US 10 and 12 in Wisconsin
US 10 in Wisconsin
US 10 is a US Highway in the US state of Wisconsin. The road forms an east-west route from the Minnesota border to Manitowoc on Lake Michigan and is 462 kilometers long. Some parts are a freeway.
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US 10 just west of Appleton.
US 10 begins on the Minnesota border at Prescott. US 10 in Minnesota continues to Saint Paul. US 10 leads east through the fields of Wisconsin and is a relatively unimportant road because Interstate 94 runs further north, there are no larger towns along US 10. South of Eau Claire one crosses Interstate 94, and at Marshfield a The 50-mile highway begins all the way to Interstate 39 at Stevens Point. East of Stevens Point, US 10 is a 2×2 road with partially grade separated intersections. Closer to Appleton, US 10 becomes a freeway again, after which the highway passes through southern Appleton, then exits from the highway and forms a single-lane trunk road to Manitowoc. West of Manitowoc it crosses Interstate 43.
US 10 / State Route 441 at Appleton.
US 10 was numbered in 1926 and then joined US 12 from Minnesota to Humbird, where it split to Manitowoc. In 1934, US 10 west of Humbird was numbered on its own route south of US 12. US 10 has never been replaced by Interstate Highways. Construction began on US 10 as a freeway between Marshfield and I-39 at Stevens Point in 2007. Circa 2009/2010 the first section opened between Milladore and I-39 and on August 23, 2012, the western section between Marshfield and Milladore followed, making the highway 50 kilometers long.
US 10/SR-441 was widened to 2×3 lanes for 10 kilometers between 2014 and 2019 between I-41 (US 41) and the US 10/SR-441 fork (Oneida Street) in Appleton. A second bridge has been built over the Little Lake Butte Des Morts. The project cost $550 million and began on June 26, 2014. On July 11, 2018, the redesigned interchange with I-41 opened.
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It is planned to fully convert the section between Stevens Point and Appleton as a freeway in due course. Currently, only parts of the route are grade separated.
Lake Michigan Car Ferry Service
The Lake Michigan Carferry Service is a ferry service across Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. This is a 100-kilometer sailing route that takes about four hours. It is the longest domestic ferry service in the United States. The ferry service only operates from May to October.
The ferry service was established in 1953 and was owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway as a train service. From Ludington they originally sailed to three destinations in Wisconsin, namely Milwaukee, Manitowoc and Kewaunee. Ferries to Milwaukee and Manitowoc were discontinued in 1972. There was then only the route from Ludington to Kewaunee left. This route was also discontinued in 1990.
In 1991 ferry service was reactivated between Ludington and Manitowoc, this time as the Lake Michigan Carferry Service, without a train component. The ferry SS Badger has been converted for this purpose to only transport motor vehicles. The SS Badger is special because it is the last coal-fired ferry on the Great Lakes and in 2016 the boat was awarded National Historic Landmark status.
US 12 in Wisconsin
US 12 is a US Highway in the US state of Wisconsin. The road forms a diagonal east-west route through the west, center, and south of the state. US 12 is 546 kilometers long in Wisconsin.
US 12/14/18/151 at Madison.
US 12 mainly follows Interstate 94 in Wisconsin and only deviates more from it in two places, namely between Lake Delton and Madison and between Madison and the border with Illinois. US 12 is primarily a two-lane road, but parts are better developed in southern Wisconsin, such as a 10-mile stretch of freeway between Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo and most notably the Madison Belt Line, a freeway around the state capital Madison, as well as a stretch of freeway from Elkhorn to the Illinois border that is discontinued in Illinois. US 12 in Minnesota comes from Minneapolis and leads through Eau Claire and Madison to theUS 12 in Illinois that runs to Chicago.
US 12 at Sauk City.
US 12 was created in 1926. The Wisconsin route has changed only slightly since then, mainly with the completion of new sections of freeway. The state of Wisconsin wanted to completely expand the route from Madison to the Illinois border as a freeway in anticipation of connecting a toll road from Chicago. Illinois, however, has scrapped this route, but by then Wisconsin had already built part of the highway around Elkhorn, Lake Geneva and Genoa City, drastically changing the highway at the Illinois border into a narrow two-lane road through the suburbs of Illinois. Chicago.
US 12 was constructed as a freeway between I-94 at Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo. The first 9 miles between I-94 and Terrytown Road on the north side of Baraboo opened to traffic on August 26, 2011. After that, US 12 was built as a freeway along the west side of Baraboo over a distance of 7 kilometers. The highway opened to traffic on August 12, 2017.
The Madison passage is also called the Beltline and is a complex road numbering of the US 12, US 14 US 18 and US 151. On July 13, 2022, a rush-hour lane on this ring road was inaugurated.