Minnesota State Highway 18

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Trunk Highway 18 marker

Trunk Highway 18
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 78.207 mi[2] (125.862 km)
Existed: November 2, 1920[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: MN-25.svg MN 25 in Brainerd
  MN-6.svg MN 6 at Bay Lake Township
US 169 (MN).svg U.S.169 at Garrison
MN-47.svg MN 47 at Malmo
MN-27.svg MN-65.svg MN 27 , MN 65 near McGrath
East end: MN-23.svg MN 23 in Finlayson Township
Location
Counties: Crow Wing, Aitkin, Mille Lacs, Pine
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 16 MN 19

Minnesota State Highway 18 is a highway in east-central Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highway 25 in Brainerd and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 23 in Finlayson Township near Askov and Sandstone. The eastern terminus of Highway 18 is less than 1/2 mile west of an interchange with Interstate Highway 35 along Highway 23.

For part of its route (5 miles), Highway 18 runs concurrent with U.S. Highway 169 in Crow Wing and Aitkin counties around the northwest side of Mille Lacs Lake.

Highway 18 also runs together with State Highway 47 for 9 miles (14 km) in Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties around the northeast side of Mille Lacs Lake.

Highway 18 is 78 miles (126 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 18 serves as an east–west route between Brainerd, Garrison, Mille Lacs Lake, and Finlayson in east-central Minnesota. The route passes around the north end of Mille Lacs Lake, which is a popular fishing and recreational destination in Minnesota.

The section of Highway 18 from Brainerd to Garrison is officially designated the POW / MIA Memorial Highway. A section of U.S. Highway 169 in Minnesota also takes on this same memorial name designation.

Highway 18 passes through the Wealthwood State Forest in Aitkin County.

Banning State Park is located east of the junction of Highways 18 and 23; opposite the I-35 freeway near Askov and Sandstone.[3]

History[edit]

The section of State Highway 18 between Brainerd and U.S. 169 at Garrison was authorized on November 2, 1920.[1] The remainder of the route was authorized in 1933[4] and 1963.

From 1933 until the mid-1950s, the eastern terminus of Highway 18 was at the present day junction of State Highway 27 and State Highway 47 (then State Highway 56) at Isle.[5]

Before 1963, the present day section of Highway 18 between State Highway 47 and State Highway 65 was originally numbered as State Highway 27; and the present day section of Highway 18 between State Highway 65 and State Highway 23 (near Sandstone) was originally numbered as State Highway 66 (essentially east of Mille Lacs Lake).[5]

By 1940, the only paved section of Highway 18 was between Brainerd and Garrison. The last unpaved section of Highway 18 was east of State Highway 47 to State Highway 65, paved in the late 1960s.[5]

At one time, Highway 18 had continued farther west of State Highway 25 in Brainerd. This section was turned back to the city of Brainerd maintenance in 2001 after completion of the nearby Highway 371 Brainerd bypass.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Crow Wing Brainerd 2.327 3.745 MN 25
2.565 4.128 MN 309 West end of MN 309 loop
2.641 4.250 MN 309 East end of MN 309 loop
Oak Lawn Township 6.870 11.056 CR 23 (Long Lake Road)
Nokay Lake Township 9.967 16.040 CR 8 south (Pine Center Road)
10.486 16.876 CR 8 north (Nokay Lake Road)
Bay Lake Township 16.111 25.928 MN 6
Garrison 20.445 32.903 US 169 South end of US 169 overlap
Aitkin Hazelton Township 25.709 41.375 US 169 North end of US 169 overlap
Malmo 38.348 61.715 MN 47 / CR 2 east North end of MN 47 overlap
Mille Lacs East Side Township CR 28
47.413 76.304 MN 47 south South end of MN 47 overlap
48.721 78.409 CR 30
Aitkin Idun Township 51.760 83.300 CR 60
Williams Township 55.756 89.731 MN 27 / MN 65
Pine Finlayson 75.967 122.257 Pine County Route 35 MN.svg CR 35
Finlayson Township 78.951 127.059 Pine County Route 61 MN.svg CR 61
80.516 129.578 MN 23
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Minnesota State Legislature (2010). "§ 161.114, Constitutional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Banning State Park". Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chapter 440-H.F. No. 2000", Session Laws of Minnesota for 1933 (Mike Holm, Secretary of State): 881–897 
  5. ^ a b c d Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 28, 2010. [unreliable source]