Do You Drive Minnesota’s Most Dangerous Road? If So, It’s Time To Buckle Up
When it comes to driving, Minnesotans aren't the worst! (But they're also not the best.)
It comes as no surprise that the busiest highways in Minnesota are simultaneously the most dangerous. With that being said, do you have any guesses on what road ranks highest in fatalities?
To start, I feel it is only fair to hand out a few honorable mentions.
Dangerous Highways in Minnesota
5. US Highway 10 (Runs east-west across Minnesota from North Dakota through Minneapolis onward to Wisconsin.)
4. Interstate 94
3. US Highway 14 (A very familiar southern highway here in Owatonna.)
2. US Highway 12 (Runs from Minneapolis to the South Dakota state line.)
And that leaves us with one major deadly highway...
US Highway 169 is Minnesota's Most Dangerous Road
I use to drive this road bi-weekly when I went to college. I remember passing many accidents. Thankfully, I was never in one.
An average of 6 people die in car accidents on this road every year, and many countless others are injured. Six may not sound like much, but unfortunately, the number is growing.
According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, preliminary numbers show there have been 16 traffic fatalities on Minnesota roads since this past Saturday. That brings the total number of traffic fatalities this year to 254, meaning we've had a 31 percent increase compared to last year's 194 reported traffic deaths.
The 254 deaths continue to be the highest year-to-date numbers in the last five years.
Perhaps it's time to find a new route or maybe it's just time to break out those walking shoes.