U.S. Route 18 in Wisconsin
In the U.S. state of Wisconsin, U.S. Route 18 (normally called U.S. Highway 18, Highway 18 or US 18) runs east–west across the southern part of the state. The highway serves as major connecting route between Madison and the southwest corner of the state. East of Madison, the route parallels Interstate 94 and serves as a local connection route to the communities along the interstate. US 18 enters Wisconsin at Prairie du Chien and ends in downtown Milwaukee at Lincoln Memorial Drive, across from the Milwaukee Art Museum.
US 18 highlighted in red
|Maintained by WisDOT|
|Length||182.16 mi (293.16 km)|
|West end||US 18 in Prairie du Chien|
|East end||Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee|
|Counties||Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha, Milwaukee|
US 18 enters Crawford County from Iowa, crossing the Mississippi River using the Marquette-Joliet Bridge just west of Prairie du Chien. WIS 60 begins at the state line and runs concurrent with US 18 east from there. The two highways turn south at the along with Wisconsin Highway 35 downtown and head southeast out of the city. WIS 60 branches northeast from US 18 at Bridgeport. US 18 and WIS 35 continue southeast into Grant County The two highways split at Patch Grove with WIS 35 continuing southeastward along with WIS 133 south, while US 18 turns eastward along with WIS 133 north. WIS 133 branches north at Mount Hope. US 18 and US 61 junction in downtown Fennimore. and WIS 80 north joins the highway in Montfort, on the Iowa County line.
WIS 80 turns north at Cobb while US 18 continues east through Dodgeville, crossing WIS 23 and joining US 151 North. The two U.S. routes share a common expressway and bypass Ridgeway and Barneveld on the way east into Dane County. in Dane County, US 18 and US 151 bypass Mount Horeb, crossing WIS 78 and WIS 92, and Verona and enter the Madison area, first passing through Fitchburg. Upon entering Madison, US 18 and US 151 join US 12 and US 14 east along the West Beltline Highway. US 151 and US 14 turn off the beltline three miles (5 km) east and US 12 and US 18 continue east, crossing US 51 and I-39 / I-90 southeast of Madison. Four miles east of the Interstates, US 12/US 18 becomes a two lane surface road again and passes through Cambridge, where US 12 splits southeast at the Jefferson County line.
US 18 crosses WIS 89 and WIS 26 in Jefferson and passes through Sullivan. Entering Waukesha County, Wisconsin, US 18 passes north of Dousman at WIS 67, south of the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit and north of Wales at WIS 83. US 18 then enters Waukesha along Summit Avenue. US 18 turns onto Delafield Street heading south, then takes a very sharp turn northeast — with the eastbound traffic following St. Paul Avenue and westbound traffic following North Street. The two streets merge and US 18 turns east onto Moreland Boulevard, WIS 164 joins US 18 from Les Paul Parkway south and follows it to the interchange with I-94. WIS 164 turns west onto I-94, and US 18 continues east into Brookfield along Blue Mound Road. US 18 continues through Brookfield and Elm Grove along Blue Mound Road, and enter Milwaukee County and Wauwatosa. US 18 crosses WIS 100, US 45, US 41, and I-41 near the Milwaukee County Zoo and continues east into Milwaukee. At WIS 175, the highway shifts onto Wisconsin Ave. US 18 turns north onto North 35th street and east on to West Highland Ave where it crosses I-43 near downtown Milwaukee. US 18 turns south on 6th Street. East and westbound lanes split at State and 6th Streets; Eastbound continues south on 6th Street and then east on Wells Street. US 18 eastbound joins WIS 32 at North Broadway (southbound) and North Milwaukee Street (Northbound). Both directions turn east onto East Michigan Street as WIS 32 continues south. Westbound US 18 follows Milwaukee Street north from Michigan Street, turns west on State Street. At 6th Street, westbound US 18 reaches its eastern terminus, the junction of Michigan Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive five blocks east of WIS 32, and one block north of I-794.
Prior to 1926, the route that US 18 follows today was designated as WIS 19. By 1923, the WIS 19 extended from Prairie du Chien to Milwaukee. Shortly after US 18 was signed, it was rerouted along WIS 30 and WIS 19 - the present route within Milwaukee. The remainder of the route was relocated to its current alignment in 1932.
The eastern terminus was an originally stated in official DOT documentation to be the junction of East Michigan Street and North Harbor Drive. This matched what commercial street maps were showing after many years of inaccuracies.
Between 1980 and 1990, 38 miles (61 km) of US 18/US 151 was upgraded to expressway standards, with the section around Verona being the final piece to be completed in 1995. US 12/US 18 was upgraded to expressway standards between I-39/I-90 to North Star Road, west of Cambridge. The remainder wasn't expanded, but straightened out to eliminate sharp curves.
In 2019, as part of the construction to complete the Waukesha Bypass, US 18 has been rerouted as Temporary US 18 from WIS 83 in Wales, north along WIS 83 to I-94 and east along I-94 to exit 297 at Blue Mound Road where it rejoins the previous route.
That same year, two new interchanges opened in Fitchburg, replacing at-grade intersections with McKee Road (CTH PD) and Williamsburg Way.
This section contains a table that is missing mileposts for one or more junctions.
|Mississippi River||0.00||0.00||US 18 west – Marquette, Charles City||Continuation into Iowa|
|Marquette–Joliet Bridge; Iowa–Wisconsin state line|
WIS 60 begins; western end of WIS 60 overlap
|Crawford||Prairie du Chien||WIS 27 north – Eastman|
|WIS 35 north – Lynxville||Western end of WIS 35 overlap|
|Bridgeport||WIS 60 east – Wauzeka||Eastern end of WIS 60 overlap|
|Grant||Town of Patch Grove||WIS 35 south / WIS 133 south – Cassville Ferry||Eastern end of WIS 35 overlap; western end of WIS 133 overlap|
|Mount Hope||WIS 133 north – Boscobel||Eastern end of WIS 133 overlap|
|Fennimore||US 61 north – Boscobel||Western end of US 61 overlap|
|US 61 south – Lancaster||Eastern end of US 61 overlap|
|Montfort||WIS 80 south – Platteville||Western end of WIS 80 overlap|
|Iowa||Cobb||WIS 80 north – Highland, Muscoda||Eastern end of WIS 80 overlap|
|Town of Linden||WIS 39 – Linden, Mineral Point|
|Dodgeville||WIS 23 – Mineral Point, Spring Green|
|Town of Dodgeville||47|
|US 151 south – Dubuque||Western end of US 151 overlap|
|Town of Ridgeway||52||CTH-BB south (Ridgevue Road) / CTH-HHH – Ridgeway||Opened in 2018|
|Barneveld||58||CTH-ID – Barneveld|
|Dane||Town of Blue Mounds||65|| |
Bus. US 18 / Bus. US 151 / WIS 78 – Mount Horeb, Blanchardville
|US 18 Business / US 151 Business only signed northbound|
|Mount Horeb||69|| |
Bus. US 18 / Bus. US 151 / CTH-ID – Mount Horeb
|US 18 Business / US 151 Business only signed southbound|
|Town of Springdale||70||CTH-PD to CTH-P – Cross Plains|
|Town of Verona||75||CTH-G (Dairy Ridge Road) – Mount Vernon|
Bus. US 18 / Bus. US 151 / CTH-MV (W. Verona Avenue) / Epic Lane
|US 18 Business / US 151 Business only signed northbound|
|77||WIS 69 – Belleville, New Glarus|
|79||CTH-PB to CTH-M – Paoli, Oregon|
|Town of Verona||81|| |
Bus. US 18 / Bus. US 151 / CTH-MV – Verona
|Southbound exit and northbound entrance only|
|Fitchburg||83A||CTH-PD (McKee Road)|
|Madison||258||US 12 west / US 14 west (Beltline Highway) / Midvale Boulevard – Dodgeville||Western end of US 12 and US 14 overlaps.|
|258A||Seminole Highway||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance only|
|260||CTH-D (Fish Hatchery Road)||Eastbound exits signed 260A (south) and 260B (north)|
|261||US 14 east / US 151 north (Park Street) – Oregon||Eastern end of US 14 and US 151 overlaps|
|262||CTH-MM (Rimrock Road)|
|263||John Nolen Drive|
|Monona||264||CTH-BW east (West Broadway)|
|Madison||266||US 51 (Stoughton Road)|
|267||I-39 / I-90 to I-94 – Janesville, Chicago, Wisconsin Dells, Milwaukee||Signed as exits 267A (east/south) and 267B (west/north); I-39 / I-90 exit 142|
|Town of Cottage Grove||272||CTH-N – Cottage Grove, Stoughton|
|Town of Deerfield||WIS 73 – Deerfield, Edgerton||Interchange|
|Cambridge||WIS 134 north|
|US 12 east – Fort Atkinson||Eastern end of US 12 overlap|
|Jefferson||Town of Jefferson||WIS 89 north – Lake Mills||Western end of WIS 89 overlap|
|WIS 89 south – Fort Atkinson||Eastern end of WIS 89 overlap|
|WIS 26 – Fort Atkinson, Johnson Creek||Interchange|
Bus. WIS 26 (Main Street)
|Waukesha||Dousman||WIS 67 – Oconomowoc, Eagle|
|Wales||WIS 83 – Hartland, Mukwonago||Roundabout|
|Waukesha||WIS 164 south||Western end of WIS 164 overlap|
|I-94 / WIS 164 north – Milwaukee, Madison||Eastern end of WIS 164 overlap|
|Milwaukee||Wauwatosa||WIS 100 (N. 108th Street)|
|I-41 / US 41 / US 45|
|WIS 181 (Glenview Avenue)|
|Milwaukee||To WIS 175 / Wisconsin Avenue|
|WIS 57 south (N. 27th Street)||Western end of WIS 57 overlap|
|WIS 57 north (N. 20th Street)||Eastern end of WIS 57 overlap|
|I-43 north – Green Bay||Northbound I-43 entrance and southbound I-43 exit only|
|WIS 145 north (N. 6th Street)||Western end of WIS 145 overlap|
|WIS 145 ends||Eastern end of WIS 145 overlap|
|WIS 32 north (E. Wells Street)||Western end of WIS 32 overlap|
|WIS 32 south (E. Michigan Street)||Eastern end of WIS 32 overlap|
|Lincoln Memorial Drive|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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- Crawford Co (pdf) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
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- Iowa Co (pdf) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
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- Jefferson Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (pdf) on April 13, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
- Waukesha Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (pdf) on April 15, 2007. Retrieved January 1, 2008.
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