Minnesota State Highway 95
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||126.892 mi (204.213 km)|
|Existed:||1933 – present|
|Northwest end:||MN 23 near St. Cloud|
|I-94 at Woodbury|
|Southeast end:||US 61 / US 10 at Cottage Grove|
|Counties:||Benton, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Chisago, Washington|
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.
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.
Highway 95, on its north–south section, parallels the St. Croix River and is adjacent to, or close to, several state parks:
Both sections of State Highway 95 were authorized in 1933.
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.
|Benton||Minden Township||0.050||0.080||MN 23|
|St. George Township||6.993||11.254||MN 25|
|23.920||38.496||CR 29 (Rum River Drive)||Roundabout|
|Isanti||Pine Brook||33.431||53.802||MN 47|
|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
- Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 76-100". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved April 5, 2006.
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- Harlow, Tim (2014-11-12). "MnDOT snags 12th consecutive Perpetual Pavement Award". Star Tribune. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 3" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 23, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.