Wisconsin Governor Warren Knowles speaks during the ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the final section of I-94 in Jefferson County on
October 27, 1965.
Wisconsin Governor Warren Knowles cuts the ribbon on the final
section of I-94 in Jefferson County on October 27, 1965, creating a
continuous 78-mile Interstate route between Madison and Milwaukee.
I-94 under construction west of Oconomowoc in Waukesha County in
November 1963. The first section of Interstate highway to be
completed in Wisconsin was a one-mile segment of I-94 near Johnson
Creek in Jefferson County in 1958.
I-94 under construction between Hudson and Menomonie in western
Wisconsin in October, 1958. A year later (October 29, 1959), a
ceremony was held dedicating the 59-mile segment of I-94 between
Hudson and Eau Claire. It represented, at that time, the nation's
longest single section of Interstate highway to be officially
Rest area south of Portage along I-90/94 in June of 1967. Wisconsin
was one of the first states to provide Interstate rest areas.
Currently, Wisconsin is home to 32 rest areas that are widely
acclaimed for their amenities and cleanliness.
Early Wisconsin highway markers could be found on telephone poles,
other roadside posts and culverts.
Wisconsin pioneered the concept of numbered highways. A 1917 state
law creating a State Trunk Highway System included a provision
requiring uniform guide and warning signs.
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