Summer 2015 Road Closure

Due to the ongoing construction of a US Highway 12 bypass around Baraboo, State Highway 136 in West Baraboo is closed while an interchange is constructed. The closure is expected last until mid-September 2015.

Highway 136 is normally the most frequently used route to reach Mid‑Continent Railway Museum from the east, including visitors coming from Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Madison and beyond. During this construction period, the official detour will take drivers via Highway 33 toward Reedsburg, to Highway 136, through the village of Rock Springs, and finally onto County I to reach North Freedom and Mid-Continent Railway Museum.

As an alternative, detouring via County Highway W and County Highway PF offers a shorter and faster way to reach North Freedom (7 to 15 miles shorter depending on starting point). Regardless of route used, please allow extra travel time when planning your visit to accomodate the extra distances.

Click on the map below for a larger version of detour route map or download the PDF version.

Highway 136 Detour Map for Baraboo Bypass Project

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Reaching Mid‑Continent from Wisconsin Dells/Lake Delton Using Alternate Route

  • From Interstate 90/94 Exit #92 (next to Kalahari Resort & Great Wolf Lodge), follow US Highway 12 eastbound for 8 miles to County Highway W
  • Turn right on County Highway W, follow for 5.7 miles
  • At T-intersection, turn right on County Highway PF, follow for 1 mile.
  • At the 4-way stop sign in downtown North Freedom, turn left on W. Walnut St.
  • Follow W. Walnut St./Museum Rd. for 0.4 mile to Mid‑Continent Railway Museum.

Reaching Mid‑Continent from Middleton/Madison West Side Using Alternate Route

  • Follow US Highway 12 westbound to West Baraboo
  • Immediately after passing Walmart (on left), turn left on County Highway W
  • Follow County Highway W for 5.7 miles
  • At T-intersection, turn right on County Highway PF, follow for 1 mile
  • At the 4-way stop sign in downtown North Freedom, turn left on W. Walnut St.
  • Follow W. Walnut St./Museum Rd. for 0.4 mile to Mid‑Continent Railway Museum

Notice to GPS Users

If using a GPS device for navigation, be aware that some devices give the wrong location for Mid‑Continent Railway Museum, incorrectly showing the museum several miles southwest of North Freedom. Mid‑Continent is actually located just outside the city limit, 0.4 mile due west of 4-way stop sign in downtown North Freedom. The exact location is shown in the Google Map below.

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