Interstate 90 in Minnesota

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Interstate 90 marker

Interstate 90
Interstate 90 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 275.70 mi[1] (443.70 km)
Major junctions
West end: I-90 at the South Dakota state line
  MN 23 near Beaver Creek
US 75 at Luverne
US 59 / MN 60 at Worthington
US 71 at Jackson
US 169 at Blue Earth
I-35 near Albert Lea
US 218 at Austin
US 63 at Stewartville
US 52 near Rochester
US 14 / US 61 near La Crescent
East end: I-90 at the Wisconsin state line
Location
Counties: Rock, Nobles, Jackson, Martin, Faribault, Freeborn, Mower, Olmsted, Winona
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 89 MN 91

In the U.S. state of Minnesota, Interstate 90 traverses the southern side of the state, parallel to the Minnesota-Iowa state line. The route connects the cities of Rochester, Worthington, Albert Lea, and Austin. The city of Winona is also in close proximity to I-90, with about 10 miles away separating the interstate and the city.

Interstate 90 in Minnesota is 276 miles (444 km) in length. The route crosses the far southern parts of the state.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 90 enters the state from South Dakota near Beaver Creek. This part of Minnesota has flat to gently rolling terrain and is the beginnings of corn belt farmland. The flat terrain is often subject to blowing and drifting snow in colder months, and the western portions of the highway are closed multiple times each winter.

Rock County, where I-90 enters Minnesota, is one of the only counties in the state lacking a natural lake. The change from semi-arid to a wetter climate happens slowly moving eastbound on I-90 through southern Minnesota. The route passes through the cities of Luverne, Adrian, Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont, and Blue Earth. I-90 has a junction with I-35 at Albert Lea.

East of the city of Austin, I-90 changes direction slightly and heads towards Rochester, and the route enters a much more hilly landscape. This is the driftless area of southeast Minnesota. Unlike the rest of the state, where the most recent glaciations left terrain that is either flat or rolling under a deposit of glacial till, this area escaped the most recent glaciation. The bedrock to the top of the I-90 road cuts is noticeable at this point. The other notable feature of this area are deep, steep valleys cut by water that poured through this area as the ice cap melted.

The I-90 Bridge between La Crosse, Wisconsin and Dresbach, Minnesota

I-90 drops into the scenic Mississippi River valley just west of Dresbach. The I-90 freeway lanes split apart as you drop down, then rejoin west of the junction with U.S. Highway 61. I-90 then parallels the Mississippi River before turning east and crossing into Wisconsin.

I-90 is atypical in that just across the Minnesota / Wisconsin state line, (immediately west of the community of Dakota) the median is wide enough that farms exist between the road beds.[2]

Legally, the Minnesota section of Interstate 90 is defined as unmarked Legislative Route 391 in the Minnesota Statutes. Interstate 90 is not marked with this legislative number along the actual highway.

History[edit]

Golden Spike Rest Area near the I-90 midpoint

Interstate 90 in Minnesota was authorized as part of the original interstate network in 1956. The first section of I-90 in Minnesota constructed was the bypass of Austin in 1961.[3] The wayside rest area near Blue Earth, Minnesota, is where the east-building I-90 and west-building I-90 teams linked up in 1978, thus completing construction in Minnesota and joining the 3,099.07 miles of the interstate.[4] Plaques dedicating the pavement completion and describing the significance of this segment are on display at the rest area.[5]

I-90 in Minnesota closely follows the route of old U.S. Highway 16 over most of its route except from just east of Austin, where I-90 turns toward Rochester and is constructed on a new alignment not previously covered by a highway. The section of I-90 east of Rochester was constructed just south of U.S. Highway 14 and south of the city of Winona.

I-90 served as a replacement for old U.S. 16 between the South Dakota state line and I-90's interchange with present-day State Highway 16 at Dexter.

Future[edit]

A replacement of the I-90 Mississippi River Bridge near La Crescent is under construction. The new bridge is expected to be completed by November 2016.

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi[6] km Exit Destinations Notes
Rock 0.000 0.000 I-90 west – Sioux Falls Continuation into South Dakota
1.057 1.701 1 MN 23 / CSAH 17 – Jasper, Pipestone Also leads to Manley one mile (1.6 km) to the south
Beaver Creek 3.895 6.268 3 CSAH 4 – Beaver Creek Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
5.074 8.166 5 CSAH 6 – Beaver Creek, Hills
Luverne 12.479 20.083 12 US 75 – Luverne, Rock Rapids Also access to Pipestone
Magnolia 18.483 29.746 18 CSAH 3 – Magnolia, Kanaranzi
Nobles Adrian 26.620 42.841 26 MN 91 – Adrian, Lake Wilson
Rushmore 33.707 54.246 33 CSAH 13 – Rushmore, Wilmont
Worthington 42.255 68.003 42 I-90 Bus. east / CSAH 25 – Worthington, Wilmont
43.739 70.391 43 US 59 – Worthington, Slayton
45.148 72.659 45 I-90 Bus. west / MN 60 – Worthington, Windom Also access to Mankato, Sioux City, Twin Cities
47.796 76.920 47 CSAH 53 Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
NoblesJackson
county line
50.738 81.655 50 MN 264 / CSAH 1 – Brewster, Round Lake
Jackson 57.728 92.904 57 CSAH 9 – Heron Lake, Okabena
64.767 104.232 64 MN 86 – Lakefield, Spirit Lake
Jackson 73.813 118.791 73 US 71 – Jackson, Windom, Spirit Lake
Alpha 80.083 128.881 80 CSAH 29 – Alpha
Martin Sherburn 87.309 140.510 87 MN 4 – Sherburn, St. James, Trimont, Estherville
Welcome 93.675 150.755 93 MN 263 / CSAH 27 – Welcome, Ceylon
Fairmont 99.807 160.624 99 I-90 Bus. east / CSAH 39 – Fairmont
102.053 164.238 102 I-90 Bus. west / MN 15 – Fairmont, Madelia, Truman, Armstrong Also access to Mankato, Twin Cities
Granada 107.202 172.525 107 CSAH 53 – Granada, East Chain Road from exit into Granada was formerly MN 262
Faribault Guckeen 113.272 182.294 113 CSAH 1 – Guckeen, Huntley
Blue Earth 119.909 192.975 119 US 169 – Blue Earth, Mankato, Winnebago, Elmore
128.538 206.862 128 MN 254 south / CSAH 17 – Easton, Frost
134.546 216.531 134 MN 253 south / CSAH 21 – Minnesota Lake, Bricelyn
138.630 223.103 138 MN 22 – Wells, Kiester
Freeborn Alden 146.292 235.434 146 MN 109 / CSAH 6 – Alden, Mankato
Albert Lea 154.739 249.028 154 MN 13 – Albert Lea, Waseca
157.826 253.996 157 CSAH 22 – Albert Lea
159.740 257.077 159 I-35 – Albert Lea, Des Moines, Minneapolis, St. Paul Signed as exits 159A (south) and 159B (north); I-35 exits 13A-B
Hayward 163.705 263.458 163 CSAH 26 – Hayward
Oakland 166.321 267.668 166 CSAH 46 (Oakland Road) – Petran, Oakland
Mower Austin 175.488 282.421 175 I-90 Bus. east / MN 105 / CSAH 46 / Oakland Avenue – Austin
177.188 285.156 177 US 218 north / 14th Street NW – Austin, Owatonna West end of US 218 overlap
177.872 286.257 178A 4th Street NW – Austin
178.506 287.278 178B 6th Street NE – Austin
179.148 288.311 179 11th Drive NE – Austin
179.741 289.265 180A I-90 Bus. west / Oakland Place – Austin Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
180.024 289.721 180B US 218 south / 21st Street Northeast – Austin East end of US 218 overlap
180.500 290.487 181 28th Street NE – Austin
183.562 295.414 183 MN 56 – Brownsdale, Rose Creek
187.338 301.491 187 CSAH 20
189.584 305.106 189 CSAH 13 – Elkton
Dexter 193.048 310.681 193 MN 16 – Dexter, Grand Meadow, Spring Valley, Preston
Olmsted 205.054 330.002 205 CSAH 6
Stewartville 209.270 336.787 209 US 63 / MN 30 – Stewartville, Rochester Signed as exits 209A (south/east) and 209B (north/west)
Rochester 217.620 350.225 218 US 52 – Chatfield, Rochester Also access to Twin Cities
Eyota 223.606 359.859 224 MN 42 north / CSAH 7 – Eyota
Dover 228.572 367.851 229 CSAH 10 – Dover
Winona St. Charles 232.291 373.836 233 MN 74 – St. Charles, Chatfield
242.061 389.559 242 CSAH 29 – Lewiston
249.103 400.892 249 MN 43 south – Rushford West end of MN 43 overlap
Winona 252.059 405.650 252 MN 43 north – Winona East end of MN 43 overlap
257.692 414.715 257 MN 76 south – Houston
Nodine 266.017 428.113 267 CSAH 12 – Nodine
270.288 434.986 270 US 14 west / US 61 north – Winona Westbound access to US 14 west/US 61 north; west end of US 14 / US 61 overlap; no eastbound exit (use exit 271)
Dakota 271.232 436.506 271 To US 14 west / US 61 north – Dakota Eastbound access to US 14 west/US 61 north; no westbound entrance (that is at exit 270)
Dresbach 272.663–
272.681
438.809–
438.838
273B&A Dresbach Signed as 273A (first exit) and 273B (second exit) eastbound
La Crescent 275.243 442.961 276 US 14 east / US 61 south – La Crescent, La Crosse East end of US 14 / US 61 overlap
Mississippi River 275.701 443.698 I-90 Mississippi River Bridge
La Crosse I-90 east – Tomah Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata

*Steve Riner Details of Routes 76 to 100. Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed January 12, 2009.

  1. ^ "Route Log- Main Routes of the Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways - Table 1". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Google (June 8, 2009). "Interstate 90 in Minnesota" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Construction Project Log Record" (pdf). Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  4. ^ "MINNESOTA HIGHWAYS" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ A Golden Dedication for I-90 (Minnesota Historical Marker). Minnesota Historical Society; Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Minnesota Department of Transportation (August 14, 2014). "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-07-05. 


Interstate 90
Previous state:
South Dakota
Minnesota Next state:
Wisconsin