County Road 42 (Minnesota)

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County Road 42  marker

County Road 42
140th Street, Egan Drive, 150th Street, 145th Street
Route information
Length: 26.4 mi[1] (42.5 km)
Major junctions
West end: County 17 (Marschall Road)
in Shakopee
 

MN 13 in Savage
I-35W in Burnsville
I-35E in Burnsville
County 23 (Cedar Avenue)
in Apple Valley
MN 3 in Rosemount
US 52 in Rosemount

MN 55 near Rosemount
East end: US 61 at Hastings
Location
Counties: Dakota and Scott
Highway system
County roads of Minnesota
Inter-County Highways

County State-Aid Highway 42, usually called County Road 42, is a primary arterial highway in Dakota and Scott Counties of southeastern Minnesota. These two counties form the southernmost portion of the 13 county Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, although County 42 runs across the northern reaches of the two counties.

Route description[edit]

County Road 42 serves as an east–west arterial route for the South of the River suburbs of the Minneapolis – Saint Paul area. The roadway connects the communities of Shakopee, Prior Lake, Savage, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Rosemount, and Hastings; which are all located south of the Minnesota River.

From west to east, the route follows 140th Street, Egan Drive, 150th Street and 145th Street. Its westernmost terminus is at Shakopee in Scott County, where it intersects County Road 17 (Marschall Road). The eastern terminus of County 42 is at Hastings in Dakota County, where it meets U.S. Highway 61.

County 42 is designated as a principal arterial highway by the Metropolitan Council, and the roadway is supposed to have limited commercial access and traffic signals only at one-half mile intervals. However, because it was used as a primary commercial road before its designation as a principal arterial highway, it passes directly through the downtown areas of several cities in Scott and Dakota Counties; most notably Burnsville and Apple Valley in Dakota County

Most of County Road 42 is designated as part of the National Highway System. The major highways it intersects from west to east are: State Highway 13, Interstate 35W, Interstate 35E, Cedar Avenue two miles (3 km) south of the terminus of State Highway 77, State Highway 3, U.S. 52, State Highway 55, and U.S. 61.

County Road 42 is unsigned from MN 55 to its eastern terminus at U.S. 61 in Hastings.

History[edit]

County Road 42 was authorized and paved during the 1960s.

In July 2007, construction began to widen County Road 42 to six lanes from Glendale Road in Savage to County Road 5 in Burnsville. Also, the old traffic signals between Glendale Road and County Road 5, were replaced with new ones. The project was completed by summer 2008.

Future[edit]

A proposed reconstruction project at the interchange with U.S. Highway 52 in Rosemount, will reconstruct the interchange to a cloverleaf interchange.[2] The purpose of the project is to provide movement between the north and the east with the closure of the nearby US 52 / MN 55 interchange.

Major Intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Scott Shakopee 0.000 0.000 County 17 (Marschall Road) Western terminus; unsignalized
Prior Lake County 83 (Canterbury Road South)
County 21 (Eagle Creek Avenue Northeast)
County 18 (Crest Avenue Northeast)
Savage MN 13
County 27 (Dakota Avenue South)
Dakota Burnsville County 5
I-35W Interchange
I-35E Interchange
Apple Valley County 23 (Cedar Avenue) To MN 77
Galaxie Avenue West
County 31 (Pilot Knob Road)
Rosemount MN 3
US 52 Interchange
26.400 42.487 MN 55 Eastern terminus; unsignalized
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peterson, David (January 7, 2009). "County Road 42 frustrates drivers south of the river". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved February 13, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.co.dakota.mn.us/EnvironmentRoads/RoadConstruction/Future/42-82.htm