Interstate 39 North - Portage to Westfield

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Interstate 39 North
Leading away from Interstates 90 & 94, I-39 quickly approaches a parclo B2 interchange (Exit 85) with Cascade Mountain Road. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The first solo confirming shield for I-39 coincides with a U.S. 51 trailblazer ahead of Cascade Mountain Road. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Cascade Mountain Road meanders west from Exit 85 along side I-90 & 94 to Wis 33 and east to parallel County U within the town of Caledonia. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Interstate 39 traverses an area of lowlands from the Baraboo River to the Wisconsin River and city of Portage. Stevens Point lies 74 miles ahead, followed by Wausau in 106 miles. Photo taken 06/15/15.
A rare cutout shield for Interstate 39 stands north of the Baraboo River. 16,100 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded on this rural stretch of freeway in 2014. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Wis 33 meanders 13 miles east from the Sauk County seat of Baraboo to meet Interstate 39 at Exit 87 in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Entering the parclo A2 interchange (Exit 87) with Wis 33 on I-39 north. Wis 33 angles northeast and crosses the Wisconsin River to Cook Street and Downtown Portage. STH-33 runs across the width of the state for 200.8 miles between La Crosse and Port Washington. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Northbound travelers along I-39 pass through Pine Island State Wildlife Area ahead of the Wisconsin River. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The bridges across the Wisconsin River for Interstate 39 were built in 1964 for Wis 78. They were reconstructed in 1990. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Wis 33 spans the Wisconsin River in the distance beyond a series of islands closer to Interstate 39. Photo taken 06/15/15.
I-39 encircles the west side of Portage to a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exits 89A/B) with Wis 16 and 127. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Alternate routes for Interstate 39 and 90 utilize Wis 16 east back into Portage. Wis 16 is the former alignment of U.S. 16. U.S. 16 was truncated west from the state in 1978. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Exit 89A leaves Interstate 39 north for Wis 16 east. The trunk highway passes through an industrial area and by Portage Municipal Airport (C47) ahead of Silver Lake. Wisconsin Street takes the route southeast through the Portage street grid to Downtown. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Wis 127 begins and separates from Wis 16 on the west side of Exit 89. The two routes reconvene outside Wisconsin Dells. Photo taken 06/15/15.
County CX forms an east side frontage road to Interstate 39 between Exits 89 and 92. Photo taken 06/15/15.
U.S. 51 bisects the city of Portage north from Downtown on a commercial arterial (New Pinery Road) to the merge with Interstate 39 at Exit 92. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Exit 92 consists of a modified diamond interchange with U.S. 51 south and the local McMahon Road west. The exit originally consisted of a trumpet.
CTH-CX continues north from Exit 92 as the pre-freeway alignment of U.S. 51 to Endeavor. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Interstate 39 & U.S. 51 north
U.S. 51 runs along the remainder of Interstate 39 north. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The next destination for I-39 & U.S. 51 is the village of Endeavor in nine miles. Stevens Point is now an hour away. Photo taken 06/15/15.
All of U.S. 51 within Wisconsin honors Korean War Veterans. Similarly U.S. 10 across the state honors Vietnam War Veterans. Photo taken 06/15/15.
A roadway separation occurs along Interstate 39 & U.S. 51 across a series of hills west of Anacker. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The freeway lowers across an area of wetlands preceding Neenah Creek at milepost 95. Photo taken 06/15/15.
County CX (old U.S. 51) parallels I-39 & U.S. 51 just to the east as both cross the Marquette County line. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Interstate 39 & U.S. 51 bee line north toward the rural diamond interchange (Exit 100) with Wis 23 west and County P. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Exit 100 departs I-39 & U.S. 51 north for Wis 23 west to Briggsville and Wisconsin Dells. County P links all three routes with adjacent County CX north into Endeavor. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Interstate 39-U.S. 51 north & Wisconsin 23 east
Wis 23 east combines with Interstate 39 & U.S. 51 for 6.4 miles. Construction of I-39 directly overlaid the original alignment of U.S. 51 & Wis 23 north from the village of Endeavor. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The Marquette County seat of Montello lies ten miles ahead via I-39 and the continuation of Wis 23 east. Stevens Point follows in 59 miles. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Interstate 39-U.S. 51 north & Wis 23 east travels along an area of wetlands by Buffalo Lake to a half diamond interchange (Exit 104) with County D. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Marquette County D follows a rural course west from Exit 104 to County A near Oxford and east to the community of Packwaukee on Buffalo Lake. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Wis 23 east separates from I-39 & U.S. 51 north in one mile near Montello Corners. The forthcoming diamond interchange represents the east end of Wis 82. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Northbound I-39 & U.S. 51 at Exit 106 and the split with STH-23. STH-23 ventures eight miles to Montello and 55 miles to Fond du Lac. STH-82 heads west four miles to Oxford and 29 miles to Mauston. The trunk highway totals 116 miles from here to Lansing, Iowa. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Interstate 39 & U.S. 51 north
10,800 vehicles per day (vpd) were recorded on Interstate 39 & U.S. 51 north between Exit 106 and Westfield in 2014. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Motorists travel another 5.9 miles north to County J in the village of Westfield. I-39 remains rural otherwise on the 53-mile drive to Stevens Point. Photo taken 06/15/15.
County M follows old U.S. 51 to the west of I-39 to Westfield. Forthcoming Exit 113 departs in one mile for County E & J (2nd Street) east of the village center. Photo taken 06/15/15.
Northbound I-39 & U.S. 51 reaches the diamond interchange (Exit 113) with County E & J at Westfield. CTH-E and J separate just east of Exit 113 on respective courses to Neshkoro and Harrisville. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The roadways for Interstate 39 separate across a hillside as the freeway leaves the village limits of Westfield. County CH parallels to the west as old U.S. 51. Photo taken 06/15/15.
A 10.4 mile exit less stretch takes I-39 north to the village of Coloma. Stevens Point and Wausau follow in 36 and 67 miles respectively. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The Westfield rest area lies two miles ahead. The facility accommodates 40 cars and 30 trucks. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The last rest area for Interstate 39 north opened in 1987 when U.S. 51 was expanded to four lanes. Photo taken 06/15/15.
County Z passes under the freeway as I-39 & U.S. 51 depart from the rest area ahead of these confirming markers. Photo taken 06/15/15.
A lengthy S-curve shifts I-39 westward toward Wood Lake to overtake the original U.S. 51 alignment north by the southbound Columa rest area. Photo taken 06/15/15.
The freeway crosses the Waushara County line just north of Chaffee Creek within the Upper Fox Headwaters State Natural Area. Photo taken 06/15/15.


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06/15/15 by AARoads

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Page Updated 04-28-2016.