State Route 60 in Minnesota
State Route 60 is a state route in the US state of Minnesota. The road forms an east-west route in the south of the state, from the Iowa border at Bigelow via Worthington, Mankato and Faribault to the Wisconsin border at Wabasha. State Route 60 is 352 kilometers long.
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State Route 60 begins on the Iowa border at the village of Bigelow. Heading south, State Route 60 in Iowa continues toward Sioux City. The road heads northeast, then east across the prairies of southern Minnesota. The area consists of extensive countryside with small towns. Worthington is the first major town on the route, a regional center on Interstate 90. 150 kilometers to the east follows the city of Mankato, the largest city on the route of State Route 60. Practically the entire State Route 60 is constructed as a 2×2 divided highway from the border with Iowa to Mankato.
East of Mankato, State Route 60 has a more secondary character, as the more important US 14 runs further south. The road runs through Faribault, a town where Interstate 35 crosses. State Route 60 continues east through rolling countryside, with some deeper valleys, especially closer to the Wisconsin border. The border with that state is formed by the Mississippi River. This river is crossed via a bridge in Wabesha, after which State Route 25 in Wisconsin continues to Menomonie.
State Route 60 was created in 1934 and originally ran from US 59 in Worthington to US 61 in Wabasha. In 1937 the route was extended from Worthington to the border with Iowa, and in 1943 to the border with Wisconsin. This created the only State Route in Minnesota that connects two states. The last parts of State Route 60 were paved in the late 1950s.
In 1931, the first bridge over the Mississippi River at Wabasha, the Wabasha-Nelson Bridge, opened. This was replaced in 1988 by a new bridge.
The section between the Iowa and Mankato border is part of a fairly important transportation corridor from Minneapolis to Sioux City. There are no Interstate Highways on this route, so State Route 60 has been widened almost entirely to a 2×2 divided highway. In the late 1970s, State Route 60 began widening to 2×2 lanes. The section between St. James and Mankato was completed in 1980, and the section from Worthington to Windom in 1997. In 2012, the section between the Iowa and Worthington border was doubled to 2×2 lanes. In 2014 the section between Butterfield and St. James followed and in 2015 a long section between St. James and Mountain Lake. In 2018, the final section between Mountain Lake and Windom was widened to 2×2 lanes. The 2×2 lanes were completed on November 29, 2018.
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|Iowa state line – Bigelow Bypass||late 2008|
|Bigelow – I-90 at Worthington||2010-2013|
|I-90 at Worthington – Windom||1993-2003|
|Windom – Mountain Lake||29-11-2018|
|Mountain Lake – Butterfield||2015|
|Butterfield – St James||2013-2014|
|St. James – Mankato||1980|
4,300 vehicles drive daily at the Iowa border, rising to 5,300 vehicles at Worthington. Between Worthington and Mankato there are usually 5,000 to 7,000 vehicles, closer to Mankato 15,000 vehicles. This rises to a maximum of 32,000 vehicles in Mankato. Between Mankato and Faribault approximately 4,500 vehicles and 1,000 to 2,000 vehicles drive to Mazeppa, but only 500 vehicles further to Wabasha.
State Route 610 in Minnesota
State Route 610 or SR-610 is a state route in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The highway forms an east-west route in the northern suburban area of Minneapolis. The highway is 18 kilometers long.
State Route 610 begins at an interchange with Interstate 94 and splits from here. The highway then heads east through the northern suburbs of Minneapolis. In Osseo there is an interchange with US 169 and slightly to the east is an interchange with State Route 252, which is not a freeway. After this, the highway crosses the Mississippi River with 2×4 lanes and then ends at an interchange with US 10 in Coon Rapids.
State Route 610 is one of the more recent highways in the Twin Cities, although its planning began in the mid-1970s. The first part opened around 1986 in Coon Rapids and connected to US 10. In 1986 one bridge opened over the Mississippi River, a second bridge was built next to it in 2002. In 2000, the westbound extension of the highway opened through Brooklyn Park to US 169. On August 19, 2011, a westbound extension opened to County Road 81 in Maple Grove. Between 2014 and 2016, the highway was extended another 3 miles west to I-94. The official opening followed on October 20, 2016, although the traffic opening did not follow until December 9, 2016.
The intensities range from 33,000 to 83,000 in Coon Rapids. This makes the highway one of the few highways in the conurbation that has quite a large capacity.