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District 2 Overview


District 2 Overview

Enhancing Financial Effectiveness

MnDOT is focused on stretching tax payer dollars while continuing to deliver effective and highly valued products, services and programs. Today we are using technology, partnerships, performance-based design, contracting methods, etc. to reduce costs, save time and limit impacts to travelers, shippers and businesses all to deliver efficient and reliable multimodal transportation. A strategic priority, financial effectiveness is demonstrated by the following programs, among others, at MnDOT District 1.


In 2016 the district interviewed Minnesota businesses to get feedback and better understand their specific freight transportation requirements. These Manufacturers' Perspectives projects help MnDOT identify low-cost/high-value opportunities to provide a more responsive transportation system, focusing on infrastructure, maintenance, communication, and permitting and policy.

The long-term relationships developed through these projects support economic strength by region as well as the entire state of Minnesota. District 2 also seeks partnership opportunities that foster collaboration on projects that benefit users of the transportation network. Examples include:

  • The Mud River Bridge on HWY 1 in Redby. It is a platform of partnership and cooperation. MnDOT, MnDNR and Red Lake Nation worked together over several years to facilitate the Mud River Bridge replacement, dam removal, and stream restoration. The project promotes safety on the highway as well as environmental benefits of fish passage, improved water quality, and habitat.
  • Construction of passing lanes on HWY 2 between Cass Lake and Deer River is a credit to a strong partnership between MnDOT, US Forest Service and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. The project was developed at an accelerated pace by sharing resources, eliminating redundancies and maintaining open lines of communication this project has been developed at an accelerated pace.

Underground Infrastructure

  • As the D2 road system continues to age, the underground infrastructure, such as storm sewers and culverts is also deteriorating. D2 is using innovative construction techniques and alternative contracting methods to improve its underground infrastructure.
  • A flexible polymer liner is being used to line culverts as an alternative to replacement. Where used, the cost of the lining process is approximately 60% of a normal culvert replacement. Effective lining eliminates the need for traffic detours, minimizes the environmental impact, reduces costly right of way issues, and maintains the existing pavement structure.
  • A contracting method called Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) is being used to respond quicker to the widespread and immediate need to repair the underground infrastructure. The convenient, simplified IDIQ contracting method allows D2 flexibility in determining which culverts get repaired- enabling us to easily add additional work as needed or as additional funding becomes available.


  • District 2 used a Design-Build contract to expedite the repair of a large landslide in Crookston.
  • This was a highly specialized construction project, and by using Design-Build contracting the district was able to attract and engage the contractors by drawing on their own expertise in developing a repair, as the work progressed.
  • The beauty of both the IDIQ and Design-Build contracting processes is that both provide significant time savings and therefore cost efficiencies by streamlining the letting process for more responsive, convenient, and flexible project implementation.

Public Engagement

  • Building public trust is important to MnDOT District 2. Employees are required to be positive, professional and respond to requests in a timely manner.
  • Employees often go above and beyond in providing the public with responses to their questions and concerns, as well as helping them understand MnDOT's decision-making processes.