Minnesota State Highway 60

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Trunk Highway 60 marker

Trunk Highway 60
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 221.532 mi[2] (356.521 km)
Existed: 1934[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: Iowa 60 near Bigelow
 
East end: WIS 25 near Nelson, WI
Location
Counties: Nobles, Jackson, Cottonwood, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Nicollet,
Le Sueur, Waseca, Rice, Goodhue, Wabasha
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
US 59 US 61

Trunk Highway 60 (MN 60) is a highway in southern Minnesota, which runs from Iowa Highway 60 at the Iowa state line (at Bigelow) and continues east-northeast to its eastern terminus at the Wisconsin state line (at Wabasha), where the route becomes Wisconsin Highway 25 upon crossing the Mississippi River.

Highway 60 is the only state highway in Minnesota which runs from one border to another. The route runs in a general southwest-to-northeast direction.

The route is 219 miles (352 km) in length. Its southwest segment is a portion of the transportation corridor connecting Sioux City and the Twin Cities.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 60 serves as an east–west marked route in southern Minnesota between Worthington, Windom, St. James, Mankato, Faribault, Zumbrota, and Wabasha.

From Bigelow to North Mankato, much of the highway is a four lane expressway. The last remaining two lane segment, between Windom and Mountain Lake, is scheduled for expansion to four lanes in 2017.

Highway 60 runs concurrently with U.S. Highway 59 south of and into Worthington; with U.S. Highway 71 in Windom; with State Highway 4 and State Highway 30 near St. James; with State Highway 15 near Madelia; and with U.S. Highway 169 in the Mankato area. In North Mankato, Highway 60 moves from a concurrency with U.S. 169 to another one with U.S. Highway 14.

From its concurrency with U.S. 14 in North Mankato, Highway 60 continues east with U.S. 14 on a four lane expressway until just past Eagle Lake, where the route leaves U.S. 14 and continues briefly north to Madison Lake, then northeast towards the city of Faribault. Highway 60 is a two lane highway at this point and for most of the rest of its way to Faribault and Wabasha. The route has a junction with Interstate 35 in Faribault.

From Faribault, Highway 60 continues east towards Zumbrota, where it intersects U.S. Highway 52. The route briefly runs concurrently with U.S. 52 around Zumbrota on a four lane expressway. Highway 60 then leaves U.S. 52 and continues east-northeast towards Wabasha. The route has junction with U.S. Highway 63 in Zumbro Falls and a junction with U.S. Highway 61 in Wabasha. Highway 60 crosses the Mississippi River at Wabasha on the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge. The route becomes Wisconsin Highway 25 upon crossing the river into Wisconsin.

History[edit]

State Highway 60 was formed in 1934 by connecting three Minnesota constitutional route segments together. This formed a nearly border-to-border state highway, with its original termini at current U.S. 59 in Worthington and U.S. 61 at Wabasha. The route was extended to the Iowa state line in 1937, and was authorized onto the bridge to Wisconsin in 1943. The last gravel segment on this route was paved by 1960. Expressway segments were completed from St. James to Lake Crystal in 1980, from Worthington to Windom in 1997, from Bigelow to Worthington in 2013, and from St. James to Mountain Lake in 2015.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Nobles Bigelow Township 0.000 0.000 Iowa 60 south / CSAH 2 west – Sioux City Iowa state line; road continues south as Iowa 60
4.659 7.498 US 59 south – Cherokee Western end of US 59 overlap
Worthington 11.249 18.104 US 59 north (Oxford Street west) / CSAH 33 east Roundabout; eastern end of US 59 overlap
12.097–
12.120
19.468–
19.505
I-90 – Albert Lea, Sioux Falls Interchange; I-90 exit 45
Jackson Delafield Township 36.290 58.403 MN 86 south (450th Avenue) – Lakefield
Cottonwood Windom 40.022 64.409 US 71 south – Jackson Western end of US 71 overlap
40.554 65.265 MN 62 west (6th Street) – Fulda
41.505 66.796 US 71 north Eastern end of US 71 overlap
Watonwan St. James Township 65.594 105.563 MN 4 south / CSAH 57 – St. James, Sherburn Western end of expressway section; western end of MN 4 overlap
St. James 68.105 109.604 MN 4 north / MN 30 west – St. James Eastern end of MN 4 overlap, western end of MN 30 overlap
Rosendale Township 69.844 112.403 CSAH 12 – St. James Eastern end of expressway section
Fieldon Township 77.789 125.189 MN 15 south / MN 30 east – Fairmont Interchange; eastern end of MN 30 overlap, western end of MN 15 overlap
Madelia 81.780–
81.826
131.612–
131.686
CSAH 9 – Madelia Western end of expressway section
83.043 133.645 CSAH 3 west – Madelia
83.468 134.329 MN 15 – New Ulm Eastern end of expressway section; eastern end of MN 15 overlap
Blue Earth Garden City 93.667 150.742 CSAH 20 south / CSAH 6 – Industrial park Partial interchange; westbound exit and entrance; eastbound access via 510th Avenue
South Bend Township 99.183 159.620 US 169 south – Blue Earth Western end of US 169 overlap
100.863–
100.921
162.323–
162.417
CSAH 90 east Partial interchange; entrances and eastbound exit; westbound exit via at-grade left turn
102.095 164.306 MN 68 west (Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway) – New Ulm, Campground
Mankato 103.494 166.557 Frontage Road Western end of expressway section; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
104.378 167.980 Riverfront Drive Former MN 66
Nicollet North Mankato 104.356 167.945 Lookout Drive / Center Street Center Street not signed westbound
105.005 168.989 North Mankato, Mankato, Downtown Eastern end of expressway section
North MankatoMankato line 107.096 172.354 US 14 west / US 169 north – New Ulm, Minneapolis Interchange; western end of freeway section; eastern end of US 169 overlap, western end of US 14 overlap
Blue Earth Mankato 108.228 174.176 CSAH 5 (3rd Avenue)
108.836 175.155 Riverfront Drive
109.881–
109.913
176.836–
176.888
CSAH 3 (Victory Drive)
110.846 178.389 MN 22 – Mankato
113.713 183.003 CSAH 12 Eastern end of freeway section
Le Ray Township 117.454 189.024 US 14 east – Waseca Eastern end of US 14 overlap
Le Sueur Waterville 134.590 216.602 MN 13 – New Prague, Waseca
Rice Faribault 148.856 239.561 I-35 – Minneapolis, St. Paul, Albert Lea Parclo interchange; I-35 exit 56
149.828 241.125 MN 21 north (Lyndale Avenue) – St. Paul
151.659 244.072 MN 299 north (6th Avenue NE) / MN 298 south (6th Avenue SE) – Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Minnesota State Academy for the Blind
Goodhue Kenyon 165.464 266.288 MN 56 south (County 12 Boulevard east) – Dodge Center Western end of MN 56 overlap
166.018 267.180 MN 56 north – Hampton Eastern end of MN 56 overlap
Wanamingo 175.922 283.119 MN 57 – Wanamingo, Mantorville
Zumbrota 181.266 291.719 US 52 north – Cannon Falls Interchange; western end of freeway section; western end of US 52 overlap
182.655 293.955 MN 58 north / CSAH 10 – Zumbrota, Red Wing
183.703 295.641 US 52 south – Rochester Interchange; eastern end of freeway section; eastern end of US 52 overlap
Wabasha Zumbro Falls 196.051 315.514 US 63 – Lake City, Rochester
Wabasha 220.051 354.138 US 61 – Lake City, Winona
Mississippi River 221.532 356.521 Michael Duane Clickner Memorial Bridge
WIS 25 north – Nelson Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 51-75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2006-12-16. [self-published source]
  2. ^ a b Minnesota Department of Transportation (May 10, 2016). "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved March 24, 2017.