Minnesota State Highway 97

Minnesota State Highway 97

Trunk Highway 97 marker

Trunk Highway 97
Route information
Defined by MS § 161.115(28)
Maintained by Mn/DOT
Length: 13.173 mi[1] (21.200 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-35.svg I-35 at Columbus
  US 61.svg U.S. 61 at Forest Lake
East end: MN-95.svg MN 95 at Scandia
Counties: Anoka, Washington
Highway system

Minnesota Trunk Highways
Interstate • U.S. • State
Inter-County • County roads • Legislative routes

MN 96 MN 99

Minnesota State Highway 97 is a highway in Minnesota, which runs from its junction with Interstate 35 and Anoka County Road 23 in Columbus, near Forest Lake, and continues east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 95 in Scandia, near Marine on St. Croix.

Highway 97 is also known as Scandia Trail.


Route description

State Highway 97 serves as an east–west arterial route between the communities of Columbus, Forest Lake, and Scandia.

Highway 97 intersects U.S. Highway 61 in Forest Lake.

The route is legally defined as Legislative Route 97 in the Minnesota Statutes[2], except for the short portion between I-35 and U.S. 61, which is part of unmarked Minnesota Constitutional Route 62.


State Highway 97 was authorized in 1933 between State Highway 95 in Scandia and U.S. Highway 61 in Forest Lake.

The route was completely paved by 1941.[3]

Highway 97 was extended west of U.S. 61 in the mid 1960s to connect with Interstate 35. This expanded section was originally part of U.S. Highway 8.[4]

Major intersections

County Location Mile[1] Destinations Notes
Columbus 0.000 CR 23 Old U.S. 8
0.000-0.138 I-35 Interchange
Forest Lake 2.108 US 61 South end of US 61 overlap
2.435 US 61 North end of US 61 overlap
3.155 CR 34 (11th Street SE)  
6.938 CR 2 (North Shore Trail)  
Scandia 7.363 CR 15A north, CR 15 south (Manning Trail)  
8.759 CR 1 (Lofton Avenue)  
11.332 CR 52 (Oakhill Road)  
11.619 CR 3 (Olinda Trail)  
13.247 MN 95 (St. Croix Trail)  
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
     Concurrency terminus     Closed/Former     Incomplete access     Unopened


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