U.S. Route 10 in Minnesota

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 10 in Minnesota. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 10.

U.S. Highway 10 marker

U.S. Highway 10
U.S. 10 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length: 275.473 mi[2] (443.331 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 10 at Fargo, ND
 

US 75 at Moorhead
US 59 at Detroit Lakes
MN 210 at Staples , Motley
MN 27 / MN 371 at Little Falls
MN 15 / MN 23 at St Cloud
US 169 / MN 101 at Elk River
US 169 / MN 47 at Anoka
MN 610 / MN 47 at Coon Rapids
I-35W at Mounds View
I-694 at Arden Hills
I-35E at Little Canada

I-94 / US 61 at St. Paul
East end: US 10 at Prescott, WI
Location
Counties: Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Benton, Sherburne, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 9 MN 11

U.S. Highway 10 (U.S. 10) is a major divided highway for almost all of its length in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The route runs through the central portion of the state, following generally the alignment of the former Northern Pacific Railway (now BNSF) and connects the cities of Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Wadena, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Anoka, Saint Paul, and Cottage Grove.

U.S. 10 within Minnesota is 275 miles (443 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Highway 10 enters the state from North Dakota and heads through Moorhead parallel to Interstate 94 until it exits the city.

U.S. 10 then takes a more northerly route than Interstate 94 to St. Cloud, by heading through Detroit Lakes, Wadena, and Little Falls.

From St. Cloud to Mounds View, U.S. 10 is a busy route through the suburbs of St. Cloud and Minneapolis.

East of Mounds View, U.S. 10 is marked mostly along Interstate Highways until Saint Paul, where the route runs concurrent with U.S. 61 to Cottage Grove. Highway 10 then heads east to the Wisconsin state line and exits the state.

U.S. 10 is a divided highway along most of its length through the state, with posted 65 mph speed limits along much of the way, except for two-lane or undivided four-lane stretches through Wadena and Motley. There are some 60 mph (97 km/h) posted speed limits in the four-lane section between Elk River and Anoka.

Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 10 is defined as unmarked Constitutional / Legislative Routes 2, 37, 27, 3, 62, and 94 in the Minnesota Statutes §§ 161.114(2) and 161.115(25).[3][4] U.S. 10 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway.

History[edit]

U.S. Highway 10 was established on November 11, 1926.[1] Originally, the route split between Moorhead and St. Cloud into U.S. 10N and U.S. 10S. In 1934, Highway 10S was replaced by U.S. Highway 52, and 10N became simply Highway 10.[5]

U.S. 10 in Minnesota was paved between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities as early as 1929. The remainder of the route was paved by 1950.[5]

The four-lane divided highway section between the cities of Elk River and Anoka was constructed by 1942.[5]

The freeway section of Highway 10 between the city of Anoka and University Avenue (at the Coon Rapids / Blaine boundary line) was completed in the early 1970s. The new freeway section of Highway 10 between University Avenue and Interstate 35W in Mounds View was completed in 1999.[5]

From 1934 to 1999, U.S. 10 was located on a different alignment between Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, and Mounds View. This is now known as County Road 10.

When Interstate 694 and Interstate 35E were completed in the late 1960s, U.S. 10 was then signed concurrently with these routes east of Mounds View to the city of St. Paul.[5]

Major intersections[edit]


County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Red River of the North 0.000 US 10
Clay Moorhead 0.428 0.689 US 75 West end of US 75 concurrency
1.450 2.334 US 75 East end of US 75 concurrency
Glyndon Township 5.954 9.582 MN 336
Riverton Township 12.786 20.577 MN 9
Eglon Township 24.438 39.329 MN 32
Becker Detroit Lakes 44.337-44.357 US 59 / MN 34
Burlington Township 54.517 87.737 MN 87
Otter Tail Gorman Township 59.826 96.281 MN 228
Perham Township 66.511 107.039 MN 78
Newton Township 80.261 129.168 MN 106
Wadena Wadena 89.992 144.828 US 71
Todd Staples 107.656-107.663 MN 210 West end of MN 210 concurrency
Morrison Motley 114.798 184.749 MN 210 East end of MN 210 concurrency
Randall 135.668 218.336 MN 115
Green Prairie Township 143.277-143.467 Mississippi River
Little Falls 144.710-144.731 MN 371
145.917 234.831 MN 27
Benton Sartell 173.083-173.289 MN 15
St. Cloud 178.015 286.487 MN 23
Sherburne St. Cloud 180.158 289.936 MN 301
Clear Lake 188.794 303.834 MN 24
Becker 194.209 312.549 MN 25 West end of MN 25 concurrency
Big Lake 203.712 327.843 MN 25 East end of MN 25 concurrency
Elk River 214.325 344.923 US 169 north, MN 101 south West end of US 169 concurrency
Anoka Ramsey 219.843 353.803 MN 47 north
Anoka 224.807 361.792 US 169 south
MN 47 north
East end of US 169 concurrency
West end of MN 47 concurrency
Coon Rapids 232.415 374.036 MN 47 East end of MN 47 concurrency
Blaine 233.088-233.268 MN 610
234.352 377.153 MN 65
Ramsey Mounds View 237.035 381.471 I-35W North end of I-35W concurrency
Arden Hills 238.393 383.656 I-35W, County 10 (old US 10) South end of I-35W concurrency
240.433 386.939 I-694 West end of I-694 concurrency
Little Canada 275.460 443.310 I-694 / I-35E East end of I-694 concurrency
North end of I-35E concurrency
St. Paul 281.377 452.832 I-35E / I-94 South end of I-35E concurrency
West end of I-94 concurrency
283.321 455.961 I-94 / US 61 East end of I-94 concurrency
North end of US 61 concurrency
Washington Denmark Township 299.761 482.419 US 61 South end of US 61 concurrency
St. Croix River 302.802 487.313 Point Douglas Drawbridge
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ 161.114, Minnesota Statutes 2006
  4. ^ 161.115, Minnesota Statutes 2006
  5. ^ a b c d e Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 25, 2010. [unreliable source]
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