The MnDOT Library has a rich collection of resources in a variety of formats to assist you in researching the history of transportation in Minnesota. The main collection has many historic documents and reports, as well as construction plans and environmental impact studies. You can search our catalog below and also simultaneously search for resources in the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies' collection, and other state agency libraries. We have also compiled some resources around the Web for your research.
"Controlled-access highway" means, in this chapter, every highway, street, or roadway in respect to which the right of access of the owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons has been acquired and to which the owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over such highway, street or roadway. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.011.
Those roads which have heretofore been or which hereafter may be established, constructed, or improved under authority of the several county boards, including all roads lying within the county or on the line between counties established by judicial proceedings, except those roads established, constructed, or improved by the counties that have been maintained by the towns for a period of at least one year prior to July 1, 1957. All roads heretofore designated prior to July 1, 1957 as county-aid highways shall be county highways until abandoned or changed in accordance with law. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.02.
County state-aid highways
Includes all roads established in accordance with law as county state-aid highways. Sometimes abbreviated as CSAH. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.02.
A divided highway with partial control of access. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.02.
A divided highway with full control of access. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.02.
A system of controlled access freeways that were created by the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. The interstate highway system forms part of the National Highway System.
Highways that are numbered by the state and maintained by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Sometimes called state roads or state routes.
Those roads and cartways which have heretofore been or which hereafter may be established, constructed, or improved under the authority of the several town boards, roads established, constructed, or improved by counties that have been maintained by the towns for a period of at least one year prior to July 1, 1957. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.02.
All roads established or to be established under the provisions of article 14, section 2 of the Constitution of the state of Minnesota. Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169.02.
USDOT Highway History Related Links
Mn/DOT Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Interstate Highway System
The Unofficial Minnesota Highways Page
John Weeks – Highways, Byways, and Bridge Photography
DeadPioneer’s Historic Minnesota Highways
Politics and Freeways : Building the Twin Cities Interstate System
Minnesota State Highways – Wikipedia
Interstate Highways in Minnesota
About Historic Bridges - MnDOT
St. Croix River Crossing Project
Coalition for the St. Croix Crossing
National Park Service: Stillwater Bridge Decision Announced
Aerial Lift Bridge: an Intriguing History
Historic Bridge Foundation - Bridges in the U.S.
Bridgehunter.com - historic or notable bridges in the U.S.
A Context for Historic Bridge Types
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