U.S. Route 2 in Minnesota
U.S. 2 highlighted in red
|Maintained by MnDOT|
|Length:||264.07 mi (424.98 km)|
|Existed:||November 11, 1926 – present|
|West end:||US 2 at the North Dakota state line|
|I-35 at Duluth|
|East end:||US 2 at the Wisconsin state line|
|Counties:||Polk, Clearwater, Beltrami, Hubbard, Cass. Itasca, Aitkin, St. Louis|
U.S. Highway 2 (US 2) is a highway in northwest and northeast Minnesota, which runs from the Red River at East Grand Forks and continues east to Duluth, where the route crosses the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge over the Saint Louis Bay. The route connects the cities of East Grand Forks, Bemidji, Grand Rapids, and Duluth.
Of the 264 miles (425 km) of U.S. 2 in Minnesota, 146 miles (235 km) have four lanes, mostly located in the northwest part of the state.
US 2 enters the state from the west at the city of East Grand Forks, at the Red River. From the North Dakota state line to Cass Lake, US 2 is a four lane divided highway for 146 miles (235 km). This expressway portion of US 2 in northwest Minnesota passes through the cities of East Grand Forks, Crookston, Erskine, Fosston, Bagley, Bemidji, and Cass Lake.
The portion of US 2 from Bemidji to Cass Lake is officially designated the Paul Bunyan Expressway.
After Cass Lake, US 2 continues east as a two lane roadway for 40 miles to Deer River.
US 2 then heads southeast as a two lane roadway for 59 miles (95 km) to the unincorporated area of Saginaw, where it has an interchange with State Highway 33 (MN 33). The route then continues east for two miles to its intersection with MN 194 at Solway Township.
US 2 then continues southeast for 12 miles (19 km) before entering the city of Proctor, where it is the main street through town. The route widens to a three-lane roadway as it approaches its intersection with Boundary Avenue (County Road 14).
The route enters the city limits of Duluth, where it has a junction with Interstate 35 (I-35), US 2 joins that route's freeway. US 2 is concurrent with I-35 for two miles (3.2 km) in West Duluth, proceeding down Thompson Hill.
US 2 then exits the I-35 freeway in West Duluth and crosses the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge over the Saint Louis Bay, entering the state of Wisconsin and the city of Superior. US 2 then follows Belknap Street in Superior.
Legally, the Minnesota section of US 2 is defined as Constitutional Route 8 and Legislative Route 106 in the Minnesota Statutes §§ 161.114(2) and 161.115(134). The route is not marked with those numbers.
U.S. Highway 2 in Minnesota was authorized on November 11, 1926. It followed the route of old state Trunk Highway 8 in its entirety. At the time it was marked, it was paved along a short concurrency with U.S. Route 75 north of Crookston and from its junction with then-Trunk Highway 11 (present-day U.S. 53) through Duluth. The remainder was graveled or graded, except for a section west of Bagley which was simply a maintained dirt surface.
In the present day, from East Grand Forks to Cass Lake, this route is built to expressway standards and a posted 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) speed limit. From Cass Lake to Duluth, there are only a couple of short four-lane divided highway segments, but the non-urban portions of this segment are posted 60 mph (97 km/h) speed limit.
|Red River of the North||0.000||0.000||US 2 continues into North Dakota|
|Polk||East Grand Forks||0.830||1.336||MN 220 north – Alvarado||West end of MN 220 concurrency|
US 2 Bus. west
|Huntsville Township||5.625||9.053||MN 220 south – Climax||East end of MN 220 concurrency|
|Lowell Township||23.489||37.802||US 75 north – Warren||West end of US 75 concurrency|
|24.365||39.212||US 75 south – Moorhead||East end of US 75 concurrency|
|Fairfax Township||28.934||46.565||MN 9 south – Ada|
|Grove Park-Tilden Township||43.038||69.263||MN 32 – Fertile, Red Lake Falls|
|Knute Township||58.197||93.659||US 59 – Mahnomen, Thief River Falls|
|Clearwater||Bagley||88.349||142.184||MN 92 – Zerkel, Clearbrook|
|Beltrami||Eckles Township||108.149||174.049||MN 89 north – Red Lake|
|MN 197 south – Bemidji|
|US 71 north – International Falls||North end of US 71 concurrency|
|116.905||188.140||US 71 south / MN 197 north – Park Rapids, Bemidji||South end of US 71 concurrency|
||No major junctions|
|Cass||Cass Lake||129.982||209.186||MN 371 south – Walker|
|Itasca||Morse Township||168.032||270.421||MN 46 north – Northome|
|Deer River||169.051||272.061||MN 6 north – Big Falls||West end of MN 6 concurrency|
|Deer Lake||174.550||280.911||MN 6 south – Remer||East end of MN 6 concurrency|
|Grand Rapids||183.479||295.281||MN 38 north – Bigfork, Effie|
|183.698||295.633||US 169 south – Aitkin||West end of US 169 concurrency|
|184.130||296.329||US 169 north – Hibbing||East end of US 169 concurrency|
|Swan River||203.049||326.776||MN 65 – McGregor, Nashwauk|
|Aitkin||Northeast Aitkin||211.261||339.992||MN 200 west – Hill City|
|St. Louis||Floodwood||220.754||355.269||MN 73 north – Hibbing||North end of MN 73 concurrency|
|Floodwood Township||221.028||355.710||MN 73 south – Cromwell, Moose Lake||South end of MN 73 concurrency|
|Stoney Brook Township||239.099–
|Saint Louis River|
|Brevator Township||244.837||394.027||MN 33 – Cloquet, Canyon|
|Solway Township||246.786||397.164||MN 194 east – Hermantown|
|Duluth||260.579||419.361||I-35 south – St. Paul, Minneapolis||West end of I-35 concurrency, exit 250.|
|MN 23 west (Grand Ave.)|
|263.085||423.394||I-35 north / LSCT north – Duluth||East end of I-35 concurrency, exit 253A.|
|Saint Louis Bay||264.089||425.010||Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge
US 2 continues into Wisconsin
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
- "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 22, 2011.
- Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Cartography by McGill-Warner Co. Minnesota Highway Department. June 1, 1927. § A6-P11. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
- 1939 Map of Minnesota Trunk Highway System (Map). Minnesota Highway Department. May 1, 1939. § O10. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
- 1940 Map of Minnesota Trunk Highway System (Map). Minnesota Highway Department. January 1, 1940. § O10. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
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