Minnesota State Highway 27

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Trunk Highway 27 marker

Trunk Highway 27
Route information
Maintained by MnDOT
Length247.623 mi[1] (398.511 km)
Existed1934–present
Major junctions
West end MN 28 near Browns Valley
 
East end I-35 near Moose Lake
Location
CountiesTraverse, Grant, Douglas, Todd, Morrison, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Aitkin, Carlton
Highway system
  • Minnesota Trunk Highways
MN 26MN 28

Minnesota State Highway 27 (MN 27) is a state highway in west-central and east-central Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with MN 28 in Browns Valley and continues east to its interchange with Interstate 35 (I-35) in Moose Lake. For part of its route (23 miles), it runs concurrently with MN 65 in Kanabec and Aitkin counties between Woodland and Rice River Township. MN 27 is 248 miles (399 km) in length.

Route description[edit]

MN 27 serves as an east–west route between Browns Valley, Wheaton, Alexandria, Long Prairie, Little Falls, Mille Lacs Lake, and Moose Lake.

The western terminus for MN 27 is its intersection with MN 28 in Browns Valley, near the MinnesotaSouth Dakota state line at the Little Minnesota River; the Sam Brown Memorial State Wayside Park is located at the western terminus of MN 27 in Browns Valley.

MN 27 crosses the Broadway Bridge at the Mississippi River in Little Falls.

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park is located immediately south of MN 27 and Little Falls on the Great River Road (CR 52).

Father Hennepin State Park is located on MN 27 at the southeast corner of Mille Lacs Lake, one mile (1.6 km) west of Isle.

MN 27, together with MN 65, passes through the Solana State Forest in Aitkin County.

History[edit]

Highway 27 was marked in 1934, it replaced part of former State Highway 10 between Wheaton and Herman and part of State Highway 54 from Herman to Roseville Township; the remainder consisted of either concurrencies or new highways authorized in 1933. At this time, it was paved from Wheaton to Herman, along its overlap with U.S. 52 from Alexandria to Osakis, and from its junction with State Highway 28 to Pierz.[2][3]

It was paved from Long Prairie to its junction with Highway 28 in 1938,[4] and from U.S. 169 to then-State Highway 56 along the south side of Mille Lacs Lake in 1939.[5]

In the early 1940s, paving was done along short segments west of Wheaton, east of Osakis, west of Lastrup, and west of Moose Lake.[6]

After the end of World War II, the remainder of the highway west of Mille Lacs Lake was paved in stages, with these portions complete by 1955.[7]

In 1958, the roadway was realigned; instead of turning northeastward to travel through McGrath, it continued directly east to intersect Highway 65 at a four-way junction with then-State Highway 66.[8][9][10]

Highway 27 was relocated in 1961 along the routing of former State Highway 66 from State Highway 47 south of Isle to Highway 65 at Woodland; the 66 designation was simultaneously reused on another highway in Blue Earth County. Its former alignment from 47 to 65 was renumbered as part of State Highway 18;[11][12] also in 1961, the highway was paved from the Aitkin-Carlton county line to the existing pavement near its crossing of the Kettle River.[13]

In 1970, the highway was extended through Moose Lake along former U.S. 61 and County Road 8 to an interchange with the newly-built Interstate 35.[14]

The last remaining unpaved section, from Highway 65 to the Aitkin-Carlton county line, was paved in 1974.[15]

In 2012, Highway 27 was moved to overlap with I-94 from Alexandria to Osakis, with the old route turned over to Douglas County maintenance and renamed County Road 82; the highway was then routed along what had previously been State Highway 127 to connect with its existing alignment in Osakis.[16]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
TraverseFolsom Township0.0000.000 MN 28 – Browns Valley, SissetonWestern terminus
Lake Valley Township17.55128.246 MN 117 west – Rosholt SD
Wheaton24.00738.636 US 75 north – BreckenridgeWestern end of US 75 concurrency
24.10838.798 US 75 south – OrtonvilleEastern end of US 75 concurrency
GrantHerman40.95765.914 MN 9
Roseville Township49.16079.115 MN 54 north – Elbow LakeSouthern terminus of MN 54
54.16787.173 US 59 – Barrett, Morris
Hoffman58.29193.810 MN 55 – Glenwood
DouglasLa Grand Township63.666102.460 MN 114 – Garfield, Lowry
72.615116.863 I-94 west (US 52 west) / CSAH 45 – Fergus FallsWestern end of I-94 concurrency; I-94 exit 100
Alexandria78.879126.943 MN 29 – Alexandria, GlenwoodExit 103 on I-94/MN 27
Osakis92.200148.382 I-94 east (US 52 east) / CSAH 3 – Westport, St. CloudEastern end of I-94 concurrency; I-94 exit 114
ToddRound Prairie Township105.191169.289 US 71 south – Sauk CentreWestern end of US 71 concurrency
Long Prairie110.863178.417 MN 287 – Grey Eagle
111.329179.167 US 71 north – WadenaEastern end of US 71 concurrency
MorrisonCuldrum Township123.234198.326 MN 28 west – SwanvilleWestern end of MN 28 concurrency
Pike Creek Township133.330214.574 MN 238 south – AlbanyNorthern terminus of MN 238
Little Falls135.150217.503 MN 28 end / Great River Road south (Lindbergh Drive) – Lindbergh State Park, Lindbergh Historic Site, Weyerhaeuser MuseumEastern end of MN 28 concurrency; western end of GRR concurrency
135.243217.653 Great River Road north (Paul Larson Memorial Drive)Eastern end of GRR concurrency
135.257–
135.361
217.675–
217.842
Broadway Bridge over the Mississippi River
136.672–
136.761
219.952–
220.095
US 10 to MN 371 – St. Cloud, Motley, BrainerdInterchange
Genola148.071238.297 MN 25 south – FoleyWestern end of MN 25 concurrency
Buh Township152.081244.751 MN 25 north – BrainerdEastern end of MN 25 concurrency
Mille LacsOnamia175.634282.656 US 169 south – MilacaWestern end of US 169 concurrency
South Harbor Township178.306286.956 US 169 north – GarrisonEastern end of US 169 concurrency
Isle188.445303.273 MN 47 north – AitkinWestern end of MN 47 concurrency
Isle Harbor Township190.615306.765 MN 47 south – OgilvieEastern end of MN 47 concurrency
KanabecFord Township194.248312.612 MN 65 south – MoraWestern end of MN 65 concurrency
AitkinWilliams Township MN 18 to MN 47 – Finlayson
Rice River Township221.259356.082 MN 65 north – McGregorEastern end of MN 65 concurrency
CarltonSilver Township240.765387.474 MN 73 north – CromwellWestern end of MN 73 concurrency
Moose Lake245.545395.166 MN 73 south – Twin CitiesEastern end of MN 73 concurrency
Moose Lake Township247.182–
247.371
397.801–
398.105
I-35 north / CSAH 8 east – DuluthInterchange, no access to I-35 south; road continues as CSAH 8
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Statewide Trunk Logpoint Listing" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 14 September 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ 1933 Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Cartography by McGill-Warner Co. Minnesota Highway Department. April 1, 1933. § A-15 through N-12. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  3. ^ 1934 Map of Trunk Highway System, State of Minnesota (Map). Cartography by McGill-Warner Co. Minnesota Highway Department. May 1, 1934. § A-15 through N-12. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  4. ^ "Construction Project Log Record: Control Section 7704" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Construction Project Log Record: Control Section 4804" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  6. ^ 1942 Official Road Map of Minnesota (Map). Minnesota Department of Highways. May 1, 1942. § A-15 through N-12. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  7. ^ 1955 Official Road Map of Minnesota (Map). Cartography by The H.M. Gousha Co. Minnesota Department of Highways. January 1, 1955. § A-13 through J-12. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  8. ^ "Construction Project Log Record: Control Section 0103" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  9. ^ 1958 Official Road Map, Minnesota (Map). Cartography by The H.M. Gousha Co. Minnesota Department of Highways. 1958. § K-11. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  10. ^ 1959 Official Road Map, Minnesota (Map). Cartography by The H.M. Gousha Co. Minnesota Department of Highways. 1959. § K-11. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  11. ^ 1961 Official Road Map, Minnesota (Map). Cartography by The H.M. Gousha Co. Minnesota Department of Highways. 1961. § K-12. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  12. ^ 1962 Official Road Map - Minnesota (Map). Minnesota Department of Highways. 1962. § K-12. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  13. ^ "Construction Project Log Record: Control Section 0902" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "Construction Project Log Record: Control Section 0903" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  15. ^ "Construction Project Log Record: Control Section 0104" (PDF). Minnesota Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
  16. ^ Chaffins, Amy (November 7, 2012). "Highway 27 Rerouted to I-94". The Osakis Review. Alexandria, MN. Retrieved December 14, 2013.

External links[edit]

Route map:

KML is from Wikidata

Highway 27 at The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page