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TheHighwayMan394:
On a happier note, a bill is advancing to designate TH 5 in Chanhassen as the Prince Rogers Nelson Memorial Highway.

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bills/text.php?number=HF717&type=bill&version=0&session=ls93&session_year=2023&session_number=0

roadman65:
I was noticing how US 69 ends abruptly in Albert Lead without connecting to either I-35 or I-90 or even US 65. Its endpoint is west of US 65 by eight blocks.
https://www.usends.com/69.html

According to Dale Sanderson it seems to have to do with Historical US 16 as its endpoint is where the truncated US Route once aligned.

To me itís interesting that they didnít extend it north to end at I-90 once US 16 got cut to Rapid City.

texaskdog:

--- Quote from: roadman65 on March 21, 2023, 07:44:38 PM ---I was noticing how US 69 ends abruptly in Albert Lead without connecting to either I-35 or I-90 or even US 65. Its endpoint is west of US 65 by eight blocks.
https://www.usends.com/69.html

According to Dale Sanderson it seems to have to do with Historical US 16 as its endpoint is where the truncated US Route once aligned.

To me itís interesting that they didnít extend it north to end at I-90 once US 16 got cut to Rapid City.



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Agreed. It's almost like someone just forgot to do it.

TheHighwayMan394:
This is one of those topics that gets rehashed every couple years. I donít have a definitive answer and itís hard to find maps of what exactly connected 69 and 65, although I did find one map that indicated only US 16, indicating TH 13 ended at the same intersection US 69 did.

My guess is 69 was not extended simply because MDH/MnDOT didnít need AASHTO approval to just extend TH 13 the short distance east over old US 16 to US 65 downtown.

An extension would surely have been approved, but I wouldnít be surprised if the state thought it wasnít worth the paperwork and hassle.

texaskdog:

--- Quote from: bschultzy on March 01, 2023, 01:47:04 PM ---
--- Quote from: TheHighwayMan394 on February 27, 2023, 04:43:04 PM --- Or invent a time machine that takes you back to the 1940s and get George Herrold's plan to put I-94 on the northern route through St. Paul passed.

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do tell
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