Minnesota State Highway 4

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Trunk Highway 4
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 167.136 mi[1] (268.979 km)
Existed: 1920 – present
Major junctions
South end: Iowa 4 at the Iowa state line
  I-90 at Sherburn
MN 30 / MN 60 at St. James
US 14 / MN 68 at Sleepy Eye
MN 19 at Fairfax
US 212 at Hector
MN 7 at Cosmos
US 12 at Grove City
MN 23 / MN 55 at Paynesville
North end: I-94 near Sauk Centre and Melrose
Location
Counties: Martin, Watonwan, Brown, Nicollet, Renville, Meeker, Kandiyohi, Stearns
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 3 MN 5

Minnesota State Highway 4 (MN 4) is a highway in southwest and west-central Minnesota, which runs from Iowa Highway 4 at the Iowa state line (near Dunnell, MN and Estherville, IA), and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with Interstate Highway 94 near Sauk Centre and Melrose.

Highway 4 is 167 miles (269 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 4 serves as a north–south route between Sherburn, Saint James, Sleepy Eye, Fairfax, Hector, Paynesville, and Meire Grove in southwest and west-central Minnesota.

Highway 4 parallels U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 15 throughout its route.

Fort Ridgely State Park is located on Highway 4 in Nicollet County on the Minnesota River. The park is located south of Fairfax and northwest of New Ulm.[2]

History[edit]

The segment of Highway 4 between Paynesville and Interstate 94 is part of Minnesota Constitutional Route 4, established in 1920; the remainder of Highway 4 was authorized in 1933. Between Saint James and the Iowa border, Highway 4 followed very closely the former Minneapolis & St Louis Railway the remains of which are clearly visible on the west side of the highway between Minnesota Highway 60 and Sherburn, Minnesota. Grain elevators in Echols, Ormsby, Trimont, and Sherburn are aligned with the former M&StL route through each of these towns. [3]

The route was completely paved by 1961.[3]


Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Martin   0.000 0.000 Iowa 4 Continuation into Iowa
Sherburn 13.367–
13.535
21.512–
21.782
I-90
Watonwan St. James Township 34.378 55.326 MN 60 West end of MN 60 concurrency
35.510 57.148 MN 60 / MN 30 East end of MN 60 concurrency
South end of MN 30 concurrency
Nelson Township 42.092 67.741 MN 30 North end of MN 30 concurrency
Brown Sleepy Eye 62.998 101.385 US 14 / MN 68 South end of MN 68 concurrency
Home Township 66.020 106.249 MN 68 North end of MN 68 concurrency
Nicollet
No major junctions
Renville Cairo Township 79.399 127.780 MN 19
Hector 94.212 151.620 US 212
Meeker Cosmos 108.147 174.046 MN 7
Grove City 123.011 197.967 US 12 West end of US 12 concurrency
Swede Grove Township 123.620 198.947 US 12 East end of US 12 concurrency
Union Grove Township 135.633 218.280 MN 55 East end of MN 55 concurrency
Stearns Paynesville MN 23
Kandiyohi Roseville Township 143.193 230.447 MN 55 West end of MN 55 concurrency
Stearns Melrose Township 165.719–
165.804
266.699–
266.836
I-94
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statewide Logpoint Listing". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Minnesota DNR website for Fort Ridgely State Park - Link
  3. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 18, 2010. [unreliable source]