Talk:U.S. Route 14

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Alternate Routes[edit]

Why are there two Alternate US 14s? The one in South Dakota looks like its shorter than the one in Wyoming. --Patricknoddy 15:32, 26 Jul 2004 (UTC)User:Patricknoddy User talk:Patricknoddy 11:30 July 26, 2004 (EDT)

14A in Wyoming is the old 14. It is now a scenic route in the summer. It closes in the winter and is not plowed. It goes over the Bighorns and I suppose it continues in use because of the scenery and the general lack of roads over the mountains. I think in SD you are thinking of US 16A which is a scenic route in the Black Hills — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:601:A080:2C80:547B:6EC1:C067:402 (talk) 17:58, 3 October 2017 (UTC)

Other Highways[edit]

Why in Rochester, Minnesota does U.S. 14 come with U.S. 52 and with U.S. 63 and then in Owatonna, Minnesota with Interstate 35 and then in Brookings, South Dakota with Interstate 29? --Patricknoddy 15:40, 26 Jul 2004 (UTC)User:Patricknoddy User talk:Patricknoddy 11:37 July 26, 2004 (EDT)

Are you asking why Rochester doesn't have a direct connection to an Interstate? I couldn't say. Maybe because Hormel is in Austin and "won the war" with Spam? ;-)

If you're talking routing, I'm not entirely sure about the historic routes of Highway 14 in Rochester itself, but it used to run along what are today's Country Club Rd./Olmsted County 34 and Dodge County 34 from at least Olmsted County 22/W. Circle Dr. on the east end. The 4-lane divided highway was built in the 1970s and had reached Byron by the time I was born (1978). Today, you can get to County 34 by continuing west from where 14 meets U.S. 52 where 14 becomes Salem Rd. If you stay on the road, it becomes W. Circle Dr.

County 34 used to run straight west parallel to U.S. 14 as Frontage Rd in Byron, but Byron tried to build a commercial/industrial park in the 1990s and changed the routing so it now wiggles north a bit. The old crossing between County 34 and Frontage Rd is removed now, so people wishing to cross need to take 10th Ave SE instead. While I'm at it, I'll say that the bypass around Dodge Center is recent (2000s decade).—Mulad (talk) 18:57, 1 June 2010 (UTC)
US Highways and Interstates are numbered in a grid pattern; even numbers are east–west and odd numbers are north–south. For US routes, higher numbers are to the south and west and the opposite is true for interstates. That being said, US 14 and US 63, as well as I-35 and I-90 fit into their grids perfectly. US 52, on the other hand, is a diagonal route (it runs from North Dakota to South Carolina), so it is the anomaly here. —Fredddie 21:53, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

Historic Termini[edit]

Why was Philip, South Dakota the original West Termini and Winona, Minnesota the original East Termini? When there's no section that says Historic Termini. --Patricknoddy 15:45, 26 Jul 2004 (UTC)User:Patricknoddy User talk:Patricknoddy 11:43 July 26, 2004 (EDT)

Pierre, South Dakota[edit]

Why is U.S. 14 one of only 2 national routes that serve Pierre, South Dakota the capital of South Dakota? --Patricknoddy 15:50, 26 Jul 2004 (UTC)User:Patricknoddy User talk:Patricknoddy 11:47 July 26, 2004 (EDT)