Mn/DOT Releases Final Minnesota 20-Year State Highway Investment Plan
Monday, December 30, 2013
The Minnesota 20-year State Highway Investment Plan has been finalized
and is available online, according to the Minnesota Department of
Transportation. MnSHIP connects the Minnesota GO 50-year vision and policies
established in the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan to capital
improvements on the state highway system.
"This plan is the result of extensive collaboration among MnDOT,
residents, stakeholders and partners throughout Minnesota,” said Charlie Zelle,
MnDOT Commissioner. "The success of Minnesota’s transportation system depends
on the coordinated efforts of many public and private providers. The investment
priorities outlined in MnSHIP provide a framework for MnDOT’s contribution to
MnSHIP establishes priorities for spending projected capital revenue on
the state highway system, a 12,000-mile network that plays a critical role in
supporting the state’s economy and quality of life. MnSHIP is a fiscally
constrained plan, meaning its planned expenditures must align with expected
revenues, which total $18 billion. Meanwhile, projected transportation needs on
the state highway system during the next 20 years total $30 billion.
MnDOT considers many factors when setting priorities, including federal
and state law, system conditions and public input. Priorities for the next 10
years balance preservation of existing roads and bridges with investments in
safety, new connections for multiple modes of transportation, and other
projects that advance economic development and quality of life objectives.
Investments in the second 10 years focus almost exclusively on preserving
existing infrastructure. Even with this focus, the number of roads and bridges
in poor condition will more than double, and perhaps triple, within 20 years.
"The investment priorities in MnSHIP illustrate the increasing
constraints on highway planning in Minnesota. Growth in construction costs
continues to outpace growth in revenue and, as the highway system ages, needs
are increasing,” Zelle said. "In particular, investments in the second 10 years
do not address many system needs.”
MnSHIP also outlines the targeted actions and strategies MnDOT will
pursue to stretch available revenue and how MnDOT will seek to leverage
available revenues to achieve multiple purposes. "MnDOT will continue to explore
innovative methods to use funds efficiently,” Zelle added. "With our partners,
we can continue to build and maintain a multimodal transportation system that
achieves the Minnesota GO Vision.”
To view the final plan, visit
the MnSHIP website by clicking here.