Minnesota State Highway 34

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Trunk Highway 34 marker

Trunk Highway 34
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 103.163 mi[2] (166.025 km)
Existed: 1920[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: MN 9 / County 2 at Barnesville
  I-94 at Barnesville
MN 32 near Barnesville
US 10 / US 59 at Detroit Lakes
US 71 at Park Rapids
MN 64 at Akeley
East end: MN 200 / MN 371 at Walker
Location
Counties: Clay, Otter Tail, Becker, Hubbard, Cass
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 33 I-35

Minnesota State Highway 34 is a highway in west-central and north-central Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highway 9 (near Interstate 94) in Barnesville and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highways 200 and 371 in Walker.

The route is concurrent with U.S. Highway 59 for 16.6 miles (26.7 km) in Otter Tail and Becker counties near Detroit Lakes.

Highway 34 is 103 miles (166 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 34 serves as an east–west route between Barnesville, Detroit Lakes, Park Rapids, and Walker in west-central and north-central Minnesota.

Highway 34 passes through the Smoky Hills State Forest in Becker County between Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids.

The route passes through the Chippewa National Forest in Cass County between Akeley and Walker. The western terminus for Highway 34 is its intersection with State Highway 9 in Barnesville, one mile from Interstate 94.

History[edit]

State Highway 34 was authorized east of U.S. 10 in 1920 and west of U.S. 10 in 1933.

The section of Highway 34 east of U.S. 10, once ran along the current alignment of State Highway 225 through Ponsford until circa 1942.

In 1953, the section of Highway 34 west of U.S. 10 was still unpaved.

At one time, Highway 34 had continued farther east. The section of present day State Highway 200 between Highway 371 (at Walker) and U.S. Highway 2 (9-miles west of Floodwood) was originally designated Highway 34 between 1934 and 1969.

In 2008, Highway 34 was expanded to a five-lane route through Park Rapids on its surface street alignment.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[3][2] km Destinations Notes
Clay Barnesville 0.000 0.000 MN 9
Humboldt Township 1.099–
1.285
1.769–
2.068
I-94 Interchange
Tansem Township 8.770 14.114 MN 32
Otter Tail Dunn Township 18.862 30.355 US 59 South end of US 59 overlap
Becker Detroit Lakes US 10
35.515 57.156 US 59 North end of US 59 overlap
Osage Township 65.011 104.625 MN 225
Hubbard Park Rapids 74.963 120.641 US 71
Henrietta Township 80.172 129.024 MN 226
Akeley 92.891 149.494 MN 64 West end of MN 64 overlap
93.494 150.464 MN 64 East end of MN 64 overlap
Cass Walker 103.170 166.036 MN 371 / MN 200
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 26-50". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 2" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 4" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2010.