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Historical Interstate photos
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 dedicated.
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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