Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

US-12: Benson to Twin Cities

Corridor information

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Corridor background

The corridor runs over 81 miles from Willmar to the Twins Cities metropolitan area. It connects the Twin Cities and the cities of Montrose, Howard Lake, Cokato, Dassel, Litchfield, Atwater, Kandiyohi, Willmar and Benson.

Current corridor characteristics


  • 2009 AADT: 5.000 – 68,000
  • 2009 HCADT: 465 – 3,000
  • Number of lanes: 2-6
  • Key highway connections: MN-23, I-494

Public Transit

  • Kandiyohi Area Transit
  • Meeker County Public Transit
  • Metro Transit-Commuter and Light Rail
  • Metropolitan Council-Contracted Services
  • RiverRider Public Transit System (Wright County)
  • Dial-a-ride and deviated route service along corridor


  • Glacial Lakes State Trail
  • Luce Line State Trail


  • BNSF line (Twin Cities – State Line)