83 south follow WI 11 west
Kansasville 147 237 WIS 75 β€“ Kansasville, Eagle Lake
Union Grove 150 240 US 45 β€“ Bristol, Muskego, Milwaukee
Sturtevant 155 249 I-41 / I-94 / US 41 β€“ Chicago, Milwaukee
160 260 WIS 31 (Green Bay Road)
Racine 163 262 WIS 32 / LMCT (Sheridan Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business route

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Business State Trunk Highway 11 marker

Business State Trunk Highway 11

Location Monroe

Business State Trunk Highway 11 (Bus. WIS 11) in Monroe is business route of WIS 11. It follows the former alignment of WIS 11 through the city of Monroe.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 10-19 (Highway 11)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved March 20, 2007.[self-published source]
  2. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Grant Co (PDF) (Map). Madison: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Lafayette Co (PDF) (Map). Madison: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[full citation needed]
  4. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Green Co (PDF) (Map). Madison: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Rock Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[full citation needed]
  6. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Walworth Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[full citation needed]
  7. ^ "Burlington Bypass". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved November 25, 2017.[full citation needed]
  8. ^ Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Racine Co (pdf) (Map). Madison: Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[full citation needed]
  9. ^ a b Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 10-19 (Highway 11)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[self-published source]
  10. ^ a b Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 200-399 (Highway 11)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 27, 2007.[self-published source]
  11. ^ "Wisconsin Highways: Business Connections". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved November 28, 2020.[self-published source]

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