State Want’s Highway 41 to Become Interstate

If Wisconsin officials have their way, U-S Highway 41 would become Interstate-41. The state D-O-T has asked the federal government to designate the multi-lane stretch from Milwaukee to Green Bay as I-41. The Federal Highway Association will make the final decision, along with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. That’s expected to come down around mid-November. Until now, Wisconsin’s most recent Interstate highway was designated in 1996, when Highway 51 became I-39 from Portage to Wausau. It will cost about 12-million dollars to change all the signs on 41 to the familiar red-white-and-blue Interstate markers. For now, the change is set to happen early in 2014. Construction workers have been lengthening lanes and shoulders, and improving bridges to get the freeway up to Interstate status. That process has cost millions – and it also claimed the lives of two highway workers in accidents near Oshkosh and De Pere earlier this year.