Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

US-53: Cloquet to International Falls

Corridor information

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Corridor background

The corridor runs 157 miles between Duluth and International Falls. It passes through the communities of Ash Lake, Canyon, Cook, Independence, and Virginia. Destinations along the route include Kabetogama State Forest, Koochiching Park, and Sturgeon River Park.

Current corridor characteristics


  • 2009 AADT: 1,900 – 22,400
  • 2009 HCADT: 100 – 1500
  • Number of lanes: 2-4
  • Key highway connections: MN-1, MN-11, US-169

Public Transit

  • Arrowhead Transit
  • Duluth Transit Authority
  • Hibbing Area Transit
  • Dial-a-ride and deviated route service along corridor


  • Arrowhead State Trail
  • C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail
  • Taconite State Trail
  • Willard Munger State Trail


  • BNSF
  • DMIR
  • DWP
  • Soo