Minnesota State Highway 5

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Trunk Highway 5 marker

Trunk Highway 5
Fort Road
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 76.347 mi[1] (122.869 km)
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
West end: MN 19 / MN 22 at Gaylord

US 212 at Norwood Young America
MN 284 at Waconia
MN 41 at Chanhassen
MN 101 at Chanhassen
I-494 / US 212 at Eden Prairie
I-494 Bloomington
MN 55 at Fort Snelling

I-35E at St. Paul
East end: MN 120 at Maplewood
Counties: Sibley, Carver, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 4 MN 6

Minnesota State Highway 5 (MN 5) is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highways 19 and 22 in Gaylord and continues east and northeast to its eastern terminus at its interchange with State Highway 36 in Stillwater. The route passes through downtown Saint Paul.

Highway 5 is 76 miles (122 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 5 serves as a northeast–southwest route between Gaylord, Norwood Young America, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Richfield, downtown Saint Paul, and Stillwater. The highway is officially marked as an east–west route by its highway shields from beginning to end.

Part of Highway 5 is designed as a freeway near the Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport. Just to the west of that segment, Highway 5 runs concurrent with I-494 for 11 miles (18 km) between its junction with I-494 near the Airport and the Minnesota River to its junction with I-494 and U.S. 212 in Eden Prairie.

Highway 5 is considered a significant transit corridor, known as the Riverview Corridor, to downtown Saint Paul from the airport and points farther south and west. There has been discussion of creating a bus rapid transit or light rail line along the highway, much like the METRO Blue Line currently runs rails into downtown Minneapolis along State Highway 55.

Highway 5 is also known as Fort Road and West 7th Street in the city of St. Paul.

45 miles (72 km) of Highway 5 is officially designated the Augie Mueller Memorial Highway. This designation is signed from its intersection with State Highway 101 in Chanhassen southwesterly to its intersection with State Highway 19 in Gaylord.

Legally, State Highway 5 is defined as legislative routes 45, 52, 102, 109, 111, and 121 in the Minnesota Statutes. The route is not marked with those numbers.


State Highway 5 was authorized in 1934.

The route was completely paved by 1953.

When Highway 5 was slated for expansion in 1956, the construction threatened to demolish the remains of Historic Fort Snelling, near the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. As a result of public outcry, the highway was built in a short tunnel underneath the Fort Snelling site, sparing the fort from destruction. This effort led to archaeological research into the remains of Fort Snelling and its eventual rebuilding as a state park.[2]

From 1934 to 1982, the eastern section of the highway between Saint Paul and Stillwater was originally marked as Minnesota 212, as it once reached old U.S. 212 in Saint Paul, but that segment was re-numbered as an extension of Highway 5 circa 1983.[3] This segment is still marked with the mileposts from 212,[1] which were a continuation of those from U.S. 212.

In the concurrency with I-494, the MN 5 shield is placed at most, but not all, interchanges. In 2007, new gore signs placed on France Avenue in Bloomington at its interchange with I-494 do not mention the Highway 5 concurrency, whereas the older signs they replaced did. The more recent interchange with Lyndale Ave (2009) displays the names of both highways.

In June 2015, it was announced that Highway 5 will be shortened by 8.3 miles by the state of Minnesota, giving the portion from Minnesota 120 to its eastern conterminous at Minnesota 36 to Washington County. The road will known as 34th St. between Jamaca Ave and Highway 120 and Stillwater Blvd. between Jamaca Ave. and Highway 36. The road will be an extension of Washington County 5 which ran north from the Highway 36 and Highway 5 interchange to the towns north of Stillwater. This piece of the highway that will be returned to the county was originally marked as Minnesota 212. However, as of September 2015 the official handover has not yet occurred, as Highway 5 signs still reflect the state designation.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Sibley Gaylord 0.000 0.000 MN 19 south
MN 22 north
West end of MN 19 concurrency
West end of MN 22 concurrency
0.141 0.227 MN 22 East end of MN 22 concurrency
1.350 2.173 MN 19 East end of MN 19 concurrency
Green Isle 14.400 23.175 MN 25 South end of MN 25 concurrency
Carver Young America Township 21.055 33.885 US 212 West end of US 212 concurrency
Norwood Young America 23.610 37.997 US 212 East end of US 212 concurrency
Young America Township 26.242 42.232 MN 25 North end of MN 25 concurrency
Waconia 32.167 51.768 MN 284
Chanhassen 42.422 68.272 MN 41
45.486 73.203 MN 101 West end of MN 101 concurrency
46.132 74.242 MN 101 East end of MN 101 concurrency
Hennepin Eden Prairie 48.954 78.784 US 212 West end of US 212 concurrency
50.779 81.721 I-494 East end of US 212 concurrency
West end of I-494 concurrency, exits 12B-C.
Fort Snelling 61.184–
I-494 East end of I-494 concurrency, exit 1A.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Interchange
64.053 103.083 MN 55
Mississippi River 64.243–
Fort Road Bridge
Ramsey St. Paul 64.530 103.851 Shepard Road
66.353 106.785 MN 51 (Montreal Avenue)
66.686 107.321 I-35E I-35E exit 103B.
69.054 111.132 MN 149 (Smith Avenue)
Ramsey St. Paul 70.886 114.080 I-94 I-94 exit 242C.
70.905 114.111 US 52 (Lafayette Freeway)
71.349 114.825 US 61 (Mounds Boulevard) West end of US 61 concurrency
71.939 115.775 US 61 (Arcade Street) East end of US 61 concurrency
Maplewood 76.347 122.869 MN 120 (Century Avenue)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c Staff (February 2, 2012). "Statewide Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Old Fort Snelling". From Site to Story. Institute for Minnesota Archaeology. June 29, 1999. Retrieved March 26, 2006. 
  3. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 19, 2010. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "MnDOT handing over stretch of Minnesota 5 to Washington County". TwinCities.com. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google