Depth: News & Articles
The original intent of the Wisconsin Highways website back in 1997 was to
list every state highway within Wisconsin and various information about
each. As time as marched on additional in-depth information has been added
in order to round out the site, much of which is now linked from this page.
- First in the World: Route Numbering -
Wisconsin holds an interesting place in transportation history as the first
location where route numbers were both assigned to and posted along highways.
- Auto Trails in Wisconsin -
Prior to the coming of the state trunk highways—and part
of the reason for the state highways—a system of named Auto Trails cris-crossed
the country. Dozens of these trails existed around the state and are detailed
- Business Route Specifications - Complete details about Business Connections
in Wisconsin from WisDOT's "Traffic Guidelines Manual."
- Hoan Bridge: 2000 - A
page devoted to information regarding the December 13, 2000 buckling of
a portion of I-794's Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee.
- Milwaukee County Freeways -
It was during the late-1950s and 1960s when an extensive system of freeways
was proposed for the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. Only part of the system
was completed and this page details that history.
- Memorial Highways - Since
the earliest days of the state trunk highway system in Wisconsin, certain highways
have been dedicated in memory of an individual or group. This
page details these dedications.
- STH-32: Red Arrow Highway -
STH-32 throughout Wisconsin is also designated the "32nd Division
Memorial Highway," commemorating the 32nd Division for obvious 'numerical'
reasons. Find out about the two little red arrows which grace every STH-32
route marker here.
- STH-131 in the Kickapoo Valley - a detailed article
chronicling the turbulent history of STH-133 between LaFarge and Ontario
in Vernon Co from the 1960s until 2003, including the failed attempt at
damming the Kickapoo River in the 1970s.
The Complete History - a detailed history of one of Wisconsin's
most important and storied highways along with a year-by-year breakdown
of the changes and realignments to the route over the decades.
"Dedicated to the past, present and future of the Wisconsin State Trunk Highway system as well as other highways and routes throughout the Badger State. This website is intended to be a clearinghouse of information on Wisconsin's highways, from easily-recognized facts to the little-known trivia. It is also meant to change as the state highway system changes."