Wisconsin Highway 190

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State Trunk Highway 190 marker

State Trunk Highway 190
Capitol Drive
Route information
Maintained by WisDOT
Length 19.58 mi[1] (31.51 km)
Existed 1947[1] – present
Major junctions
West end WIS 16 in Pewaukee

US 45 in Wauwatosa
I-41 in Milwaukee
US 41 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

I-43 / WIS 57 in Milwaukee
East end WIS 32 in Shorewood
Counties Waukesha, Milwaukee
Highway system
WIS 188WIS 191

State Trunk Highway 190 (often called Highway 190, STH-190 or WIS 190) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It runs east–west in southeast Wisconsin from Pewaukee to Shorewood.

Route description[edit]

In Milwaukee, WIS 190 is known as Capitol Drive, one of the main streets of the city's north side. The road's name comes from older mapping methods that discerned the road would lead directly toward the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison if built in a straight east-west line from Lake Michigan, though current day mapping actually places it two miles north of downtown Madison.

The designation is carried all the way west to Pewaukee and its terminus just west of its interchange with WIS 16 in the Village of Pewaukee. WI 190 officially ends at the intersection with Simmons Avenue in Pewaukee, a block south of the post office. It begins again just west of Pewaukee initially under the name Lisbon Avenue and finally ends as West Capitol drive at the western end of Hartland. Capitol Drive is the main street for downtown Hartland.

Although much of the original road has been changed into new roads or gone completely, remnants of it are still visible under different names. This is especially true of roads adjacent to WIS 16 until its end as a freeway in Oconomowoc

Harley-Davidson Plant[edit]

The Harley-Davidson Motorcycle middle-weight engine assembly plant and Product Development Center (PDC) are located at the intersection of WIS 190 and US Highway 45 (US 45) in Milwaukee. The entrance to the plant and to the PDC is accessible by off-ramp from the western section of Capitol Drive's interchange with US 45.

Due to the proximity of the US 45 freeway with the plant entrance, the interchange is a unique three-level diamond interchange with an access road connecting the plant to both highways.


WIS 190 was designated in 1947 along a segment of the former US 16 east from Pewaukee. The routing assigned to WIS 190 has remained unchanged other than upgrades along Capitol Drive and the removal of a small portion through downtown Pewaukee to end the road at the WIS 16 freeway .[1]

Major intersections[edit]

WaukeshaVillage of Pewaukee WIS 16 – Pewaukee, OconomowocInterchange
Pewaukee WIS 164 (Pewaukee Road)
CTH-F – Waukesha, SussexInterchange
Brookfield CTH-YY (Pilgrim Road)Interchange
MilwaukeeWauwatosa I-41 / US 45 / US 41 – Chicago, Fond du Lac
WIS 100 (N. Mayfair Road)
Milwaukee WIS 181 (N. 76th Street)
WIS 175 (W. Appleton Road)
WIS 145 (W. Fond du Lac Avenue)
WIS 57 south (N. 20th Street)Western end of WIS 57 overlap
WIS 57 north (N. Green Bay Avenue) to I-43Eastern end of WIS 57 overlap
N. Port Washington AvenueInterchange
Shorewood WIS 32 (N. Lake Drive)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Blank shield.svg U.S. Roads portal Flag of Wisconsin.svg Wisconsin portal


  1. ^ a b c Bessert, Christopher J. (January 31, 2009). "Highways 190–199". Wisconsin Highways. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 

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