U.S. Route 14 in Wisconsin

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U.S. Highway 14

US 14 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length198.49 mi[1] (319.44 km)
Major junctions
West end
US 14 / US 61 / MN 16 / I-90 Alt. in La Crosse
Major intersections
East end US 14 in Walworth
CountryUnited States
CountiesLa Crosse, Vernon, Richland, Sauk, Iowa, Dane, Rock, Walworth
Highway system
WIS 13 WIS 14

U.S. Highway 14 (US 14) in the state of Wisconsin runs northwest–southeast across the western to southwest portions of the state. It links La Crosse and the southwestern portion of the state with Madison and Janesville. US 14 is mostly two-lane surface road with the exception of a few multilane urban arterials and a freeway section around Madison that it mostly shares with US 12.

Route description

The La Crosse West Channel Bridge carrying US 14, US 61, MN 16, and WIS 16 across the Mississippi River between La Crescent, Minnesota, and La Crosse, Wisconsin. This is the river's West Channel.

US 14 enters Wisconsin from La Crescent along with US 61 and State Trunk Highway 16 (WIS 16; linking to Minnesota State Highway 16, or MN 16). The three highways immediately junction with US 53 in the downtown area and WIS 16 continues east while US 14 along with US 61 turn southeast and out of La Crosse, linking up with WIS 35 south along the way for three miles (4.8 km), after a short concurrency, US 14 and US 61 turn east while WIS 35 continues south. The U.S. Highways then exit La Crosse County for Vernon County.[4] In Vernon County, the routes passes through Coon Valley and Westby, joining with WIS 27 and turning south and passing through Viroqua. WIS 27 splits off to the southwest as US 14 and US 61 head southeast to Readstown where US 61 turns south and US 14 heads east into Richland County.[5]

US 14 continues southeast into Richland County, bypassing Sylvan and Boaz before turning east. After a seven-mile (11 km) east trek, the highway enters Richland Center and immediately turns south. WIS 80 crosses the highway in the southern part of downtown before US 14 turns southeast and junctions with WIS 58. US 14 passes through Sextonville and turns south to collect WIS 60 at Gotham. The two highways then head east-southeast to Lone Rock where they cross WIS 130 and exit to Sauk County.[6] The routes then split at Spring Green while crossing WIS 23, with US 14 heading south into Iowa County while WIS 60 continues east.[7] US 14 bypasses Helena and passes through Arena and into Dane County.[8] US 14 turns southeast at Mazomanie and junctions with WIS 19, then passes through Black Earth and Cross Plains and turns east to meet US 12 east at the West Beltline Highway in Middleton, a suburb of Madison.[9]

US 14 and US 12 follow the beltline south and around the west side of Madison and join US 18 east and US 151 north. All four U.S. Highways head east for three miles (4.8 km) through urban Madison where US 151 splits north to head into downtown Madison and US 12 and US 18 continue east, while US 14 turns south toward Oregon on a seven-mile (11 km) stretch of freeway. The highway bypasses Oregon to the east and becomes a two-lane road and enters Rock County east of Brooklyn.[9] US 14 turns southeastward at Evansville and passes through Leyden and then takes a northeastern bypass around Janesville, crossing US 51 and meeting up with I-39, I-90, and WIS 26 at a triangle formed by the three distinct routes northeast of the city. US 14 then turns south and meets WIS 11. Both highways turn east and pass through Emerald Grove on the way into Walworth County.[10] US 14 turns southeast to Darien while WIS 11 continues east to Delavan. US 14 junctions with I-43 just before passing through Darien. At Walworth, the highway turns due south and heads into Illinois.[11]


US 14 was signed later than the other U.S. Highways in Wisconsin, being opened in 1933. The route replaced the old versions of WIS 11, from La Crosse to Madison, WIS 13 from Madison to Evansville, WIS 92 into Janesville, and WIS 20 and WIS 89 from Janesville to Illinois. The older WIS 14 was in existence when US 14 was opened, that was redesignated as WIS 81 and WIS 15 (the latter being the present-day I-43).[1]

La Crosse saw an additional bridge in the Mississippi River Bridge on its west side which carried US 14 along with US 61 and WIS 16. An additional bridge was added to the existing "Cass Street Bridge" in 2003–2004 in an effort to relieve traffic congestion. The old bridge, which served two-lane traffic before 2004, now serves two lanes of westbound traffic and the new bridge, dubbed the "Cameron Avenue Bridge", carries two lanes of eastbound traffic along with pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Additional lanes were added to the highway between the channels of the Mississippi River.[1]

Major intersections

La CrosseLa Crosse0.000.00

US 14 west / US 61 north / MN 16 west / I-90 Alt. – La Crescent
Continuation into Minnesota
La Crosse West Channel Bridge
Wisconsin–Minnesota line
11.6Mississippi River Bridge

US 53 / Great River Road south (3rd Street) / WIS 16 east (Cameron Avenue east) / Alt. I-90 east – Onalaska, Viroqua
3rd St. and Cameron Ave. are one-way streets; eastern end of EB WIS 16 overlap; national southern terminus of SB US 53; I-90 Alt. follows WI 16 east (Cameron Ave.)

US 53 (4th Street north) / Great River Road north (Cass Street east) / WIS 16 east / Alt. I-90 west – Onalaska, West Salem
4th St. is a one-way street, outbound access only; western end of WB WIS 16 east overlap; national southern terminus of NB US 53; I-90 Alt. follows US 53/GRR north (4th St.)

WIS 16 (Cameron Avenue) / Alt. I-90 east
One-way street, inbound access only; eastern end of WB WIS 16 east overlap
WIS 33 east (Jackson Street)
WIS 35 north (West Avenue South)
Northern end of WIS 35 overlap

WIS 35 south / Great River Road south
Southern end of WIS 35 overlap
VernonTown of Hamburg16.726.9
WIS 162 south – Chaseburg, Stoddard
Western end of WIS 162 overlap
Coon Valley17.628.3
WIS 162 north – Bangor
Eastern end of WIS 162 overlap
WIS 27 north – Sparta
Northern end of WIS 27 overlap
WIS 56 / WIS 82 east – La Farge, Hillsboro, Genoa
Northern end of WIS 82 overlap
Town of Franklin37.660.5

WIS 27 south / WIS 82 west – De Soto, Prairie du Chien
Southern end of WIS 27 and WIS 82 overlaps

US 61 south / WIS 131 south – Soldiers Grove, Boscobel
Eastern end of US 61 overlap; western end of WIS 131 overlap
WIS 131 north – Viola, La Farge
Eastern end of WIS 131 overlap
RichlandTown of Dayton61.398.7
WIS 171 west – Rolling Ground
Richland Center69.4111.7 WIS 80 – Hillsboro, Muscoda
Town of Richland73.3118.0
WIS 58 north – La Valle
WIS 60 west – Prairie du Chien
West end of WIS 60 overlap
Lone Rock83.9135.0
WIS 130 north
Western end of WIS 130 overlap

WIS 130 south / WIS 133 south – Lone Rock
Eastern end of WIS 130 overlap
SaukSpring Green90.9146.3
WIS 23 north – Reedsburg
Western end of WIS 23 overlap
WIS 60 east – Sauk City
Eastern end of WIS 60 overlap
WIS 23 south – Dodgeville
Eastern end of WIS 23 overlap
IowaNo major intersections

WIS 19 east / WIS 78 north – Sauk City, Waunakee
Northern end of WIS 78 overlap
Black Earth109.3175.9
WIS 78 south – Mount Horeb
Southern end of WIS 78 overlap
US 12 west – Baraboo
Western end of US 12 overlap
251BParmenter StreetExit numbers follow US 12; westbound exit only
Madison252Greenway Boulevard
253Old Sauk Road
254 CTH-M / CTH-S (Mineral Point Road)
255Gammon Road
257Whitney Way

US 18 west / US 151 south (Verona Road) / Midvale Boulevard – Dodgeville
Western end of US 18/US 151 overlap
258ASeminole HighwayWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
259Todd Drive
260 CTH-D (Fish Hatchery Road)Eastbound exits signed separately as 260A (south) and 260B (north)

US 12 east / US 18 east (Beltline Highway) / US 151 north (Park Street) / Alt. US 18 west / Alt. US 151 south
Exit numbers follow US 14; no exit number westbound; exit number is for US 12/US 18; eastern end of US 12/US 18/US 151 overlap; western end of US 18 Alt/US 151 Alt overlap; US 12 exit 261
Fitchburg133McCoy RoadEastbound exit and westbound entrance only
134Lacy RoadOpened October 18, 2012

CTH-MM / Alt. US 18 east / Alt. US 151 south – Oregon, Fitchburg
East end of US 18 Alt/US 151 Alt overlap
WIS 138 south – Stoughton
Town of Rutland145.8234.6
WIS 92 north – Brooklyn
RockTown of Union148.5239.0
WIS 59 east – Edgerton
Northern end of WIS 59 overlap

WIS 59 west / WIS 213 south – Beloit, Monroe
Southern end of WIS 59 overlap

US 51 / Alt. I-39 north – Edgerton, Janesville
I-39 Alt follows US 51 north
167.9270.2 WIS 26 (Milton Avenue)
168.5271.2 I-39 / I-90 – Madison, Beloit, ChicagoI-90 exit 171B-C

WIS 11 west (Racine Street) / Alt. I-43
Western end of WIS 11 overlap; I-43 Alt follows WIS 11.
Town of Bradford177.6285.8

WIS 140 south / Alt. I-39 south – Clinton
I-39 Alt follows WI 140
WalworthTown of Darien184.1296.3

WIS 11 east / WIS 89 north – Whitewater, Delavan
Eastern end of WIS 11 overlap
Darien187.4301.6 I-43 – Milwaukee, BeloitI-43 exit 15; north end of I-43 Alt
WIS 67 north – Williams Bay, Elkhorn
Northern end of WIS 67 overlap
Town of Walworth197.4317.7
WIS 67 south – South Beloit
Southern end of WIS 67 overlap
US 14 east – Harvard, Woodstock
Continuation into Illinois
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes


  1. ^ a b c Bessert, Chris. "Wisconsin Highways: Highways 10-19 (U.S. Highway 14)". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Wisconsin Highway Commission (1934). Official Highway Map of Wisconsin (PDF) (Map). 1:887,040. Madison: Wisconsin Highway Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2023 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  3. ^ Wisconsin Highway Commission (1934). Official Highway Map of Wisconsin (PDF) (Map). 1:887,040. Madison: Wisconsin Highway Commission. Retrieved February 5, 2023 – via Wikimedia Commons.
  4. ^ La Crosse Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 13, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  5. ^ Vernon Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  6. ^ Richland Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  7. ^ Sauk Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 21, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  8. ^ Iowa Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  9. ^ a b Dane Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 14, 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  10. ^ Rock Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 8, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2007.
  11. ^ Walworth Co (PDF) (Map). Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 5, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2007.

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