State Route 441 in Wisconsin
State Route 441 is a state route and freeway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The highway passes through the town of Appleton and begins and ends at Interstate 41. The highway is 18 kilometers long.
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US 10 / State Route 441 at Appleton.
State Route 441 begins southwest of Appleton at an interchange with Interstate 41 / US 41, from where US 10 runs as a freeway west to Stevens Point. Crossing the Fox River directly, the highway runs through Menasha and south of Appleton in 2×2 lanes. The road then curves north, continuing through the east of Appleton. The highway remains quite well outside the center of Appleton, but does run through built-up areas. Northeast of Appleton, the highway ends again at I-41/US 41.
The Tri-County Expressway, as the highway is also called, was already planned in the mid-1960s, but construction took a long time. On November 30, 1975, the first section of the highway, from US 41 to Racine Road in southern Appleton, opened, including the bridge over the Fox River. At the time, this was part of only US 10. The State Route 441 number was not assigned until 1984.
Construction of the rest of the route through the Appleton area did not begin until the late 1980s. On November 15, 1991, the first section opened between Racine Road and Oneida Street (US 10). On September 24, 1993, the north-south portion of the route opened up to US 41 east of Appleton. This completed the highway. In 2000-2001 the interchange with US 10/US 41 in Menasha was modified.
The State Route 441 number is notable, as it does not fall within the usual ranges of State Routes in Wisconsin. There are only a few State Routes numbered over 200. The number 441 was chosen as the branch of US 41, similar to how Interstate Highways are numbered. Since the I-41 between Milwaukee and Green Bay slowly became a reality, it would not be illogical to eventually renumber State Route 441 to Interstate 441.
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. As part of this project, a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) opened on November 3, 2018 at its junction with Oneida Street. The project was largely completed in November 2019.
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Every day 49,000 vehicles pass through Menasha and 42,000 through eastern Appleton.
Wisconsin State Route 64
State Route 64, also known as Highway 64 or State Trunk Highway 64 (STH 64) is a state route in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The road forms an east-west route in the north of the state, from the Minnesota border at Houlton to Marinette, just before the Michigan border. The road connects several counties but there are no larger towns on the route. State Route 64 is 444 kilometers long.
State Route 64 is an east-west route through eight counties in northern Wisconsin. A large part of the route runs parallel to the better developed State Route 29 for a short distance, the western part also runs parallel to Interstate 94 for some distance. State Route 64 runs through a vast rural area and does not visit significant cities. Most of the road is a standard single carriageway, only the westernmost portion of the road has been upgraded and is a freeway between the Minnesota and Somerset border. On the border with Minnesota is the striking St. Croix Crossing.
State Route 64 passes through mostly flat terrain with quite a bit of forest. The road passes Eau Claire 30 kilometers away and Green Bay 60 kilometers away. US 8 parallels State Route 64 further north. Marinette terminus is the main town on the route and is located on the border with the state of Michigan. State Route 64 ends here at US 41.
State Route 64 is one of eight state routes in Wisconsin that run east-west across the state. The road was one of the original state highways of 1917, which at the time only ran from US 141 to Marinette over a length of 29 kilometers. Shortly thereafter, the road went under construction as a new road running east-west across Wisconsin, all the way to the Minnesota border. This road was completed in the early 1920s. In 1926, the track was extended west to the Minnesota border at Houlton. After that, only local adjustments were made to the route.
Freeway & St Croix Crossing
The towns in St. Croix County are in the Minneapolis Metropolitan Area of influence in the state of Minnesota. Therefore, the westernmost part of Highway 64 has been upgraded to a freeway and partly a 2×2 divided highway. The road widening began in August 2002, initially around the junction with County Road V between Houlton and Somerset, which was completed around 2004, then the 2×2 bypass from Somerset and beyond to the west side of New Richmond, which opened in 2006.
The most important part, however, was the construction of a new bridge over the St. Croix River, which forms the border with the state of Minnesota. This project has been picked up by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, with Wisconsin building the freeway past Houlton. The bridge is also called the St. Croix Crossing. The project opened to traffic on August 2, 2017.