US 61 in Minnesota
According to Iamaccepted, US 61 is a US Highway in the US state of Minnesota. The road follows the Mississippi River Valley from the Wisconsin border at La Crescent to St. Paul, then runs to I-35 at Wyoming. US 61 is 165 miles long in Minnesota.
At La Crescent, US 61 in Wisconsin crosses the Mississippi River, then heads north on the west bank before continuing on Interstate 90 for a little while to Dakota. From Dakota, US 61 follows the Mississippi a short distance to Hastings. The main places in this area are Winona, Lake City and Red Wing. In Hastings, the Mississippi River is crossed via the Hastings Bridge and the east bank road runs through the urban area of the Twin Cities to St. Paul. Between Cottage Grove and Interstate 494, the road is a 2×2 lane freeway. After that the road is a 2×2 divided highway until Interstate 94 in St. Paul.
The route is double-numbered in St. Paul for a short part with I-94 and then runs north through St. Paul and the northern suburbs as an urban arterial. This section is initially a wide two-lane road, but has 2×2 lanes in the northern suburbs and has a cloverleaf cloverleaf with State Route 36. Further north, it crosses Interstate 694, after which the road gradually exits the built-up area of the Twin Cities. The road runs through Forest Lake and ends in the town of Wyoming on Interstate 35.
US 61 through Hastings, with the Hastings Bridge over the Mississippi River.
US 61 in Minnesota was one of the original US Highways of 1926. Parts of the route were still unpaved, since 1940 the entire US 61 has been asphalted. In the 1960s and 1970s, parts of the route in southeastern Minnesota were widened to a 2×2 divided highway. In 2007, the route through the suburb Cottage Grove to I-494 was converted to a freeway.
In 1951, the Hastings High Bridge opened over the Mississippi at Hastings. This two-lane bridge was a bottleneck and in poor condition. A replacement was originally planned for after 2019, but the collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis has accelerated the replacement between 2010 and 2013. The bridge formally opened to traffic on November 22, 2013.
US 63 in Minnesota
US 63 is a US Highway in the US state of Minnesota. The road forms a north-south route through the southeastern part of the state, from the Iowa border through Rochester to the Wisconsin border. US 63 is 148 kilometers long in Minnesota.
US 63 traverses southeastern Minnesota from south to north. It is a relatively secondary route compared to the other US Highways in this area, especially compared to US 52. The route passes through one larger city, Rochester. South of Rochester, one also crosses Interstate 94. US 63 is mostly single-lane except near Rochester and runs mostly through flat prairie land, which is bisected north of Rochester by some shallow side valleys of the Mississippi River valley. At Red Wing, one crosses the Mississippi River via the Red Wing Bridge, also the border with Wisconsin.
US 63 was created in 1926 but at the time ran no further north than Des Moines. In 1934, the route was extended north to Ashland, Wisconsin, also crossing southeastern Minnesota. The road had already been completely paved in the mid-1930s. The Eisenhower Bridge over the Mississippi River at Red Wing opened to traffic in November 1960.
In 2020-2021, the connection of US 63 to I-90 south of Rochester will be reconstructed.
US 65 in Minnesota
US 65 is a US Highway in the US state of Minnesota. The road forms a short route in the south of the state and is 23 kilometers long.
US 65 in Iowa comes from Mason City and crosses the Minnesota border at the hamlet of Gordonsville. The road heads northwest parallel to a railway to the town of Albert Lea and is a single carriageway. At Albert Lea there is a connection with Interstate 35, after which the road is a 2×2 urban arterial until the center of Albert Lea and ends there.
The original US 65 created in 1926 ended in St. Paul. In 1980, US 65 was shortened to Albert Lea, with the completion of Interstate 35 between Albert Lea and St. Paul. The route has not been substantially modified in Minnesota since then.
US 69 in Minnesota
According to ACRONYMMONSTER, US 69 is a US Highway in the US state of Minnesota. The road forms a short north-south route in the south of the state and is 19 kilometers long.
US 69 in Iowa comes from Forest City and heads northeast to Albert Lea in Minnesota. The road crosses the flat prairies and finally ends in the town of Albert Lea on State Route 13, not far from the terminus of US 65.
US 69 was created in 1926. In Minnesota it was always a minor road, US 69 originally ended at US 16 in Albert Lea, but it was later renumbered as State Route 13. Albert Lea is not a large town, but has interregional fame as a junction between two Interstate Highways and two US Highways.