Minnesota State Highway 33

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Trunk Highway 33 marker

Trunk Highway 33
Route information
Defined by MS § 161.115(95)
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 19.748 mi[2] (31.781 km)
Existed: 1933[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: I-35 at Cloquet
  US 2 at Saginaw
North end: US 53 at Independence
Counties: Carlton, St. Louis
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 32 MN 34

Minnesota State Highway 33 (MN 33) is a highway in northeast Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate 35 at Cloquet and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with U.S. Highway 53 at Independence. The highway is constructed as a four-lane expressway with a 65 mph (105 km/h) speed limit, except for a short distance through the city of Cloquet, where the route is located on a four-lane city surface street.

Highway 33 is a bypass of Duluth for travelers headed to the Iron Range of northern Minnesota and International Falls. The route connects Interstate 35 at Cloquet with U.S. 53 at Independence.

The route is 20 miles (32 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

Highway 33 serves as a north–south route between Cloquet and Independence in northeast Minnesota.

The southern terminus of the route is at an interchange with Interstate 35 at Exit 237 on the south side of Cloquet. All Highway 33 southbound traffic must enter the I-35 freeway at this interchange. Heading northbound, Highway 33 has a signal-controlled intersection with Big Lake Road / Doddridge Avenue (County 7) in Cloquet. Highway 33 then travels through the center of Cloquet's downtown area on a four-lane surface street. In downtown Cloquet, the highway runs past the R.W. Lindholm Service Station, which is the only service station designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Highway 33 then has a signal-controlled intersection with Cloquet Avenue at downtown Cloquet. Highway 33 then crosses the Saint Louis River. The route then has a signal-controlled intersection with North Road. As it leaves Cloquet heading due north, a 65 MPH speed limit begins and the roadway widens out into a four-lane expressway. Immediately north of Cloquet, Highway 33 crosses into Saint Louis County after its intersection with Saint Louis River Road.

North of Cloquet, the terrain that Highway 33 crosses is mostly rural. The route has an intersection with Morris Thomas Road (County 56) and then with Maple Grove Road (County 6). Highway 33 then reaches the unincorporated area of Saginaw about midway through its route, at its intersection with Saginaw Road (County Roads 46 and 694) and the Canadian National railway crossing.[3] The highway has a diamond interchange with U.S. Highway 2 at Saginaw, the only major interchange on the mainline route of Highway 33. The route continues north and has an intersection with Industrial Road (County 7) and then with County 8.[3]

Highway 33 maintains its rural characteristics up to its northern terminus at a Y-interchange with U.S. Highway 53 at Independence. There is no access from northbound Highway 33 to southbound U.S. 53, so all traffic is required to merge onto northbound U.S. 53. To access southbound U.S. 53 at this point, traffic must take a U-turn at an at-grade crossover past the Y-interchange.

All of Highway 33 is officially designated the Voyageurs Highway. The Voyageurs Highway is a state designation that is also applied to various other state highways in Minnesota, including a portion of U.S. Highway 53.[4]

The route is legally defined as Route 164 in the Minnesota Statutes.[5] It is not marked with this number.


Highway 33 was authorized in 1933. The original route ran west and south from Cloquet along present-day County Road 7 and County Road 5, intersecting then-U.S. 61 south of U.S. 210 (now State Highway 210).[6][7]

By 1953, Highway 33 ran along its current alignment.[1]

Highway 33 was paved by 1940 except for the segment between Highways 210 and 61.[6]

The four-lane divided highway / expressway sections of Highway 33 were constructed in pieces from the late 1980s until the early 2000s.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Carlton Cloquet 0.000 0.000 I-35
1.242 1.999 CR 16 (Washington Avenue)
1.719 2.766 CR 7 (Big Lake Road)
3.369 5.422 CR 2 (North Road)
St. Louis Brevator Township 6.671 10.736 CR 56 (Morris Thomas Road)
8.654 13.927 CR 6 (Maple Grove Road)
11.258 18.118 US 2 Interchange
Industrial Township 12.891 20.746 CR 46 (Saginaw Road)
14.892 23.966 CR 7 (Industrial Road)
16.894 27.188 CR 8
New Independence Township 19.499 31.381 US 53
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 26-50". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved February 24, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 1" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 4, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b General Highway Map - St. Louis County, Minnesota (sheet 1) (PDF) (Map). Minnesota Department of Transportation. January 1, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "161.14, Names and Designations of Certain Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "161.115, Additional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Official Map (Map) (Advance ed.). Cartography by Minnesota Department of Highways. Minnesota Department of Highways. January 1, 1940. § N-9. Retrieved October 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ General Highway Map - Carlton County, Minnesota (PDF) (Map). Minnesota Department of Transportation. January 1, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 19, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2010.