Minnesota State Highway 13

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Trunk Highway 13 marker

Trunk Highway 13
Sibley Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 111.694 mi[1] (179.754 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 65.svg Business Loop 35.svg U.S. 65 / Business Loop 35
at Albert Lea
  US 69.svg U.S. 69 at Albert Lea
I-90.svg I-90 near Albert Lea
MN-30.svg MN 30 at New Richland
US 14.svg U.S. 14 at Waseca
MN-60.svg MN 60 at Waterville
MN-21.svg MN 21 at Montgomery , New Prague
MN-19.svg MN 19 at New Prague
I-35W.svg I-35W at Burnsville
MN-77.svg MN 77 at Eagan
MN-55.svgMN-110.svg MN 55 / MN 110 at Mendota Hts.
I-35E.svg I-35E at Lilydale
North end: MN-149.svg MN 149 at West St. Paul / Saint Paul
Location
Counties: Freeborn, Waseca, Le Sueur, Scott, Dakota, Ramsey
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 12 US 14

Minnesota State Highway 13 is a highway in Minnesota that runs from its intersection with U.S. Highway 65 in Albert Lea to its northern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 149 at the West St. Paul / Saint Paul city boundary line.

Highway 13 is 112 miles (180 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

Southern terminus of MN 13 in Albert Lea

State Highway 13 serves as a north–south route between Albert Lea, Waseca, Prior Lake, Savage, Burnsville, Eagan, Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, and the "West Side" neighborhood of Saint Paul.

The southern terminus of the route is at the intersection of Main Street and Broadway Avenue (U.S. 65 / Business Loop 35) in the city of Albert Lea.

The northern terminus of Highway 13 is at the intersection of Annapolis Street and Smith Avenue (Highway 149) at the West St. Paul / Saint Paul city boundary line.

Highway 13 is built as a divided highway between Savage, Burnsville, and Eagan. This portion of the route is a busy metro area corridor paralleling the Minnesota River. Highway 13 is also built as a divided highway in Mendota Heights between I-494 (no interchange / junction) to State Highway 55. The section of Highway 13 north of State Highway 55 at Mendota is far less busy.

Highway 13 is also known as Sibley Memorial Highway in Lilydale, Mendota, and Eagan.

The Sibley House Historic Site museum in Mendota, overlooking Fort Snelling, is located immediately north of the junction of Highways 13 and 110. The museum is on Highway 13.

Highway 13 is also known as Langford Avenue in Spring Lake Township and Cedar Lake Township in Scott County.

The route follows Main Street and 4th Avenue SW in New Prague. Highway 13 follows 4th Street in Montgomery.

In the city of Waseca, Highway 13 is also known as State Street.

The 200MW (with possible expansion to 400MW) Bent Tree Wind Farm is scheduled to be built in 2009 along Highway 13 between Manchester and Hartland. The farm being developed by Wind Capital and Alliant Energy would be the biggest wind farm in the state of Minnesota.[2]

MN 13 in Mendota

History[edit]

State Highway 13 was authorized in 1920 from Albert Lea to Jordan. In 1934, the segment between New Prague and Jordan was redesignated Highway 21, and Highway 13 moved to the east and extended north through Prior Lake, Savage, and Burnsville; then northeast to its northern terminus in West Saint Paul.[3]

From 1934 to 1935, Highway 13 also ran from Albert Lea south to the Iowa state line. In 1935, U.S. Highway 69 was extended north into Minnesota, assuming that 12 mile section of the route.[3]

The route was completely paved by 1940.[3]

In the late 1960s, old U.S. Highway 16 was decommissioned in the Albert Lea area. Highway 13 was then extended east on Main Street in Albert Lea between its intersection with U.S. 69 to its intersection with U.S. 65.

In 1994, the nearby Mendota Bridge was rebuilt between Mendota Heights and Fort Snelling. Highway 13 was rerouted in Mendota Heights at this time so it could intersect with State Highway 55 and State Highway 110. The old alignment of Highway 13 in the southwest corner of Mendota Heights (Sibley Memorial Drive) is still under state maintenance and has the unmarked designation of Highway 913-A.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Freeborn Albert Lea 0.000 0.000 US 65
1.161 1.868 US 69
Manchester Township 3.273 5.267 I-90
Waseca New Richland Township 18.471 29.726 MN 30
Waseca 31.882 51.309 US 14
Le Sueur Waterville 42.541 68.463 MN 60
Montgomery Township 55.322 89.032 MN 99
Montgomery 58.688 94.449 MN 21 South end of MN 21 concurrency
New Prague 66.719 107.374 MN 21
MN 19
North end of MN 21 concurrency
West end of MN 19 concurrency
Scott Cedar Lake Township 123.620 198.947 MN 19 East end of MN 19 concurrency
Spring Lake Township 80.942 130.264 MN 282
Savage 90.782 146.099 Old MN 101
(unmarked MN 801A)
Dakota Burnsville 96.106 154.668 I-35W
Eagan 102.000 164.153 MN 77
Mendota Heights 107.099-107.111 MN 55
107.788-107.800 MN 110
109.740 176.609 I-35E
West St. Paul 112.038 180.308 MN 149
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statewide Logpoint Listing". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Bent Tree Wind Farm is big investment - Albert Lea Tribune - August 6, 2008
  3. ^ a b c Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 27, 2010. [unreliable source]