J-Turn at WIS 54/Wood and Portage County U

In 2016, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation constructed a J-Turn at the intersection of WIS 54 with Wood and Portage County U (between Wisconsin Rapids and Plover). The J-Turn was built to address identified safety issues at this location.


Safety benefits of J-Turns include:

  • Reduces crash potential – particularly far side, right-angle crashes
  • Simplifies driving for the motorist – only required to look at one direction of traffic at a time
  • Provides additional space for longer vehicles in the median
  • Easily retrofitted – often without purchasing additional right-of-way
  • Low cost (compared to an interchange or overpass) while still providing at-grade access


Learn how to drive the WIS 54/Wood and Portage County U J-Turn here:



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