U.S. Route 63 in Minnesota

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 63 in Minnesota. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 63.

U.S. Highway 63 marker

U.S. Highway 63
U.S. 63 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 91.881 mi[1] (147.868 km)
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 63 at the Iowa state line
  I-90 near Stewartville
US 52 in Rochester
US 14 in Rochester
US 61 in Lake City and Red Wing
North end: US 63 at the Mississippi River
Location
Counties: Fillmore, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha, Goodhue
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 62 MN 64

U.S. Route 63 (US 63) is a highway in southeastern Minnesota that runs from the Minnesota-Iowa border south of Spring Valley to the Mississippi River at Red Wing. It connects the cities of Spring Valley, Stewartville, Rochester, and Lake City.

The route in Minnesota is 92 miles (148 km)[dubious ] in length.

Route description[edit]

U.S. 63 enters the state in Fillmore County, just north of Chester, Iowa. It travels north to Spring Valley where it becomes concurrent with State Highway 16, following it west for five miles entering Mower County. It continues north through Racine, then into Stewartville, after passing into Olmsted County, where it becomes a divided highway. Immediately after Stewartville, it intersects Interstate 90, near Rochester International Airport. The highway then enters Rochester 1 mile after the I-90 junction, where it is an expressway south of U.S. 52 (slowly becoming a freeway). It then follows U.S. 52 west of downtown Rochester to 75th Street NW, where it departs from U.S. 52. It follows 75th Street eastward to Olmsted County 33, where it continues north from a roundabout.

It continues north through Olmsted and Wabasha counties. It meets U.S. Highway 61 at Lake City and overlaps it into the city of Red Wing. U.S. 63 turns southeast on State Highway 58 for one block and then turns northeast on 3rd Street. It then curves back northwest to cross over 61, and then reaches the Red Wing Bridge where it crosses the Mississippi River and enters the state of Wisconsin.

Nearly all of the route is legally defined as Constitutional Route 59 in the Minnesota Statutes,[2] except for the part between Red Wing and the Mississippi River, which is Legislative Route 161.[3]

History[edit]

U.S. 63 was extended into Minnesota in 1934.[4][5] The route had previously been marked the year before as U.S. 59, except for the segment running from U.S. 61 to the river crossing, which had been State Highway 58.[4] U.S. 63 was an original 1926 U.S. Route and terminated in Des Moines, Iowa until it was extended north. The U.S. 59 designation was simultaneously re-assigned to a new highway running from Laredo, Texas to Pembina, North Dakota.

The route was paved when it was marked.[5]

In the spring of 2014, it was rerouted to follow U.S. Highway 52 west of downtown Rochester. This makes the route longer, but reduces transit time due to higher speed limits and fewer traffic lights. The segment of the old route 63 between 37th Street NE and 75th Street NE was turned over to Olmsted County, and renamed County route 33. Plans for the change were announced in April, 2012. [6]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Howard Chester US 63 south Continuation into Iowa
  0.000 0.000 Iowa–Minnesota state line
Fillmore Beaver Township 0.503 0.810 MN 56
Spring Valley 13.569 21.837 MN 16 East end of MN 16 overlap
Mower Frankford Township 18.601 29.935 MN 16 West end of MN 16 overlap
Olmsted Stewartville 28.714 46.211 MN 30 (1st Street E.) South end of MN 30 overlap
High Forest Township 30.702–
30.954
49.410–
49.816
I-90 Interchange
31.206 50.221 MN 30 North end of MN 30 overlap
Rochester 35.514 57.154 48th Street SW/SE Interchange
36.213 58.279 40th Street SW/SE Interchange
37.144–
37.543
59.777–
60.420
US 52 Interchange
39.549 63.648 US 14 (12th Street SW/SE)
Farmington Township 51.225 82.439 MN 247
Wabasha Zumbro Falls 59.914 96.422 MN 60 (Main Street)
Lake City 74.864 120.482 US 61 (Lake Shore Drive) South end of US 61 overlap
Goodhue Red Wing 91.136 146.669 US 61 (Main Street)
MN 58 (Plum Street)
North end of US 61 overlap
North end of MN 58 overlap
91.208 146.785 MN 58 South end of MN 58 overlap
Mississippi River 91.632 147.467 Red Wing Bridge (Minnesota–Wisconsin state line)
Pierce Hager City US 63 north Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Future[edit]

The Minnesota Department of Transportation also has plans to turn Highway 63 into an controlled-access freeway between U.S. 52 and Interstate 90.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 6" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Minnesota State Legislature (2010). "§ 161.114, Constitutional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "161.115, Additional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Minnesota Highway Department (May 1, 1934). 1934 Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Section O20-O23. http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mdt&CISOPTR=210&DMSCALE=25&DMWIDTH=800&DMHEIGHT=800&DMX=858&DMY=2088&DMMODE=viewer&DMTEXT=&REC=15&DMTHUMB=1&DMROTATE=0. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Minnesota Highway Department (May 1, 1934). 1935 Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Section O20-O23. http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mdt&CISOPTR=211&CISOBOX=1&REC=16. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
  6. ^ City to take back Broadway in swap with state - Post-Bulletin http://postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1493905

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


U.S. Route 63
Previous state:
Iowa
Minnesota Next state:
Wisconsin