U.S. Route 52 in Minnesota
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||374.703 mi (603.026 km)
243 miles along I-94
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|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|
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.
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.  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.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
|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|
|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. Paul–West St. Paul line||127.384||205.005||—||Wentworth Avenue / Thompson 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
- "Hwy 52 Interchange". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "Lafayette Bridge - Hwy 52 Mississippi River Crossing". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
- "Design-build on Hwy 52 in Rochester". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
- "Electronic signs at Highway 52/County Road 9 go live on Jan. 20". Minnesota Department of Transportation. January 18, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- "Rural Unsignalized Intersections". University of Minnesota ITS Institute. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- Minnesota Department of Transportation (August 14, 2014). "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
- Steve Riner Details of Routes 51-75. The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Accessed March 24, 2007.
- Adam Froehlig US Route 52 Exit List Twin Cities Highways. Accessed August 5, 2007.
- Matt Salek US 52 Exits: SE Minnesota Upper Midwest Freeway Exit Guides. Accessed August 5, 2007.
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