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US 14 Corridor Study - Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Note - Study completed July 2014


Who is conducting the study?

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Southwest Region is initiating the study.

What are the limits to the study?

The study limits extend from WIS 92 near Oregon to I-90 at Janesville, approximately 22 miles.

The study passes through two cities; Evansville and Janesville, and five townships; Rutland, Union, Porter, Center and Janesville, in Rock and Dane counties.

Why is the study being done?

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 Walworth County.

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 road alterations.

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 and 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 access.

When would construction occur?

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.

Who do I contact with questions?

Mark Westerveld, WisDOT Project Manager
WisDOT Southwest Region
2101 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-5355
mark.westerveld@dot.wi.gov

Franco Marcos, WisDOT Project Planner
WisDOT Southwest Region
2101 Wright Street
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 246-3860
franklin.marcos@dot.wi.gov

Questions about the content of this page, contact:
WisDOT Southwest Region Office-Madison, swr.dtsd@dot.wi.gov
Last modified: June 20, 2013

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