The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has released three transportation plans and is looking for public comments on each.
These plans include:
20-Year Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan (MnSHIP)
This was updated most recently in 2013. “MnSHIP directs capital investment for Minnesota’s 12,000-mile state highway system over the next 20 years,” MDOT says. “It is a fiscally constrained plan that identifies investment priorities given current and expected funding of $21 billion between 2018 and 2037.”
The bulk of the capital highway investment direction of the plan ($10.31 billion, 49.4 percent) covers pavement condition work, followed by project delivery ($3.27 billion, 15.6 percent), bridge condition projects ($2.38 billion, 11.4 percent), roadside infrastructure ($1.6 billion, 7.7 percent) and traveler safety ($670 million, $3.2 percent) to round out the top five investment categories.
MnDOT points out in the MnSHIP that it projects the needs of the state’s transportation system would far exceed the investment expectations by nearly double, at $39 billion. In those projections, pavement condition work would need $13.45 billion ($3.14 billion deficit), project delivery $6.18 billion ($2.91 billion deficit), bridge condition projects $2.65 billion ($270 million deficit), roadside infrastructure $3.35 billion ($1.75 billion deficit) and traveler safety $1.37 billion ($700 million deficit).
Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP)
MnDOT says the SMTP was last updated four years ago and represents Minnesota’s highest-level policy plan for transportation. The plan is for all types of transportation and all transportation partners.
Greater Minnesota Transit Investment Plan (GMTIP)
The agency last updated the GMTIP in 2011. It provides a 20-year strategic plan for transit in Greater Minnesota and an investment plan with the aim of meeting 90 percent of public transit demand in Greater Minnesota by 2025.
More details on the plans, including means of providing comments and a schedule of public meetings, are available at www.minnesotago.org. MnDOT is taking comments until October 14.