Interstate 94 in Minnesota


Get started Moorhead
End Lakeland
Length 259 mi
Length 417 km
North Dakota1 Moorhead

2 Moorhead

3 East Moorhead

15 Downer

22 Barnesville

24 Barnesville

32 Lawndale

38 Rothsay


54 West Fergus Falls

55 South Fergus Falls

57 East Fergus Falls


67 Ten Mile Lake

77 Pelican Lake

82 Evansville

90 Brandon

97 Lobster Lake

100 Alexandria

103 South Alexandria

114 Osakis

119 West Union

124 West Sauk Centre

127 South Sauk Centre

131 West Melrose

135 Melrose

137 New Munich

140 Freeport

147 Albany

153 Avon

156 Clemens Stadium

158 West St Cloud

160 St Joseph

164 Rockville

167 South St Cloud

171 East St Cloud

173 St. Augusta

178 Clearwater

183 Maple Lake

193 Monticello

194 East Monticello

201 Albertville

202 East Albertville

205 St. Michael

207 Rogers

210 Dayton Parkway

213 Maple Grove Parkway

215 85th Avenue

27 → Twin Cities Beltway

28 Hemlock Lane

29 → Brooklyn Park

30 Boone Avenue

31 Bottineau Boulevard

33 Brooklyn Boulevard

34 Shingle Creek Parkway

35 → Edina

226 53rd Avenue

227 49th Avenue

228 38th Avenue

229 Broadway Avenue

230 Downtown Minneapolis

231 Olson Memorial Highway

231A → western suburbs

232 Hennepin Avenue

233 → Des Moines

234 → Duluth

235A 26th Avenue

Dartmouth Bridge

235B University of Minnesota

236 → northern suburbs

237 Cretin Avenue

238 Snelling Avenue

239 Lexington Parkway

240 Dale Street

241 → Des Moines

242 → Duluth

242C Downtown St. Paul


243 Mounds Boulevard


245 White Bear Avenue

246 Century Avenue

249 → Twin Cities Beltway

250 Radio Drive

251 Keate Avenue

253 Manning Avenue

258 Lakeland


Interstate 94 or I -94 is an Interstate Highway in the US state of Minnesota. The highway forms an east-west route through the center of the state, which also runs regularly north-south. The highway begins in Moorhead on the North Dakota border and continues through Minneapolis to the Wisconsin border at Lakeland. I-94 is 417 kilometers long in Minnesota.

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Travel directions

I-94 at Fergus Falls.

Western Minnesota

Interstate 94 in North Dakota crosses the Minnesota border, which is formed by the Red River, near the town of Moorhead. After just a few kilometers the motorway bends to the southeast. One passes through flat and monotonous agricultural area. The distances here are quite large. At the town of Fergus Falls one crosses the US 59, the road from Morris to Detroit Lakes, two regional towns in western Minnesota. You then pass through an area with many lakes. This area consists mainly of agricultural land with small villages. At Sauk Center you cross the US 71, the road from Wilmar to Bemidji. After 260 kilometers you reach the town of St. Cloud, which has 60,000 inhabitants. From here the US 10. proceedsparallel to the highway to Minneapolis. The Mississippi River also flows parallel to I-94. After 330 kilometers from Moorhead you reach the first suburb of Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis – St. Paul

I-94 at Downtown Minneapolis.

The first suburb is Maple Grove, a city of 50,000. Here the highway widens to 2×3 lanes and you pass a small office park. In Maple Grove, Interstate 494 exits, the ring road around the conurbation. After this the road narrows again to 2×2 lanes. Then you cross US 169, one of the north-south highways to Bloomington, a large suburb south of Minneapolis. You then pass through the suburb of Brooklyn Park, which has a population of 67,000. State Route 100 merges at Brooklyn Center, a short highway from the suburb of Crystal. Immediately afterwards, I-94 turns south and becomes Interstate 694straight on, forming the ring road with I-494. The highway then has 2×4 lanes, and you enter the city of Minneapolis. The highway here runs over the banks of the Mississippi River and passes through the northern neighborhoods. You already have a distant view of the skyline of Minneapolis and Interstate 394 ends at the center, which comes from the suburb of Minnetonka. The highway then goes through an urban tunnel and turns south from the center to the east. Here one intersects with Interstate 35 West, the western branch of I-35 through the metropolitan area, which comes from Des Moines. Both roads are then briefly double-numbered and I-35 then continues north to Duluth.

I-94 on the east side of St. Paul.

East of downtown 2×3 lanes are available, crossing the Mississippi River via the Dartmouth Bridge and entering the conurbation’s second largest city; St. Paul. Immediately exits State Route 280, which runs north as a highway. The highway then has 2×4 lanes. One then reaches downtown St. Paul, where one crosses Interstate 35 East, the eastern branch of I-35 through the metropolitan area. The interstate then turns east and intersects US 52, the highway to the suburb of Inver Grove Heights. After this, 2×3 lanes are available and one passes through the eastern neighborhoods of St. Paul. In the suburb of Woodbury one crosses Interstate 494, which becomes Interstate 694 and forms the beltway. Then they leave the conurbation, but I-94 keeps 2×3 lanes until the bridge over the St. Croix River, also the border with Wisconsin. Interstate 94 in Wisconsin continues towards the state capital Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.


I-94 at St Cloud.


The predecessor to I-94 in Minnesota was largely US 52, which ran diagonally through the grid from Fargo to Minneapolis. Between St. Cloud and Minneapolis, US 10 was also the through route, mostly with US 52 double-numbered, but partly via an alternate route between Anoka and St. Paul. The eastern section between Minneapolis and the Wisconsin border was preceded by US 12.

Before I-94 was built, US 10 through Detroit Lakes was roughly comparable in travel time and quality to US 52 for traffic between Fargo and Minneapolis. Before I-94 was built, the entire corridor between St. Cloud and Minneapolis was already developed as a 2×2 divided highway, I-94 was later built parallel to it at a fairly short distance. West of St. Cloud, a 30-kilometer stretch of 2×2 lanes was also provided, which later became part of I-94. East of St. Paul, US 12 was also a 2×2 divided highway, which was later transformed into I-94.

Construction history

Although I-94 was one of Minnesota’s two major highways, construction was very sluggish, resulting in major links being completed very late. The first section of the highway opened in 1962, a two-mile stretch of the North Dakota border at Moorhead, and the Fergus Falls bypass in the western part of the state. It wasn’t until 1965 that the first section between Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Dartmouth Bridge, openedacross the Mississippi River and a short stretch in St. Paul. The route between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul was not completed until 1968. After that, construction slowed, and the highway was opened mainly in rural areas in western Minnesota. It was not until 1979 that the last link opened here, the St. Cloud bypass. Construction of I-94 was especially lengthy in north Minneapolis, between I-694 (orbital highway) and downtown, which opened in two phases in 1981 and 1983. A little later, the last section of I-94, the link between I-494 east of St. Paul and the Wisconsin border, opened in 1985.

Reconstructions & widening

The only large-scale reconstructions on I-94 are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul performed.

As early as the 1980s, a 14-mile stretch of I-94 between Rogers and I-694 at Maple Grove was widened to 2×3 lanes. In the 1990s, a number of connections to this section were also reconstructed due to the growth of the suburbs of the Minneapolis region.

Also, in about 2005, a portion of I-94 on the north side of the Minneapolis region was widened to 2×3 lanes, between I-694 and Brooklyn Center. The section between Brooklyn Center and I-694 on the Mississippi River did not open until 1984, with direct 2×3 lanes and parallel structures with interchanges.

In the 1990s, I-94 in eastern Minneapolis was widened from 2×3 to 2×4 lanes, between I-35W and SR-280. The section further to St. Paul already had 2×4 lanes before that. In the early 1990s, the sunken location and confluence with I-35E near downtown St. Paul was widened to 2×5 lanes.

In 2021, 14 kilometers of I-94 between Rogers and Maple Grove in the suburbs of Minneapolis will be redeveloped. In addition, the section between State Route 101 and State Route 610 has been widened to 2×4 lanes. A diverging diamond interchange has also been constructed at Dayton Parkway. The work was completed on November 12, 2021.

Opening history

Opening dates taken from Minnesota State Highway maps.

From Unpleasant Length Opening
exit 0 Exit 2 3 km 1962
Exit 50 exit 61 18 km 1962
Exit 2 exit 6 6 km 1965
exit 61 Exit 82 34 km 1965
Exit 235 Exit 236 1 km 1965
Exit 238 Exit 241 5 km 1965
Exit 31 (I-694) Exit 225 6 km 1965
Exit 127 Exit 135 13 km 1967
exit 38 Exit 50 19 km 1968
Exit 82 Exit 114 51 km 1968
Exit 216 Exit 31 (I-694) 6 km 1968
Exit 231 Exit 233 3 km 1968
Exit 236 Exit 238 3 km 1968
Exit 246 Exit 249 5 km 1968
Exit 114 Exit 147 53 km 07-11-1968
Exit 233 Exit 235 3 km 1969
Exit 245 Exit 246 2 km 1969
exit 6 exit 38 51 km 1970
Exit 183 Exit 216 53 km 1974
Exit 171 Exit 183 19 km 1975
Exit 241 Exit 245 6 km 1976
Exit 147 Exit 153 10 km 00-11-1977
Exit 153 Exit 171 29 km 1979
Exit 228 Exit 231 5 km 1981
Exit 225 Exit 228 5 km 1983
Exit 249 Exit 258 14 km 1985

Traffic intensities

In the metropolitan area of ​​Minneapolis, intensities are rising rapidly, reaching 114,000 on I-494 and 120,000 on 2×2 I-94 between I-494 and US 169. In Minneapolis itself, 140,000 vehicles drive for downtown, and 190,000 south of downtown. Centre. The double numbering with the I-35 counts 258,000 vehicles per day, but both roads are actually next to each other. In St. Paul, 171,000 vehicles drive in the west of the city and 202,000 near the center. East of the center this quickly drops to below 100,000 vehicles.

Interstate 94 in Minnesota