Minnesota State Highway 24

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Trunk Highway 24
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 47.832 mi[2] (76.978 km)
Existed: 1920[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 12 / MN 22 in Litchfield
  I-94 in Clearwater
North end: US 10 in Clear Lake
Location
Counties: Meeker, Stearns, Wright, Sherburne
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 23 MN 25

Minnesota State Highway 24 (MN 24) is a highway in central Minnesota, which travels from its intersection with U.S. Highway 12 (US 12) and MN 22 in Litchfield and continues northeast to its intersection with US 10 and Sherburne County Road 6 in Clear Lake.

For part of its route (5 miles (8.0 km)), MN 24 travels concurrent with MN 15 between Kingston Township and Kimball.

MN 24 also travels concurrently with MN 55 for 9 miles (14 km) between Kimball and Annandale.

The route is 48 miles (77 km) in length. The section between Interstate 94 (I-94) and US 10 is part of the National Highway System.[1]

Route description[edit]

MN 24 serves as a northeast–southwest route in central Minnesota between Litchfield, Kimball, Annandale, Clearwater, and Clear Lake.

The route crosses the Highway 24 Bridge at the Mississippi River between Clearwater and Clear Lake.

The section of MN 24 between I-94 and US 10 experiences high volumes of traffic due to its usage as a connection between the two highways. This connection primarily serves Twin Cities traffic heading to and from communities in central Minnesota and the Brainerd Lakes Area via US 10, especially on summer weekends. As a result of the rising traffic volumes experienced on this stretch of MN 24, a new freeway has been proposed to connect I-94 and US 10 in the vicinity, and is scheduled for construction after 2015.[3]

History[edit]

MN 24 was authorized in 1920 from Litchfield to St. Cloud.[4]

In 1934, MN 15 was extended north to St. Cloud, replacing most of MN 24. From 1934 to 1963, it traveled only between Litchfield and MN 15 in Kingston Township, south of Kimball.[1]

The section of present day MN 24 between Annandale (at MN 55) and Clear Lake (at US 10) was added circa 1950 and originally designated State Highway 240 until 1963. MN 240 was decommissioned and became part of MN 24.[1]

All of MN 24 was still gravel before 1941. The route was completely paved by 1953.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Meeker Litchfield Township 0.000 0.000 US 12 / MN 22 Southern terminus
Kingston Township 15.609 25.120 MN 15 south Southern end of MN 15 overlap
Stearns Kimball 21.109 33.972 MN 15 north / MN 55 west Northern end of MN 15 overlap; western end of MN 55 overlap
Wright Annandale 30.754 49.494 MN 55 east Eastern end of MN 55 overlap
Clearwater 43.944–
43.999
70.721–
70.810
I-94 Interchange
Mississippi River 44.653–
44.869
71.862–
72.210
Highway 24 Bridge
Sherburne Clear Lake 47.831–
47.844
76.977–
76.997
US 10 / CR 6
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c d Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2006-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 14, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Minnesota Department of Transportation. "Proposed I-94/Highway 10 freeway connection". District 3 Local Hot Topics. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. ^ Minnesota State Legislature (2010). "§ 161.114, Constitutional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved October 13, 2010.