Wisconsin Highway 50

State Trunk Highway 50 (often called Highway 50, STH 50 or WIS 50) is a 44.43-mile (71.50 km) state highway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The highway serves Walworth and Kenosha counties in southeast Wisconsin. Highway 50 runs from Wisconsin Highway 11 in Delavan east to Wisconsin Highway 32 in Kenosha. The highway is maintained by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

State Trunk Highway 50 marker

State Trunk Highway 50
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length44.43 mi[1] (71.50 km)
Major junctions
West end WIS 11 in Delavan
  I-43 in Delavan
US 12 / WIS 120 in Lake Geneva
US 45 in Bristol
I-41 / I-94 / US 41 in Kenosha
East end WIS 32 in Kenosha
Location
CountiesWalworth, Kenosha
Highway system
WIS 49US 51

Route descriptionEdit

 
Western terminus in Delavan

Highway 50 begins at an intersection with Highway 11 in Delavan. The highway crosses Wisconsin and Southern Railroad tracks and heads east to a junction with Interstate 43 at Exit 21. Highway 50 continues southeast out of Delavan, crossing Lake Delavan at the city's eastern border, and intersects Highway 67 north of Williams Bay. Highway 50 heads east from this intersection toward Lake Geneva, where it intersects Highway 120. Shortly after this intersection, Highway 50 meets U.S. Route 12 at Exit 330. The highway continues eastward from Lake Geneva to the border of Kenosha County.[2]

After entering Kenosha County, Highway 50 passes the community of Slades Corners before meeting Highway 83 in New Munster. The two highways become concurrent and continue eastward until they meet Highway 75 in Paddock Lake. At this junction, Highway 83 turns southward, and Highway 50 continues eastward toward Bristol. The highway intersects U.S. Route 45 in Bristol and continues east to meet Interstate 94 and U.S. Route 41 at Exit 344. Highway 50 then straddles the border of Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie, meeting Highway 31 along this border. The highway then turns northeast and passes through Kenosha before terminating at Highway 32.[3]

HistoryEdit

 
WIS 50 in Slades Corners

Highway 50 was designated in 1917, and signage for the highway was posted in 1918. The highway has changed little since and still follows its original route for most of its length. The route of Highway 50 through Kenosha changed in 1997; the highway moved from 75th Street to a more northerly alignment along Roosevelt Road and 63rd Street.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[4]kmDestinationsNotes
WalworthDelavan0.00.0  WIS 11 – Elkhorn, Janesville
1.42.3  I-43 – Milwaukee, Beloit
Williams Bay6.19.8  WIS 67 – Elkhorn, Williams Bay
Lake Geneva13.221.2  WIS 120 southWest end of WIS 120 concurrency
13.521.7   US 12 / WIS 120 north – Madison, ChicagoEast end of WIS 120 concurrency
KenoshaNew Munster23.638.0  WIS 83 north – BurlingtonWest end of WIS 83 concurrency
Paddock Lake29.146.8   WIS 75 north / WIS 83 south – Burlington, SalemEast end of WIS 83 concurrency
Village of Bristol32.652.5  US 45 – Union Grove, Bristol
KenoshaPleasant Prairie
city/village line
37.460.2    I-41 / I-94 / US 41 – Milwaukee, Chicago
Kenosha40.765.5  WIS 31 – Racine, Waukegan
44.471.5   WIS 32 / LMCT (Sheridan Rd)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 50-59 (Highway 50)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved 2007-03-20.
  2. ^ Walworth County Map (pdf) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  3. ^ Kenosha County Map (pdf) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
  4. ^ Google (2010-07-11). "overview map of State Highway 50 Distances Between Interchanges" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-07-11.