U.S. Route 12 in Minnesota
U.S. 12 highlighted in red
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||192.798 mi (310.278 km)|
|Existed:||November 11, 1926 – present|
|West end:||U.S. 12 at the Minnesota — South Dakota state line|
| U.S. 75 / MN 7 at Ortonville
MN 9 / MN 29 at Benson
U.S. 71 / MN 23 at Willmar
MN 22 / MN 24 at Litchfield
MN 15 at Dassel
MN 25 at Montrose
I-394 / I-494 at Minnetonka
I-94 / I-35W at Minneapolis
I-494 / I-694 at Woodbury
MN 95 at Lakeland
|East end:|| I-94/U.S. 12 at the St. Croix River,
the Minnesota — Wisconsin state line
|Counties:||Big Stone, Swift, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Wright, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington|
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.
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 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.
U.S. Highway 12 was established on November 11, 1926.
The entire route was paved by 1940.
|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|
|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
|North end of MN 29 concurrency
West end of MN 9 concurrency
|42.930||69.089||MN 9||East end of MN 9 concurrency|
|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|
|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
- 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.
- "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
- Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 27, 2010.[unreliable source]
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