U.S. Route 61 in Minnesota

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For the route located in northeast Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior numbered 61, see Minnesota State Highway 61.
This article is about the section of U.S. Route 61 in Minnesota. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 61.

U.S. Highway 61 marker

U.S. Highway 61
U.S. 61 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 164.93 mi[2] (265.43 km)
Existed: November 26, 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 61 / US 14 / WIS 16 at La Crescent
 
North end: I-35 at Wyoming
Location
Counties: Houston, Winona, Wabasha, Goodhue, Dakota, Washington, Ramsey, Chisago
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 60 MN 61

U.S. Highway 61 (U.S. 61) is a highway in southeast and east-central Minnesota, which runs from the River Bridge over the Mississippi River at La Crescent and continues north to its northern terminus at its junction with Interstate 35 at the city of Wyoming.

U.S. 61 in Minnesota is 165 miles (266 km) in length. The route connects the cities of La Crescent, Winona, Wabasha, Lake City, Red Wing, Hastings, Cottage Grove, Saint Paul, Forest Lake, and Wyoming.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Highway 61 enters the state of Minnesota at the city of La Crescent on the River Bridge over the Mississippi River between the cities of La Crosse and La Crescent. U.S. 61 is concurrent with U.S. 14 and State Highway 16 as it enters the state.

The four-lane divided highway continues north through La Crescent. U.S. 61 follows the Mississippi River through southeast Minnesota; through the cities of Winona, Wabasha, Lake City, and Red Wing. Highway 61 is a two-lane roadway between Wabasha and Red Wing.

U.S. 61 crosses the Mississippi River at Hastings over the Hastings High Bridge and joins U.S. 10 at Cottage Grove. U.S. 61 and U.S. 10 are concurrent as a freeway between Cottage Grove and the city of Saint Paul.

Within the city of Saint Paul, U.S. 61 follows Interstate 94 for a short distance, and then follows Mounds Boulevard, East 7th Street, and Arcade Street through the East Side of St. Paul.

U.S. 61 then proceeds north to Maplewood, where it becomes a four-lane highway named "Maplewood Drive" to White Bear Lake. Between Interstate 694 and the central business district of White Bear Lake, the road serves one of the Twin Cities region's major car dealership areas. After leaving White Bear Lake, U.S. 61 is a two-lane roadway again to Forest Lake and then to its northern terminus at the city of Wyoming.

Highway 61 closely parallels Interstate 35E and Interstate 35 from Saint Paul to Wyoming.

120 miles (190 km) of U.S. 61 from La Crescent to Cottage Grove in southeast Minnesota is officially designated the Disabled American Veterans Highway.

Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 61 is defined as unmarked legislative routes 3, 104, 102 and 1 in the Minnesota Statutes. U.S. 61 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway.

History[edit]

Highway 61 in Minnesota is an original U.S. Route, established on November 26, 1926.[1]

In 1929, the only unpaved portions were from Hastings to Wabasha and from Winona to the state line. It was completely paved by 1940.[3]

The expressway sections south of Wabasha were built in the 1960s and the 1970s. The four lane divided highway section between Red Wing and State Highway 316 near Miesville was completed in 1997. The freeway section of U.S. 61 between Cottage Grove and I-494 at Newport was completed in 2007.[3]

Notes[edit]

The U.S. 61 Hastings High Bridge received considerable attention from increased bridge inspections in 2008 following the August 1, 2007 I-35W Bridge collapse in nearby Minneapolis. The Hastings High Bridge, a steel arch structure built in 1951, is structurally deficient and shows considerable deterioration. It is also a notorious traffic bottleneck because it has only one lane each way and dumps southbound U.S. 61 traffic into downtown Hastings. Starting in October 2010 the Hastings bridge will be replaced, with the projected completion in 2013.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
Houston La Crescent 0.000 0.000
US 14 east / US 61 south / WIS 16 east / I-90 Alt. east – La Crosse
Wisconsin state line (La Crosse West Channel Bridge over Mississippi River)
1.712 2.755 MN 16 west / Great River Road south / County 6 west – Hokah North end of MN 16 overlap; south end of Great River Road overlap
Winona Dresbach Township 4.074 6.556 I-90 east – La Crosse, Tomah, Madison North end of I-90 Alt. overlap; south end of I-90 overlap; US 61 south follows exit 276
Dresbach 6.636 10.680 Dresbach No northbound entrance; I-90 exit 273B&A (northbound) and 273B (southbound)
7.087 11.405 Dresbach Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-90 exit 273A
Dakota 8.736 14.059 I-90 west – Albert Lea North end of I-90 overlap; US 61 north follows exit 270
8.925 14.363 County 12 / County 101 – Dakota Interchange; I-90 exit 271 (northbound)
Winona 25.688 41.341 MN 43 – Rushford, Wisconsin, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
29.522 47.511 US 14 west / Pelzer Street – Rochester, St. Marys University North end of US 14 overlap
Rollingstone Township 46.118 74.220 MN 248 west – Rollingstone, Altura, Minnesota City
Wabasha Weaver 46.740 75.221 MN 74 south – Whitewater State Park
Greenfield Township 53.979 86.871 MN 42 south – Plainview
Wabasha 60.172 96.837 MN 60 to Great River Road wisconsin – Zumbro Falls, Wabasha, Wisconsin, National Eagle Center
Lake City 74.005 119.100 US 63 south (Lyon Avenue) South end of US 63 overlap
Goodhue Red Wing 88.957–
89.424
143.162–
143.914
MN 292 Both ends of MN 292 loop
91.047 146.526 US 63 north / MN 58 south (Plum Street) – Minnesota State College Southeast Technical North end of US 63 overlap
96.561 155.400 MN 19 west – Cannon Falls
Welch Township 104.480 168.144 MN 316 north / Great River Road north North end of Great River Road overlap
Dakota Douglas Township 107.588 173.146 MN 50 west to MN 20 – Hampton, Cannon Falls
Hastings 115.706 186.211 MN 316 south / Great River Road south South end of Great River Road overlap
116.310 187.183 MN 291 east
116.848 188.049 MN 55 west
117.407 188.948
Great River Road (National Route) north / 2nd Street
Interchange; south end of Great River Road (National Route) overlap (US 61 south of here is an alternate route of the Great River Road)
Mississippi River 117.458–
117.810
189.030–
189.597
Hastings Bridge
Washington Denmark Township 119.120 191.705
US 10 east / Great River Road (National Route) south / I-94 Alt. east – Prescott
North end of Great River Road overlap; south end of I-94 Alt. / US 10 overlap
Cottage Grove 119.966 193.067 MN 95 north (Manning Avenue) – Stillwater
122.826–
123.270
197.669–
198.384
County 19 (Innovation Road) Interchange; south end of freeway
124.050–
124.579
199.639–
200.490
Jamaica Avenue Interchange
125.952 202.700 Grange Boulevard / 80th Street Interchange
St. Paul Park 127.730–
128.236
205.562–
206.376
County 22 (70th Street) / Summit Avenue Interchange
Newport 129.183–
129.700
207.900–
208.732
Glen Road Interchange
130.053–
130.450
209.300–
209.939

I-494 / Great River Road (National Route) south
Interchange; I-494 exits 63A&B; south end of Great River Road overlap
Ramsey St. Paul 130.665 210.285 Maxwell Avenue / Bailey Road Interchange; north end of freeway
134.956 217.191
Great River Road (National Route) north (Warner Road / County 36)
north end of Great River Road overlap
135.550 218.147 I-94 east (US 12) / East 3rd Street North end of I-94 Alt. overlap; south end of I-94 / US 12 overlap; US 61 south follows exit 244; no access from US 61 south to 3rd Street or 3rd Street to US 61 north
136.685 219.973 I-94 west / US 10 west (US 12) / Kellogg Boulevard / Mounds Boulevard North end of I-94 / US 10 / US 12 overlap; US 61 north follows exit 243
137.424 221.162 MN 5 west (7th Street) South end of MN 5 overlap
138.014 222.112 MN 5 east (East 7th Street) North end of MN 5 overlap
Maplewood 141.464–
141.754
227.664–
228.131
MN 36 – Stillwater Interchange
Vadnais Heights 143.461–
143.586
230.878–
231.079
I-694 Interchange; I-694 exit 48
Vadnais Heights
Gem Lake
144.467 232.497 County 15 (County E) Former MN 244 north
White Bear Lake 146.726 236.133 County 96 west Former MN 96 west
147.822 237.896 MN 96 east – Stillwater
Washington Forest Lake 159.295 256.360 MN 97 west to I-35 – Lino Lakes, Twin Cities South end of MN 97 overlap
159.615 256.875 MN 97 east North end of MN 97 overlap
161.567–
161.705
260.017–
260.239
US 8 to I-35 south – Taylors Falls Interchange
Chisago Wyoming 164.858 265.313 County 22 (Wyoming Trail) Former MN 98 east; south end of CR 22 overlap
165.111 265.720 County 30 north (Forest Boulevard) Former US 61 north
165.487 266.326 I-35 / County 22 west – St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth Interchange; north end of CR 22 overlap; I-35 exit 135
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

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 October 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51-75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 24, 2010. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ "Hastings Bridge Project Home". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010. 


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