This page covers MN 7 through western and central Minnesota, from US 12 at Ortonville, MN to MN 100 in St. Louis Park, MN. Total length of this segment is approximately 168 miles.
MN 7 is almost completely a 2-lane corridor west of the Twin Cities metro area. Although overshadowed by US 212 to the south and US 12 to the north, MN 7 is still designated as a Regional Corridor under MnDOT's IRC system. It is also on the NHS between Ortonville and Montevideo, and also between I-494 and MN 100 within the Twin Cities metro.
Current Roadway Configuration
The general vision for MN 7 is as a Preservation corridor outside the Metro area and as a Management corridor within the Metro area. Some urban widening may occur in Montevideo and in Hutchinson.
While MnDOT would like to expand MN 7 to 4 lanes from near Lester Prairie to MN 41 and to either 6 lanes or a freeway between MN 41 and MN 100, it lacks the funding to do so.
Specific Future Projects
Last updated 03 February, 2006