The WIS 57 Reconstruction Project in Brown, Kewaunee, and Door Counties
From First Americans to Euroamericans
— Archaeology and History of the WIS 57 Transportation Corridor —
WIS 57 is the primary route into and out of the Door Peninsula's popular resort country and by the early 1990s had become inadequate to safely carry current traffic loads. A Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) study of the WIS 57 highway corridor found an increasing rate of highway-related crashes. After evaluating this study, WisDOT developed a plan to realign, widen, and improve the southern portion of the highway. The WIS 57 plan was designed to promote public safety as well as enhance regional economic development in accord with WisDOT's Corridors 2020 report. Prior to selecting a final design, WisDOT undertook a variety of environmental, cultural, and archaeological studies to assess the effect that road construction would have on the cultural and natural landscape of the Door Peninsula.
Consultation among WisDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and a variety of project stakeholders resulted in the selection of a route for the new highway designed to minimize impacts on the natural and cultural environment. In order to safeguard archaeological and historic resources
Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Peninsula Belgian-American Club
The archaeological investigations carried out in association with this agreement provided an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the rich, but often fragile, archaeological and historical record of northeastern Wisconsin.
The WIS 57 Reconstruction Project began about one mile north of the WIS 54/57 interchange in Brown County and continued north for 27.5 miles to the WIS 42 intersection about eight miles north of Brussels.
The realigned route generally parallels the old two-lane road but has been widened and redesigned as a limited access, four-lane highway.
Erected by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, U.S. Department of Interior, Wisconsin Department of Interior.
Location. 44° 34.083′ N, 87° 52.78′ W. Marker is in Scott, Wisconsin, in Brown County. Marker is on Bay Settlement Road north of VanLaanen Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3426 Bay Settlement Road, Green Bay WI 54311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
More about this marker. This marker is part of the group of markers at this location titled From First Americans to Euroamericans: Archaeology and History of the WIS 57 Transportation Corridor. The markers are a few steps from the southern parking lot in the Wequiock Falls County Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Devon Polzar of Port Washington, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.