Minnesota State Highway 95

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Trunk Highway 95
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 126.892 mi[2] (204.213 km)
Existed: 1933[1] – present
Major junctions
Northwest end: MN 23 near St. Cloud
 

US 169 at Princeton
MN 65 at Cambridge
I-35 at North Branch
US 8 at Taylors Falls
MN 36 at Stillwater

I-94 at Woodbury
Southeast end: US 61 / US 10 at Cottage Grove
Location
Counties: Benton, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Chisago, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
I-94 MN 96

Minnesota State Highway 95 (MN 95) is a highway in east-central Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highway 23 near St. Cloud and continues east and south to its southern terminus at its intersection with U.S. Highways 61 / 10 (co-signed) at Cottage Grove.

This highway has two distinct segments (East/West section and a North/South section) that meet at Taylors Falls.

Highway 95 is 127 miles (204 km) in length and passes through the cities of Princeton, Cambridge, North Branch, Taylors Falls, Stillwater, and Lakeland.

Route description[edit]

State Highway 95 has a somewhat unusual routing, starting with a west-to-east section between St. Cloud and Taylors Falls, then finishing with a north–south section between Taylors Falls and Cottage Grove. In fact, the Minnesota Legislature originally authorized the east–west and the north–south routes as two separate highways. The Minnesota Highway Department decided to give them both the same route number.

This highway runs through mostly rural areas immediately north and east of the Twin Cities, although increasing development in the eastern suburbs of Saint Paul may bring increased traffic to the highway. Primarily a two-lane highway, Highway 95 has short concurrencies with State Highway 36 going into downtown Stillwater; and with Interstate 94 between Woodbury and the Wisconsin state line, that make up the only divided highway sections of Highway 95.

The 14-mile (23 km) section of Highway 95 from Cambridge to North Branch is officially designated the State Trooper Timothy J. Bowe Memorial Highway.

State Parks[edit]

Highway 95, on its north–south section, parallels the St. Croix River and is adjacent to, or close to, several state parks:

History[edit]

Both sections of State Highway 95 were authorized in 1933.

By 1940, Highway 95 was paved between Princeton and North Branch; and between Scandia and Afton.

The route was completely paved by 1953.

In 1998, a change was made in the alignment on the south end of Highway 95, between Washington County Road 18 and I-94. Previously, Highway 95 turned east on 40th Street South in Afton and then turned north on the St. Croix Trail; present day Highway 95 now continues north along Manning Avenue (the Afton / Woodbury border) and then runs together with I-94 briefly east to Lakeland. The old route of Highway 95 for this section is now signed as County Road 18.

In an effort to maximize driver safety, a roundabout was constructed at the intersection of Highway 95 and County Road 29 in Princeton. The project was completed in November 2010 at a cost of $6.7 million.

A five-mile section of Highway 95 near Bayport in Washington County was honored with a 2013 Perpetual Pavement Award in recognition of its long life without any structural failure and only periodic resurfacing.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[4][2] km Destinations Notes
Benton Minden Township 0.050 0.080 MN 23
St. George Township 6.993 11.254 MN 25
Mille Lacs Princeton 22.250–
22.389
35.808–
36.032
US 169 Interchange
23.920 38.496 CR 29 (Rum River Drive) Roundabout
Isanti Pine Brook 33.431 53.802 MN 47
Cambridge 42.319–
42.426
68.106–
68.278
MN 65 Interchange
Chisago North Branch 54.370–
54.503
87.500–
87.714
I-35 I-35 exit 147; interchange.
Taylors Falls 74.922 120.575 US 8 East end of US 8 overlap
Franconia Township 78.174 125.809 US 8 West end of US 8 overlap
82.920 133.447 MN 243 (Osceola Road)
Washington Scandia 88.563 142.528 MN 97 (Scandia Trail)
Stillwater 102.353 164.721 MN 96 (Dellwood Road)
104.141 167.599 MN 36 North end of MN 36 overlap
105.389 169.607 MN 36 South end of MN 36 overlap
Lakeland 111.023 178.674 I-94 East end of I-94 overlap, exit 258.
Woodbury 115.623 186.077 I-94 West end of I-94 overlap, exit 253.
Cottage Grove 127.295 204.861 US 61 / US 10
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 76-100". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved April 5, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Harlow, Tim (2014-11-12). "MnDOT snags 12th consecutive Perpetual Pavement Award". Star Tribune. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 3" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.