Interstate 41

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Interstate 41

I-41 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT and IDOT
Length176.33 mi (283.78 km)
ExistedApril 7, 2015 (2015-04-07)[1]–present
HistoryApproved for designation in 2012[2]
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-94 / US 41 in Russell, IL
Major intersections
North end I-43 / US 41 / US 141 in Howard, WI
CountryUnited States
StatesIllinois, Wisconsin
CountiesIL: Lake
WI: Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, Brown
Highway system
IL 40IL US 41
WIS 40WI US 41

Interstate 41 (I-41) is a 176.33-mile-long (283.78 km) north–south Interstate Highway connecting the interchange of I-94 and U.S. Route 41 (US 41), located 0.9 miles (1.4 km) south of the WisconsinIllinois border at the end of the Tri-State Tollway in metropolitan Chicago, to an interchange with I-43 in metropolitan Green Bay, Wisconsin. The designation travels concurrently with US 41 for its entire length, as well as portions of I-894, US 45, I-43, and sections of I-94 in Wisconsin and Illinois. The route was officially added to the Interstate Highway System on April 7, 2015,[1] and connects Milwaukee and Green Bay with the Fox Cities.

Route description

Newly installed I-41/US 41 sign south of WIS 145 near Richfield from June 2015

I-41 begins at the I-94/US 41 interchange in Russell, Illinois, located 0.9 miles (1.4 km) south of the Wisconsin–Illinois border at the end of the Tri-State Tollway. The highway continues north concurrently with I-94 as part of the North-South Freeway to the Mitchell Interchange in Milwaukee, turns west to run concurrently with I-894 and I-43 as the Airport Freeway to the Hale Interchange (forming a brief wrong-way concurrency with I-43), and turns north to run concurrently as the Zoo Freeway with I-894 and US 45 to the Zoo Interchange, with the US 45 concurrency continuing until the I-41/US 41/US 45 split near Richfield. The Interstate roughly parallels I-43, which runs north–south along Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Green Bay. I-41 runs through the Fox Valley (including the cities of Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and Appleton, along with the Fox Cities). At Appleton, I-41 intersects US 10 and State Trunk Highway 441 (WIS 441), the latter of which is a freeway that runs into the city and back to I-41. Further north, I-41 intersects WIS 172 on the south side of Green Bay, before running along the city's west side to its end at the I-43 interchange. The Interstate is approximately 176 miles (283 km) long and located almost entirely within the state of Wisconsin and is completely concurrent with a slightly adjusted alignment of US 41 to its termination in Green Bay.[3]


Markers for I-41, I-43, and I-894 on the Airport Freeway, the southern bypass of Milwaukee; this is one of three instances of a wrong-way concurrency in the United States involving two Interstate highways. It is also one of only two places in the United States where three Interstate Highways share the same roadway.

The freeway portion of US 41 and US 45 from Milwaukee through the Fox Valley to Green Bay was proposed and designated as an Interstate Highway as part of the 2005 highway funding bill (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users).[4]

In the initial language of the bill, the route was named Interstate 41, which correlates with the U.S. Highway it parallels and also complies with the Interstate naming guidelines through the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The final bill omitted the I-41 designation. In 2009, Green Bay officials began a campaign to have US 41 designated as a northern extension of I-55 from its current termination in Chicago, with the alternative being designated as a spur of I-43.[5][6] At the spring meeting of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbers of AASHTO on May 18, 2012, the I-55 designation was discussed by the committee. Coordination would have been required with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on the I-55 designation.

However, IDOT officials were not interested in signing an extension of I-55 from its Chicago terminus to the state line. Therefore, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) decided to seek a different designation not requiring the cooperation of their Illinois counterparts. Four designations were proposed by WisDOT and put up for public review: two new primary designations (I-41 and I-47) and two auxiliary designations (I-594 and I-643).[7] At the end of October 2012, WisDOT submitted I-41 to AASHTO for consideration at their fall Special Committee meeting, where it was conditionally approved on November 16, 2012, pending FHWA concurrence.[2] Official approval of I-41 then hinged on weight limit exceptions being approved for the route,[8] which initially passed the United States House of Representatives as H.R. 4745 and awaited a United States Senate vote as S. 2438,[9] but there were later passed in a different bill (H.R. 83) on December 16, 2014.[10][11][12] On April 9, 2015, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that the FHWA had approved I-41 as part of the Interstate Highway System.[13] According to WisDOT, the approval came two days earlier.[1]

WisDOT replaced or modified 3,500 signs before and near September 2015 after coordination with IDOT and the FHWA (signs erected in 2014 and into 2015 before approval of the designation had the I-41 shield obscured until approval).[14][15] Over the next 5–10 years, shoulders are slated to be rebuilt as older parts of the highway are rebuilt.[16] The redesignation to Interstate status also makes the route subject to the Highway Beautification Act, meaning current advertising billboards along the Milwaukee-to-Green Bay portion of the road can no longer be upgraded or enlarged nor can new signs be added.[17]

Exit list

LakeNewport Township0.000.001B

I-94 Toll east (Tri-State Tollway) – Chicago, Indiana

US 41 south (Skokie Highway) – Waukegan
Southern end of I-94/US 41 concurrency; southbound entrance only from Frontage Road, acts as the entrance ramp from Russell Road to I-94 east
0.761.221A CR A1 (Russell Road)Signed as exit 1 northbound; exit numbers based on I-94's mile markers
Illinois–Wisconsin state line
KenoshaPleasant Prairie2.043.28347 WIS 165 / CTH-Q (Lakeview Parkway)
3.435.52345 CTH-C (Wilmot Road)
Kenosha5.078.16344 WIS 50 (75th Street) – Kenosha, Lake GenevaTo 71st Street
Somers6.5910.61342 WIS 158 (52nd Street) – KenoshaKenosha Regional Airport
8.3513.44340 WIS 142 (Burlington Road) / CTH-S – Burlington, Kenosha
Town of Paris10.0716.21339 CTH-E (Somers Road) – Somers
county line
Mount PleasantParis
village/town line
12.0819.44337 CTH-KR (County Line Road) – Mt. Pleasant
RacineMount Pleasant13.9522.45335 WIS 11 (Durand Avenue) – Burlington, Racine
Town of Yorkville15.96–
333 WIS 20 (Washington Avenue) – Waterford, Racine
Caledonia19.6431.61329 CTH-K (Northwestern Avenue) – Racine, Caledonia
Town of Raymond21.6734.87327 CTH-G (5+12 Mile Road) – Caledonia
23.1737.29326Seven Mile RoadCurrent southern terminus of WIS 241
WIS 241 north (27th Street)
Exit permanently closed; northbound exit and southbound entrance
MilwaukeeOak Creek324
Elm Road to WIS 241
26.3942.47322 WIS 100 (Ryan Road)
28.4745.82321Drexel Avenue
29.4147.33320 CTH-BB (Rawson Avenue)
Milwaukee30.3848.89319 CTH-ZZ (College Avenue)
31.0850.02318 WIS 119 – Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport
32.3752.09317 CTH-Y (Layton Avenue) to 27th Street

I-94 east (North–South Freeway) – Chicago, Airport

I-43 north (North–South Freeway) / I-94 west – Milwaukee

I-894 west (Airport Freeway)
Northern end of I-94 concurrency; eastern end of I-43 wrong-way concurrency; eastern end of I-894 concurrency; Mitchell Interchange
33.6054.079 WIS 241 – South 27th StreetNo access is allowed from I-94 west or to I-94 east; exit numbers based on I-894's mile markers
Greenfield34.6455.758 WIS 36 – Loomis Road
35.6457.367South 60th Street
36.6659.005BSouth 76th StreetNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
5ASouth 76th Street, South 84th StreetSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
WIS 24 west – Forest Home Avenue
Northbound exit and southbound entrance

I-43 south (Rock Freeway) / US 45 south – Beloit, Chicago
Western end of I-43 concurrency; southern end of the US 45 concurrency; Hale Interchange
Greenfield39.3263.283 CTH-T (Beloit Road)
39.9364.262BOklahoma AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
West Allis40.6765.452ANational AvenueSouthbound exit to westbound National Avenue only
40.9365.871ELincoln AvenueSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
41.8967.421D WIS 59 – Greenfield Avenue
I-94 (East–West Freeway) – Madison, Downtown Milwaukee, Chicago

I-894 east (Zoo Freeway)
Western end of I-894 concurrency; signed as exits 1A (east) and 1B (west) northbound and exits 38A (west) and 38B (east) southbound; Zoo Interchange
39 US 18 (Bluemound Road) / Wisconsin AvenueNorthbound exit is not signed for Wisconsin Avenue; exit numbers based on US 45's mile markers
40Watertown Plank Road, Swan BoulevardSouthbound exit not signed for Swan Boulevard
WIS 100 north (Mayfair Road) / North Avenue east
Southbound exit not signed for WIS 100
45.5473.2942BNorth Avenue west
46.5974.9843Burleigh Street
47.5976.5944 WIS 190 (Capitol Drive)Three-level diamond interchange; access roads for the adjacent Harley-Davidson and Penzeys Spices plants are also part of the interchange
Milwaukee48.6978.3645 CTH-EE (Hampton Avenue)
CTH-E south (Silver Spring Drive) / WIS 100
Southern end of WIS 100 concurrency
51.0582.1647 WIS 175 (Appleton Avenue)
51.8583.4447B CTH-PP (Good Hope Road)Exit numbers based on US 41's mile markers
48 WIS 145 (Fond du Lac Freeway/124th Street)
WaukeshaMenomonee Falls54.64–

WIS 74 west / WIS 100 east (Main Street)
Northern end of WIS 100 concurrency; signed as exits 50A (east) and 50B (west); WIS 74 designation removed on November 1, 2015
55.4589.2451Pilgrim RoadSigned as exits 51A (north) and 51B (south)

CTH-Q (County Line Road) / Alt. I-41 / Alt. US 45
I-41 Alternate/US 45 Alternate only signed northbound
WIS 167 east (Mequon Road) / CTH-Y (Lannon Road)
Southern end of WIS 167 concurrency

WIS 167 west (Holy Hill Road) / Alt. I-41 / Alt. US 45
Northern end of WIS 167 concurrency; I-41 Alternate/US 45 Alternate only signed southbound
US 45 north – West Bend
Northern end of US 45 concurrency; northbound exit and southbound entrance
CTH-FD (Fond du Lac Avenue/Pioneer Road) to WIS 145
Signage reads WIS 145; ramp signage reads CTH-FD TO WIS 145
Slinger68.17109.7164 WIS 60 (Commerce Blvd.) – Jackson, Slinger, Hartford, GraftonSigned as exits 64A (east, Jackson) and 64B (west, Slinger, Hartford) northbound
Town of Polk70.45113.3866 WIS 144 (Kettle Moraine Drive) – West Bend, SlingerLittle Switzerland Ski Area, Slinger Speedway
Town of Hartford72.12116.0768 CTH-K
Town of Addison76.37122.9172 WIS 33 / CTH-W – West Bend, Allenton, Horicon
Town of Wayne79.59128.0976 CTH-D
DodgeTown of Theresa85.22137.1581 WIS 28 – Mayville, Kewaskum, TheresaHoricon Marsh State Wildlife Area Southern Section
Lomira89.24143.6285 WIS 67 – Lomira, CampbellsportKettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit
Town of Lomira91.29146.9287 WIS 49 / CTH-KK – Brownsville, WaupunHoricon Marsh State Wildlife Area Northern Section
Fond du LacTown of Byron96.10154.6692 CTH-B – Oakfield, Eden
Fond du Lac99.71–
US 45 south / US 151 – Madison, Manitowoc, Waupun, Beaver Dam
Southern end of US 45 concurrency
101.01162.5697 CTH-VVV (Hickory Street)
101.84163.9098 CTH-D (Military Road)Former US 151; Fond du Lac County Airport
US 45 north / WIS 23 (Johnson Street) – Rosendale, Ripon
Northern end of US 45 concurrency
North Fond du Lac104.24167.76101 CTH-OO (Winnebago Street)
Town of Eldorado110.27177.46106 CTH-N – Van Dyne
WinnebagoTown of Nekimi117.47189.05113 WIS 26 / CTH-N – Rosendale, Waupun, Pickett
Oshkosh120.22193.48116 WIS 44 / WIS 91 (South Park Avenue/Ripon Road) – Ripon, Waukau, BerlinWittman Regional Airport
121.64195.761179th Avenue
123.14198.17119 WIS 21 (Omro Road, Oshkosh Avenue) – Omro, Redgranite, Wautoma

US 45 (Algoma Boulevard) to US 10 west – New London
To US 10 west not signed southbound
128.10206.16124 WIS 76 (Jackson Street) – Shiocton
Neenah133.30214.53129Bell Street, Breezewood Lane
134.67216.73131 WIS 114 / CTH-JJ (Winneconne Avenue) – Hilbert, Sherwood
135.61218.24132Main Street, Oak Ridge RoadNo entrance ramps
Fox Crossing136.35219.43133 CTH-II (Winchester Road) – Winchester

US 10 east / WIS 441 north (Tri-County Expressway) – Menasha, Manitowoc
Michael G. Ellis Memorial Interchange
US 10 west – Stevens Point, Waupaca
Michael G. Ellis Memorial Interchange
139.62224.70136 CTH-BB (Prospect Avenue) – Appleton
OutagamieTown of Grand Chute140.88226.72137 WIS 125 (College Avenue) / CTH-CA – Appleton International Airport, Downtown Appleton
141.65227.96138 WIS 96 (Wisconsin Avenue) – Fremont, Appleton
WIS 15 / CTH-OO (Northland Avenue) to CTH-A – Greenville, Hortonville, Appleton
To CTH-A not signed southbound; Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium
145.67234.43142 WIS 47 (Richmond Street) – Black Creek, Appleton
Appleton147.67237.65144 CTH-E (Ballard Road)
WIS 441 south (Tri-County Expressway) – Kimberly
Little Chute151.10243.17146 CTH-N (Freedom Road) – Little Chute, Kimberly, Combined Locks
Kaukauna152.78245.88148 WIS 55 (Delanglade Avenue) – Seymour, Kaukauna, Sherwood, Freedom
153.99247.82150 CTH-J (Lawe Street/Hyland Avenue) – Kaukauna
Town of Kaukauna158.25254.68154 CTH-U (County Line Road) – Wrightstown, Hobart
BrownTown of Lawrence161.21259.44157 CTH-S (Lawrence Drive) – Freedom, De Pere
181.87292.69161 CTH-F (Scheuring Road) – De Pere
Ashwaubenon167.12268.95163A CTH-G (Main Avenue) – De Pere
WIS 32 north (Ashland Avenue) – Green Bay
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
168.39271.00164A CTH-AAA (Oneida Street, Waube Lane)

WIS 172 to I-43 / WIS 57 – A. Straubel Airport
To WIS 57 not signed northbound
171.14275.42167 CTH-VK (Lombardi Avenue, Hazelwood Lane) – Green BayLambeau Field
Green Bay172.18277.10168A
WIS 32 south / WIS 54 (Mason Street) – Seymour, Ashwaubenon
Southern end of WIS 32 concurrency
WIS 29 / WIS 32 north (Shawano Avenue) – Wausau, Shawano, Green Bay
Northern end of WIS 32 concurrency
US 141 south (Velp Avenue) – Green Bay
Southern end of US 141 concurrency
I-43 south / LMCT – Milwaukee, Green Bay

US 41 north / US 141 north / LMCT – Marinette, Iron Mountain
Northern end of US 41 concurrency; northern end of US 141 concurrency; northern terminus of I-43; I-41 terminates at northbound entrance ramp from I-43
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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