U.S. Route 61 in Minnesota
U.S. 61 highlighted in red
|Maintained by Mn/DOT|
|Length:||164.93 mi (265.43 km)|
|Existed:||November 26, 1926 – present|
|South end:||US 61 / US 14 / WIS 16 at La Crescent|
|North end:||I-35 at Wyoming|
|Counties:||Houston, Winona, Wabasha, Goodhue, Dakota, Washington, Ramsey, Chisago|
U.S. Highway 61 (U.S. 61) is a 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.
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 Hastings High 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.
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. 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.
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.
||This section needs to be updated. (June 2014)|
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.
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)|
|1.712||2.755||MN 16 west / Great River Road south / CR 6 west – Hokah||North end of MN 16 overlap; south end of Great River Road overlap|
|Winona||Dresbach Township||4.074||6.556||I-90 east – La Crosse, Tomah, Madison||North end of I-90 Alt. overlap; south end of I-90 overlap; US 61 south follows exit 276|
|Dresbach||6.636||10.680||Dresbach||No northbound entrance; I-90 exit 273B&A (northbound) and 273B (southbound)|
|7.087||11.405||Dresbach||Southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-90 exit 273A|
|Dakota||8.736||14.059||I-90 west – Albert Lea||North end of I-90 overlap; US 61 north follows exit 270|
|8.925||14.363||CR 12 / CR 101 – Dakota||Interchange; I-90 exit 271 (northbound)|
|Winona||25.688||41.341||MN 43 – Rushford, Wisconsin, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical|
|29.522||47.511||US 14 west / Pelzer Street – Rochester, St. Marys University||North end of US 14 overlap|
|Rollingstone Township||46.118||74.220||MN 248 west – Rollingstone, Altura, Minnesota City|
|Wabasha||Weaver||46.740||75.221||MN 74 south – Whitewater State Park|
|Greenfield Township||53.979||86.871||MN 42 south – Plainview|
|Kellogg||54.247||87.302||CSAH 18 – Kellogg|
|Wabasha||60.172||96.837||MN 60 to Great River Road wisconsin – Zumbro Falls, Wabasha, Wisconsin, National Eagle Center|
|Lake City||74.005||119.100||US 63 south (Lyon Avenue)||South end of US 63 overlap|
|MN 292||Both ends of MN 292 loop|
|91.047||146.526||US 63 north / MN 58 south (Plum Street) – Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, Wisconsin||North end of US 63 overlap|
|96.561||155.400||MN 19 west – Cannon Falls|
|97.701||157.235||CSAH 18 (Prairie Island Boulevard) – Prairie Island Indian Community, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Lock and Dam No. 3|
|Welch Township||101.142||162.772||CSAH 7 (Welch Village Road) – Welch, Welch Village|
|104.480||168.144||MN 316 north / Great River Road north – Hastings||North end of Great River Road overlap|
|Dakota||Douglas Township||107.588||173.146||MN 50 west to MN 20 – Hampton, Cannon Falls|
|Hastings||115.706||186.211||MN 316 south / Great River Road south||South end of Great River Road overlap|
|116.310||187.183||MN 291 east|
|116.848||188.049||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)|
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 Grove||119.966||193.067||MN 95 north (Manning Avenue) – Stillwater|
|CSAH 19 / CR 19A (Innovation Road)||Interchange; south end of freeway|
|125.952||202.700||Grange Boulevard / 80th Street||Interchange|
|St. Paul Park||127.730–
|CSAH 22 (70th Street) / Summit Avenue||Interchange|
I-494 / Great River Road (National Route) south
|Interchange; I-494 exits 63A&B; south end of Great River Road overlap|
|Ramsey||St. Paul||130.665||210.285||Maxwell Avenue / Bailey Road||Interchange; north end of freeway|
Great River Road (National Route) north (Warner Road / County 36)
|north end of Great River Road overlap|
|135.550||218.147||I-94 east (US 12) / East 3rd Street||North 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|
|136.685||219.973||I-94 west / US 10 west (US 12) / Kellogg Boulevard / Mounds Boulevard||North end of I-94 / US 10 / US 12 overlap; US 61 north follows exit 243|
|137.424||221.162||MN 5 west (7th Street)||South end of MN 5 overlap|
|138.014||222.112||MN 5 east (East 7th Street)||North end of MN 5 overlap|
|MN 36 – Stillwater||Interchange|
|I-694||Interchange; I-694 exit 48|
|Vadnais Heights–Gem Lake line||144.467||232.497||CSAH 15 (County E)||Former MN 244 north|
|White Bear Lake||146.726||236.133||CSAH 96 west||Former MN 96 west|
|147.822||237.896||MN 96 east – Stillwater|
|Washington||Forest Lake||159.295||256.360||MN 97 west to I-35 – Lino Lakes, Twin Cities||South end of MN 97 overlap|
|159.615||256.875||MN 97 east||North end of MN 97 overlap|
|US 8 to I-35 south – Taylors Falls||Interchange|
|Chisago||Wyoming||164.858||265.313||CSAH 22 (Wyoming Trail)||Former MN 98 east; south end of CR 22 overlap|
|165.111||265.720||CSAH 30 north (Forest Boulevard)||Former US 61 north|
|165.487||266.326||I-35 / CSAH 22 west – St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth||Interchange; north end of CR 22 overlap; I-35 exit 135|
|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 October 24, 2010.
- "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 6, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
- Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51–75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. Retrieved October 24, 2010.[self-published source]
- "Hastings Bridge Project Home". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
- "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2010.
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