Legislative route (Minnesota)

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In the U.S. state of Minnesota, a legislative route is a highway number defined by the Minnesota State Legislature. The routes from 1 to 70 are constitutional routes, defined as part of the Babcock Amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution, passed November 2, 1920. All of them were listed in the constitution until a 1974 rewrite. Though they are now listed separately in §161.114 of the Minnesota Statutes, the definitions are legally considered to be part of the constitution, and cannot be altered or removed without an amendment. Legislative routes with numbers greater than 70 can be added or deleted by the legislature.

Until 1933 Constitutional Routes corresponded exactly to the number marked on the highways, but this is no longer necessarily the case. In fact it's common for CR highways to be composed of several different trunk highways. When the U.S. Highway system was created in 1926, many of these roads were made up of one or more U.S. highways. Today, they now use a mix of Minnesota state highways, U.S. highways, and Interstate highways.

Constitutional Route 1 is currently one of the most complex routes, composed of:

However, the route can be considered to be superseded along almost its entire length by Interstate 35 (and I-35E) and Minnesota State Highway 61. By contrast, Constitutional Route 58 still has the same marked number and extent that it did in 1920.

There is some ambiguity in how literally the Minnesota Department of Transportation must interpret the constitutional routes. In some cases, the routes no longer directly serve communities they were once designated for, but are routed along nearby highways instead.

List of routes[edit]

Constitutional Routes 1–70[edit]

Legislative Routes 71–140[edit]

Legislative Routes 141–210[edit]

Legislative Routes 211–280[edit]

  • Legislative Route 211: Beginning at a point on (Minnesota)|Legislative Route 64 at or near Barnesville, thence extending in a southwesterly direction to a point on (Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 at or near Breckenridge.
  • Legislative Route 212: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 at or near Robbinsdale, thence extending in a northeasterly and easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 62 easterly of New Brighton, affording necessary and reasonable means of communication to industrial areas engaged in the manufacture of essential war materials, and bringing into the Trunk Highway System an important route a portion of which has been heretofore improved with federal aid, and all which has been approved for surveys and plans with federal funds by the Public Roads Administration.
  • Legislative Route 213: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 185 in Duluth, thence extending in an easterly direction to a point on the line between the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Legislative Route 214: Beginning at a point on Constitutional *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3, now known as Trunk Highway 61 in the city of Wabasha, Minnesota, thence northerly to a point on the line between the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Legislative Route 215: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 1, at or near Carlton; thence extending in an easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 185.
  • Legislative Route 216: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 35, at or near Hibbing; thence extending in an easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11 southerly of Eveleth.
  • Legislative Route 217: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 159, at or near Littlefork; thence extending in an easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11.
  • Legislative Route 218: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11, westerly of Roseau; thence extending in a westerly direction thence in a general northerly direction to reach the international boundary near Pinecreek.
  • Legislative Route 219: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 170 easterly of Thief River Falls; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 136 westerly of Grygla.
  • Legislative Route 220: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 175 at or near Climax; thence extending in a general northwesterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 8 at or near East Grand Forks; thence continuing in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 173 westerly of Warren; thence continuing in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 172 westerly of Donaldson.
  • Legislative Route 221: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 166 in Ely; thence extending in a general northeasterly direction to a point north of the center of Section 20, Township 63 North, Range 11 West.
  • Legislative Route 222: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Oklee; thence extending in a general southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 65.
  • Legislative Route 223: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Leonard; thence extending in a westerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 65.
  • Legislative Route 224: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 225: Beginning at a point in Section 5, Township 140 North, Range 37 West; thence extending in a general southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 34.
  • Legislative Route 226: Beginning at a point in Section 10, Township 140 North, Range 34 West; thence extending in a general southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 34.
  • Legislative Route 227: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 228: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 229: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 64 southerly of Barnesville; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 30, at or near Pelican Rapids.
  • Legislative Route 230: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 6, at or near Moorhead; thence extending in a general westerly direction to a point on the boundary between the states of Minnesota and North Dakota.
  • Legislative Route 231: Discontinued and removed
  • Legislative Route 232: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 233: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 234: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 138 westerly of Laporte; thence extending in a general southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 34, at or near Akeley.
  • Legislative Route 235: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 236: Discontinued and removed
  • Legislative Route 237: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to New Munich; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3.
  • Legislative Route 238: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 westerly of Albany; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point at or near Upsala; thence continuing in a northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 28 westerly of Little Falls.
  • Legislative Route 239: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 27, at or near Sauk Rapids; thence extending in a general southwesterly direction crossing the Mississippi River; thence continuing in a general southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 at or near St. Cloud.
  • Legislative Route 240: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 69, at or near Annandale; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3.
  • Legislative Route 241: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to St. Michael; then extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 392.
  • Legislative Route 242: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 243: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 95 southerly of *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 46; thence extending in a general southeasterly direction to a point on the boundary between the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Legislative Route 244: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 1 southerly of White Bear Lake; thence extending in a general easterly and northerly direction to a point at or near Mahtomedi; thence continuing in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 96.

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  • Legislative Route 245: Beginning at a point at or near the junction of *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 and *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 20; thence extending in a general westerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 50.
  • Legislative Route 246: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Nerstrand; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point westerly of Dennison; thence continuing in a general northwesterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 1 at or near Northfield.
  • Legislative Route 247: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 59 southerly of Zumbro Falls; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 42 at or near Plainview.
  • Legislative Route 248: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Altura; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point in or adjacent to Rollingstone; thence continuing in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3.
  • Legislative Route 249: Discontinued and removed
  • Legislative Route 250: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 9, at or near Lanesboro; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 77.
  • Legislative Route 251: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 1, at or near Clarks Grove; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 40.
  • Legislative Route 252: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 9 westerly of Austin; thence extending northeasterly to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 40 northerly of the south line of Section 34, Township 103 North, Range 18 West, Mower County, Minnesota; thence extending southeasterly to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 9 in or near Austin; thence extending easterly along *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 9 to a point in or near Austin and thence southerly and westerly to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 40 in or near Austin.
  • Legislative Route 253: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Bricelyn, thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 391.
  • Legislative Route 254: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 391 easterly of Blue Earth, thence extending in a general southerly direction to a point in or adjacent to Frost.
  • Legislative Route 255: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 5, at or near Winnebago; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 39, at or near Wells.
  • Legislative Route 256: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 257: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Hanska; thence extending in an easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 15.
  • Legislative Route 258: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 259: Beginning at a point on Statutory *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 100, at or near Henderson; thence extending in a general southeasterly direction to a point at or near Le Sueur.
  • Legislative Route 260: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 5 southwesterly of Shakopee, thence extending in a northerly direction to a point on proposed *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 12, thence extending in a northeasterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 5 at or near Edina.
  • Legislative Route 261: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 262: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 263: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Ceylon; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 391 westerly of Fairmont.
  • Legislative Route 264: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Round Lake; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 391 easterly of Worthington.
  • Legislative Route 265: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 85 northeasterly of Bigelow; thence extending in a southerly direction to a point on the boundary between the states of Minnesota and Iowa.
  • Legislative Route 266: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 267: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Iona; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 17, at or near Slayton.
  • Legislative Route 268: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 269: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 88, at or southerly of Jasper; thence extending in a westerly direction to a point on the boundary between the states of Minnesota and South Dakota.
  • Legislative Route 270: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Hills; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 6.
  • Legislative Route 271: Beginning at a point on the boundary between the states of Minnesota and South Dakota near the northwest corner of Section 30, Township 113 North, Range 46 West; thence extending in an easterly and southerly direction to a point in or adjacent to Hendricks; thence continuing in a southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 90.
  • Legislative Route 272: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 14 northerly of Milroy; thence extending in a southerly and easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 4 south of Redwood Falls; thence continuing in an easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 93, in or adjacent to Morgan.
  • Legislative Route 273: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 274: Beginning at a point in or adjacent to Wood Lake; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 67.
  • Legislative Route 275: Repealed
  • Legislative Route 276: Beginning at a point on the boundary line between the states of Minnesota and South Dakota westerly of Marietta, thence extending in an easterly direction to a point in or adjacent to Marietta, thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 6.
  • Legislative Route 277: Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 49 northerly of Maynard; thence extending in a northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 145.
  • Legislative Route 278: Discontinued and removed
  • Legislative Route 279: Cedar Avenue from Minneapolis to Apple Valley.

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Legislative Routes 281–350[edit]

Subd. 232.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 301.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3; thence extending in a general westerly direction to the main entrance of the Minnesota State Reformatory for Men.

Subd. 233.

[Repealed, 1Sp2003 c 22 s 3]

Subd. 234.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 303.

Discontinued and removed from T.H. system. See Laws 1973, Chapter 249.

Subd. 235.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 304.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 38 at or near Montevideo; thence extending in an easterly direction to connect with *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 49 easterly of Montevideo.

Subd. 236. *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 305.

[Repealed, 2001 c 213 s 29]

Subd. 237.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 306.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 35 at or near Gilbert; thence extending in a general northeasterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 35 at or near Biwabik.

Subd. 238.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 307.

Beginning at a point on Constitutional *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 8 at or near East Grand Forks; thence extending in a general westerly direction to a point on the boundary between the states of North Dakota and Minnesota.

Subd. 239.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 308.

Beginning at a point on Constitutional *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11 westerly of Fox; thence running in a general northerly direction to a point on Statutory *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 218 at or near Ross.

Subd. 240.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 309.

MS 2012 [Repealed, 2014 c 287 s 26]

Subd. 241.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 310.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11 at or near Roseau, thence extending in a northerly direction to a point on the boundary line between the State of Minnesota and the Province of Manitoba, Canada.

Subd. 242.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 311.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 289 at or near the entrance to the Moose Lake State Hospital, thence extending in an easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 390.

Subd. 243.

  • [[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 312. [Discontinued and removed]

Subd. 244.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 313.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11 at or near Warroad, thence extending in a northerly direction to a point on the boundary between the State of Minnesota and the Province of Manitoba, Canada.

Subd. 245.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 314.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 110 southerly of St. Francis, thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 5, thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 1 at or near Forest Lake, provided, however, that such route shall not be established, constructed or marked until receipt by the adjutant general of Minnesota of the authority from the proper federal agency to proceed with the acquisition of land for the construction of the proposed Bethel airport affording Bethel Airport a reasonable means of communication with other places within the state.

Subd. 246.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 315.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 158 in International Falls, thence extending in a general northerly direction to the boundary line between the State of Minnesota and the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Subd. 247.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 316.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 at or near Hastings, thence extending in a southeasterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 3 at or near Red Wing.

Subd. 248.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 317.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 220 westerly of Stephen in Marshall County, thence extending in a westerly direction to the boundary line between the state of Minnesota and the state of North Dakota.

Subd. 249.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 318.

Discontinued and removed from T.H. system. See Laws 1974, Chapter 151.

Subd. 250.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 319.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 6 in the city of Ortonville; thence in a general northwesterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 148 in Ortonville.

Subd. 251.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 320.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 116, easterly of Nerstrand; thence extending in a general westerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 246 in or adjacent to Nerstrand.

Subd. 252.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 321.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 22 in Eden Valley, thence extending in a general northerly direction, so as to run easterly of Horse Shoe Lake, to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 23 in Richmond.

Subd. 253.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 322.

[Repealed, 2001 c 213 s 29]

Subd. 254.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 323.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 298 at or near the intersection of *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 298 and Barron Road; thence extending westerly, southerly and northeasterly to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 298.

Subd. 255.Route 324A.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 6 in Hallock; thence extending in a general westerly direction following generally the location of present County State-Aid Highway 3 to a point on the boundary line between the state of Minnesota and the state of North Dakota.

Subd. 256.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 325.

Beginning at a point on Constitutional *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 11 in Baudette, thence extending in a northerly and northeasterly direction to the boundary line between the state of Minnesota and the Province of Ontario, Canada.

Subd. 257.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 326.

[Repealed, 1996 c 456 s 24]

Subd. 258.

  • [[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 327. [Discontinued and removed]

Subd. 259.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 328.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 6 in Hallock; thence extending in a general easterly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 174, northerly of Lake Bronson.

Subd. 260.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 329.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 144 in or near Morris; thence extending in an easterly direction into and through the grounds of the West Central School and Experiment Station of the University of Minnesota and terminating at the east boundary thereof.

Subd. 261.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 330.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 7 westerly of Lamberton; thence extending into and through the grounds of the Southwest Experiment Station of the University of Minnesota; thence back to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 7.

Subd. 262.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 331.

[Repealed, 1996 c 455 art 3 s 34]

Subd. 263.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 332.

MS 2010 [Repealed, 2011 c 34 s 1]

Subd. 265.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 334.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 116 at or near Inver Grove Heights; thence extending in a general northerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 102 at or near St. Paul.

Subd. 266.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 335.

MS 2008 [Repealed, 2008 c 350 art 1 s 89]

Subd. 267.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 336.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 2 at or near Dilworth; thence extending in a general southerly direction following generally the location of present County State-Aid Highway 11 to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 392.

Subd. 268.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 337.

From a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 2 in the city of Brainerd thence extending southwesterly to its intersection with new, marked Trunk Highway 371 as signed on May 30, 2001.

Subd. 269.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 338.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 7 easterly of Rochester and thence extending in a southerly direction to a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 391.

Subd. 270.*[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 339.

Beginning at a point on *[[(Minnesota)|Legislative Route 45, thence extending easterly to a point on the boundary line between the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Legislative Routes 351–396[edit]

Routes 380 to 385 were defined in and after 1975, and "may be added by order of the commissioner of transportation to the trunk highway system"; only 383, 384, and 385 have been added, and 385 no longer exists.

Routes 390 to 396 were defined in and after the 1950s as portions of the Interstate Highway System "to take advantage of federal aid made available by the United States to the state of Minnesota for highway purposes".

Interstate 394 is not a separate legislative route, instead being parts of Route 10 and Route 107, which carried U.S. Highway 12 along the same alignment before I-394 was built.

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