Minnesota State Highway 68

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Trunk Highway 68 marker

Trunk Highway 68
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length141.026 mi[1] (226.959 km)
Existed1920–present
Major junctions
West end SD 22 at Fortier Township,
at Minnesota — South Dakota state line
  US 75 at Canby

US 59 / MN 23 at Marshall
US 71 at New Avon Township
MN 67 at Morgan
US 14 / MN 4 at Sleepy Eye

US 14 / MN 15 at New Ulm
East end US 169 / MN 60 near Mankato
Location
CountiesYellow Medicine, Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Brown, Blue Earth
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 67US 69

Minnesota State Highway 68 (MN 68) is a highway in southwest and south-central Minnesota, which runs from South Dakota Highway 22 at the South Dakota state line near Canby, and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highway 169 and State Highway 60 in South Bend Township near Mankato.

Highway 68 is 141 miles (227 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 68 serves as an east–west route in southwest and south-central Minnesota between Canby, Minneota, Marshall, Morgan, Sleepy Eye, New Ulm, and Mankato.

Minneopa State Park is located five miles (8 km) west of Mankato. The park entrance is located on Highway 68 near its intersection with U.S. Highway 169.[2]

Highway 68 has concurrencies with:

History[edit]

Highway 68 was authorized in 1920 between Canby and Marshall.[3]

Its western terminus was extended to the South Dakota state line in 1934.

In 1963, Highway 68 was expanded easterly between Marshall and Mankato by consolidating former State Highway 93 and State Highway 83, and re-numbering them 68.[4]

Highway 68 was paved from Marshall to Canby by 1940. Many remaining sections of the present day Highway 68 were still gravel by 1953. The present day route was completely paved by 1960.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Yellow Medicine0.0000.000 SD 22 – Clear LakeContinuation into South Dakota
Canby8.92614.365 US 75
LyonMarshall38.65362.206 US 59Western end of US 59 concurrency
39.21463.109 US 59
MN 19
Eastern end of US 59 concurrency
Western end of MN 19 concurrency
MN 23 – Pipestone, Granite FallsSignal
RedwoodWestline Township51.05582.165 MN 19 – Redwood FallsEastern end of MN 19 concurrency
New Avon Township76.321122.827 US 71 – WindomSouthern end of US 71 concurrency
76.820123.630 US 71 – Redwood FallsNorthern end of US 71 concurrency
Morgan86.924139.891 MN 67 west – Redwood FallsEastern terminus of MN 67
BrownHome Township99.010159.341 MN 4 – FairfaxNorthern end of MN 4 concurrency
Sleepy Eye102.034164.208 MN 4
US 14
Southern end of MN 4 concurrency
Western end of US 14 concurrency
New Ulm115.842186.430 US 14 – Mankato
MN 15 – Winthrop
Eastern end of US 14 concurrency
Northern end of MN 15 concurrency
Cottonwood Township119.708192.651 MN 15 – MadeliaSouthern end of MN 15 concurrency
Blue EarthSouth Bend Township141.228227.284 US 169 / MN 60 – Mankato
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b "Statewide Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2011.
  2. ^ Minnesota DNR web page for Minneopa State Park - Link
  3. ^ Minnesota State Legislature (2010). "§ 161.114, Constitutional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51–75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 26, 2010.[self-published source]