Minnesota State Highway 55

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Trunk Highway 55 marker

Trunk Highway 55
Olson Memorial Highway
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 220.572 mi[1] (354.976 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: North Dakota 11.svg ND 11 at the Bois de Sioux River
  US 59.svg MN-79.svg U.S. 59 , MN 79 at Elbow Lake
MN-28.svg MN-29.svg MN 28 , MN 29 at Glenwood
MN-4.svg MN-23.svg MN 4 , MN 23 at Paynesville
MN-25.svg MN 25 at Buffalo
I-494.svg I-494 at Plymouth
US 169 (MN).svg U.S. 169 at Plymouth , Golden Valley
MN-100.svg MN 100 at Golden Valley
I-94.svg I-94 at Minneapolis
MN-62.svg MN-5.svg MN 62 , MN 5 at Fort Snelling
US 52.svg U.S. 52 at Rosemount
East end: US 61.svg U.S. 61 in Hastings
Location
Counties: Wilkin, Grant, Douglas, Pope, Stearns, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Wright, Hennepin, Dakota
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 54 MN 56

Minnesota State Highway 55 is a highway in west-central, central, and east-central Minnesota, which runs from the North Dakota state line near Tenney and continues east and southeast to its eastern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highway 61 in Hastings.

This route, signed east–west, runs roughly diagonally across the central part of Minnesota.

Highway 55 is 221 miles (356 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

Highway 55 serves as a northwest–southeast route between Elbow Lake, Glenwood, Paynesville, Annandale, Buffalo, Plymouth, Minneapolis, Mendota Heights, and Hastings.

Highway 55 begins at the Bois de Sioux River, at the Minnesota — North Dakota state line near Tenney. North Dakota Highway 11 is its counterpoint upon crossing the state line. Highway 55 continues east to Tenney, Nashua, and Wendell. The route has a junction with U.S. Highway 59 before entering the city of Elbow Lake. Highways 55 and 59 run concurrently for 11 miles until reaching Barrett.

Highway 55 then continues independently again to Hoffman, Kensington, Farwell, and Lowry before reaching the city of Glenwood. At Glenwood, Highway 55 has an intersection with State Highway 29 and an interchange with State Highway 28.

The route continues southeast to Sedan and Brooten before reaching its junction with U.S. Highway 71 in Belgrade. Highway 55 passes through Regal before reaching its junction with State Highways 4 and 23 at the city of Paynesville.

Highway 55 continues east to Eden Valley and Watkins before reaching its junction with State Highway 15 at Kimball.

The route has a junction with State Highway 24 in Annandale. Highway 55 continues to Maple Lake and then Buffalo, where it has a junction with State Highway 25.

Highway 55 enters the Twin Cities area at Rockford and Greenfield, continuing east to Medina and Plymouth. Highway 55 has a junction with I-494 in Plymouth. Highway 55 continues east and has a junction with U.S. Highway 169 at the Plymouth / Golden Valley boundary line. Highway 55 continues through Golden Valley to its junction with State Highway 100. The route then continues east and enters the city of Minneapolis.

The highway has been designated Olson Memorial Highway,[2] named for Floyd B. Olson, a popular Minnesota governor of Norwegian ancestry. While the entire route is designated as the Olson Memorial Highway, it is only consistently signed as such between Interstate 494 and N 7th Street in Minneapolis. The part of Highway 55 southeast of downtown is known as Hiawatha Avenue. A light rail corridor, the Blue Line, runs parallel to the highway for much of the Hiawatha Avenue stretch.

Olson Memorial Highway statue

In July 2005, the section of Highway 55 that runs through downtown Minneapolis was turned back to local maintenance. To fill the gap, Highway 55 was rerouted along Interstate 94. Westbound, 55 now exits just before downtown at the westbound I-94 exit, and leaves the concurrency at the exit for the Olson Highway, marked with the Highway 55 shield. Eastbound, 55 leaves the Olson Highway at the interchange for I-94 eastbound, and leaves the freeway at the exit for Hiawatha Avenue, which is also marked with the Highway 55 shield.

There has been some controversy with expansion of the highway. An area known as Camp Coldwater, considered by some as the "birthplace of Minnesota," was dug up during some construction. Highway 55 has a junction with State Highway 62 at this point.

Fort Snelling State Park is located near the junction of Highway 55 and State Highway 5. The park entrance is located on Highway 5 at Post Road.

Highway 55 crosses the Minnesota River via the Mendota Bridge, which was the longest continuous bridge made of poured concrete when it was completed in 1926. It is 4,119 feet (1,255 m) in length.

The Mendota Bridge between Fort Snelling and Mendota Heights carries Highway 55 over the Minnesota River

The route enters Mendota Heights and has a junction with State Highways 13 and 110.

Highway 55 continues southeast through Eagan, joining briefly with State Highway 149. The route then has a junction with State Highway 3 in Inver Grove Heights. Highway 55 then runs concurrent with U.S. Highway 52 through Inver Grove Heights and into Rosemount. At Rosemount, Highway 55 leaves U.S. 52. Highway 55 continues independently again to its eastern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highway 61 in the city of Hastings.


History[edit]

Highway 55 was authorized in 1933.[3]

In late December 2006, someone added a 7-foot (2.1 m) painting of Pac-Man near one of the anti-tailgating dots on the road. This is located on the portion of Highway 55 between Buffalo and Rockford, traveling east of Buffalo.[1] [2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1][4][5][6] km Destinations Notes
Bois de Sioux River 0.000 0.000 Continues as ND 11 in North Dakota
Wilkin Campbell Township 3.503 5.638 US 75
Champion Township 10.706 17.230 MN 9
Grant Pomme de Terre Township 27.841 44.806 US 59 North end of US 59 overlap
Elbow Lake 31.218 50.241 MN 79
31.880 51.306 MN 54
Barrett 38.826 62.484 US 59 South end of US 59 overlap
Hoffman 45.704 73.553 MN 27
Pope Ben Wade Township 61.151 98.413 MN 114 West end of MN 114 overlap
Lowry 61.814 99.480 MN 114 East end of MN 114 overlap
Reno Township 68.816 110.749 MN 29
Glenwood 70.824–
71.070
113.980–
114.376
MN 28 Interchange
Stearns Belgrade 93.667 150.742 US 71 West end of US 71 overlap
Crow River Township 94.649 152.323 US 71 East end of US 71 overlap
Kandiyohi Roseville Township 106.064 170.693 MN 4 West end of MN 4 overlap
Stearns Paynesville 108.569 174.725 MN 23
Meeker Union Grove Township 113.517 182.688 MN 4 East end of MN 4 overlap
Eden Valley 119.491 192.302 MN 22
Stearns Kimball 131.973 212.390 MN 15 / MN 24 West end of MN 24 overlap
Wright Annandale 141.631 227.933 MN 24 East end of MN 24 overlap
Buffalo 155.200 249.770 MN 25 (Central Avenue)
Hennepin Plymouth 180.435–
180.592
290.382–
290.635
I-494 Interchange
Plymouth–
Golden Valley
183.813–
184.247
295.818–
296.517
US 169 Interchange
Golden Valley 186.487–
186.746
300.122–
300.539
MN 100 Interchange
Minneapolis 189.651 305.214 I-94 West end of I-94 overlap
191.914 308.856 I-94 East end of I-94 overlap
192.248–
192.574
309.393–
309.918
CR 152 (Cedar Avenue) Interchange
193.163–
193.464
310.866–
311.350
CR 3 (Lake Street) Interchange
Fort Snelling 197.142–
197.233
317.269–
317.416
MN 62 Interchange
197.800–
198.217
318.328–
318.999
MN 5 Interchange
Minnesota River 198.227 319.015 Mendota Bridge
Dakota Mendota Heights 199.151 320.502 MN 110
199.935 321.764 MN 13
Eagan 202.163–
202.171
325.350–
325.363
MN 149 North end of MN 149 overlap
202.705 326.222 MN 149 South end of MN 149 overlap
Inver Grove Heights 204.557–
204.974
329.203–
329.874
MN 3 (South Robert Trail) Interchange
205.929–
205.930
331.411–
331.412
CR 73 (Barnes Avenue) Interchange
206.515 332.354 US 52 North end of US 52 overlap
CR 56 (Concord Boulevard) Interchange, old MN 56
Inver Grove Heights–
Rosemount
117th Street Interchange
Rosemount 210.836 339.308 US 52 South end of US 52 overlap
Hastings 220.306–
220.313
354.548–
354.559
US 61
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Minnesota Statutes section 161.14 subd. 3 - https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=161.14
  3. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51-75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 23, 2010. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 4" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 3" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 8" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010.