Minnesota State Highway 62 (Hennepin County)
MN 62 highlighted in red
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||12.350 mi (19.875 km)|
|Existed:||1988 – present|
|West end:||I-494 / County 62 at Eden Prairie|
|East end:||MN 55 at Fort Snelling|
Minnesota State Highway 62 (MN 62) is a highway in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota. The route was part of Hennepin County Road 62 until 1988, when a portion of the route was inherited by the state. The western terminus of the route is at Interstate Highway 494 in Eden Prairie, where the roadway continues west as Hennepin County Road 62 to Hennepin County Road 101. The eastern terminus of the route is at State Highway 55 near the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport in Minneapolis. Locally, the route is known as "the Crosstown," though signage with this name does not appear on the highway itself, but only on local streets adjacent to the road. It is also used as an alternate name, even by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Though it does follow the 62nd Street plane for most of its route, that name is less frequently used. Highway 62 is 12 miles (19 km) in length.
State Highway 62 serves as an east–west route between Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield, Minneapolis, and Fort Snelling. The route is constructed to freeway standards for most of its length, except for the western 1/2 mile, which is an expressway with two signal-controlled intersections. The route is located in Hennepin County.
Due to the existence of a second State Highway 62 in the southwest corner of the state between Fulda and Windom, the stretch of Highway 62 in the Twin Cities area starts its numbering at milepost 100. This is unorthodox in that the two state highways have a combined length of 36 miles (58 km). "Mile 100" is calibrated where Hennepin County Roads 101 and 62 meet at the Eden Prairie / Minnetonka boundary line; though the mileposts themselves, starting with mile 104, do not appear until the state-maintained section inside the I-494 beltway.
State Highway 62 in the Twin Cities area was authorized in 1988. Prior to 1988, the route was designated as Hennepin County Road 62. The route was built mostly in the late 1960s by Hennepin County.
The original Hennepin County numbering of 62 corresponded with 62nd Street in Minneapolis. However, some portions of Highway 62 do stray from the 62nd Street plane, as near the eastern terminus, Highway 62 runs along the plane of 58th Street.
I-35W and Highway 62 Crosstown Commons reconstruction project
The Twin Cities' Highway 62 had one of the most notorious junctions in the region where it interwove with Interstate Highway 35W. This mile-long stretch was known informally as the "Crosstown Commons". Plans to "unweave" and expand this section of roadway to improve traffic flow had come and gone for many years, frustrating the 200,000 drivers who used it daily. Construction of the current design was expected to begin in July 2006, but was delayed due to state budget deficits.
The project was adequately funded during Governor Tim Pawlenty's second term and bids were received in April 2007. The bid was won by the Ames, Lunda, and Schafer consortium for $288 million. Construction began in May 2007. The project included 25 new bridges, 63 lane-miles of highway, and expanded the total roadway width from 6 lanes to 12 lanes at Lyndale Avenue. The bridges were cast in Coates, Minnesota and trucked in for on-site erection. The new design includes transit / HOV lanes and was completed in November 2010. The new interchange features three through-lanes for I-35W (including one HOV lane) in each direction and two separate through-lanes for Highway 62 in each direction, eliminating the need to weave across traffic. The 2007 cost of correcting the deficiencies in that short stretch of highway was estimated to be $285 million.
The entire route is in Hennepin County.
|Eden Prairie||103.592||166.715||I-494, County 62 west|
|County 61 (Shady Oak Road)|
|US 212 west||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|US 169 northbound|
|US 169 southbound|
|County 158 (Gleason Road)|
|Valley View Road||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|County 17 (France Avenue)|
|County 31 (Xerxes Avenue)|
|County 32 (Penn Avenue)|
|111.362||179.220||Lyndale Avenue||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|I-35W south – Albert Lea||West end of I-35W overlap|
|Lyndale Avenue||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|I-35W north – Minneapolis||East end of I-35W overlap|
|County 35 (Portland Avenue)||Westbound entrance, eastbound exit and entrance|
|Bloomington Avenue||Eastbound exit and entrance|
|MN 77 south / County 152 north (Cedar Avenue)|
|MN 55 west (Hiawatha Avenue) / Minnehaha Avenue|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Adam Froehlig (November 23, 2003). Minnesota Highway 62 (I). MN Highway Endings. Accessed August 26, 2004.
- Adam Froehlig (March 18, 2003). Minnesota Highway 62 (II). MN Highway Endings. Accessed August 26, 2004.
- Steve Riner (December 27, 2003). Details of Routes 51-75. Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed August 26, 2004.
- Olson, Dan (May 15, 2007). "Untangling the infamous Crosstown Commons now underway". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved May 31, 2007.
- "Mn/DOT invites contractors to bid on I-35W/Crosstown project". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 31, 2007.
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing — Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.