As part of the US Highway System, US 14 is a major regional highway
serving Wisconsin from La Crosse to the Illinois state line south of
All of Wisconsinís US highways are a high priority and WisDOTís
goal is to protect these highway investments that connect major
economic/population centers and carry regional, long-distance,
statewide, and inter-state traffic.
This study will develop a long-range plan to evaluate safety,
operational and access needs along the corridor. This will allow WisDOT and local officials to adequately plan for future land use and
transportation needs. The study will include possible improvement
alternatives and strategies related to safety and mobility, that will
allow US 14 to operate well into the future, while maintaining the
current two-lane facility.
As traffic increases and more nearby land is developed, experience around the state has demonstrated that unmanaged
and unprotected highways can deteriorate quickly in terms of reduced
safety and operations. In addition, development increases the cost for
new right-of-way significantly and reduces the options available for
The greatest functional concerns for WisDOT are the at-grade
intersections and geometric properties of the existing roadway. As
traffic increases over time, it will become more difficult to turn on
off, cross traffic and operate vehicles in a safe manner.
Will the study recommend adding more lanes or bypasses?
No. This study is not a capacity expansion project (adding lanes).
The goal is to identify opportunities to maintain the function of US
14 in its current configuration for as long as possible.
In addition, because the focus is maximizing the useful life of the
existing roadway, this study does not include bypass alternatives.
What type of long-term improvements will the study consider?
The study will define and review scenarios designed to improve
future access and functionality. The recommended long-term strategies
may include adjustments to local road connections and private driveway
This study is intended as a source of information to aid in making
future transportation decisions. There are NO immediate plans or
allocated funds for construction at this time.
I live along US 14, how will this affect my property?
Because there are no immediate construction activities planned as
part of the study, only short-term improvements to address immediate
safety problems could occur. Any short-term improvement would likely
be minor in scale and have minimal affects to adjacent property.