Minnesota State Highway 96
|Defined by MS § 161.115(27)|
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||10.179 mi (16.382 km)|
|Existed:||1933 – present|
|West end:||U.S. 61 at White Bear Lake|
|MN 244 at Dellwood|
|East end:||MN 95 at Stillwater|
Minnesota State Highway 96 (MN 96) is a highway in Minnesota that runs from its intersection with U.S. Highway 61 in White Bear Lake and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 95 on the northern edge of Stillwater.
Many people in the area still think of Highway 96 in two sections: 1) this eastern portion that remains a State Highway and 2) the western portion that is now known as Ramsey County Highway 96. The two portions were never aligned, but were always about a mile apart, with the western portion about a mile south of the eastern portion.
The route is legally defined as Legislative Route 96 in the Minnesota Statutes.
From 1934 to 1994, State Highway 96 included the western portion that is now known as Ramsey County Highway 96., which extended farther west several miles through the communities of Vadnais Heights, Shoreview, and Arden Hills. The former western terminus for State Highway 96 during this time period was at its intersection with old U.S. Highway 8 (near I-35W) on the Arden Hills / New Brighton border. This section of Highway 96 was once part of the Highway 100 Beltway circling the entire Twin Cities during the 1940s and 1950s.
A few people in the area still remember stories of how the western portion of Highway 96 was first built across the south arm of Birch Lake the 1930s in White Bear Township. Most now only see that part of the lake as a pond to the south and a marshland to the north, but that's the result of major landfill projects that began in the 1930s and continued in road-widening projects through the 1990s. Local farmer and machinist Con Heckel told of more than one 1930s construction company that went out of business in the process. The old roads had gone around the lakes, but the new ones like Highway 96 were built straight over them.
|Ramsey||White Bear Lake||9.357||15.059||US 61|
|10.189||16.398||CR 89 (Northwest Avenue)|
|White Bear Township||10.259||16.510||CR 71 (Portland Avenue)|
|Grant||13.669||21.998||CSAH 9 (Jamaca Avenue)|
|16.737||26.936||CSAH 15 (Manning Avenue)|
|Stillwater Township||18.395||29.604||CR 55 (Norell Avenue)|
|18.465||29.717||CSAH 5 (Stonebridge Trail)|
|Stillwater||19.484||31.356||CSAH 11 (Boom Road)|
|19.561||31.480||MN 95 (Main Street)|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Route map: Google
- Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 76-100". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- "161.115, Additional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Office of the Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota. 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2010.
- 1934 Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Minnesota Highway Department. May 1, 1934. § U1. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- 1935 Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Minnesota Highway Department. April 1, 1935. § T1. Retrieved November 14, 2010.
- Slocum, Scott (1975). "Con Heckel: personal communication".