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Minnesota State Highway 22 (MN 22) is a 166.325-mile-long (267.674 km) highway in south-central and central Minnesota, which runs from Winnebago County Road R50 at the Iowa state line near Kiester and continues north to its northern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 23 in Richmond, west of St. Cloud.

Trunk Highway 22 marker

Trunk Highway 22
MN 22 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length166.325 mi[2] (267.674 km)
Existed1920[1]–present
Major junctions
South end CR R50 at the Minnesota – Iowa state line
  I-90 near Wells and Kiester
MN 109 at Wells
MN 30 at Mapleton
US 14 at Mankato
US 169 / MN 99 at St. Peter
MN 5 / MN 19 at Gaylord
US 212 at Glencoe
MN 7 / MN 15 at Hutchinson
US 12 / MN 24 at Litchfield
MN 55 at Eden Valley
North end MN 23 at Richmond
Location
CountiesFaribault, Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Sibley, McLeod, Meeker, Stearns
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 21MN 23

Route descriptionEdit

 
MN 22 concurrent with US 169 and MN 99 in St. Peter

State Highway 22 serves as a north–south route between Wells, Mankato, St. Peter, Gaylord, Glencoe, Hutchinson, Litchfield, and Richmond.

Highway 22 parallels State Highway 15 throughout its route. Highway 22 also intersects with Highway 15 at Hutchinson.

The route crosses the Minnesota River between St. Peter and Kasota.

Highway 22 is built as a four-lane divided highway on the east side of Mankato.

The southern terminus for Highway 22 is at the Iowa state line, near Kiester, where Highway 22 becomes Winnebago County Road R50 (140th Avenue) upon crossing the state line.

HistoryEdit

State Highway 22 was authorized in 1920 from St. Peter to Paynesville.[3] In 1934, it was extended south to the Iowa state line, and its northernmost section between Eden Valley and Paynesville became part of State Highway 55.

The section of Highway 22 between Mankato and St. Peter follows the original route of U.S. Highway 169. When the parallel route west of the Minnesota River was first completed in the late 1950s, it originally carried the Highway 22 designation for a few years until it was redesignated U.S. 169 and Highway 22 reverted to its original alignment.[1]

From 1934 to 1961, the northern terminus for Highway 22 was at its intersection with State Highway 55 in Eden Valley. The Highway 22 designation was extended north to Richmond in 1961.[1] Highway 22 will be redone from Mapleton to CO RD 90 just south of Mankato starting March 27, 2017, with the project finalizing in 2019. It will be a 3 part project, with the first stage being Mapleton to Beauford in 2017. In 2018 from Beauford to CO RD 90. Finally in 2019 the Victory Drive Memorial will be finished.

Highway 22 was paved in its entirety by 1953.[1]

The new alignment section of Highway 22 on the southeast side of Mankato to U.S. Highway 14 was constructed circa 1990.[1]

Major intersectionsEdit

CountyLocationmi[2]kmDestinationsNotes
Faribault0.0000.000  CR R50Continuation into Iowa
Foster Township12.072–
12.183
19.428–
19.607
  I-90 – Albert Lea, Blue EarthI-90 Exit 138
Wells18.27029.403  MN 109 west – AirportSouthern end of MN 109 overlap
18.44429.683  MN 109 east – AldenNorthern end of MN 109 overlap
Blue EarthMapleton Township32.47552.263  MN 30 east – New RichlandSouthern end of MN 30 overlap
Mapleton35.06256.427  MN 30 west – AmboyNorthern end of MN 30 overlap
Mankato50.56081.368  MN 83 east – St. Clair
52.563–
52.658
84.592–
84.745
   US 14 / MN 60Interchange
NicolletSt. Peter64.074103.117   US 169 / MN 99Southern end of US 169 / MN 99 overlap
  MN 99 – Le CenterNorthern end of MN 99 overlap
65.934106.110  US 169Northern end of US 169 overlap
New Sweden Township79.597128.099  MN 111 – Nicollet
SibleyGaylord89.846144.593   MN 5 / MN 19Eastern end of MN 5 / MN 19 overlap
89.987144.820   MN 5 / MN 19Western end of MN 5 / MN 19 overlap
McLeodGlencoe Township103.338166.306  US 212 west – BrowntonWestern end of US 212 overlap
Glencoe106.633171.609  US 212 east – MinneapolisEastern end of US 212 overlap
Hutchinson121.192195.040  MN 7 east – Silver LakeEastern end of MN 7 overlap
122.120196.533  MN 15
Acoma Township129.945209.126  MN 7 west – Cosmos, MontevideoWestern end of MN 7 overlap
MeekerLitchfield143.080230.265  US 12 eastSouthern end of US 12 overlap
  MN 24 – Kimball
Litchfield Township145.125233.556  US 12 west – WillmarNorthern end of US 12 overlap
Eden Valley156.901252.508  MN 55 – Kimball, Paynesville
StearnsRichmond167.063268.862  MN 23 – Cold Spring, Roscoe
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

ReferencesEdit

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata
  1. ^ a b c d e Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 1-25". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. Retrieved February 24, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 14, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  3. ^ Minnesota State Legislature (2010). "§ 161.114, Constitutional Trunk Highways". Minnesota Statutes. Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes. Retrieved October 9, 2010.