Minnesota State Highway 36

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Trunk Highway 36 marker

Trunk Highway 36
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 21.718 mi[2] (34.952 km)
Existed: 1933[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-35W.svg I-35W at Roseville
  MN-51.svg MN 51 at Roseville
I-35E.svg US 10.svg I-35E , U.S. 10 at Little Canada
US 61.svg U.S. 61 at Maplewood
MN-120.svg MN 120 at North St. Paul , Oakdale
I-694.svg I-694 at Oakdale , Pine Springs
MN-5.svg MN 5 at Oak Park Heights , Stillwater
MN-95.svg MN 95 at Stillwater
East end: WIS 64.svg WIS 64 at the St. Croix River,
the Minnesota — Wisconsin state line,
at Stillwater, MN  — Houlton, WI
Location
Counties: Ramsey, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
I-35W MN 37

Minnesota State Highway 36 (MN 36) is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate 35W in Roseville and continues east to its eastern terminus at the Wisconsin state line (at Stillwater), where it becomes Wisconsin Highway 64 upon crossing the St. Croix River. A portion of Highway 36 is a major freeway in suburban Minneapolis – Saint Paul.

Highway 36 is 22 miles (35 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 36 serves as an east–west route between the cities of Roseville, Little Canada, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Oakdale, Oak Park Heights, and Stillwater.

Highway 36 is a limited-access freeway from its interchange with Interstate 35W in Roseville eastward to Interstate 35E in Little Canada, and about five miles beyond. The freeway section ends at its signal-controlled intersection with Minnesota State Highway 120 in North St. Paul. Highway 36 becomes an at-grade expressway at this point. For about four miles outside of the I-494 / 694 loop, the expressway section of Highway 36 has a speed limit of 65 MPH (105 km/h).

The intersection of Highway 36 and Margaret Street at North St. Paul in February 2003.

Highway 36 crosses the St. Croix River via the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge between Stillwater and Houlton, WI. The route becomes Wisconsin Highway 64 upon crossing the bridge into Wisconsin. The current bridge, located in downtown Stillwater, reached its practical capacity in 1990. A replacement bridge, which will reroute Highway 36 south of downtown Stillwater, is scheduled to open in 2016. The existing bridge will be preserved.[3]

History[edit]

State Highway 36 was authorized in 1933. The route was paved by 1940.

From 1934 to 1982, Highway 36 used to be significantly longer. The route had turned southward along I-35W, Washington Avenue, and Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis; and connected to what is now State Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue Freeway). In Eagan, old Highway 36 had intersected the Chicago and North Western Railway at-grade, at the Nicols Station Crossing.[4] The section of old Highway 36 that ran along Washington and Cedar Avenues in Minneapolis was turned back to county maintenance in 1982, and is currently a section of Hennepin County Road 152.

Highway 36 did not originally reach the Wisconsin state line at the St. Croix River. Part of old State Highway 212 in Oak Park Heights and Stillwater was renumbered as Highway 36 in 1983. This section of present day Highway 36 still carries the old Highway 212 mile markers.[citation needed]

The section of Highway 36 in North St. Paul was closed in 2007 from April to September. The highway was rebuilt to freeway standards during this time between White Bear Avenue in Maplewood and Highway 120 (Century Avenue) in North St. Paul. The changes included grade-separated intersections with no interchanges or access within North St. Paul. The full closure in 2007 allowed the project to be completed faster and at a lower cost. It also increased safety for construction workers. The Highway 36 reconstruction project in North St. Paul was completed in 2008. The budget of the project was $24 million.[5]

Future[edit]

An interchange is currently being constructed at Highway 36 and Hilton Trail in Pine Springs. The project will also include two roundabouts on Hilton Trail on either side of the highway, one at 60th Street North and another at an extension of Viking Drive.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Ramsey Roseville 0.000 0.000 I-35W south Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.242–
0.427
0.389–
0.687
County 46 south (Cleveland Avenue)
0.480 0.772 I-35W north Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
0.829–
0.979
1.334–
1.576
County 48 (Fairview Avenue)
1.055–
1.218
1.698–
1.960
MN 51 (Snelling Avenue)
1.599–
1.650
2.573–
2.655
Albert Street south
Hamline Avenue via Commerce Street
Eastbound exit and entrance only
1.837–
1.904
2.956–
3.064
County 50 (Hamline Avenue) Westbound exit and entrance only
2.028–
2.451
3.264–
3.945
County 51 (Lexington Avenue)
2.892–
3.467
4.654–
5.580
County 53 (Dale Street)
Little Canada 4.122–
4.416
6.634–
7.107
CR 49 (Rice Street)
4.932–
5.060
7.937–
8.143
I-35E south / US 10 – St. Paul
5.160-5.310 I-35E north / US 10
5.600-5.925 County 58 (Edgerton Street)
Maplewood 6.634–
7.001
10.676–
11.267
US 61
7.291 11.734 English Street
8.363–
8.601
13.459–
13.842
County 65 (White Bear Avenue)
North St. Paul 9.305 14.975 CR 68 (McKnight Road) Interchange
9.988 16.074 Margaret Street Westbound exit only
RamseyWashington
county line
North St. PaulOakdale
city line
10.463 16.839 MN 120 (Century Avenue) Signalized at-grade intersection
Washington Oakdale 11.260 18.121 County 35 (Hadley Avenue) Signalized at-grade intersection
Pine Springs 11.538–
12.006
18.569–
19.322
I-694
12.480 20.085 County 36 (Hilton Trail) Signalized at-grade intersection
Grant 16.721 26.910 County 15 (Manning Avenue)
Oak Park Heights 201.053–
201.444
323.563–
324.193
MN 5 (Stillwater Boulevard)
203.932 328.197 MN 95 (St. Croix Trail) South end of MN 95 overlap
Stillwater 205.168 330.186 MN 95 (St. Croix Trail) North end of MN 95 overlap
St. Croix River 205.253–
205.354
330.323–
330.485
Stillwater Lift Bridge
Minnesota-Wisconsin state line
Continues as WIS 64
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 Logpoint Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ Minnesota Highway 36 / Wisconsin Highway 64 - New St. Croix River Crossing - Project Status. Mn/DOT. Accessed November 4, 2009.
  4. ^ "Chicago and North Western Railway Company, Appellant, v. Lillian R. Strand, as Trustee for the Heirs of Roy B. Strand, Decedent, Appellee". Bulk Resource. March 7, 1962. 
  5. ^ "Highway 36 closes in 2007 for reconstruction through North St. Paul". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 2, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Highway 36 at Hilton Trail" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 19, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 

*Adam Froehlig (January 6, 2004). State Highway 36 (photos). Minnesota State Highway Endings. Accessed August 28, 2004.