Minnesota State Highway 77

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Trunk Highway 77 marker

Trunk Highway 77
Cedar Avenue
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 11.403 mi (18.351 km)
Existed: 1949, 1980[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: County 23 in Apple Valley
 
North end: MN 62 / County 152 in Minneapolis
Location
Counties: Dakota, Hennepin
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 76 MN 78
This article describes the Minnesota State Highway freeway portion of Cedar Avenue. For the entire roadway, see Cedar Avenue.

Minnesota State Highway 77 (MN 77) is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with 138th Street (near Dakota County Road 42) in Apple Valley and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with State Highway 62 in Minneapolis. The route is 11 miles (18 km) in length. MN 77 is also known as Cedar Avenue.

The southern end of MN 77 continues in Apple Valley as Dakota County Road 23 (Cedar Avenue). At the north end, MN 77 continues in Minneapolis as Hennepin County Road 152 (Cedar Avenue).

Route description[edit]

MN 77 serves as a north–south route between the cities of Apple Valley, Eagan, Bloomington, Richfield, and Minneapolis. The route is constructed to freeway standards over its entire length. Most of the route is posted 65 MPH speed limit. The route is located in Dakota County and Hennepin County.

MN 77 is concurrent with the right of way of Cedar Avenue between County 38 (McAndrews Road) in Apple Valley and Highway 62 in south Minneapolis.

South of Old Shakopee Road, which is just north of the Minnesota River, MN 77 is co-signed "Cedar Avenue" at all interchanges.

The route crosses the Minnesota River at the Cedar Avenue Bridge between Bloomington and Eagan.

The most notable landmark along the length of the route is the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, which sits just northeast of the junction of MN 77 and Interstate 494.

History[edit]

MN 77 was authorized in 1949; and was originally numbered 36 from 1949 to 1980 as part of MN 36. The section of the route between MN 13 at Eagan and MN 62 at Minneapolis was renumbered 77 in 1980. Present day State Highway 36 still runs from Roseville to Stillwater.

From 1980 to 1985, the southern terminus of MN 77 was previously at its junction with Interstate 35E at the Apple ValleyEagan boundary line.

From 1985 to 1994, the southern portion of MN 77 previously followed McAndrews Road (present day County 38) eastbound along its route to the Minnesota Zoo, where the route had its then southern terminus. In 1985, MN 77's mile markers were calibrated with "Mile 0" at the Zoo. In the present day, the mile markers are calibrated with the zero point at the intersection of Dakota County Roads 23 and 42.

Much of the original Cedar Avenue is still in existence, beginning at its intersection with Washington Avenue at the University of Minnesota and ending in Northfield, with the only major change being the upgrade of MN 77 as a freeway. Cedar Avenue is signed as Galaxie Avenue and Foliage Avenue between Eureka Township and Northfield.

Exit list[edit]

All exits are unnumbered.

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Dakota Apple Valley 0.000 0.000 County 23 south (Cedar Avenue) / 138th Street Continues as County 23
1.571 2.528 County 38 (McAndrews Road) – Zoo
1.977 3.182 127th Street, Palomino Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance only
Eagan 2.566–
3.122
4.130–
5.024
I-35E – St. Paul, Albert Lea
3.692 5.942 County 32 (Cliff Road)
4.707 7.575 County 30 (Diffley Road)
5.446 8.764 MN 13 – St. Paul, Shakopee
Hennepin Bloomington 7.587 12.210 County 1 (Old Shakopee Road)
8.415 13.543 Killebrew Drive, Lindau Lane – Mall of America
8.176–
9.735
13.158–
15.667
I-494 / MN 5
10.037 16.153 Diagonal Boulevard Southbound exit and entrance only
Richfield 10.559 16.993 County 53 (66th Street) / 63rd Street
Minneapolis 11.393 18.335 MN 62
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 76-100". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. [unreliable source]
  2. ^ "Trunk Highway Logpoint Listing". Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 6, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2014.