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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 Go

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

Minnesota Go: 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 2 expects to address many of its critical transportation needs through its HIP, including most highway preservation needs, all bridge preservation needs and many low-cost safety projects. However, there is no identified funding for most rural highway four-lane expansion projects, at-risk interregional corridors or major capacity improvements planned for the 12 regional trade centers.

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 will provide an average of $40.8 million per year in funding for the district

The STIP is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/program/stip.html

Mid-Range Highway Investment Plan (2013–2018)

Funding for the first five years of the Highway Improvement Program averages $40.1 million/year. The funding for the last year of the HIP is $125 million. It is skewed because 2018 includes an international bridge at Baudette between Baudette and Canada.

District 2’s program is focused on a balanced approach, with bridges, safety and pavements as the priority. By using the balanced approach the district is able to fund stand-alone safety, like the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 89. Some other projects the district is working on are constructing

passing lanes between Cass Lake and Deer River on Hwy 2, funding the bridge replacement at Olso on Hwy 1 between Minnesota and North Dakota, making improvements on the bridges on Hwy 2 and Hwy 2B in East Grand Forks over the Red River and widening and increasing the load carrying capacity on Hwy 11 to complete the improvements on that corridor.

Long-Range Highway Investment Plan (2019–2028)

Funding for Long Range Plan averages $40.9 million per year. Investments will continue to be in the areas of safety, bridges and pavements. If the current funding forecast continues, District 2 will be well below its pavement funding needs. Discussion continues about bypasses of Thief River Falls, Park Rapids, Crookston and Walker. Freight studies continue for routes in District 2.