Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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National Highway System (NHS) planning maps

The National Highway System (NHS) is approximately 160,000 miles of roadway important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility. The NHS includes the following subsystems of roadways.

  • NHS Interstate: The Eisenhower Interstate System of highways retains its separate identity within the NHS.
  • NHS Routes: These highways are secondary to the NHS Interstate, but still remain important to the national economy, defense and mobility.
  • NHS Intermodal Connectors: These highways provide access between major intermodal facilities and the other subsystems making up the National Highway System.

The NHS encourages transportation planners to focus on a limited number of high-priority routes and to concentrate on improving them with federal-aid funds. At the same time, states can incorporate design and construction improvements that address their traffic needs safely and efficiently.

Now available on the WisDOT FTP server are new urban(ized) area maps reflecting the additions to the NHS made through the MAP-21 Surface Transportation Authorization Bill, effective October 1, 2012. Also available are rural county NHS maps and planned route detail maps. The maps and data do not include any changes to NHS designations other than the MAP-21 NHS expansion.

For questions or more information, contact Ron.Atkinson@dot.wi.gov.

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Last modified: December 18, 2014

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