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Access Management

Strategies and resources

Resources

Access Management Manual

MnDOT's policy is set forth in the MnDOT Access Management Manual, effective Jan. 2, 2008. This manual supercedes Technical Memorandum 02-10-IM-01.

Current chapters:
  • Chapter 2 - Highway Access Category System (PDF)
  • Chapter 3 - Guidelines for Public Street and Driveway Connections (PDF)
  • Chapter 4 - Development and Permit Review (PDF)
  • Chapter 5 - Mn/DOT Traffic Impact Study Guidance (PDF)
Future chapters:
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction to Access Management
  • Chapter 6 - Access and Highway Improvement Projects
  • Chapter 7 - Access Control
  • Chapter 8 - Interchange Spacing/ Interchange Management Areas


Brochures


Model Overlay Ordinance

The model overlay ordinance (PDF) is a tool that local units of government may use to regulate access in a manner that supports local growth and economic development while conforming with MnDOT's access management guidelines.

Key components
  • Provides legal basis for implementation of access management plans
  • Does not change existing underlying zoning
  • Establishes access standards for subdivisions and site plans consistent with MnDOT guidelines
  • Provides a modification procedure that parallel MnDOT's exception/deviation process to ensure the provision of reasonably convenient and suitable access
  • Applies to new and changed land use and access
Resources

Research

Background policy studies


Summary report to legislature

  • Highway Access Management Study (PDF)
    Submitted to the Minnesota Legislature in 1999, this report included recommendations for a comprehensive access management program.


Spacing guidelines studies

Other studies

  • Greater Minnesota Access Study (PDF)
    Provides examples of good access management practices in commercial areas adjacent to the state highway system in greater Minnesota.
  • I-394 Business Impact Study (PDF)
    This study is a first step in documenting credible, local information about the potential business related impacts associated with highway improvements. It looks at the impacts associated with the conversion of TH 12 to I-394 west of Minneapolis.