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U.S. Highway 81 (Business)

Grand Forks

U.S. Business 81 follows the former route of U.S. 81 through Grand Forks. After the construction of I-29, Business 81 followed Washington Street south to I-29 at Exit 130, but the route has since been changed to follow 32nd Avenue South back to I-29.
 
Northern Terminus: Junction of I-29 at North Washington Street.
 
Southern Terminus: Junction of I-29 at 32nd Avenue South.

Pictures are arranged from north to south. Click here to show the route.

Location Description Photo
Northbound Southbound
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 13th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 11th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 10th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street passing 9th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 7th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 5th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 4th Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street passing 2nd Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching a railway underpass past 1st Avenue North.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching DeMers Avenue.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching DeMers Avenue.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 7th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 9th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 11th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 13th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching Hammerling Avenue.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 17th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street passing 17th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street at Campbell Drive.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 24th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street past 24th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 28th Avenue South.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 32th Avenue South. Though there are no signs indicating that US Business 81 turns to follow 32nd Avenue South, there are signs indicating that I-29 is accessible to the right. Most of the development in Grand Forks in recent years has taken place along I-29 and a drive down Washington Street, the former US 81, is like taking a step back in time.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Southbound view on Washington Street approaching 32th Avenue South, undoubtedly the busiest street in Grand Forks. It is often flooded with Manitobans who cross the border to shop at Columbia Mall and nearby big-box stores. It is not uncommon to see more license plates from Manitoba in the parking lots than from North Dakota.

Photograph taken in April 2013.
Grand Forks County
City of Grand Forks
Westbound view on 32nd Avenue South past Washington Street.

Photograph taken in April 2013.

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