U.S. Route 10 in Minnesota

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 10 in Minnesota. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 10.

U.S. Highway 10 marker

U.S. Highway 10
US 10 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length: 275.473 mi[2] (443.331 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 10 at Fargo, ND
 
East end: US 10 at Prescott, WI
Location
Counties: Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Wadena, Todd, Morrison, Benton, Sherburne, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 9 MN 11

U.S. Highway 10 (US 10) is a major divided highway for almost all of its length in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The route runs through the central portion of the state, following generally the alignment of the former Northern Pacific Railway (now BNSF) and connects the cities of Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Wadena, Little Falls, St. Cloud, Anoka, Saint Paul, and Cottage Grove. US 10 within Minnesota is 275 miles (443 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

US 10 enters the state from North Dakota and heads through Moorhead parallel to Interstate 94 (I-94) until it exits the city. US 10 then takes a more northerly route than I-94 to St. Cloud, by heading through Detroit Lakes, Wadena, and Little Falls. From St. Cloud to Mounds View, US 10 is a busy route through the suburbs of St. Cloud and Minneapolis.

Concurrency of US 10 and MN 47 in Coon Rapids

East of Mounds View, US 10 is marked mostly along Interstate Highways until Saint Paul, where the route runs concurrently with US 61 to Cottage Grove. US 10 then heads east to the Wisconsin state line and exits the state.

US 10 is a divided highway along most of its length through the state, with posted 65 mph (105 km/h) speed limits along much of the way, except for two-lane or undivided four-lane stretches through Wadena and Motley. There are some 60 mph (97 km/h) posted speed limits in the four-lane section between Elk River and Anoka and the two-lane section between Bluffton and Wadena.

Legally, the Minnesota section of US 10 is defined as unmarked Constitutional / Legislative Routes 2, 37, 27, 3, 62, and 94 in the Minnesota Statutes §§ 161.114(2) and 161.115(25).[3][4] US 10 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway.

History[edit]

US 10 was established on November 11, 1926.[1] Originally, the route split between Moorhead and St. Cloud into US 10N and US 10S. In 1934, US 10S was replaced by US 52, and US 10N became simply US 10.[5]

US 10 in Minnesota was paved between St. Cloud and the Twin Cities as early as 1929. The remainder of the route was paved by 1950.[5]

The four-lane divided highway section between the cities of Elk River and Anoka was constructed by 1942.[5]

The freeway section of US 10 between the city of Anoka and University Avenue (at the Coon RapidsBlaine boundary line) was completed in the early 1970s. The new freeway section of US 10 between University Avenue and I-35W in Mounds View was completed in 1999.[5]

From 1934 to 1999, US 10 was located on a different alignment between Coon Rapids, Spring Lake Park, and Mounds View. This is now known as County Road 10.[6]

When I-694 and I-35E were completed in the late 1960s, US 10 was then signed concurrently with these highways east of Mounds View to the city of Saint Paul.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[2] km Destinations Notes
Fargo, North Dakota US 10 west Continuation into North Dakota
Red River of the North 0.000 0.000 North Dakota–Minnesota state line
Clay Moorhead 0.428 0.689 US 75 south (8th Street) Western end of US 75 concurrency
1.450 2.334 US 75 north – Crookston Eastern end of US 75 concurrency
Glyndon Township 5.954 9.582 MN 336 south
Riverton Township 12.786 20.577 MN 9 – Barnesville, Ada
Eglon Township 24.438 39.329 MN 32 – Barnesville, Ulen
Becker Detroit Lakes 44.337–
44.357
71.353–
71.386
MN 34 / US 59 – Fergus Falls, Mahnomen, Park Rapids
Burlington Township 54.517 87.737 MN 87 east – Menahga
Otter Tail Gorman Township 59.826 96.281 MN 228 west – Vergas
Perham Township 66.511 107.039 MN 78 south – Ottertail
Newton Township 80.261 129.168 MN 106 south – Deer Creek
Wadena Wadena 89.992 144.828 US 71 – Long Prairie, Menahga, Park Rapids
Todd Staples 107.656–
107.663
173.256–
173.267
MN 210 west – Hewitt, Fergus Falls Western end of MN 210 concurrency
Morrison Motley 114.798 184.749 MN 210 east – Brainerd Eastern end of MN 210 concurrency
Randall 135.668 218.336 MN 115 east
Green Prairie Township 143.277–
143.467
230.582–
230.888
Mississippi River
Little Falls 144.710–
144.731
232.888–
232.922
MN 371 north – Brainerd
145.917 234.831 MN 27 – Little Falls, Pierz
Benton Sartell 173.083–
173.289
278.550–
278.882
MN 15 south – St. Cloud
Sauk Rapids 174.844–
175.177
281.384–
281.920
CSAH 3 (Golden Spike Road) – Sauk Rapids Former MN 152
St. Cloud 178.015 286.487 MN 23 (3rd Street) – St. Cloud, Foley, Milaca
Sherburne 180.158 289.936 MN 301 west (Minnesota Boulevard)
Clear Lake 188.794 303.834 MN 24 south – Clearwater
Becker 194.209 312.549 MN 25 north – Foley Western end of MN 25 concurrency
Big Lake 203.712 327.843 MN 25 south – Monticello Eastern end of MN 25 concurrency
Elk River 214.325 344.923 MN 101 south / US 169 north – Rogers, Elk River Western end of US 169 concurrency
Anoka Anoka 224.807 361.792 MN 47 north / US 169 south
Coon Rapids 227.218–
227.563
365.672–
366.227
CSAH 14 Former MN 242
232.415 374.036 MN 47 south (University Avenue) Eastern end of MN 47 concurrency
Blaine 233.088–
233.268
375.119–
375.408
MN 610 west
234.352 377.153 MN 65 (Central Avenue) From 1990–99 the segment from here to I-35W was MN 118
Ramsey Mounds View 237.035 381.471 I-35W north – Duluth Northern end of I-35W concurrency, exit 30
Arden Hills 238.393 383.656 I-35W south – Minneapolis
CR 10 (old US 10)
Southern end of I-35W concurrency, exit 28B
240.433 386.939 I-694 west Western end of I-694 concurrency, exit 42B
Little Canada 275.460 443.310 I-694 east / I-35E north – Duluth Eastern end of I-694 concurrency, exit 46; northern end of I-35E concurrency, north exit 113
St. Paul 281.377 452.832 I-35E south / I-94 west – Minneapolis Southern end of I-35E concurrency, exit 107B; western end of I-94 concurrency, exit 242B
283.321 455.961 US 61 north (Mounds Boulevard) / I-94 east – Madison Eastern end of I-94 concurrency, exit 244; northern end of US 61 concurrency
Washington Denmark Township 299.761 482.419 US 61 south – Hastings Southern end of US 61 concurrency
St. Croix River 302.802 487.313 Prescott Drawbridge; Minnesota–Wisconsin state line
Prescott, Wisconsin US 10 east Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ 161.114, Minnesota Statutes 2006
  4. ^ 161.115, Minnesota Statutes 2006
  5. ^ a b c d e Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 1–25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved September 25, 2010. [self-published source]
  6. ^ Minnesota Highway Department; McGill-Warner (1934). Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). 1:760,320. St. Paul: Minnesota Highway Department. OCLC 5673160, 80405240. Retrieved March 21, 2016 – via Minnesota Digital Library.  (Showing road conditions as of May 1, 1934)
U.S. Route 10
Previous state:
North Dakota
Minnesota Next state:
Wisconsin