Interstate 90 in Minnesota


Get started Beaver Creek
End La Crescent
Length 276 mi
Length 444 km
South Dakota1 Manley

3 Beaver Creek

5 Beaver Creek

12 Luverne

18 Magnolia

26 Adrian

33 Rushmore

42 West Worthington

43 Wortington

45 East Worthington

47 Town Avenue

50 Round Lake

57 Okabena

64 Lakefield

73 Jackson

80 Alpha

87 Sherburn

93 Welcome

99 West Fairmont

102 Fairmont

107 Granada

113 Huntley

119 Blue Earth

128 Frost

134 Bricelyn

138 Wells

146 Alden

154 West Albert Lea

157 Albert Lea Airport

159 → Des Moines / Minneapolis

163 Hayward

166 Myrtle

175 West Austin

177 Maple view

178 Austin

179 North Austin

180 East Austin

181 Austin Airport

183 Nicolville

187 Sargeant

189 Elkton

193 Dexter

205 Stewartville

209 Rochester

218 Rochester

224 Eyota

229 Dover

233 St. Charles

242 Lewiston

249 Rushford

252 Winona

258 Houston

266 Lamoille


270 Dakota

272 Dresbach

276 La Crescent

I-90 Mississippi River Bridge

Wisconsin → La Crosse / Madison

Interstate 90 or I -90 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Minnesota. I-90 forms an east-west route through the south of the state, from the South Dakota border at Manley to the Wisconsin border at La Crescent. I-90 does not serve major cities on its route and passes well south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul along. I-90 does lead closer to the regional city of Rochester. I-90 is 244 miles long in Minnesota.

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Travel directions

I-90 at the interchange with I-35 at Albert Lea.

Just east of Sioux Falls, Interstate 90 crosses the border into Minnesota in South Dakota. I-90 then leads through the flat prairies of southern Minnesota. In particular, the western 350 kilometers leads through monotonous landscape with no larger places on the route. The landscape consists of flat meadows with hardly any vegetation. The most famous places are intersections with other major roads, such as Luverne, where you intersect US 75, and Worthington, where you intersect US 59. I-90 has long straights, the highway runs parallel to the border with the state of Iowa for a short distance. The main place on the western half of the route is Albert Lea, an important truck stopand interchange with I-35.

Just east of Albert Lea, I-90 passes the town of Austin, where it intersects US 218. After this, I-90 curves northeast to walk closer to the city of Rochester. Rochester is the largest city in Southeast Minnesota and located primarily on US 52, which joins I-90 south of Rochester and is a freeway. I-90 then continues east through the meadows to near Winona, from here the highway leads through an area of ​​low hills and more forest, this is the Mississippi River valley. I-90 splits down to the Mississippi River at Dakota and even heads south for a bit. Just before the town of La Crescent, I-90 bends east again and crosses the Dresbach Bridgeacross the Mississippi River, which forms the border with the state of Wisconsin. Interstate 90 in Wisconsin then continues past La Crosse toward Madison.


I-90’s predecessor was US 16, which originally ran much further east, all the way to Detroit. In southern Minnesota, most of I-90 has been constructed over US 16, except at locations where diversions have been made. As a result, US 16 ceased to exist as an individual route. Between 1978 and 1980, US 16 was phased out from Wisconsin to South Dakota, thereby ceasing to exist in Minnesota.

I-90 was of little importance to Minnesota and construction was spread out through the 1960s and 1970s. The first section to open was the Austin Bypass in 1960. In 1961, a short section opened near the South Dakota border. In 1963 the first longer section opened, from Austin to Dexter. The route was built west of Dexter primarily over or along existing US 16, east of it on a new line to also connect the cities of Rochester and Winona. Construction progressed through the 1960s, with the eastern section being completed first to the Wisconsin border in 1972.. Then west of Albert Lea had to be built through the prairies, which mainly took place in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. In 1978, the last section of the highway opened to traffic, completing I-90 after some 18 years.

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Opening history

Opening dates taken from Minnesota State Highway maps.

From Unpleasant Length Opening
Exit 175 exit 180 8 km 1960
exit 0 Exit 3 5 km 1961
exit 180 Exit 193 21 km 1963
Exit 166 Exit 175 14 km 1964
Exit 193 Exit 209 26 km 1964
Exit 3 Exit 18 24 km 1965
Exit 270 Exit 275 8 km 1965
Exit 18 Exit 26 13 km 1967
Exit 26 exit 45 31 km 1968
Exit 154 Exit 166 19 km 1969
Exit 209 Exit 233 39 km 1971
Exit 233 Exit 270 60 km 1972
exit 45 exit 57 19 km 1974
Exit 146 Exit 155 14 km 1974
exit 57 Exit 87 48 km 1975
Exit 87 Exit 107 32 km 1976
Exit 138 Exit 146 13 km 1976
Exit 107 Exit 113 10 km 1977
Exit 113 Exit 138 40 km 1978

Traffic intensities

About 10,000 vehicles cross the border into South Dakota, which then stabilizes at about 7,000 to 9,000 vehicles per day, making I-90 very quiet. After Rochester, 14,000 vehicles drive some more traffic on the route, and 17,000 vehicles cross the Mississippi River, which also crosses the Wisconsin border, every day.

Interstate 90 in Minnesota

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