Minnesota State Highway 60

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Trunk Highway 60 marker

Trunk Highway 60
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 219 mi[1] (352 km)
Existed: 1934[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Iowa 60.svg IA 60 at Bigelow,
at the Minnesota - Iowa state line
  I-90.svg US 59.svg I-90 / U.S. 59 at Worthington
US 71.svg MN-62.svg U.S. 71 / MN 62 at Windom
MN-4.svg MN-30.svg MN 4 / MN 30 at St. James
MN-15.svg MN 15 at Madelia
US 169 (MN).svg US 14.svg U.S. 169 / U.S. 14 at Mankato
I-35.svg MN-21.svg I-35 / MN 21 at Faribault
US 52.svg MN-58.svg U.S. 52 / MN 58 at Zumbrota
US 63.svg U.S. 63 at Zumbro Falls
US 61.svg U.S. 61 at Wabasha
East end: WIS 25.svg WIS 25 near Nelson, WI
at the Mississippi River,
the Minnesota - Wisconsin state line
Location
Counties: Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Nicollet,
Le Sueur, Waseca, Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 59 US 61

Minnesota State Highway 60 (MN 60) is a highway in southern Minnesota, which runs from Iowa Highway 60 at the Iowa state line (at Bigelow) and continues east-northeast to its eastern terminus at the Wisconsin state line (at Wabasha), where the route becomes Wisconsin Highway 25 upon crossing the Mississippi River.

Highway 60 is the only state highway in Minnesota which runs from one border to another. The route runs in a general southwest-to-northeast direction. The route is an expressway much of the way between the Iowa border and North Mankato, with two lane sections remaining between Windom and St James.

The route is 219 miles (352 km) in length. Its southwest segment is a portion of the transportation corridor connecting Sioux City and the Twin Cities.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 60 serves as an east–west marked route in southern Minnesota between Worthington, Windom, St. James, Mankato, Faribault, Zumbrota, and Wabasha.

From Bigelow to North Mankato, much of the highway is a four lane expressway. Between Windom and St.James the highway is two lane except for bypasses around Mountain Lake and Butterfield.

Highway 60 runs concurrent with U.S. Highway 59 south of and into Worthington; with U.S. Highway 71 in Windom; with State Highway 4 and State Highway 30 near St. James; with State Highway 15 near Madelia; and with U.S. Highway 169 in the Mankato area. In North Mankato, Highway 60 moves from a concurrency with U.S. 169 to another one with U.S. Highway 14.

From its concurrency with U.S. 14 in North Mankato, Highway 60 continues east with U.S. 14 on a four lane expressway until just past Eagle Lake, where the route leaves U.S. 14 and continues briefly north to Madison Lake, then northeast towards the city of Faribault. Highway 60 is a two lane highway at this point and for most of the rest of its way to Faribault and Wabasha. The route has a junction with Interstate 35 in Faribault.

From Faribault, Highway 60 continues east towards Zumbrota, where it intersects U.S. Highway 52. The route briefly runs concurrent with U.S. 52 around Zumbrota on a four lane expressway. Highway 60 then leaves U.S. 52 and continues east-northeast towards Wabasha. The route has junction with U.S. Highway 63 in Zumbro Falls and a junction with U.S. Highway 61 in Wabasha. Highway 60 crosses the Mississippi River at Wabasha on the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge. The route becomes Wisconsin Highway 25 upon crossing the river into Wisconsin.

History[edit]

State Highway 60 was formed in 1934 by connecting three Minnesota constitutional route segments together. This formed a nearly border-to-border state highway, with its original termini at current U.S. 59 in Worthington and U.S. 61 at Wabasha. The route was extended to the Iowa state line in 1937, and was authorized onto the bridge to Wisconsin in 1943. The last gravel segment on this route was paved by 1960. The expressway segments from St. James to Lake Crystal in 1980, and expressway from Worthington to Windom completed in 1997.

Major intersections[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Nobles   0 0 Iowa 60 Continuation into Iowa
  5 8 US 59 south – Sanborn, Iowa
Worthington 10 16 US 59 north – Slayton
10 16 I-90 – Sioux Falls, Fairmont Interchange
Jackson Wilder 35 56 MN 86 – Lakefield
Cottonwood Windom 39 63 US 71 – Jackson, Redwood Falls
39 63 MN 62 – Fulda
Watonwan St. James 63 101 MN 4 south – Sherburn Interchange
66 106 MN 4 north / MN 30 west – St. James, Sleepy Eye Interchange
  75 121 MN 15 south / MN 30 east – Fairmont, Amboy Interchange
Madelia 80 129 MN 15 – New Ulm Interchange
Blue Earth   97 156 US 169 south – Winnebago
Mankato 100 161 MN 68 – New Ulm
102 164 MN 66 – Good Thunder Interchange
Nicollet North Mankato 104 167 US 14 west / US 169 north – New Ulm, Minneapolis Interchange
Blue Earth Mankato 108 174 MN 22 – St. Peter, Mapleton Interchange
  120 193 US 14 east – Waseca, Owatonna
Le Sueur Waterville 137 220 MN 13 – Waseca, Montgomery
Rice Faribault 152 245 I-35 – Minneapolis, Albert Lea Interchange
152 245 MN 21 to MN 3 – Northfield
153 246 MN 299 north – Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
MN 298 south – Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
Goodhue Kenyon 168 270 MN 56 – Randolph, Dodge Center
Wanamingo 178 286 MN 57 – Wanamingo, Mantorville
Zumbrota 184 296 US 52 north – Cannon Falls, St. Paul Interchange
184 296 MN 58 – Zumbrota, Red Wing Interchange
186 299 US 52 south – Pine Island, Rochester Interchange
Wabasha Zumbro Falls 198 319 US 63 – Lake City, Rochester
Wabasha 219 352 US 61 – Lake City, Winona
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 51-75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2006-12-16.