Wisconsin Rustic Roads Week debuts to feature fall foliage around the state
September 26, 2013
Governor issues proclamation to celebrate the road preservation program’s 40 years
Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 30 to October 6 as Rustic Roads Week in Wisconsin. The first-ever state proclamation marks the 40-year anniversary of Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads program. In 1973, the State Legislature created the program, which is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).
"This pioneering program was developed to help citizens and local governments preserve and promote lightly-traveled country roads in Wisconsin," said WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "Our Rustic Roads have several natural roadside features that offer relaxing and enjoyable traveling experiences for drivers, bikers and hikers."
Currently, there are 114 designated Rustic Roads spanning more than 663 miles through 59 counties. Rustic Roads are marked with brown and yellow road signs. They are assigned a number based on their addition to the statewide system – the one to three digit number has a letter “R” prefix. The first approved route, R-1, is in Taylor County; the most recent, R-114, is in Rusk County.
While WisDOT oversees the Rustic Roads program, the designated routes remain under local governmental jurisdiction. The roads range from under two miles to 37 miles in length and have a maximum speed limit of 45 miles per hour. An appointed 10-member volunteer board considers local government applications for final Rustic Road designation.
"We encourage people to explore Wisconsin Rustic Roads, especially during this colorful time of year," Secretary Gottlieb added. "We are proud of the program’s 40-year history and pleased to see Rustic Roads in the statewide spotlight this week."
For more information on the state’s Rustic Roads program, including details on obtaining a free travel guide, visit the WisDOT web site.
Governor Walker’s Rustic Roads Week Proclamation is online.
A special 40 Year Rustic Roads graphic is available, upon request, by emailing Brock Bergey in WisDOT’s Office of Public Affairs.
For more information, contact:
Jane Carrola, WisDOT Rustic Roads coordinator
(608) 266-0649, email@example.com