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MN-16.svg
Trunk Highway 16
Length: 88 mi[1] (142 km)
Formed: 1980[1]
West end: I-90.svg I-90 and Mower C.R. 7 at Dexter
Major
junctions:
US 63.svg U.S. 63 at Spring Valley
MN-80.svg MN 80 near Wykoff
US 52.svg U.S. 52 at Preston
MN-250.svg MN 250 at Lanesboro
MN-43.svg MN 43 at Rushford
MN-76.svg MN 76 at Houston
MN-44.svg MN 44 at Hokah
MN-26.svg MN 26 at La Crescent Township
East end: US 14.svg US 61.svg WIS 16.svg U.S. 14 , U.S. 61 , WI 16
at the Mississippi River, at La Crescent,
the Minnesota — Wisconsin state line
Minnesota State Highways
< MN 15 MN 18 >

Minnesota State Highway 16 is a two-lane highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its interchange with Interstate Highway 90 in Dexter and continues east to its eastern terminus at the Mississippi River in La Crescent, where Minnesota 16 runs concurrent with U.S. Highways 14 and 61 for two miles to the Wisconsin state line.[2] Wisconsin Highway 16 meets the three routes at the border.

Minnesota 16 was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2003 as the Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway. Highway 16 follows the route of old U.S. Highway 16.[3]

The route is 88 miles (142 km) in length.

Route description

State Highway 16 serves as an east–west arterial route between Dexter, Spring Valley, Preston, Rushford, Houston, and La Crescent in southeast Minnesota.

The route passes through the counties of:

Highway 16 parallels Interstate Highway 90 throughout its route in southeast Minnesota.

The route passes through the Richard J. Dorer State Forest in Fillmore and Houston counties.

Forestville Mystery Cave State Park is located on Highway 16 in Fillmore County. The park is located between Spring Valley and Preston.
Minnesota DNR website for Forestville Mystery Cave State Park - Link

The eastern terminus for Minnesota 16 is its junction with U.S. Highways 14, 61, and Wisconsin Highway 16 at the Minnesota - Wisconsin border (at La Crescent). After crossing the Mississippi River (in this case, the state line) on the Mississippi River Bridge, the highway continues on as Wisconsin Highway 16.

The western terminus for Minnesota 16 is its interchange with Interstate Highway 90 in Dexter.

This interchange once had a loop from Westbound Highway 16 to Westbound I-90, that looked like this: Map12346.png

History

U.S. Highway 16

State Highway 16 was designated in 1980. The route was originally part of old U.S. Highway 16 from 1926 to 1980.

U.S. 16 was mostly replaced by Interstate Highway 90 within Minnesota.

State Highway 16 from Dexter to La Crescent is the only remaining section of this former U.S. route that exists as a trunk highway separate from Interstate Highway 90.

The only section of U.S. Highway 16 that remains in the present day is the east–west route between Rapid City, South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

References

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