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U.S. Route 41
Length: 2000 mi[1] (3,219 km)
Formed: 1926[1]
South end: US 1 in Miami, FL
I-10 near Lake City, FL

I-20 at Atlanta, GA
I-24 at Chattanooga, TN
I-40 / I-65 at Nashville, TN
I-64 near Evansville, IN
I-70 at Terre Haute, IN
I-80 / I-90 / Ind. Toll Rd. at Hammond, IN
I-55 at Chicago, IL
I-43 at Milwaukee, WI
US 2 at Powers, MI

North end: Ft. Wilkins State Park, MI
United States Numbered Highways

U.S. Route 41 is a north–south United States Highway that runs from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Miami, Florida. Until 1949, the part in southern Florida, from Naples to Miami, was U.S. Route 94, which presently has the hidden designation of State Road 90 in addition to its signed number, U.S. 41.

The highway's northern terminus is east of Copper Harbor, Michigan, at a modest cul-de-sac near Fort Wilkins Historic State Park at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula on Lake Superior in the state's Upper Peninsula. Its southern terminus is in Miami, Florida, at an intersection with Brickell Avenue (U.S. Route 1).

It closely parallels Interstate 75 from Naples, Florida, all the way through Georgia to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The highway is referenced in the Allman Brother's song "Ramblin' Man", the singer claiming to have been born on a bus traveling this highway after his father was shot.


Route description



In Florida, US 41 is paralled by Interstate 75 all the way from Georgia (on the northern border) to Miami, and I-75 has largely supplanted US 41 as a major highway.

The southern terminus of US 41 at U.S. Route 1 in Miami, Florida

Between Miami and Naples, US 41 runs through the vast Everglades wilderness. This section has been designated a National Scenic Byway. The byway runs east–west along most of this stretch through the Big Cypress National Preserve, skirting the northern border of the Everglades National Park for about 20 miles (32 km). This section of the highway is known as the Tamiami Trail (derived from the combination of Tampa and Miami, the road's two termini).

Alligators are a common sight along the scenic Tamiami Trail from Miami to Naples. Unlike the parallel road, Alligator Alley, the trail is only one lane in each direction, and it has no fences to keep wildlife from crossing it.

US 41 is in the process of being widened throughout the northern Tampa Bay suburbs. It is currently six-lanes wide between Tampa, Lutz, Florida, and much of Land O' Lakes, and again between Garden Grove and Brooksville, Florida. It is also four lanes wide in Tampa south of BUS US 41, between a section north of Land O' Lakes, Masaryktown, and Garden Grove, Florida, and south of Inverness, Florida. A large portion of US 41 is co-designated along the unmarked Florida State Road 45 between Belle Meade and High Springs, Florida.

From US 92 in Tampa to US 41 Business and State Road 676 near the unincorporated Palm River-Clair Mel, US 41 carries the unsigned State Road 599 designation. It contains the northwestern end of the Tamiami Trail at the SR 60 intersection. It is normally three lanes wide, but between Interstate 4 and the northern terminus of SR 569 is only two lanes wide. The unsigned state highway is 5.6 miles (9.0 km) long. At the northern terminus, US 41 turns west. (If one continues straight, 40th Street leads to Busch Gardens Africa.) Major intersections include State Road 574, SR 569, I-4, SR 60, and the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway (SR 618).

In Northern Florida, US 41 runs along the DeSoto Trail between Lake City, Florida and High Springs, and again between Williston and Floral City.


In Georgia, US 41 is paralleled by Interstate 75 all the way from Tennessee to Florida, and I-75 has largely supplanted US 41 as a major highway.

In Atlanta, Highway 41 was formerly carried on Spring Street near Five Points, but it has long been re-routed via Northside Drive around the downtown area. (It was a major truck route.) The Georgia Dome, Georgia World Congress Center and Philips Arena are located off Northside Drive. South of Atlanta, Metropolitan Parkway and Tara Boulevard carry the highway, along with its co-signed partner US 19, toward Griffin. North of Atlanta, the stretch of Highway 41 between Atlanta and Marietta was the first four-laned highway in Georgia when it was completed in 1938. Now, the Northside Parkway and the Cobb Parkway carry US 41 through northern Fulton and Cobb counties. This thoroughfare is the home of Cumberland Mall, the Cobb Galleria and the Six Flags White Water amusement park. US 41 also passes through the Georgia cities and towns of Dalton, Griffin, Macon, Warner Robins, Perry, Cordele, Tifton, and Valdosta. Valdosta is the last major stop before reaching Florida. The Atlanta Motor Speedway is located on US 19 and US 41 in Hampton. US 41 has been re-routed in Barnesville and been designated as a truck route and possible industrial area.


In Tennessee, US 41 is paralleled by Interstate 24 all the way from Georgia to Kentucky, and I-24 has largely supplanted US 41 as a major highway, especially for large and heavy vehicles, such as tractor-trailer trucks and buses.

US 41, joined by US 76, enters Tennessee east of Interstate 75 on the outskirts of East Ridge. It is called "Ringgold Road" through East Ridge up to the Bachman Tunnel, where it enters Chattanooga. In Chattanooga, US 41 and US 76 becomes Westside Drive up to the intersection with Dodds Avenue, where for a short distance it is coexistent with Dodds Avenue. Then US 41 and US 76 becomes East Main Street in downtown Chattanooga up to the intersection with Broad Street (US 11 and US 64). At that point US 76 terminates, US 72 begins, and the now-conjoined US 41 and US 76 merges with US 11 and US 64, trekking southwestward around the base of Lookout Mountain into the Tiftonia community. Just west of Tiftonia, US 11 splits off, and it veers southwestward into Georgia. US 41, US 64, and US 72 take a westward path from Hamilton County into Marion County. US 41 breaks off from US 64 and US 72 at Jasper and joins with State Route 150 before climbing the mountains. US 41 leaves SR 150 and joins with SR 56 at Tracy City and runs southwest into Monteagle.

A cannon at Stones River National Battlefield, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, near US 41

After reaching Monteagle, US 41, included as part of the older Dixie Highway, continues northwest into Pelham, in Grundy County, then runs closely parallel with I-24 into Coffee County, going through Hillsboro, Manchester (where the road is also named Hillsboro Blvd) and Beech Grove, before entering Rutherford County. From there, the highway continues diagonally through Murfreesboro (where the road is also named Broad St.), where the Dixie Highway joins up with US 70S. The Stones River National Battlefield is located very near US 41 and US 70S on the northwest side, standing as a monument of the Battle of Stones River which took place during the American Civil War. US 41/70S continues northwest through Smyrna, and LaVergne before reaching Davidson County. The road passes through Antioch, before reaching Nashville, where US 41 separates from US 70S. The road goes through Nashville as Murfreesboro Rd, then Dickerson Pike, and comes out on the northeast side of the city joined with US 31W. US 41 continues northeast through Goodlettsville before breaking away from US 31W. US 41 then goes northwest and continues on into Robertson County, going through Springfield before heading west/northwest to the Kentucky border. Just before reaching Kentucky, US 41 briefly runs through Montgomery County.


In Kentucky, US 41 runs from just north of the Ohio River to Guthrie, Kentucky in Todd County. There is a more than century-old border dispute between Indiana and Kentucky that is reflected by the route of US 41. This route is one of the few places where the Kentucky/Indiana border deviates from the Ohio River.

After crossing the river, US 41 passes John James Audubon State Park, and passes slightly east of the city of Henderson. The route then crosses into Webster County, where it passes through the town of Sebree. Next, it crosses into Hopkins County and passes through Slaughters, Hanson, Madisonville, Earlington, and Nortonville. It then goes into Christian County and Todd County.

In Madisonville US 41 branches off into a more Western route named US 41-A or Alternate 41 (only one of several alternate routes on US 41) that winds through Webster County, passing through Providence and Dixon before rejoining US 41 in Henderson.


In the state of Indiana, US 41 runs from the Ohio River south of Evansville to Chicago with US 12 and US 20 beneath the termini of the Chicago Skyway and the Indiana Toll Road. This is a distance of approximately 382 miles (615 km).[2]

For its entire length north of Evansville, US 41 passes through largely rural portions of far western Indiana. It overlaps US US 150 and US 52 through some of these areas. US 41 is also the main north–south road through Terre Haute. However north of Terre Haute, US 41 becomes a secondary road, passing through smaller towns such as Rockville and Attica on the east side of the Wabash River. State Road 63 is the main route north of Terre Haute in this area since it is a four-lane highway on the west side of the Wabash River. US 41 returns to a four-lane divided highway just south of Boswell where SR 63 ends, staying as such until reaching Cedar Lake. From Cedar Lake north to the Illinois state line, US 41 is a well-travelled road with numerous stoplights, with the exception of the mile-stretch where it overlaps Interstate 80/94. Before leaving Indiana, US 41 travels through the city of Hammond where it is also known as Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue[3]. Hammond is the largest city traversed by US 41 between Evansville and Chicago[4].


Double-deck bascule bridge carrying Lake Shore Drive over the Chicago River in 1987.

US 41 enters Illinois cosigned with US 12 and US 20 on Indianapolis Avenue beneath the Chicago Skyway. At the Illinois–Indiana state line, US 41 enters Chicago city limits. The three US routes run together for a few miles until US 12 and 20 separate from each other on the far south side. US 41 then runs along numerous small streets to Jackson Park, where US 41 turns north onto Lake Shore Drive, passing through Chicago's lakefront area as it runs along the western shore of Lake Michigan and past downtown Chicago.

On the north side of the city at Foster Avenue, US 41 separates from Lake Shore Drive. At Broadway, US 41 intersects the eastern terminus of US 14. US 41 continues along local roads in the northern part of the city to Skokie Boulevard, where US 41 turns north and parallels Interstate 94.

In the northern suburbs of Chicago, US 41 joins I-94 north for a short distance before splitting from the expressway and continuing north as the Skokie Highway for roughly 25 mi (40 km) to a point near the Wisconsin border. Just south of the border, US 41 rejoins I-94. The two co-signed routes continue northward into Wisconsin.


In Wisconsin, US 41 runs north and south along the eastern edge of the state. It enters from Illinois at Pleasant Prairie and is concurrent with Interstate 94 north to Milwaukee. From Milwaukee, it runs northwest to Fond du Lac and Oshkosh, then northeast to Appleton and Green Bay. The route is a major access point for Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in Oshkosh, and for Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Beyond Green Bay, US 41 continues on to Oconto and Peshtigo before reaching the Michigan border at Marinette.

US 41 is a freeway for nearly 70% of its length through Wisconsin, with exceptions including a stretch in Milwaukee (Lisbon and Appleton avenues) and an expressway section north of Green Bay.


A sign in Copper Harbor denotes the point at which US 41 begins.
The Portage Lake Lift Bridge carries US 41/M-26 across the Keweenaw Waterway from Houghton to Hancock

In the U.S. state of Michigan, US 41 is a state trunkline highway that enters the state via the Interstate Bridge between Marinette, Wisconsin and Menominee, Michigan. Along its 279.167-mile (449.276 km) route,[5] US 41 serves as a major conduit for Michigan traffic.[6] The route from the southern terminus to downtown Houghton is part of the National Highway System.[7] The trunkline comprises mostly two lanes, undivided except for sections that are concurrent with US 2 near Escanaba or M-28 near Marquette. US 41/M-28 is a four-lane expressway along the "Marquette Bypass", and segments of the highway in Delta and Marquette counties have four lanes.[8] and the Copper Country Trail National Scenic Byway. The trunkline ends at a cul-de-sac east of Fort Wilkins State Park in Copper Harbor, serving the Central Upper Peninsula and Copper Country.[8][9]

Along the route, US 41 passes through farm fields, forest lands, and along the Lake Superior shoreline. The highway is included in the Lake Superior Circle Tour and the Lake Michigan Circle Tour.[8] It also passes through the Hiawatha National Forest and the Keweenaw National Historical Park.[10] Historical landmarks along the trunkline include the Marquette Branch Prison, Peshekee River Bridge and the Quincy Mine.[11][12]


When their routes were originally laid out in 1926, U.S. 41's southern endpoint was in Naples, Florida, at the western endpoint of U.S. 94, which ran east to Miami. In 1949, U.S. 94 was decommissioned, and the entire route became part of U.S. 41, giving it an east–west section that retained the hidden SR 90 designation. The former US 94 ended in Miami at the same intersection where U.S. 41 (and SR 90) do now. In 1953, U.S. 41 was extended along US 1 and State Road A1A to terminate in Miami Beach, Florida, but it was truncated back to the earlier terminus in 2000.

Prior to 1993, when the Florida Department of Transportation color-coded U.S. highways in Florida, the color used for U.S. 41 was orange.

US 41 initially took a more westerly route between Nashville, Tennessee and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The current U.S. 41 was U.S. Route 241. In 1930, the two routes became U.S. Routes 41W and 41E, but in 1943 the western route became U.S. Route 41 Alternate, with the main U.S. 41 moving to the east route.

In July 2005, efforts started in Congress to re-designate U.S. 41 between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin as Interstate 41. The new Interstate would also include U.S. Route 45 between current U.S. 41 and the intersection with Interstate 94 and Interstate 894. It is believed that U.S. 41 at that time would then be re-routed to remain concurrent with I-41.

Major intersections

Bannered routes

Alternate routes

As of 2005, Alternate US 41 (signed "41A") has a northern terminus in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, 10 miles (16 km) north of the Tennessee line. It serves the city of Clarksville, Tennessee on its way to Nashville, where it briefly runs concurrently with US 41. It then separates again to serve Shelbyville, Winchester, and Tullahoma before rejoining the main route atop Monteagle Mountain. US 41A runs west of US 41 for its entire length, aside from one mile in downtown Nashville, where they are concurrent. US-41A is also concurrent with US-31A (the alternate route of U.S. Route 31) from Nashville to Triune, Tennessee, for a distance of approximately 25 miles (40 km).

Business loops and spurs

See also

Related routes


  1. ^ a b Droz, Robert V. U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830). URL accessed 22:46, 20 February 2006 (UTC).
  2. ^ Estimated distance via Rand McNally 2004 U.S. Road Atlas.
  3. ^,_Indiana
  4. ^
  5. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. Control Section/Physical Reference Atlas [map]. (2001) Retrieved on January 25, 2008.
  6. ^ "US 41/M-28 Access Management Plan, Chapter One" (PDF). Michigan Department of Transportation. April 28, 2004. Retrieved January 18, 2008. 
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation. National Highway System, Michigan [map]. (April 23, 2006) Retrieved on February 4, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c Michigan Department of Transportation. Official 2007 Department of Transportation Map [map], 1 in:15 mi/1 cm:9 km. (2007)
  9. ^ Google, Inc. Google Maps – Copper Harbor, Grant, MI [map]. Cartography by Tele Atlas. Retrieved on August 29, 2008.
  10. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas: Michigan [map], 2008 edition, 1 in:20 mi. ISBN 0-528-93981-5. p. 50.
  11. ^ "National Register of Historic Places — Michigan (MI), Marquette County". National Register of Historic Places. 1999. Retrieved February 12, 2008. 
  12. ^ "National Register of Historic Places — Michigan (MI), Houghton County". National Register of Historic Places. 1999. Retrieved September 3, 2008. 

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