MnDOT is currently updating the Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan (MnSHIP). It will be available for review in September 2013. MnSHIP is a fiscally constrained 20-year capital investment plan that guides MnDOT’s investment decisions for the state highway system. The 50-year Minnesota GO vision and MnDOT’s Statewide Multimodal Plan influence MnSHIP’s priorities. Check back in September for more information or visit the MnSHIP webpage.
Minnesota GO: A transportation vision for generations
Minnesota’s multimodal transportation system maximizes the health of people, the environment and our economy. The system:
- Connects Minnesota’s primary assets—the people, natural resources and businesses within the state—to each other and to markets and resources outside the state and country
- Provides safe, convenient, efficient and effective movement of people and goods
- Is flexible and nimble enough to adapt to changes in society, technology, the environment and the economy
Minnesota GO is a collaborative vision that extends to all public and private transportation partners across the state as well as to different transportation modes (highways, transit, rail, bikes, pedestrians, freight and aviation).
Additional information on Minnesota GO is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/minnesotago/vision.html
Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan
This multimodal plan provides the framework for MnDOT’s family of plans. It establishes guidance and priorities for state transportation decisions, which informs the specific plans for each mode and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) which identifies specific projects and funding. To keep pace with changing priorities, opportunities, and challenges, the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan and the modal plans are updated every 4 to 6 years while the STIP is updated annually.
Additional information on the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan is available at: http://www.minnesotagoplan.org/
2009 — 2028 Highway Investment Plan
The HIP sets forth the district’s investment direction, priorities and overall transportation needs for the next 20 years. It consists of
- State Transportation Improvement Program (programmed investments for 2012 – 2015, updated annually)
- Mid-Range Highway Investment Plan (2014 – 2019)
- Long-Range Highway Investment Plan (2020 – 2029)
MnDOT District 1 expects to address many of its critical transportation needs through its HIP, including most highway and bridge preservation needs and low-cost safety projects. However, there is no identified funding for high-cost safety needs, mobility improvements or regional and community improvement projects.
Additional information about the Highway Investment Plan is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/stateplan/downloadinvestmentplan.html
State Transportation Improvement Program (2012 – 2015)
The 2012 – 2015 STIP is a large program that provides approximately $103 million per year to the district. This is higher than normal due to specially-funded, federal high priority projects ($64 million) and state bond projects ($107 million). The state bond projects include five bridge replacements and 80 miles of pavement improvements.
The STIP is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/program/stip.html
Mid-Range Highway Investment Plan (2014 – 2019)
Funding for the 2014 – 2019 HIP averages approximately $57 million per year, with investments focused on pavement, bridge and low-cost safety improvements. The funding forecast indicates that funding is not available for high-cost pavement and safety improvements; Hwy 61 reconstruction along the North Shore; mobility improvements in Duluth (Hwy 53 / Miller Trunk Hwy and Hwy 61 / London Road and Hwy 194 — Central Entrance) or completion of the Hwy 169 Cross-Range Expressway between Taconite and Pengilly.
Long-Range Plan (2020 – 2029) — 20-year program
District LRP funding averages $70 million per year and investments continue to be focused on pavement, bridge and low cost safety improvements. The funding forecast falls short of meeting high-cost pavement and bridge improvement needs. Bridge improvement needs increase from $11 million per year in the HIP to $29 million per year in the LRP. The improvement / replacement of the Interstate 535 / I-35 / Hwy 53 Interchange in Duluth is a huge project that will require additional or special funding.