Minnesota State Highway 77
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||11.403 mi (18.351 km)|
|Existed:||1949, 1980 – present|
|South end:||County 23 in Apple Valley|
|North end:||MN 62 / County 152 in Minneapolis|
- 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).
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.
South of Old Shakopee Road, which is just north of the Minnesota River, MN 77 is co-signed "Cedar Avenue" at all interchanges.
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 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.
All exits are unnumbered.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi