Minnesota State Highway 11

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Trunk Highway 11 marker

Trunk Highway 11
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 209.971 mi[1] (337.916 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
West end: ND 66 at the Red River,
the Minnesota—North Dakota state line,
near I‑29 and Drayton, ND
  MN 220 near Robbin
US 75 at Donaldson
US 59 at Karlstad
MN 32 at Greenbush
MN 89 / MN 310 at Roseau
MN 313 at Warroad
MN 72 / MN 172 at Baudette
US 71 at Pelland
US 53 / US 71 at Int'l. Falls
East end: Sha-Sha Resort at Island View,
at Rainy Lake, east of International Falls
Location
Counties: Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Koochiching
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 10 US 12

Minnesota State Highway 11 (MN 11) is a highway in northwest and north-central Minnesota, which runs from North Dakota Highway 66 at the North Dakota state line (near Drayton, ND) and continues east to its eastern terminus at the community of Island View at Rainy Lake, near International Falls.

The route follows the Rainy River between Baudette and International Falls.

Highway 11 is 210 miles (340 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 11 serves as an east–west route between International Falls, Baudette, Warroad, Roseau, and Drayton, ND.

The western terminus of Highway 11 is at Robbin in Teien Township, at the North Dakota state line, (near Drayton, ND); where Highway 11 becomes North Dakota Highway 66 upon crossing the Red River.

The eastern terminus of the route is at the community of Island View at Rainy Lake, east of International Falls. The entrance to the Sha-Sha Resort is at this point.

The Rainy Lake Visitor Center at Voyageurs National Park is located 12 miles east of International Falls near Highway 11. The Visitor Center is located immediately south of the junction of Highway 11 and County Road 96. The visitor entrance is located on County Road 96.

Franz Jevne State Park is located on Highway 11 in Koochiching County on the Rainy River (near Birchdale), between Baudette and International Falls.[2]

Highway 11, between Warroad and Baudette, is part of the promoted route MOM's Way.[3]

History[edit]

State Highway 11 was authorized in 1920 from Donaldson east to International Falls, then south through the Iron Range to Duluth. U.S. 169 was routed along this highway from 1930 to 1934. In 1934, the north–south portion was redesignated U.S. 53, and Highway 11 was extended on the east to its current terminus east of Island View; and on the west to the Red River, to what is now North Dakota Highway 66.[4]

Sections of the route were still a primitive road in 1929. The last section of Highway 11 to be paved was between the North Dakota state line and U.S. 75 at Donaldson; this was paved by 1961.[4]

In response to the I-35W Bridge collapse in Minneapolis on August 1, 2007, Governor Tim Pawlenty ordered the inspection of all Minnesota bridges. During an August 21, 2007 inspection, cracks were found in the Drayton Bridge (Highway 11 / Highway 66), which crosses the Red River between Drayton, ND and Donaldson, MN. The two cracks found in the structure were believed to be recent, within the previous six months. The bridge was inspected in March 2007 during which no cracks were found. The bridge is a major crossing for sugar beet trucks making their way to Drayton, ND. The bridge was scheduled for replacement in 2009.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Red River of the North 0.000 ND 66
Kittson Teien Township 1.909 3.072 MN 220
Donaldson 11.537 18.567 US 75
Karlstad 28.868 46.459 US 59
Roseau Greenbush 48.231 77.620 MN 32
Ross Township 63.582 102.325 MN 308
Fox 64.577 103.927 MN 89 West end of MN 89 concurrency
Roseau 70.679 113.747 MN 89 south, MN 310 north east end of MN 89 concurrency
Warroad 91.670 147.529 MN 313
Lake of the Woods Baudette Township 128.197 206.313 MN 172
Baudette 129.170 207.879 MN 72 West end of MN 72 concurrency
130.864 210.605 MN 72 East end of MN 72 concurrency
Koochiching Pelland 186.822 300.661 US 71 West end of US 71 concurrency
Rainy Lake 193.730 311.778 MN 332
International Falls 197.991 318.636 US 71 East end of US 71 concurrency
198.056 318.740 US 53 West end of US 53 concurrency
198.125 318.851 US 53 East end of US 53 concurrency
198.500 319.455 MN 332
Rainy Lake 210.109 338.138 East shore of Dove Island Sha-Sha Resort
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Franz Jevne State Park - Link
  3. ^ MOM's Way tourism website - Link
  4. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 26, 2010. [unreliable source]
  5. ^ News related to the sugar and sugar beet growing industry on www.beetseed.com - August 22, 2007