This page covers US 2 through northern
Minnesota, from the North Dakota border at East Grand Forks, MN to the Wisconsin
border at Duluth, MN. Total length of US 2 is approximately 264 miles.
US 2 is generally 4 lanes west of Cass
Lake, and 2 lanes east of Cass Lake. It is part of the National Highway
System, and is a Medium Priority Interregional Corridor. Because of its
importance, I suggest making it a 4-lane corridor across the state.
Average Daily Traffic Counts (various locations)
|Red River Bridge
|Between BUS US 2 and MN 220 S
|Between Main St and W 3rd St in Crookston
|Between Mentor and Erskine
|Polk-Clerwater County line
|Richard Bong Bridge
- Generally 65 MPH outside of towns west of Cass Lake, 55 MPH in the rural
areas east of Cass Lake. Details will be part of a future update.
Current Roadway Configuration
- 4-lane divided from ND state line at East Grand Forks to Cass
Lake, except 4-lane undivided through Crookston and Bagley.
- 4-lane freeway bypass of Bemidji.
- 2-lane undivided from Cass Lake to Deer River.
- 4-lane divided/undivided from Deer River to Grand Rapids.
- 2-lane undivided from Grand Rapids to Duluth.
- 4-lane freeway in Duluth (mostly while duplexed with I-35).
MnDOT's overall vision for US 2 is as a Preservation corridor, except for two
segments which would be Management corridors: from Bemidji to Deer River
and in the Grand Rapids area. No major capacity expansions are envisioned,
although as a Management corridor passing lanes might be added between Bemidji
and Deer River, similar to what currently exists in a few locations between
Grand Rapids and Proctor.
Specific Future Projects
- A corridor study is underway between MN 89 and MN 197 at the west end of
the Bemidji bypass, which will identify future plans for that section.
- Upgrades between Bena and MN 46 near Deer River are currently planned for
- Auxiliary lane construction between MN 46 and the east limits of Deer
River is proposed for the 2015-2023 timeframe.
- Phase 1 (or part of it) of the Grand Rapids Reconstruction is planned for
- Phase 2 of the Grand Rapids Reconstruction is planned for the 2015-2023
- Construct 4-lane freeway "northern bypass" of Grand Forks/East
- Access management from Grand Forks to Crookston.
- Construct 4-lane freeway "southern bypass" of Crookston.
- Access management from Crookston to Erskine.
- Construct interchange at Polk CSAH 34 in Erskine, and access management
between CSAH 34 and US 59 (in effect, a freeway through Erskine).
- Access management from Erskine to Fosston.
- Construct 4-lane freeway "northern bypass" of Fosston.
- Access management from Fosston to Bagley.
- Construct 4-lane freeway "northern bypass" of Bagley.
- Access management from Bagley to MN 89.
- Upgrade to 4-lane freeway from MN 89 to west end of Bemidji bypass.
- Access management from east end of Bemidji bypass to Cass Lake.
- Upgrade to 4-lane expressway with access management from Cass Lake to Deer
- Construct 4-lane freeway "northern bypass" of Deer River.
- Access management from Deer River to Cohasset.
- Construct 4-lane freeway "northern bypass" of Cohasset/Grand
- Upgrade to 4-lane expressway with access management from La Prairie to
- Construct 4-lane expressway "southern bypass" of Floodwood.
- Upgrade to 4-lane expressway from Floodwood to MN 33.
- Construct 4-lane freeway from MN 33 to I-35 (includes some sections along
existing US 2).
- Widen I-35/US 2 duplex to 6 lanes.
03 February, 2006