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District 4 Overview


District 4 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 in order to deliver efficient and reliable multimodal transportation. A strategic priority, financial effectiveness is demonstrated by the following programs, among others, at MnDOT District 4.

Asset Management

Preservation of the system continues to be the primary goal of District 4. Pavement and bridge preventative maintenance includes lower cost strategies such as thin mill and overlays, chip seals, crack sealing, and bridge painting/redecks. Safety is also a high priority in the 10 year Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP) with an annual seta-side for safety additions such as roundabouts, traffic signals, intersection geometric improvements, rumble stripes, turn lanes and passing lanes.

District 4 is currently meeting performance targets on the NHS system.  However, there are significant remaining needs, including a proposed reconstruction of Hwy 75 (8th Street) and Hwy 10 (Main Ave/Center Ave) in Moorhead. Although the district will continue to allocate the majority of funding on preservation, the number of miles in poor condition on the Interstate, Non-Interstate NHS and Non-NHS will increase over the life of the plan.

Special funding has allowed the district to pursue other projects. Through a partnership with the City of Glenwood MN 28 will be reconstructed as a complete street project in 2018.  Funding for this project includes Chapter 152 bonds, federal Transportation Alternative Program funds, and State Trunk Highway funds. Section 164 funds will provide the opportunity to construct a roundabout in 2017 at MN 59 and Becker CSAH 22 to improve safety at this intersection.
The District 4 CHIP peaks toward the end of the 10 year time period, creating a need for additional project support funds in the preceding years of the CHIP. Additional funds will be needed for right-of-way, consultants, and change orders and cost over runs in order to deliver a larger program.

Freight, mobility, and multi-modal needs continue to be identified from businesses and the general public in D4.  The district conducted a freight manufacturing study in which several short and long term needs were identified.  Passing lanes, shoulder widening, and ADA improvements are just a few of the projects that are higher priorities for the district to build with additional funding.