Rustic Roads comprise a system of scenic roads across the state which posess certain "rustic" qualities. The Rustic Roads System was created by the State Legislature in 1973 to, "preserve what remains of Wisconsin's scenic, lightly traveled country roads for the leisurely enjoyment of bikers, hikers and motorists." Rustic Roads are identified by yellow- and white-on-brown "Rustic Road" signs. Also included below each Rustic Road sign is an identifying designation consisting of one to three numerals and prefixed with the letter "R," so as to differentiate the roads from state trunk highways, according to WisDOT (ie. "R 67"). Also, the maximum speed limit on any Rustic Road has been set, by law, at 45 mph. WisDOT also notes that "a speed limit as low as 25mph may be established by the local governing body."
According to WisDOT, a Rustic Road needs to posses the following qualities:
As a future enhancement to this website, pages dedicated to the Rustic Road System are being planned. In the interim, please consult either the publicaton "Wisconsin's Rustic Roads: A Positive Step Backward" or WisDOT's own Rustic Roads website and the links below.
"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."