Minnesota State Highway 15

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Trunk Highway 15 marker

Trunk Highway 15
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 154.322 mi[1] (248.357 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
South end: Iowa 15.svg IA 15 at Minnesota - Iowa state line
  I-90.svg I-90 at Fairmont
MN-30.svg MN 30 near Lewisville
MN-60.svg MN 60 at Madelia
US 14.svg MN-68.svg U.S. 14 , MN 68 at New Ulm
MN-19.svg MN 19 at Winthrop
US 212 (MN).svg U.S. 212 near Brownton
MN-7.svg MN-22.svg MN 7 , MN 22 at Hutchinson
US 12.svg U.S. 12 at Dassel
MN-24.svg MN-55.svg MN 24 , MN 55 at Kimball
I-94.svg I-94 at St. Cloud
MN-23.svg Stearns County Route 75.svg MN 23, CR 75 at St. Cloud
North end: US 10.svg U.S. 10 at Sauk Rapids Twp.
Location
Counties: Martin, Watonwan, Brown, Nicollet, Sibley, McLeod, Meeker, Stearns, Benton
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 14 MN 16

Minnesota State Highway 15 is a highway in south-central and central Minnesota, which runs from Iowa Highway 15 at the Iowa state line and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with U.S. Highway 10 outside of Sartell and Sauk Rapids, north of St. Cloud.

Highway 15 is 154 miles (248 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 15 serves as a north–south route between Fairmont, Madelia, New Ulm, Hutchinson, and St. Cloud in south-central and central Minnesota.

Highway 15 parallels State Highway 4 throughout its route in south-central and central Minnesota.

Flandrau State Park is located near Highway 15 in Brown County on the Cottonwood River. The park is located just south of New Ulm.[2]

St. Cloud area[edit]

Highway 15 is a four-lane highway on the west side of St. Cloud from Interstate Highway 94 to U.S. Highway 10. Highway 15 crosses the Bridge of Hope at the Mississippi River between Sartell and Sauk Rapids.

In the 1970s, Highway 15 through the St. Cloud area was planned to be constructed as a freeway, providing a high-speed connection between I-94 and U.S. 10. However, funding fell short of completing the freeway beyond Highway 23 / County Road 75 (2nd Street South). As a result, it was eventually decided that right-of-way needed to build interchanges would be sold off so the remaining segment of Highway 15 across the Mississippi River, connecting to U.S. 10, could be built. Therefore, from 2nd Street South to U.S. 10, the highway is currently built as an expressway with signalized intersections.[3] As of now, Highway 15 is able to serve traffic, with stretches posted at a 60 mph (97 km/h) speed limit. However, continuing increases in traffic in the St. Cloud area will require the highway to be eventually converted to a freeway in the long term (post 2030).

History[edit]

State Highway 15 was authorized in 1920, 1933, and 1950.

The section of Highway 15 between New Ulm and the Iowa state line was originally Minnesota Constitutional Route 15, dating back to 1920.

The section of Highway 15 between St. Cloud and Kimball was originally part of Minnesota Constitutional Route 24.

The middle section of Highway 15 was authorized in 1933, the northernmost section in 1950. This northerly section was originally part of old State Highway 152 and was routed through downtown St. Cloud. Now, it bypasses central St. Cloud to the west side of town.

By 1940, only two short gravel sections of Highway 15 remained, both paved by 1953.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Martin   0.000 0.000 Iowa 15 Continuation into Iowa
Fairmont 12.351–
12.367
19.877–
19.903
I-90 Interchange
Watonwan Antrim Township 27.276 43.896 MN 30 east South end of MN 30 overlap
Fieldon Township 33.380–
33.442
53.720–
53.820
MN 30 west
MN 60 west and north
Interchange; north end of MN 30 overlap; south end of MN 60 overlap
Madelia Township 37.513–
37.559
60.371–
60.445
CR 9 Interchange
38.776 62.404 County square 3.png CR 3 Interchange
39.174–
39.228
63.044–
63.131
MN 60 east Interchange; north end of MN 60 overlap
Brown Linden Township 45.354 72.990 MN 257
Cottonwood Township 54.635 87.927 MN 68 east South end of MN 68 overlap
New Ulm 58.862 94.729 US 14 / MN 68 west North end of MN 68 overlap; south end of US 14 overlap
Front Street Interchange
Nicollet Courtland Township 60.252 96.966 US 14 east North end of US 14 overlap
Sibley Winthrop 76.546 123.189 MN 19
McLeod Sumter Township 89.155 143.481 US 212
Hutchinson 101.286 163.004 MN 7 / MN 22
Meeker Dassel 115.079 185.202 US 12
Kingston Township 126.028 202.822 MN 24 South end of MN 24 overlap
Stearns Kimball 131.529 211.675 MN 55 / MN 24 North end of MN 24 overlap
St. Cloud 145.059–
145.079
233.450–
233.482
I-94 Interchange
149.066–
149.074
239.898–
239.911
MN 23 west / County 75 east (2nd Street South) South end of MN 23 and CR 75 overlap
149.310–
149.318
240.291–
240.304
MN 23 east / County 75 west North end of MN 23 and CR 75 overlap
St. Cloud - Sartell 151.670 244.089 CR 120 Diverging diamond interchange, converted from existing intersection on October 17, 2013[4]
Mississippi River 153.940–
154.263
247.742–
248.262
Bridge of Hope
Benton Sauk Rapids 152.929 246.115 Benton County 33.svg CR 33 (Benton Drive) Interchange
Sauk Rapids Township 154.322 248.357 US 10 Partial interchange: MN 15 north enters US 10 west; MN 15 south enters from US 10 east
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. November 6, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Flandrau State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Project Study: Highway 15 - St. Cloud Metro". District 3 Local News & Project Studies. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Hwy 15/CR 120 diverging diamond interchange opens Oct. 17" (Press release). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 17, 2013.