Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

US-59: Detroit Lakes to MN-11

Corridor information

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Corridor background

The corridor runs 125 miles from Detroit Lakes to MN-11 at Karlstad. Major cities on the corridor are Thief River Falls and Mahnomen. This corridor is an important North-South freight route for Northwestern Minnesota. MN-32 north of Thief River Fails is also mapped as part of this corridor due to its importance in moving freight in the area.

Current corridor characteristics


  • 2009 AADT: 1,200 – 12,600
  • 2009 HCADT: 75 – 920
  • Key Highway Connections: US-2, US-10, MN-34
  • Number of lanes: 2

Public Transit

  • Mahnomen County Heartland Express
  • Becker County Transit
  • Tri-Valley Heartland Express

Key Airports

  • Thief River Falls


  • BNSF line (South Dakota to Willmar)
  • Canadian Pacific (South Dakota to New Ulm)

Major Industries

  • Agricultural production, small manufacturing, DigiKey