U.S. Route 63 in Minnesota
U.S. 63 highlighted in red
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||91.881 mi (147.868 km)|
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|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|
|Counties:||Fillmore, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha, Goodhue|
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.
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.
U.S. 63 was extended into Minnesota in 1934. 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. 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.
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. 
|Parts of this article (those related to Distances) are outdated. (May 2014)|
|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–
|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|
|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
The Minnesota Department of Transportation also has plans to turn Highway 63 into an controlled-access freeway between U.S. 52 and Interstate 90.
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 6" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- Minnesota State Legislature (2010). "§ 161.114, Constitutional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- "161.115, Additional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved February 6, 2011.
- 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.
- 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.
- City to take back Broadway in swap with state - Post-Bulletin http://postbulletin.com/news/stories/display.php?id=1493905
|U.S. Route 63|