Wisconsin Department of transportation (WisDOT) has identified four main reasons for studying the WIS 26
The corridor is a route of national, state and regional
WIS 26 links major Wisconsin communities, including the cities
of Milton, Jefferson and Watertown to the Fox River Valley,
Rockford and other points south of Wisconsin.
WIS 26 is located midway between the cities of Madison and
Milwaukee and has been identified as a multi-lane connector
route on WisDOTís Corridors 2020 Plan.
The corridor is a route of local importance.
WIS 26 provides mobility for residents within communities and
serves area business, industry and agricultural needs for Rock,
Jefferson and Dodge counties.
The cities of Jefferson and Watertown have specifically
requested bypass studies, while the city of Miltonís
comprehensive plan recognizes the need for studying future
expansion and bypass alternatives.
The corridor has growing traffic with capacity and crash
Current or projected traffic volumes, as well as truck
traffic, exceed the threshold for consideration of a four-lane
Accommodating future traffic growth on narrow roadways in
older, historic areas of cities is problematic.
Crash problems in the urban areas of Jefferson, Johnson Creek
and Watertown exceed statewide average crash rates in those
The corridor needs to be preserved.
As the principal north-south route in Jefferson and Dodge
counties, WIS 26 serves important regional transportation
functions that need to be preserved. Future development may
interfere with reasonable bypass options so it is important to
plan now and preserve a transportation corridor.
As part of the study, WisDOT will plan for limited access and
encourage local governments to coordinate land use planning.
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Last modified: June 30, 2010