Wisconsin Highway 11

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 a freeway bypass of Monroe, a multilane bypass of Janesville, a section where it is concurrent with I-39 and I-90 and urban multilane highway in the greater Racine area.

State Trunk Highway 11 marker

State Trunk Highway 11
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length157.56 mi[1] (253.57 km)
Major junctions
West end US 61 / US 151 / WIS 35 in Kieler
  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
CountiesGrant, Lafayette, Green, Rock, Walworth, Racine
Highway system
WIS 10US 12
WIS 341WIS 351WIS 441

Route descriptionEdit

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]


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
Length2.64 mi[10] (4.25 km)
Existedc. 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 intersectionsEdit

GrantSandy Hook0.00.0     US 61 / US 151 / WIS 35 north / Great River Road north – Dubuque, MadisonWIS 35 South follow WIS 11 East
0.50.80   WIS 35 south / Great River Road south – East DubuqueWIS 35 North follow WIS 11 West
Hazel Green9.915.9  WIS 80 south – GalenaWIS 80 North follow WIS 11 East
12.720.4  WIS 80 north – Cuba City, PlattevilleWIS 80 South follow WIS 11 West
LafayetteShullsburg28.846.3  WIS 23 north – DarlingtonSouthern terminus of WIS 23
Gratiot34.455.4  WIS 78 south – WarrenWIS 78 North follow WIS 11 East
34.856.0  WIS 78 north – ArgyleWIS 78 South follow WIS 11 West
GreenMonroe55.188.7   WIS 69 south / WIS 81 west – Freeport, ArgyleWIS 81 East and WIS 69 North follow WIS 11 East; Interchange
55.990.0  WIS 69 north – Monticello, New GlarusWIS 69 South follow WIS 11 West; Interchange
57.091.7  WIS 59 east – Albany, EvansvilleInterchange
Brodhead68.8110.7  WIS 81 east – BeloitWIS 81 West follow WIS 11 West
72.5116.7  WIS 104 north – Brooklyn
RockOrfordville77.8125.2  WIS 213 – Beloit, Evansville
Janesville93.1149.8  US 51 – Beloit, Janesville
95.6153.9   I-39 south / I-90 east – Beloit, RockfordWIS 11 follow I-39/90 North
98.1157.9   I-39 north / I-90 west – MadisonWIS 11 follow I-39/90 South
99.5160.1  US 14 west – JanesvilleWIS 11 East follow US 14 East
Emerald Grove104167  WIS 140 south – Clinton
WalworthDarien111179   US 14 east / WIS 89 north – Darien, WhitewaterWIS 11 West follow US 14 West
Delavan116187  WIS 50 east – Lake Geneva
Elkhorn122196  WIS 67 – Whitewater, Williams Bay
124200  I-43 – Beloit, Milwaukee
Spring Prairie130210  WIS 120 – Lake Geneva, East Troy
RacineBurlington135217  WIS 36 south – Lyons, Lake GenevaWIS 36 east follow WI 11 east
138222  WIS 83 south – Paddock LakeWIS 83 north follow WI 11 east
139224  WIS 142 east – Kenosha
141227   WIS 36 north / WIS 83 north – MilwaukeeWI 36 west/WI 83 south follow WI 11 west
Kansasville147237  WIS 75 – Kansasville, Eagle Lake
Union Grove150240  US 45 – Bristol, Muskego, Milwaukee
Sturtevant155249    I-41 / I-94 / US 41 – Chicago, Milwaukee
160260  WIS 31 (Green Bay Road)
Racine163262   WIS 32 / LMCT (Sheridan Road)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  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]

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