Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

MN-169: Virginia to Winton

Corridor information

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Corridor background

The corridor runs 49 miles between Virginia and Ely as an extension of US-169. The corridor passes through the communities of Ely, Tower and Winton as well as several townships. The route also passes through Superior National Forest twice.

Current corridor characteristics


  • 2009 AADT: 2,250 – 8,200
  • 2009 HCADT: 85 – 335
  • Key Highway Connections: MN-1, MN-135, US-53
  • Number of lanes: 2

Public Transit

  • Arrowhead Transit
  • Bois Forte Tribal Transit
  • Dial-a-ride and deviated route service along corridor


  • Mesabi Trail


  • DMIR (Duluth – Largo)
  • DWP (Duluth – Nopeming)

Major Industries

  • Mining, recreation, tourism, timber