U.S. Route 14 in Wisconsin

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In the U.S. state of Wisconsin, U.S. Highway 14 (US 14) runs northwest-southeast across the western to southwest portions of the state. It links La Crosse and the southwestern portion of the state with Madison and Janesville. US 14 is mostly two-lane surface road with the exception of a few multilane urban arterials and a freeway section around Madison that it mostly shares with US 12.

US Highway 14 marker

US Highway 14
Don Hutson Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length198.49 mi[1] (319.44 km)
Existed1926[citation needed]–present
Major junctions
West end US 14 / US 61 in La Crosse
  US 53 / WIS 16 in La Crosse
US 61 / WIS 131 in Readstown
US 12 in Middleton
US 18 / US 151 in Madison
US 12 / US 18 / US 151 in Madison
US 51 in Janesville
I-39 / I-90 in Janesville
I-43 in Darien
East end US 14 in Walworth
CountiesLa Crosse, Vernon, Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Dane, Rock, Walworth
Highway system
WIS 13WIS 14

Route descriptionEdit

The La Crosse West Channel Bridge carrying US Route 14, US Route 61, Minnesota State Highway 16, and Wisconsin State Highway 16 across the Mississippi River between La Crescent, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is the river's West Channel.

US 14 enters Wisconsin from La Crescent along with US 61 and WIS 16 (linking to Trunk Highway 16). The three highways immediately junction with US 53 in the downtown area and WIS 16 continues east while US 14 along with US 61 turn southeast and out of La Crosse, linking up with WIS 35 south along the way for three miles (5 km), after a short concurrency, US 14 and US 61 turn east while WIS 35 continues south. The US routes then exit La Crosse County for Vernon County.[2] In Vernon County, the routes passes through Coon Valley and Westby, joining with WIS 27 and turning south and passing through Viroqua. WIS 27 splits off to the southwest as US 14 and US 61 head southeast to Readstown where US 61 turns south and US 14 heads east into Richland County.[3]

US 14 continues southeast into Richland County, bypassing Sylvan and Boaz before turning east. After a seven-mile (11 km) east trek, the highway enters Richland Center and immediately turns south. WIS 80 crosses the highway in the southern part of downtown before US 14 turns southeast and junctions with WIS 58. US 14 passes through Sextonville and turns south to collect WIS 60 at Gotham. The two highways then head east-southeast to Lone Rock where they cross WIS 130 and exit to Sauk County[4] The routes then split at Spring Green while crossing WIS 23, with US 14 heading south into Iowa County while WIS 60 continues east.[5] US 14 bypasses Helena and passes through Arena and into Dane County.[6] US 14 turns southeast at Mazomanie and junctions with WIS 19, then passes through Black Earth, Cross Plains and turns east to meet US 12 east at the West Beltline Highway in Middleton, a suburb of Madison.[7]

US 14 and US 12 follow the beltline south and around the west side of Madison and join US 18 east and US 151 north. All four US routes head east for three miles (5 km) through urban Madison where US 151 splits north to head into downtown Madison and US 12 and 18 continue east, while US 14 turns south toward Oregon on a seven-mile (11 km) stretch of freeway. the highway bypasses Oregon to the east and becomes a two lane road and enters Rock County east of Brooklyn.[7] US 14 turns southeastward at Evansville and passes through Leyden and then takes a northeastern bypass around Janesville, crossing U.S. Route 51 in Wisconsin and meeting up with I-39, I-90 and WIS 26 at a triangle formed by the three distinct routes northeast of the city. US 14 then turns south and meets Wisconsin Highway 11. Both highways turn east and pass through Emerald Grove on the way into Walworth County[8] US 14 turns southeast to Darien while WIS 11 continues east to Delavan. US 14 junctions with I-43 just before passing through Darien. At Walworth, the highway turns due south and heads into Illinois.[9]


US 14 was signed later than the other US Routes in Wisconsin, being opened in 1933. The route replaced the old versions of WIS 11, from La Crosse to Madison, WIS 13 from Madison to Evansville, WIS 92 into Janesville, and WIS 20 and WIS 89 from Janesville to Illinois. The older WIS 14 was in existence when US 14 was opened, that was redesignated as WIS 81 and WIS 15 (the latter being the present-day I-43.[1]

La Crosse saw a major upgrade in the Mississippi River Bridge on its west side which carried US 14 along with US 61 and WIS 16/TH 16. An additional bridge was added to the existing "Cass Street Bridge" in 2003-2004 to relieve traffic congestion that plagued the old bridge. The old bridge, which served two-lane traffic before 2004, now serves two lanes of westbound traffic and the new bridge, dubbed the "Cameron Avenue Bridge," carries two lanes of eastbound traffic along with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Additional lanes were added to the highway between the channels of the Mississippi River.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

La CrosseLa Crosse0.000.00    US 14 west / US 61 north / MN 16 / I-90 Alt. west – La CrescentContinuation into Minnesota
La Crosse West Channel Bridge
Wisconsin–Minnesota line
11.6Mississippi River Bridge
1.42.3    US 53 / Great River Road south (3rd Street) / WIS 16 east (Cameron Avenue east) / I-90 Alt. east – Onalaska, Viroqua3rd St. and Cameron Ave. are one-way streets; eastern end of EB WIS 16 overlap; national southern terminus of SB US 53; I-90 Alt. follows WI 16 east (Cameron Ave.)
    US 53 (4th Street north) / Great River Road north (Cass Street east) / WIS 16 east / I-90 Alt. east – Onalaska, West Salem4th St. is a one-way street, outbound access only; western end of WB WIS 16 east overlap; national southern terminus of NB US 53; I-90 Alt. follows US 53/GRR north (4th St.)
  WIS 16 (Cameron Avenue) / I-90 Alt.One-way street, inbound access only; eastern end of WB WIS 16 east overlap
1.82.9  WIS 33 east (Jackson Street)
2.84.5  WIS 35 north (West Avenue South)Northern end of WIS 35 overlap
6.19.8   WIS 35 south / Great River Road southSouthern end of WIS 35 overlap
VernonTown of Hamburg16.726.9  WIS 162 south – Chaseburg, StoddardWestern end of WIS 162 overlap
Coon Valley17.628.3  WIS 162 north – BangorEastern end of WIS 162 overlap
Westby27.444.1  WIS 27 north – SpartaNorthern end of WIS 27 overlap
Viroqua34.856.0   WIS 56 / WIS 82 east – La Farge, Hillsboro, GenoaNorthern end of WIS 82 overlap
Town of Franklin37.660.5   WIS 27 south / WIS 82 west – De Soto, Prairie du ChienSouthern end of WIS 27 and WIS 82 overlaps
Readstown45.372.9   US 61 south / WIS 131 south – Soldiers Grove, BoscobelEastern end of US 61 overlap; western end of WIS 131 overlap
45.673.4  WIS 131 north – Viola, La FargeEastern end of WIS 131 overlap
RichlandTown of Dayton61.398.7  WIS 171 west – Rolling Ground
Richland Center69.4111.7  WIS 80 – Hillsboro, Muscoda
Town of Richland73.3118.0  WIS 58 north – La Valle
Gotham79.1127.3  WIS 60 west – Prairie du ChienWest end of WIS 60 overlap
Lone Rock83.9135.0  WIS 130 northWestern end of WIS 130 overlap
84.6136.2   WIS 130 south / WIS 133 south – Lone RockEastern end of WIS 130 overlap
SaukSpring Green90.9146.3  WIS 23 north – ReedsburgWestern end of WIS 23 overlap
91.1146.6  WIS 60 east – Sauk CityEastern end of WIS 60 overlap
91.5147.3  WIS 23 south – DodgevilleEastern end of WIS 23 overlap
No major junctions
DaneMazomanie106.9172.0   WIS 19 east / WIS 78 north – Sauk City, WaunakeeNorthern end of WIS 78 overlap
Black Earth109.3175.9  WIS 78 south – Mount HorebSouthern end of WIS 78 overlap
Middleton122.3196.8  US 12 west – BarabooWestern end of US 12 overlap
251BParmenter StreetExit numbers follow US 12; westbound exit only
Madison252Greenway Boulevard
253Old Sauk Road
254   CTH-M / CTH-S (Mineral Point Road)
255Gammon Road
257Whitney Way
129.1207.8258   US 18 west / US 151 south (Verona Road) / Midvale Boulevard – DodgevilleWestern end of US 18/US 151 overlap
258ASeminole HighwayWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
259Todd Drive
260A-B  CTH-D (Fish Hatchery Road)Eastbound exits signed separately as 260A (south) and 260B (north)
132212132A    US 12 east / US 18 east (Beltline Highway) / US 151 north (Park Street)Exit numbers follow US 14; no exit number westbound; exit number is for US 12/US 18; eastern end of US 12/US 18/US 151 overlap; US 12 exit 261
Fitchburg133McCoy RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
134Lacy RoadOpened October 18, 2012
139  CTH-MM – Oregon, Fitchburg
Oregon140.8226.6140  WIS 138 south – Stoughton
Town of Rutland145.8234.6  WIS 92 north – Brooklyn
RockTown of Union148.5239.0  WIS 59 east – EdgertonNorthern end of WIS 59 overlap
Evansville151.4243.7   WIS 59 west / WIS 213 south – Beloit, MonroeSouthern end of WIS 59 overlap
Janesville165.9267.0  US 51 – Edgerton, Janesville
167.9270.2  WIS 26 (Milton Avenue)
168.5271.2   I-39 / I-90 – Madison, Beloit, ChicagoI-90 exit 171B-C
172.8278.1  WIS 11 west (Racine Street)Western end of WIS 11 overlap
Town of Bradford177.6285.8  WIS 140 south – Clinton
WalworthTown of Darien184.1296.3   WIS 11 east / WIS 89 north – Whitewater, DelavanEastern end of WIS 11 overlap
Darien187.4301.6  I-43 – Milwaukee, BeloitI-43 exit 15
Walworth195.8315.1  WIS 67 north – Williams Bay, ElkhornNorthern end of WIS 67 overlap
Town of Walworth197.4317.7  WIS 67 south – South BeloitSouthern end of WIS 67 overlap
198.49319.44  US 14 east – Harvard, WoodstockContinuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit



Business US Highway 14
Length8.4 mi[10] (13.5 km)
Existedc. 1963c. 2006[10]

Business Route US 14 in Janesville was a locally posted route along what used to be mainline US 14 until the early 1950s. Currently, only the portion from I-39/I-90, east toward US 14 east of Janesville, runs along WIS 11. Northwest of Janesville, BUS US 14 runs along County Trunk Highway E (CTH-E).

Signage for BUS US 14 appears to be missing at some locations within the city. It is unknown if the route markers are currently being maintained by the city or if they are no longer being replaced as they reach the end of their lifespans.

While City US 14 became BUS US 14 in the 1960s, several City US 14 route marker assemblies remain in Janesville. Also, the first reassurance marker assembly along CTH-E also includes a sign for BUS US 14.[10]


Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 10-19 (U.S. Highway 14)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 27, 2007.
  2. ^ La Crosse Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 13, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Vernon Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  4. ^ Richland Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  5. ^ Sauk Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 21, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Iowa Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  7. ^ a b Dane Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 14, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  8. ^ Rock Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  9. ^ Walworth Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 5, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  10. ^ a b c Bessert, Christopher J. (January 31, 2009). "Business Connections". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 20, 2011.

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