U.S. Route 52 in Minnesota

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U.S. Highway 52 marker

U.S. Highway 52
Route information
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 374.703 mi (603.026 km)
243 miles along I-94
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 52 at Prosper
North end: I-94 / US 52 at Moorhead
Counties: Fillmore, Olmsted, Goodhue, Dakota, Ramsey, Hennepin, Wright, Stearns, Todd, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Wilkin, Clay
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 51 US 53

U.S. Highway 52 (US 52 or Highway 52) enters the state of Minnesota at the unincorporated community of Prosper, north of the town of Burr Oak, Iowa. The route is marked north–south in Minnesota along its independent segment from the Iowa state line to downtown St. Paul. Highway 52 is not signed along the length of its concurrency with Interstate 94 (I-94) from downtown St. Paul to the North Dakota state line at Moorhead and Fargo.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Highway 52 in Rochester. The independent segment of Highway 52 is the only non-Interstate Highway in Minnesota to carry numbered exits.

U.S. 52 enters Fillmore County and heads through the same Driftless Area it ran through in Iowa. The route heads through Preston and proceeds north to Chatfield. Highway 52 leaves the river bluffs near Chatfield and enters terrain typical of southern Minnesota. This area is mostly farmland for the rest of the length until the route enters the city of Rochester. Highway 52 intersects Interstate 90 south of Rochester, and expands to a four-lane freeway north of this junction. The roadway expands further to six lanes around Rochester, from the junction with U.S. 63 to County Road 14, which is at the northern tip city. U.S. 14 is a major route, and connects Owatonna to Rochester. North of Rochester, Highway 52 becomes a four-lane expressway through the farmland of Olmsted and Goodhue counties. Zumbrota is bypassed by the highway and the route heads to Dakota County. In Cannon Falls, an interchange completed in October 2014, eliminated the last two traffic lights between St. Paul and Rochester on Highway 52. [1] North of Coates, Highway 52 enters the edge of the Twin Cities area. The route enters Inver Grove Heights where it becomes the Lafayette Freeway north of Concord Boulevard. Highway 52 splits with State Highway 55 north of there. Highway 55 heads to Minneapolis, while Highway 52 heads to St. Paul. Interstate 494 intersects 52 in the northern part of Inver Grove Heights. The St. Paul Downtown Airport is right off of Highway 52 in St. Paul. After Highway 52 crosses the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, the route intersects Interstate 94 and follows I-94 to the North Dakota state line; U.S. 52 is not signed along the length of this concurrency.


Preston Overlook, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on U.S. Highway 52 in Fillmore County.

U.S. Highway 52 was extended into the state of Minnesota in 1934. The road replaced the former routing of old U.S. Highway 55 from the Iowa state line to the Twin Cities, and the former route of old U.S. Highway 10S from Minneapolis west to North Dakota. Interstate 94 replaced most of the routing of Highway 52 west of St. Cloud, and the routing from St. Cloud to Minneapolis was replaced by U.S. Highway 10, U.S. Highway 169, and Hennepin County Road 81. Highway 52 was routed along University Avenue through Minneapolis and St. Paul until about 1995 (In 1986, Highway 52 on University Avenue between I-35W and the St. Paul border was turned over to Hennepin County maintenance and renumbered County 36 / 37, creating a gap in Highway 52 until the 1995 route change). West of here, it turned west onto Washington Avenue that traversed directly through the University of Minnesota and Downtown Minneapolis. Progressing further, it took another left turn at Broadway Street before eventually curving to the northwest towards Robbinsdale, Crystal, Brooklyn Park and Osseo. Afterwards, it turned right onto what is now US Highway 169 through Champlin and Anoka thus eventually merging onto US Highway 10 towards Elk River and St. Cloud. It eventually turned onto city streets through St. Cloud and back onto the present-day Interstate 94 alignment.

52 was routed along Robert Street through St. Paul, West St. Paul, and into Inver Grove Heights until 1995; when 52 was moved onto the nearby Lafayette Freeway. The Lafayette Bridge which takes the highway across the Mississippi River near downtown St. Paul was originally built in 1968 and was a "fracture critical" structure which was in need of replacement. Construction of the new bridge, which carries six lanes of US-52, was completed in fall of 2015.[2]

U.S. Highway 52 was built as an expressway from Rochester to St. Paul in the 1960s. The "ROC52" project expanded the section of Highway 52 in Rochester to a 6-lane freeway in 2005–2006.[3] Between Rochester and the Twin Cities, several at-grade intersections have been converted to interchanges since the 1990s.

However, many at-grade intersections remain along this segment of highway. An experimental installation of Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems–Stop Sign Assist (CICAS–SSA) was installed at the intersection with Goodhue County Road 9, making use of dynamic message signs to show when it is safe to cross or turn onto the highway. It uses a diagram that looks like a divided highway sign A full-scale field test began in January 2010, though a previous version had also been tried at the intersection a few years earlier. The study will run through 2012.[4][5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[6] km Exit Destinations Notes
Fillmore Prosper 0.000 0.000 US 52 south – Decorah Continuation into Iowa
1.005 1.617 MN 44 east
Harmony 9.256 14.896 MN 139 south
Preston 17.070 27.472 MN 16 east Southern end of MN 16 overlap
20.728 33.358 MN 16 west Northern end of MN 16 overlap
Fountain 24.902 40.076 MN 80 west
Chatfield 34.357 55.292 MN 30 east / MN 74 north Southern end of MN 30 overlap
Olmsted 34.856 56.095 MN 30 west Northern end of MN 30 overlap
Marion Township 46.491 74.820 I-90 – La Crosse, Austin South end of freeway section; I-90 exit 218
47.668 76.714 47 CSAH 36 north (Marion Road) / CSAH 111 south
51.009 82.091 50 CSAH 1 (11th Avenue SE)
Rochester 52.180 83.976 51 US 63 south (Broadway Avenue) Southern end of US 63 overlap
54.346 87.461 53 CSAH 25 (16th Street SW)
54.746 88.105 54A US 14 east (12th Street SW) – Winona Southbound exit and northbound entrance; southern end of US 14 overlap
54B CSAH 22 west (Salem Road) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
54.797 88.187 55A 6th Street SW Northbound exit and southbound entrance
55.399 89.156 55B 2nd Street SW – Hospital
56.466 90.873 56A–B US 14 west / Civic Center Drive – Owatonna, Mayo Clinic Partial cloverleaf; signed as exits 56A (Civic Center) and 56B (US 14); northern end of US 14 overlap
57.345 92.288 56C 19th Street NW / Elton Hills Drive Single point urban interchange
58 CSAH 22 east (37th Street NW) / 41st Street NW Southern end of CSAH 22 overlap
60.048 96.638 59 CSAH 22 west (West Circle Drive) / 55th Street NW Northern end of CSAH 22 overlap
61.057 98.262 60 65th Street NW
62.059 99.874 61 US 63 north / CSAH 14 west (75th Street NW) Northern end of US 63 overlap
Oronoco Township 64.629 104.010 64 CSAH 12 west / CR 112 east – Oronoco Southern end of CSAH 12 overlap
66.618 107.211 68 CSAH 12 east / CSAH 31 south – Oronoco, Plainview Diverging diamond interchange; northern end of CSAH 12 overlap; north end of freeway section
Goodhue Pine Island 71.624 115.268 CSAH 11 – Pine Island Interchange
Pine Island Interchange; southbound exit only
Zumbrota 76.232 122.684 MN 60 east – Mazeppa, Wabasha Southern end of MN 60 overlap; south end of freeway section
77.621 124.919 MN 58 north / CSAH 10 – Zumbrota, Red Wing
78.669 126.605 MN 60 west – Wanamingo, Kenyon, Zumbrota Northern end of MN 60 overlap; north end of freeway section
Hader 86.604 139.376 MN 57 south – Wanamingo, Mantorville
Leon Township 89.822 144.554 89 CSAH 9 – Dennison, Goodhue Interchange
Cannon Falls 96.889 155.928 96 CR 24 – Cannon Falls Interchange
98.445 158.432 98 MN 19 – Cannon Falls, Northfield Interchange
Dakota Randolph Township 101 163 CSAH 86 Interchange; opened in 2016
Hampton 106.056 170.681 MN 56 south / MN 50 – Farmington, Red Wing Interchange; MN 56 not signed northbound
107.158 172.454 CSAH 47 – Hampton Interchange
Coates 113.982 183.436 CSAH 46 Interchange
Rosemount 115.950 186.603 CSAH 42 – Rosemount Interchange
117.753 189.505 MN 55 east – Hastings Southern end of MN 55 overlap; interchange southbound, access via connector road northbound; south end of freeway section
118.669 190.979 117th Street
Inver Grove Heights 121.338 195.275 CSAH 56 north (Concord Boulevard)
122.007 196.351 MN 55 west – Minneapolis Northern end of MN 55 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
122.854 197.714 To MN 55 west / 80th Street East Northbound signed as "80th Street East" only
123.843 199.306 CSAH 26 (70th Street East)
125.073 201.285 Upper 55th Street East
125.717 202.322 I-494 to MN 110 I-494 exit 66
South St. Paul 126.453 203.506 Southview Boulevard / Mendota Road
South St. PaulWest St. Paul line 127.384 205.005 Wentworth Avenue / Thompson Avenue
128.386 206.617 Butler Avenue
Ramsey St. Paul 129.493 208.399 MN 156 south (Concord Street)
129.717 208.759 Eaton Street Southbound exit and northbound entrance
130.398 209.855 Plato Boulevard / Fillmore Avenue Fillmore Avenue not signed southbound
131.334 211.362 MN 5 (7th Street) Northbound exit and southbound entrance
131.352 211.391 I-94 / US 10 east (US 12 east) I-94 exit 242D; southern end of I-94 overlap
Unmarked overlap with I-94 to North Dakota state line
Red River of the North 374.703 603.026 I-94 / US 52 continue west into North Dakota
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ "Hwy 52 Interchange". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lafayette Bridge - Hwy 52 Mississippi River Crossing". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Design-build on Hwy 52 in Rochester". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Electronic signs at Highway 52/County Road 9 go live on Jan. 20". Minnesota Department of Transportation. January 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Rural Unsignalized Intersections". University of Minnesota ITS Institute. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  6. ^ Minnesota Department of Transportation (August 14, 2014). "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
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