US 53 is a backbone route in WisDOTís Corridors 2020 Plan, and
has a segment of the corridor in the National Highway System (NHS). The plan places a high priority in protecting highway investments that connect major economic/population centers and carry long-distance, statewide traffic.
Between 1969 and 2006, US 53 has experienced several capacity expansion and safety enhancements between La Crosse and Superior. These improvements represented significant investments by WisDOT.
US 53 corridor is recognized as an important route with the desire for conversion to a freeway/expressway initiated as early as the late 1960ís.
US 53 is one of Wisconsinís most important north-south corridors. The final segment of the four-lane facility between Rice Lake and Superior was completed in 1999.
As communities and traffic volumes along US 53 grow, demand for access along US 53 and concern about safety at access points will continue to increase.
Currently, six intersections along the corridor have higher than acceptable fatality rates from traffic crashes, they include: Barron County V, Washburn County B, Washburn County E, US 63 at Trego, WIS 77 at Minong, and Douglas County B.
The goal of the 75-mile corridor preservation effort is to protect the public investment in US 53 by planning for the long-term mobility and safety needs along the