State Trunk Highway 125

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Totaling 2.6 miles, Wis 125 lines College Avenue between Wis 47 (Richmond Street / Memorial Drive) outside Downtown Appleton and Interstate 41 and County CA by Fox River Mall. College Avenue comprises a busy four-lane commercial arterial along the state maintained stretch. CTH-CA extends the arterial west to Appleton International Airport (ATW). The road east from Downtown leads to Lawrence University and the Wis 441 (Tri County Freeway) opposite the County CE expressway east to Kaukauna.

County CA east
Wis 125 begins at Interstate 41 as County CA ends. College avenue bisects an area of business parks and retail to the diamond interchange with I-41. Photo taken 03/28/16.
The southbound on-ramp for Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Milwaukee departs County CA (College Avenue) east after the signal at Nicolet Road. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Pedestal signals appear as Wis 125 east begins at the interchange with I-41. WISDOT decided to test the effectiveness of yellow reflective visors on traffic signals to see if it will reduce accidents. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Wisconsin 125 east
Passing under the I-41 mainline, motorists see this sign guiding Wis 125 traffic to continue straight ahead. Interstate 41 wraps around the city of Appleton from Fox River Mall to Little Chute. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Leaving Interstate 41, College Avenue crosses over a branch of Mud Creek at the first eastbound reassurance marker for Wis 125. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Many businesses line the frontage roads along Wis 125 as it approaches Bluemound Drive. Bluemound Drive doubles as CTH-AA north from STH-96 to CTH-OO. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Drivers along STH-125 (College Avenue) east enter the Appleton city limits at Lilas Drive. Photo taken 03/28/16.
County A serves as an arterial across the west side of Appleton. North from the city, the trunk highway extends to Center Valley and straight into Wis 47 south of Black Creek. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Wis 125 takes a viaduct over the Canadian National Tracks east of Perkins Street. This bridge was built in 1952 and reconstructed in 1974. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Wis 125 becomes more urbanized at Lynwood Avenue. The yellow reflective visors are no longer present because Wis 125 is a connecting highway from this intersection east. A connecting highway means that the municipality is in charge of the roadway, and WISDOT gives aid to cities to help maintain them. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Entering the six way intersection with Badger Avenue and Story Street on STH-125 east. Badger Avenue was U.S. 10 until 1992, when it was moved onto the Wis 441 and U.S. 41 freeways bypassing Appleton. Photo taken 03/28/16.
An end sign for Wis 125 appears at Locust Street, one block ahead of Wis 47 (Richmond Street north / Memorial Drive south). Photo taken 03/28/16.
Wis 47 runs from Menasha to Manitowish Waters in northern Wisconsin. It was recently designated as a connecting highway in Wisconsin's Corridors 2030 plan between Appleton and Shawano. Photo taken 03/28/16.
Wis 125 concludes at Wis 47 as College Avenue continues east into the central business district. Another Canadian National Railroad line crosses the urban boulevard here as well. Photo taken 03/28/16.

Photo Credits:

03/28/16 by Peter Johnson

Connect with:
Interstate 41 / U.S. 41
Brown County EA

Page Updated 05-05-2016.