Marathon County Q (Ringle) to US 45 (Wittenberg)
Marathon and Shawano counties
Overview (purpose of the corridor preservation plan)
WIS 29 is the primary east-west route across northern Wisconsin, linking the Twin Cities metropolitan area in Minnesota and Green Bay. It is part of the National Highway System (NHS), which is reserved for those routes that are important to the nation's economy, defense, and mobility. The highway is classified as a principal arterial for through traffic and commodities
transport, linking communities along the route.
WIS 29 carries 9,300 to 12,000 vehicles per day between Ringle (Marathon County) and Wittenberg (Shawano County).
To ensure that this important highway continues to operate safely and efficiently, WisDOT initiated a study to produce a long-range corridor preservation plan. The plan recommends the official mapping and preservation of right of way to eventually convert the highway to a freeway. By preserving/mapping the right of way now we can ensure the public's long-term investment in this highway while providing local communities the necessary information for future development and land use decisions.
Currently, this section of WIS 29 is built, and operates, as an "expressway." Expressways provide access to and from the highway through interchanges, local roads, and private driveways.
As WIS 29 is converted to a freeway, all the at-grade, stop-controlled intersections would be replaced by well-spaced interchanges, grade separations (overpasses or underpasses), cul-de-sacs, and alternate connections that safely balance the access needs of the adjacent areas with the safety of the highway.
There is no construction currently scheduled as part of this planning effort. Any physical modifications to access along WIS 29 would occur as safety and operational needs warrant and as funding becomes available.