The state’s transportation needs and priorities are determined through a comprehensive, performance and risk-based planning process. This process begins with the 50-year Minnesota GO transportation vision. The vision and guiding principles are intended to inform the investment and service decisions of all agencies responsible for transportation planning, construction and delivery in Minnesota.
MnDOT updates the 20-year Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan every 5 years to articulate policy objectives and strategies necessary to support the vision over the next two decades. MnDOT’ “family of plans” are developed to further guide how MnDOT invest in highways, freight, rail, ports and waterways, aviation, transit, bikes, and pedestrians.
District 7’s 10-Year Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP) communicates the next 10-years of planned projects in the district. The planned projects align with the goals and objectives set in the Minnesota 20-Year State Highway Investment Plan (MnSHIP).
Over the next ten years, District 7 is projected to invest roughly $822 million in state highway projects (Figure 6-2). The majority of projects will address existing roads and bridges, as well as other aging infrastructure like signage, culverts, and lighting. Construction projects also implement safety improvements, update pedestrian infrastructure that does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and make limited investments in bicycle infrastructure.