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MN-77.svg
Trunk Highway 77
Cedar Avenue
Length: 11 mi[1] (18 km)
Formed: 1949, 1980[1]
South end: 138th Street in Apple Valley,
at County 23.png Dakota County Road 23,
near Dakota County Route 42.svg Dakota County Road 42
Major
junctions:
I-35E.svg I-35E at Apple Valley / Eagan
MN-13.svg MN 13 at Eagan
I-494.svgMN-5.svg I-494 , MN 5 at Bloomington
North end: MN-62.svgHennepin County Route 152.svg MN 62 and Hennepin C.R. 152
in Minneapolis
Minnesota State Highways
< MN 76 MN 78 >

Minnesota State Highway 77 is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with 138th Street (near Dakota County Road 42) in Apple Valley and continues north to its northern terminus at its interchange with State Highway 62 in Minneapolis. The route is 11 miles (18 km) in length. Highway 77 is also known as Cedar Avenue.

The southern end of Highway 77 continues in Apple Valley as Dakota County Road 23 (Cedar Avenue). At the north end, Highway 77 continues in Minneapolis as Hennepin County Road 152 (Cedar Avenue).

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Route description

State Highway 77 serves as a north–south route between the cities of Apple Valley, Eagan, Bloomington, Richfield, and Minneapolis. The route is constructed to freeway standards over its entire length. Most of the route is posted 65 MPH speed limit.

The route is located in Dakota County and Hennepin County.

Highway 77 is concurrent with the right of way of Cedar Avenue between County 38 (McAndrews Road) in Apple Valley and Highway 62 in south Minneapolis.

South of Old Shakopee Road, which is just north of the Minnesota River, Highway 77 is co-signed "Cedar Avenue" at all interchanges.

The route crosses the Minnesota River at the Cedar Avenue Bridge between Bloomington and Eagan.

The most notable landmark along the length of the route is Mall of America, which sits just south of the junction of Highway 77 and Interstate 494.

History

State Highway 77 was authorized in 1949; and was originally numbered 36 from 1949 to 1980 as part of State Highway 36. The section of the route between Highway 13 at Eagan and Highway 62 at Minneapolis was renumbered 77 in 1980. Present day State Highway 36 still runs from Roseville to Stillwater.

From 1980 to 1985, the southern terminus of Highway 77 was previously at its junction with Interstate 35E at the Apple Valley / Eagan boundary line.

From 1985 to 1994, the southern portion of Highway 77 previously followed McAndrews Road (present day County 38) eastbound along its route to the Minnesota Zoo, where the route had its then southern terminus. In 1985, Highway 77's mile markers were calibrated with "Mile 0" at the Zoo. In the present day, the mile markers are calibrated with the zero point at the intersection of Dakota County Roads 23 and 42.

Much of the original Cedar Avenue is still in existence, beginning at its intersection with Washington Avenue at the University of Minnesota and ending in Lakeville; with the only major change being the upgrade of Highway 77 as a freeway.

Exit list

Destinations Notes
File:Dakota County Route 38.svg CR 38Zoo
127th Street, Palomino Drive Southbound exit and northbound entrance
I-35ESt. Paul, Albert Lea
CR 32 (Cliff Road)
CR 30 (Diffley Road)
MN 13St. Paul, Shakopee
CR 1 (Old Shakopee Road)
Killebrew Drive, Lindau Lane
I-494 / MN 5
Diagonal Boulevard Southbound exit and entrance
CR 53 (66th Street) / 63rd Street
MN 62

References

  1. ^ a b Riner, Steve. "Details of Routes 76-100". The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page. http://www.steve-riner.com/mnhighways/r76-100.htm. Retrieved April 3, 2006.  
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