U.S. Route 12 in Minnesota

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 12 in Minnesota. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 12.

U.S. Highway 12 marker

U.S. Highway 12
U.S. 12 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 192.798 mi[2] (310.278 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 12.svg U.S. 12 at the Minnesota — South Dakota state line
  US 75.svgMN-7.svg U.S. 75 / MN 7 at Ortonville
MN-9.svgMN-29.svg MN 9 / MN 29 at Benson
US 71.svgMN-23.svg U.S. 71 / MN 23 at Willmar
MN-22.svgMN-24.svg MN 22 / MN 24 at Litchfield
MN-15.svg MN 15 at Dassel
MN-25.svg MN 25 at Montrose
I-394.svgI-494.svg I-394 / I-494 at Minnetonka
I-94.svgI-35W.svg I-94 / I-35W at Minneapolis
I-494.svgI-694.svg I-494 / I-694 at Woodbury
MN-95.svg MN 95 at Lakeland
East end: I-94.svgUS 12.svg I-94/U.S. 12 at the St. Croix River,
the Minnesota — Wisconsin state line
Location
Counties: Big Stone, Swift, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Wright, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 11 MN 13

U.S. Route 12 is a highway in west-central and east-central Minnesota, which runs from the South Dakota state line at Ortonville near Big Stone Lake and continues east to the St. Croix River at the Wisconsin state line. U.S. 12 in Minnesota is 192 miles (309 km) in length. The route connects the cities of Ortonville, Benson, Willmar, Litchfield, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul.

Route description[edit]

From the South Dakota / Minnesota state line at Ortonville, to Orono in the Twin Cities area, U.S. 12 is mostly a rural two-lane highway with a 55 MPH posted speed limit, with slower speed limits through towns and a four-lane surface arterial segment through the city of Willmar.

From Orono to Wayzata, U.S. 12 is a two-lane freeway/super-2 bypass around Long Lake.

From western Wayzata to Interstate 394 in Minnetonka, U.S. 12 is a six-lane freeway. East of Interstate 494, U.S. 12 is invisibly concurrent with Interstates 394 and 94 through Minneapolis and Saint Paul to the Minnesota / Wisconsin state line at Hudson.

U.S. 12 is invisibly concurrent with Interstate 94 in Ramsey and Washington counties.

Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 12 is defined as unmarked Constitutional / Legislative Routes 149, 26, and 10 in Minnesota Statutes §§ 161.115(80) and 161.114(2). U.S. 12 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway.

History[edit]

U.S. Highway 12 was established on November 11, 1926.[1]

In 1929, the only sections paved were between Litchfield and Willmar; and between Wayzata through the Twin Cities to Wisconsin.[3]

The entire route was paved by 1940.[3]

From 2006 to 2008, the Highway 12 two-lane freeway bypass was constructed through Orono and Long Lake. The new bypass ties into the existing Highway 12 freeway at the western edge of Wayzata.


Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
South Dakota-Minnesota state line 0.000 US 12
Big Stone Ortonville 0.821 1.321 MN 7 North end of MN 7 concurrency
0.950 1.529 MN 7 South end of MN 7 concurrency
1.350 2.173 US 75
Swift Shible Township 21.097 33.952 MN 119
Moyer Township 27.088 43.594 US 59
Benson 42.633 68.611 MN 29 South end of MN 29 concurrency
42.860 68.976 MN 29
MN 9
North end of MN 29 concurrency
West end of MN 9 concurrency
42.930 69.089 MN 9 East end of MN 9 concurrency
Kandiyohi Willmar 72.618 116.867 MN 40
Kandiyohi Township 75.696–
75.793
121.821–
121.977
US 71 / MN 23 Interchange
Meeker Grove City 91.650 147.496 MN 4 West end of MN 4 concurrency
Swede Grove Township 92.261 148.480 MN 4 East end of MN 4 concurrency
Litchfield Township 98.757 158.934 MN 22 North end of MN 22 concurrency
99.945 160.846 MN 24
Litchfield 100.777 162.185 MN 22 South end of MN 22 concurrency
Dassel Township 111.360 179.217 MN 15
Wright Montrose 132.095 212.586 MN 25 West end of MN 25 concurrency
Franklin Township 134.152 215.897 MN 25 East end of MN 25 concurrency
Hennepin Wayzata 180.158 289.936 County 101
(old MN 101)
Minnetonka 157.014 252.690 I-494, I-394 West end of I-394 concurrency, exit 1A
Minneapolis 165.654 266.594 I-94 East end of I-394 concurrency,
West end of I-94 concurrency
Unmarked concurrency with I-94 to Wisconsin state line
St. Croix River 192.997 310.599 Interstate Bridge, I-94 / US 12 at the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line
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. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 27, 2010. [unreliable source]


U.S. Route 12
Previous state:
South Dakota
Minnesota Next state:
Wisconsin