District 7 Overview
District 7 has been and will continue to place a large emphasis on pavement preservation with its normal state and federal funding as projected performance measures continue to decline. Other significant investments include working with cities on urban reconstruction, pursuing highways that can be turned back to local agencies, addressing ADA needs, and coordinating safety investments.
In recent years, District 7 has been in a unique situation and is in its third year of accomplishing a construction program that is more than double its typical size — with added funding from Corridors of Commerce for Highway 14 expansion, special state funding to complete the gaps in the four-lane Highway 60, MnDOT savings from other projects directed at I-90 pavements and flood mitigation funding from the state and the U.S. Economic Development Association.
Earning Customer Trust
The outcome MnDOT seeks in our 2017/2018 WIG is: “MnDOT will earn trust and increase transparency through a customer-centered organization in which we engage customers, listen to understand and balance the diverse needs of all to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
MnDOT has set the strategic direction for our WIG with this statement which we will address with two priorities: (1) Advancing Equity and (2) Improving Intentional Customer Engagement. There will naturally be a lot of crossover between the two priorities. The WIG will help us maximize the enthusiasm and expertise of all MnDOT employees to achieve this goal, and all the related sub-goals.
“Earning trust” is not suggesting we’ve lost trust but rather that we’re on a constant journey to earn trust with the public, key stakeholders (MnDOT’s external customers) and with each other (internal customers) so we can consistently deliver our mission and achieve our vision.
MnDOT contributes directly to the overall health, well-being and quality of life many Minnesotans enjoy. However, too many find themselves left out and falling further behind, particularly among populations of color, women and people with disabilities. Sadly, the present economic and health disparities in Minnesota are some of the greatest in the country.
As a priority area within the Wildly Important Goal of earning customer trust, we renew and expand our commitment to all Minnesotans having an equal opportunity to work for MnDOT, to do business with MnDOT and to fully participate in the development of transportation policies, programs and projects.
Improving Intentional Customer Engagement
What we seek to accomplish in our priority to Improve Intentional Customer Engagement, is to shift both our mindset and our actions. We want to migrate from “pushing products” to “solving customer problems,” an outside-in perspective where MnDOT is more committed to producing solutions to customers’ problems than it is to the delivery of the products and services we offer.
The Nicollet to North Mankato expansion to four lanes was completed in the fall of 2016 and provided a new interchange with Highway 111 at Nicollet. The 2018-19 project to replace two bridges in New Ulm now also includes a new interchange with Highway 15. The New Ulm to Nicollet segment remains unscheduled and unfunded.
The final gap in the four-lane of Highway 60 from Sioux City to the Twin Cities (via Highway 169) is being constructed from Windom to Mountain Lake in 2017-18. District 7 has invested in Highway 60 expansion over several decades and worked closely with Iowa DOT, the Highway 60 coalition and communities along the corridor.
The District’s substantial pavement preservation effort totaling about $80 million for resurfacing and another $20 million in I-90 bridge repairs will be complete at the end of 2017 with the last three projects. Next, District 7 will be looking down the road at bridge replacement on I-90 as they near the end of their service life.
Minnesota River Flooding (Hwy 169 corridor)
The projects that were funded to mitigate flooding from the Minnesota River along Highway 169 and Highway 22 are complete with the final project from Mankato to St. Peter completed in 2016. The District is now leading a study with local agency partners to determine what can be done in the area of Henderson and Highways 19, 99 and County Road 6.
Transit (Hwy 169 corridor)
MnDOT and several other agencies working on the Highway 169 Mobility Study to identify specific opportunities for transportation improvements along the corridor. This study has also been a priority of the U.S. Highway 169 Corridor Coalition. The goal is to identify potential Highway 169 intercity service travel markets, needs and opportunities and to develop intercity bus service options, including short and long term recommendations.