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Bill would designate State Highway 80 as a memorial highway

Bill would designate State Highway 80 as a memorial highway

Source: Patrick Neff for Civic Media

April 21, 2023 2:00 PM CDT
By: Jimmie Kaska

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MADISON, Wis. (WRCO/WRCE) – A bill submitted Thursday in the Wisconsin Legislature would designate State Highway 80 as a memorial highway for military veterans.

2023 Senate Bill 249 would make Highway 80 the Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial

The bipartisan bill was introduced by Sens. Joan Ballweg, Mary Felzkowski, Jesse James, Howard Marklein, Stephen Nass, Mark Spreitzer, Lena Taylor, Patrick Testin and Van Wanggaard. The bill is also co-sponsored by 33 members of the Assembly, or one-third of that part of the legislature.

S.B. 249 would instruct the Wis. Department of Transportation to make Highway 80 a living memorial to and in honor of all Wisconsin veterans, living and dead, of both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield. Markers would be placed along the highway, which begins at Highway 10 in the Town of Cameron near Marshfield and travels almost due south to the Wisconsin-Illinois State line near Hazel Green.

The highway is about 175 miles long and passes through Wood, Juneau, Vernon, Richland, Grant and Iowa counties, including municipalities such as Pittsville, Necedah, New Lisbon, Elroy, Union Center, Hillsboro, Richland Center, Muscoda, Cobb, Montfort, Platteville and Hazel Green.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and Local Government.

You can read the full bill text on the Wisconsin State Legislature website.

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