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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 61 in Minnesota. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 61.
For the route located in northeast Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior numbered 61, see Minnesota State Highway 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 (I-35) at the city of Wyoming.

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

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

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US 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. US 61 runs concurrently with US 14 and State Highway 16 (MN 16) as it enters the state. The four-lane divided highway continues north through La Crescent. US 61 follows the Mississippi River through southeast Minnesota; through the cities of Winona, Wabasha, Lake City, and Red Wing.

US 61 is a two-lane roadway between Wabasha and Red Wing. US 61 crosses the Mississippi River at Hastings over the new Hastings Bridge and joins US 10 at Cottage Grove. US 61 and US 10 run concurrently as a freeway between Cottage Grove and the city of Saint Paul. Within the city of Saint Paul, US 61 follows I-94 for a short distance, and then follows Mounds Boulevard, East 7th Street, and Arcade Street through the east side of St. Paul.

US 61 then proceeds north to Maplewood, where it becomes a four-lane highway named Maplewood Drive to White Bear Lake. Between I-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, US 61 is a two-lane roadway again to Forest Lake and then to its northern terminus at the city of Wyoming. US 61 closely parallels I-35E and I-35 from Saint Paul to Wyoming.

Approximately 120 miles (190 km) of US 61 from La Crescent to Cottage Grove in southeast Minnesota is officially designated the Disabled American Veterans Highway. Legally, the Minnesota section of US 61 is defined as unmarked legislative routes 3, 104, 102 and 1 in the Minnesota Statutes. US 61 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway.

US 61 in Minnesota is an original U.S. Highway, established on November 26, 1926. It originally extended north to the Canadian border at Grand Portage, but it was cut back to its present terminus in 1991. The portion between Duluth and Grand Portage is now MN 61. Segments of the old alignment that parallel MN 61 and I-35 have been designated County Road 61 (CR 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 MN 316 near Miesville was completed in 1997. The freeway section of US 61 between Cottage Grove and I-494 at Newport was completed in 2007.

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information.(June 2014)

The US 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 US 61 traffic into downtown Hastings. Starting in October 2010, the Hastings bridge will be replaced, with the projected completion in 2013.

CountyLocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Mississippi River0.0000.000
US 14 east / US 61 south / WIS 16 east / Alt. I-90 east – La Crosse
Wisconsin state line
La Crosse West Channel Bridge
HoustonLa Crescent1.7122.755
MN 16 west (Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway) / Great River Road south / CSAH 6 west to MN 26Hokah, Rushford
North end of MN 16 overlap; south end of Great River Road overlap
WinonaDresbach Township4.0746.556276 I-90 east – La Crosse, Tomah, MadisonNorth end of I-90 Alt. overlap; south end of I-90 overlap
Dresbach6.63610.680273BDresbachNo northbound entrance; signed as exit 273B&A northbound
7.08711.405273ADresbachSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
Dakota8.73614.059270 I-90 west – Albert LeaNorth end of I-90 overlap
8.92514.3639 CR 12 / CR 101 – DakotaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance; I-90 exit 271 (northbound)
Richmond Township17.43828.064
CSAH 7 / Great River Road SpurPickwick
Winona25.68841.341 MN 43Rushford, Wisconsin, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
27.15943.708
CSAH 44 / Great River Road SpurWinona State University, MN Marine Art Museum
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 / CSAH 18 – Plainview
Wabasha60.17296.837
MN 60 (Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway) to Great River Road (Wisconsin Route)Zumbro Falls, Wabasha, Wisconsin, National Eagle Center
Lake City74.005119.100 US 63 south (Lyon Avenue / Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway) – Zumbro Falls, RochesterSouth end of US 63 overlap
GoodhueRed Wing88.957–
89.424
143.162–
143.914

MN 292 / Great River Road Spur
Both 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 20Hampton, Cannon Falls
Hastings115.706186.211 MN 316 south / Great River Road southSouth end of Great River Road overlap
115.806186.372
Great River Road Spur (21st Street)
116.310187.18318th Street EastFormer MN 291 east
116.848188.049 MN 55 west
117.407188.948
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–
117.810
189.030–
189.597
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
122.826–
123.270
197.669–
198.384
CSAH 19 / CR 19A (Innovation Road)Interchange; south end of freeway
124.050–
124.579
199.639–
200.490
Jamaica AvenueInterchange
125.952202.700Grange Boulevard / 80th StreetInterchange
St. Paul Park127.730–
128.236
205.562–
206.376
CSAH 22 (70th Street) / Summit AvenueInterchange
Newport129.183–
129.700
207.900–
208.732
Glen RoadInterchange
130.053–
130.450
209.300–
209.939

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
134.956217.191
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
Maplewood141.464–
141.754
227.664–
228.131
MN 36StillwaterInterchange
Vadnais Heights143.461–
143.586
230.878–
231.079
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 – Lino Lakes, Twin CitiesSouth end of MN 97 overlap
159.615256.875 MN 97 eastNorth end of MN 97 overlap
161.567–
161.705
260.017–
260.239
US 8Taylors 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) / Old US 61
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
  1. "Trunk Highway Log Point Listing - Construction District 5"(PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. November 6, 2013. RetrievedJune 14, 2014.
  2. Weingroff, Richard F. (January 9, 2009). "From Names to Numbers: The Origins of the U.S. Numbered Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. RetrievedOctober 24, 2010.
  3. Riner, Steve. "Details of routes 51–75". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Self-published. RetrievedOctober 24, 2010.[self-published source]
  4. "Hastings Bridge Project Home". Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. RetrievedOctober 9, 2014.
  5. "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing"(PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. August 20, 2010. RetrievedOctober 24, 2010.

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U S Route 61 in Minnesota Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about the section of U S Route 61 in Minnesota For the entire route see U S Route 61 For the route located in northeast Minnesota on the North Shore of Lake Superior numbered 61 see Minnesota State Highway 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 I 35 at the city of Wyoming U S Highway 61US 61 highlighted in redRoute informationMaintained by MnDOTLength164 93 mi 1 265 43 km ExistedNovember 26 1926 2 presentMajor junctionsSouth endUS 61 US 14 WIS 16 at La CrescentMajor intersectionsI 90 at Dakota near La Crescent US 14 at Winona US 63 at Lake City US 63 at Red Wing MN 55 at Hastings US 10 at Denmark Township I 494 at Newport I 94 US 10 at Saint Paul I 694 at Maplewood US 8 at Forest LakeNorth endI 35 at WyomingLocationCountryUnited StatesStateMinnesotaCountiesHouston Winona Wabasha Goodhue Dakota Washington Ramsey ChisagoHighway systemUnited States Numbered Highway SystemList Special DividedMinnesota Trunk Highway SystemInterstate US State Legislative routes MN 60 MN 61 US 61 in Minnesota is 165 miles 266 km in length The highway connects the cities of La Crescent Winona Wabasha Lake City Red Wing Hastings Cottage Grove Saint Paul Forest Lake and Wyoming Contents 1 Route description 2 History 3 Major intersections 4 See also 5 Further reading 6 References 7 External linksRoute description EditUS 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 US 61 runs concurrently with US 14 and State Highway 16 MN 16 as it enters the state The four lane divided highway continues north through La Crescent US 61 follows the Mississippi River through southeast Minnesota through the cities of Winona Wabasha Lake City and Red Wing US 61 is a two lane roadway between Wabasha and Red Wing US 61 crosses the Mississippi River at Hastings over the new Hastings Bridge and joins US 10 at Cottage Grove US 61 and US 10 run concurrently as a freeway between Cottage Grove and the city of Saint Paul Within the city of Saint Paul US 61 follows I 94 for a short distance and then follows Mounds Boulevard East 7th Street and Arcade Street through the east side of St Paul US 61 then proceeds north to Maplewood where it becomes a four lane highway named Maplewood Drive to White Bear Lake Between I 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 US 61 is a two lane roadway again to Forest Lake and then to its northern terminus at the city of Wyoming US 61 closely parallels I 35E and I 35 from Saint Paul to Wyoming Approximately 120 miles 190 km of US 61 from La Crescent to Cottage Grove in southeast Minnesota is officially designated the Disabled American Veterans Highway Legally the Minnesota section of US 61 is defined as unmarked legislative routes 3 104 102 and 1 in the Minnesota Statutes US 61 is not marked with these legislative numbers along the actual highway History EditUS 61 in Minnesota is an original U S Highway established on November 26 1926 2 It originally extended north to the Canadian border at Grand Portage but it was cut back to its present terminus in 1991 The portion between Duluth and Grand Portage is now MN 61 Segments of the old alignment that parallel MN 61 and I 35 have been designated County Road 61 CR 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 MN 316 near Miesville was completed in 1997 The freeway section of US 61 between Cottage Grove and I 494 at Newport was completed in 2007 3 This section needs to be updated Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information June 2014 The US 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 US 61 traffic into downtown Hastings Starting in October 2010 the Hastings bridge will be replaced with the projected completion in 2013 4 Major intersections EditCountyLocationmi 5 kmExitDestinationsNotesMississippi River0 0000 000 US 14 east US 61 south WIS 16 east Alt I 90 east La CrosseWisconsin state lineLa Crosse West Channel BridgeHoustonLa Crescent1 7122 755 MN 16 west Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway Great River Road south CSAH 6 west to MN 26 Hokah RushfordNorth end of MN 16 overlap south end of Great River Road overlapWinonaDresbach Township4 0746 556276 I 90 east La Crosse Tomah MadisonNorth end of I 90 Alt overlap south end of I 90 overlapDresbach6 63610 680273BDresbachNo northbound entrance signed as exit 273B amp A northbound7 08711 405273ADresbachSouthbound exit and northbound entranceDakota8 73614 059270 I 90 west Albert LeaNorth end of I 90 overlap8 92514 3639 CR 12 CR 101 DakotaSouthbound exit and northbound entrance I 90 exit 271 northbound Richmond Township17 43828 064 CSAH 7 Great River Road Spur PickwickWinona25 68841 341 MN 43 Rushford Wisconsin Minnesota State College Southeast Technical27 15943 708 CSAH 44 Great River Road Spur Winona State University MN Marine Art Museum29 52247 511 US 14 west Pelzer Street Rochester St Marys UniversityNorth end of US 14 overlapRollingstone Township46 11874 220 MN 248 west Rollingstone Altura Minnesota CityWabashaWeaver46 74075 221 MN 74 south Whitewater State Park St CharlesGreenfield Township53 97986 871 MN 42 south CSAH 18 PlainviewWabasha60 17296 837 MN 60 Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway to Great River Road Wisconsin Route Zumbro Falls Wabasha Wisconsin National Eagle CenterLake City74 005119 100 US 63 south Lyon Avenue Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Highway Zumbro Falls RochesterSouth end of US 63 overlapGoodhueRed Wing88 957 89 424143 162 143 914 MN 292 Great River Road SpurBoth ends of MN 292 loop91 047146 526 US 63 north MN 58 south Plum Street Minnesota State College Southeast Technical WisconsinNorth end of US 63 overlap96 561155 400 MN 19 west Cannon Falls97 701157 235 CSAH 18 Prairie Island Boulevard Prairie Island Indian Community Treasure Island Resort amp Casino Lock and Dam No 3Welch Township101 142162 772 CSAH 7 Welch Village Road Welch Welch Village104 480168 144 MN 316 north Great River Road north HastingsNorth end of Great River Road overlapDakotaDouglas Township107 588173 146 MN 50 west to MN 20 Hampton Cannon FallsHastings115 706186 211 MN 316 south Great River Road southSouth end of Great River Road overlap115 806186 372 Great River Road Spur 21st Street 116 310187 18318th Street EastFormer MN 291 east116 848188 049 MN 55 west117 407188 948 CSAH 42 west 2nd Street Great River Road National Route northInterchange 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 458 117 810189 030 189 597Hastings BridgeWashingtonDenmark Township119 120191 705 US 10 east Great River Road National Route south I 94 Alt east PrescottNorth end of Great River Road overlap south end of I 94 Alt US 10 overlapCottage Grove119 966193 067 MN 95 north Manning Avenue Stillwater122 826 123 270197 669 198 384 CSAH 19 CR 19A Innovation Road Interchange south end of freeway124 050 124 579199 639 200 490Jamaica AvenueInterchange125 952202 700Grange Boulevard 80th StreetInterchangeSt Paul Park127 730 128 236205 562 206 376 CSAH 22 70th Street Summit AvenueInterchangeNewport129 183 129 700207 900 208 732Glen RoadInterchange130 053 130 450209 300 209 939 I 494 Great River Road National Route southInterchange I 494 exits 63A amp B south end of Great River Road overlapRamseySt Paul130 665210 285Maxwell Avenue Bailey RoadInterchange north end of freeway134 956217 191 Great River Road National Route north Warner Road County 36 north end of Great River Road overlap135 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 north136 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 243137 424221 162 MN 5 west 7th Street South end of MN 5 overlap138 014222 112 MN 5 east East 7th Street North end of MN 5 overlapMaplewood141 464 141 754227 664 228 131 MN 36 StillwaterInterchangeVadnais Heights143 461 143 586230 878 231 079 I 694Interchange I 694 exit 48Vadnais Heights Gem Lake line144 467232 497 CSAH 15 County E Former MN 244 northWhite Bear Lake146 726236 133 CSAH 96 westFormer MN 96 west147 822237 896 MN 96 east StillwaterWashingtonForest Lake159 295256 360 MN 97 west Lino Lakes Twin CitiesSouth end of MN 97 overlap159 615256 875 MN 97 eastNorth end of MN 97 overlap161 567 161 705260 017 260 239 US 8 Taylors FallsInterchangeChisagoWyoming164 858265 313 CSAH 22 Wyoming Trail Former MN 98 east south end of CR 22 overlap165 111265 720 CSAH 30 north Forest Boulevard Old US 61Former US 61 north165 487266 326 I 35 CSAH 22 west St Paul Minneapolis DuluthInterchange north end of CR 22 overlap I 35 exit 1351 000 mi 1 609 km 1 000 km 0 621 mi Concurrency terminusSee also EditHighway 61 Revisited song and albumFurther reading EditJohnson Nathan 2021 Highway 61 Through Minnesota Arcadia Publishing ISBN 9781467106931 References Edit Trunk Highway Log Point Listing Construction District 5 PDF Minnesota Department of Transportation November 6 2013 Retrieved June 14 2014 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 a b 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 Archived from the original on October 15 2014 Retrieved October 9 2014 Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing PDF Minnesota Department of Transportation August 20 2010 Retrieved October 24 2010 External links EditRoute map KML file edit help Template Attached KML U S Route 61 in MinnesotaKML is from Wikidata U S Route 61Previous state Wisconsin Minnesota Next state Terminus Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title U S Route 61 in Minnesota amp oldid 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