U.S. Route 61 in Minnesota

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U.S. Highway 61 marker

U.S. Highway 61
U.S. 61 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length164.93 mi[2] (265.43 km)
ExistedNovember 26, 1926[1]–present
Major junctions
South end US 61 / US 14 / WIS 16 at La Crescent
North end I-35 at Wyoming
CountiesHouston, Winona, Wabasha, Goodhue, Dakota, Washington, Ramsey, Chisago
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 60MN 61

U.S. Highway 61 (US 61) is a U.S. Highway in southeast and east-central Minnesota, which runs from the River Bridge over the Mississippi River at La Crescent and continues north to its northern terminus at its junction with Interstate 35 at the city of Wyoming.

U.S. 61 in Minnesota is 165 miles (266 km) in length. The route connects the cities of La Crescent, Winona, Wabasha, Lake City, Red Wing, Hastings, Cottage Grove, Saint Paul, Forest Lake, and Wyoming.

Route description[edit]

U.S. Highway 61 enters the state of Minnesota at the city of La Crescent on the River Bridge over the Mississippi River between the cities of La Crosse and La Crescent. U.S. 61 is concurrent with U.S. 14 and State Highway 16 as it enters the state.

The four-lane divided highway continues north through La Crescent. U.S. 61 follows the Mississippi River through southeast Minnesota; through the cities of Winona, Wabasha, Lake City, and Red Wing. Highway 61 is a two-lane roadway between Wabasha and Red Wing.

U.S. 61 crosses the Mississippi River at Hastings over the new Hastings Bridge and joins U.S. 10 at Cottage Grove. U.S. 61 and U.S. 10 are concurrent as a freeway between Cottage Grove and the city of Saint Paul.

Within the city of Saint Paul, U.S. 61 follows Interstate 94 for a short distance, and then follows Mounds Boulevard, East 7th Street, and Arcade Street through the East Side of St. Paul.

U.S. 61 then proceeds north to Maplewood, where it becomes a four-lane highway named "Maplewood Drive" to White Bear Lake. Between Interstate 694 and the central business district of White Bear Lake, the road serves one of the Twin Cities region's major car dealership areas. After leaving White Bear Lake, U.S. 61 is a two-lane roadway again to Forest Lake and then to its northern terminus at the city of Wyoming.

Highway 61 closely parallels Interstate 35E and Interstate 35 from Saint Paul to Wyoming.

120 miles (190 km) of U.S. 61 from La Crescent to Cottage Grove in southeast Minnesota is officially designated the Disabled American Veterans Highway.

Legally, the Minnesota section of U.S. 61 is defined as unmarked legislative routes 3, 104, 102 and 1 in the Minnesota Statutes. U.S. 61 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway.


Highway 61 in Minnesota is an original U.S. Route, established on November 26, 1926.[1] It originally extended north to the U.S.-Canada border at Grand Portage, but was cut back to its present terminus in 1991. The portion between Duluth and Grand Portage is now Minnesota State Highway 61. Segments of the old alignment that parallels MN-61 and I-35 have been designated County Road 61.

In 1929, the only unpaved portions were from Hastings to Wabasha and from Winona to the state line. It was completely paved by 1940.[3]

The expressway sections south of Wabasha were built in the 1960s and the 1970s. The four lane divided highway section between Red Wing and State Highway 316 near Miesville was completed in 1997. The freeway section of U.S. 61 between Cottage Grove and I-494 at Newport was completed in 2007.[3]


The U.S. 61 Hastings High Bridge received considerable attention from increased bridge inspections in 2008 following the August 1, 2007 I-35W Bridge collapse in nearby Minneapolis. The Hastings High Bridge, a steel arch structure built in 1951, is structurally deficient and shows considerable deterioration. It is also a notorious traffic bottleneck because it has only one lane each way and dumps southbound U.S. 61 traffic into downtown Hastings. Starting in October 2010 the Hastings bridge will be replaced, with the projected completion in 2013.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

HoustonLa Crescent0.0000.000
US 14 east / US 61 south / WIS 16 east / Alt. I-90 east – La Crosse
Wisconsin state line (La Crosse West Channel Bridge over Mississippi River)
1.7122.755 MN 16 west / Great River Road south / CR 6 west – Hokah, RushfordNorth end of MN 16 overlap; south end of Great River Road overlap
WinonaDresbach Township4.0746.556 I-90 east – La Crosse, Tomah, MadisonNorth end of I-90 Alt. overlap; south end of I-90 overlap; US 61 south follows exit 276
Dresbach6.63610.680DresbachNo northbound entrance; I-90 exit 273B&A (northbound) and 273B (southbound)
7.08711.405DresbachSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; I-90 exit 273A
Dakota8.73614.059 I-90 west – Albert LeaNorth end of I-90 overlap; US 61 north follows exit 270
8.92514.363 CR 12 / CR 101 – DakotaInterchange; I-90 exit 271 (northbound)
Winona25.68841.341 MN 43 – Rushford, Wisconsin, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
29.52247.511 US 14 west / Pelzer Street – Rochester, St. Marys UniversityNorth end of US 14 overlap
Rollingstone Township46.11874.220 MN 248 west – Rollingstone, Altura, Minnesota City
WabashaWeaver46.74075.221 MN 74 south – Whitewater State Park, St. Charles
Greenfield Township53.97986.871 MN 42 south – Plainview
Kellogg54.24787.302 CSAH 18 – Kellogg
Wabasha60.17296.837 MN 60 to Great River Road wisconsin – Zumbro Falls, Wabasha, Wisconsin, National Eagle Center
Lake City74.005119.100 US 63 south (Lyon Avenue) – Zumbro Falls, RochesterSouth end of US 63 overlap
GoodhueRed Wing88.957–
MN 292Both ends of MN 292 loop
91.047146.526 US 63 north / MN 58 south (Plum Street) – Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, WisconsinNorth end of US 63 overlap
96.561155.400 MN 19 west – Cannon Falls
97.701157.235 CSAH 18 (Prairie Island Boulevard) – Prairie Island Indian Community, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Lock and Dam No. 3
Welch Township101.142162.772 CSAH 7 (Welch Village Road) – Welch, Welch Village
104.480168.144 MN 316 north / Great River Road north – HastingsNorth end of Great River Road overlap
DakotaDouglas Township107.588173.146 MN 50 west to MN 20 – Hampton, Cannon Falls
Hastings115.706186.211 MN 316 south / Great River Road southSouth end of Great River Road overlap
116.310187.18318th Street EastFormer MN 291 east
116.848188.049 MN 55 west
CSAH 42 west (2nd Street) / Great River Road (National Route) north
Interchange; south end of Great River Road (National Route) overlap (US 61 south of here is an alternate route of the Great River Road)
Mississippi River117.458–
Hastings Bridge
WashingtonDenmark Township119.120191.705
US 10 east / Great River Road (National Route) south / I-94 Alt. east – Prescott
North end of Great River Road overlap; south end of I-94 Alt. / US 10 overlap
Cottage Grove119.966193.067 MN 95 north (Manning Avenue) – Stillwater
CSAH 19 / CR 19A (Innovation Road)Interchange; south end of freeway
Jamaica AvenueInterchange
125.952202.700Grange Boulevard / 80th StreetInterchange
St. Paul Park127.730–
CSAH 22 (70th Street) / Summit AvenueInterchange
Glen RoadInterchange

I-494 / Great River Road (National Route) south
Interchange; I-494 exits 63A&B; south end of Great River Road overlap
RamseySt. Paul130.665210.285Maxwell Avenue / Bailey RoadInterchange; north end of freeway
Great River Road (National Route) north (Warner Road / County 36)
north end of Great River Road overlap
135.550218.147 I-94 east (US 12) / East 3rd StreetNorth end of I-94 Alt. overlap; south end of I-94 / US 12 overlap; US 61 south follows exit 244; no access from US 61 south to 3rd Street or 3rd Street to US 61 north
136.685219.973 I-94 west / US 10 west (US 12) / Kellogg Boulevard / Mounds BoulevardNorth end of I-94 / US 10 / US 12 overlap; US 61 north follows exit 243
137.424221.162 MN 5 west (7th Street)South end of MN 5 overlap
138.014222.112 MN 5 east (East 7th Street)North end of MN 5 overlap
MN 36 – StillwaterInterchange
Vadnais Heights143.461–
I-694Interchange; I-694 exit 48
Vadnais HeightsGem Lake line144.467232.497 CSAH 15 (County E)Former MN 244 north
White Bear Lake146.726236.133 CSAH 96 westFormer MN 96 west
147.822237.896 MN 96 east – Stillwater
WashingtonForest Lake159.295256.360 MN 97 west to I-35 – Lino Lakes, Twin CitiesSouth end of MN 97 overlap
159.615256.875 MN 97 eastNorth end of MN 97 overlap
US 8 to I-35 south – Taylors FallsInterchange
ChisagoWyoming164.858265.313 CSAH 22 (Wyoming Trail)Former MN 98 east; south end of CR 22 overlap
165.111265.720 CSAH 30 north (Forest Boulevard)Former US 61 north
165.487266.326 I-35 / CSAH 22 west – St. Paul, Minneapolis, DuluthInterchange; north end of CR 22 overlap; I-35 exit 135
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map:

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  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 October 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51–75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 24, 2010.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Hastings Bridge Project Home". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.

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