Minnesota State Highway 115

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Trunk Highway 115 marker

Trunk Highway 115
Route information
Defined by MS § 161.115(62)
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 8.736 mi[2] (14.059 km)
Existed: April 22, 1933[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 10.svg U.S. 10 at Randall
  CR 13 at Green Prairie Twp.
East end: MN-371.svg MN 371 at Camp Ripley Junction in Ripley Township
Location
Counties: Morrison
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 114 MN 117

Minnesota State Highway 115 is a highway in central Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with U.S. Highway 10 in Randall and continues east to its eastern terminus at its interchange with Highway 371 at Camp Ripley Junction in Ripley Township near the city of Little Falls.

Highway 115 is 9 miles (14 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 115 serves as an east–west route in central Minnesota between the communities of Randall, Camp Ripley, and Ripley Township.

The route passes by the entrance of, and therefore serves, the Camp Ripley Military Reservation; north of the city of Little Falls.[3] A portion of Highway 115 serves as the southern border for Camp Ripley.

Highway 115 crosses the Mississippi River near its junction with Highway 371. The bridge also carries a railway line on the same surface as the road deck; this is the only remaining bridge over the Mississippi configured in this way.[4]

The route is legally defined as Route 131 in the Minnesota Statutes.[5] It is not marked with this number.

History[edit]

State Highway 115 was authorized on April 22, 1933.[1]

The route was paved by 1942.

The Highway 115 Mississippi River bridge crossing, which also carries the railroad spur to Camp Ripley, was rebuilt in 1998.[3]

Before nearby Highway 371 was rebuilt as a four-lane freeway on its new alignment between the city of Little Falls to just north of Camp Ripley Junction, the eastern terminus of Highway 115 at Highway 371 was previously a 3-way "Y" intermixed with railroad tracks. With construction on the new Highway 371 being complete in the early 2000s, Highway 115 now ends at an interchange with Highway 371, with the roadway continuing eastbound as Morrison County Road 47 (which was re-aligned to connect to the new interchange). The old routing of Highway 371 in the immediate area has been turned-back to county maintenance as Morrison County Road 76. This old portion of Highway 371, including the former "Y"-intersection with Highway 115, has been reconstructed as a frontage road.[6]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Morrison County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Randall 0.000 0.000 US 10
0.551 0.887 CR 104 (6th Street East)
Darling Township 2.528 4.068 CR 209 (100th Avenue)
3.062 4.928 CR 208 (105th Avenue)
5.023 8.084 CR 212 (Forest Road)
Green Prairie Township 7.025 11.306 CR 13 (140th Avenue)
8.142 13.103 CR 213
Mississippi River 8.743–
8.821
14.070–
14.196
Highway 115 Bridge
Ripley Township 9.060 14.581 CR 76
9.156 14.735 MN 371
CR 47 east
Interchange
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chapter 440-H.F. No. 2000", Session Laws of Minnesota for 1933 (Mike Holm, Secretary of State): 881–897 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 3" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 101-149". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved November 20, 2010. [unreliable source]
  4. ^ Weeks III, John A. (2008). "MN State Highway 115". Highways, Byways, and Bridge Photography. 
  5. ^ "161.115, Additional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ Froehlig, Adam. "Minnesota Highway 115". Minnesota Highway Ends. Retrieved March 12, 2006.