Wisconsin 57 is a major north-south state trunk highway that spans nearly 192 miles from Milwaukee to Sister Bay on the finger of Wisconsin. Coming into existence when the state highway system was created in 1918, STH 57 connects the Milwaukee metropolitan area with Green Bay, passing through Plymouth, Kiel and Chilton along the way. From Downtown Green Bay, STH 57 turns northeast generally following the Door County peninsula of Wisconsin to Dyckesville, Sturgeon Bay and Baileys Harbor before ending at the resort community of Sister Bay.
The state trunk highway begins at Wisconsin 59 (National Avenue) in Milwaukee and follows a combination of Layton Boulevard, North 27th Street, Highland Avenue (U.S. 18), and North 20th Street. On the north side of Milwaukee Wis 57 briefly treks east along STH 90 (Capitol Drive) to Green Bay Avenue where it turns northerly toward Glendale. The state trunk highway generally parallels I-43 through the city of Glendale and the village of Brown Deer before turning east to meet the north-south freeway. The two share pavement for 12 miles before Wis 57 departs I-43 for Fredonia, taking a more inland route toward Green Bay. The highway merges with Wis 32 at Millhome with the two state trunk highways running tandem through the cities of Kiel and Chilton. At De Pere, STH 32 parts ways with STH 57 across the Fox River. The two highways flank the river into Green Bay, with STH 57 following Riverside Drive and South Monroe Avenue. State Trunk Highway 54 joins STH 57 at Mason Street with the duo turning east beyond U.S. 141 (Main Street) to meet I-43 at a high speed interchange. STH 54 leaves STH 57 for Algoma while the latter generally follows a combination of a limited and controlled access expressway to Sturgeon Bay. After a brief overlap with State Trunk Highway 42 through Sturgeon Bay, STH 57 branches northward to Lake Michigan communities of Jacksonport and Baileys Harbor before returning to end STH 42 at Sister Bay.
The portion of Wisconsin 57 between Milwaukee and Green Bay was envisioned as an interstate corridor during the initial planning stages of the Interstate Highway System. With a possible I-57 designation, the route would have followed the interior routing of the state trunk highway between the two metropolitan areas. The idea was later nixed in favor of a U.S. 141 routing, which became Interstate 43.1
The WIS 57 Improvement Project through the city of De Pere and Village of Allouez in Brown County will reconstruct a 3.4 mile stretch between Randall Avenue and Grignon Street. Scheduled for construction in 2021, the trunk highway will be rebuilt with new pavement, continous sidewalks, bike accommodations, and extra lanes added throughout Riverside Drive in the village of Allouez. Work will last two years, with crews focusing on south of Wis 172 during one season and north of it during another season. See the WIS 57 Improvements project web site for more details.
Wisconsin 57 Highway Guides
- Wisconsin 57 North - De Pere to Green Bay
- Wisconsin 57 North - Green Bay to Door County
- Wisconsin 57 South - Door County to Green Bay
- Wisconsin 57 South - Green Bay to De Pere
- STH 57 listing, wisconsinhighways.org (website)
Page Updated 03-08-2016.