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Planning

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 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/index.html

2012-2030: Highway Investment Plan

The 2012-2030 HIP is an update of the Metro District Plan that sets forth the district’s investment direction, priorities and overall transportation needs for the next 20 years. It consists of:

  • State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), with programmed investments for 2012-2015
  • Mid-Range Highway Investment Plan (2016-2021)
  • Long-Range Highway Investment Plan (2022-2030)

Additional information about the 2012-2030 Highway Investment Plan is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/stateplan/downloadinvestmentplan.html

2012 - 2015 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The STIP is a comprehensive four-year schedule of planned transportation projects. It is updated annually. Projects in the STIP have well-developed scopes, cost estimates and planned year of construction, however, if projected revenues are not realized, the timing of planned investments may change. This document is used by MnDOT, local governments, community and business interest groups to discuss regional priorities and reach agreement on important transportation investments. The investments made over the next four years will move the district closer to meeting its preservation, safety and mobility goals, as well as addressing improvements to all bridges as required by Minnesota Chapter 152.

The 2012-2015 STIP can be found at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/planning/program/stip.html

Mid-Range Plan (2016-2021)

The MnDOT Metro District's 10-year plan includes highway projects already programmed in the STIP and projects proposed for the six years beyond the STIP. Investments identified in these six years remain in the planning stage and represent a general spending plan, but not a commitment. Major projects under development are given an estimated cost range and construction year, but both are subject to change as project development proceeds. Much of the spending plan is comprised of funding allocations within the four strategic investment priority areas. Investments in this timeframe emphasize highway preservation, safety and mobility and will continue to meet the requirements of Chapter 152 bridge investments.

Long-Range Plan (2022-2030)

The Long-Range Plan guides decisions for long-term improvements to the state trunk highway system. It provides a critical link in the transportation planning and investment programming process. The plan includes projected funding availability and a program of investments based on priorities established in consultation with MnDOT, the Metropolitan Council and the region’s transportation stakeholders. The goal for the Metro District is to balance investments by maintaining existing infrastructure, improving safety and mobility and supporting community development.

Planned spending in this 10-year planning period represents a very rough, long-term outlook on revenues and investment priorities. The Long-Range HIP provides a general comparison of projected revenues, given current trends and conditions, with long-term needs. Planned investments are associated with broad investment categories within four strategic priorities. The final 10 years of the plan include only a very general outlook of investment estimates due to the high level of uncertainty associated with both revenue and costs in this period.

The MnDOT Metro District 20-year Highway Investment Plan (2011-2030) states that it is not possible to eliminate congestion given the current and projected fiscal constraints. The plan recognizes that mobility plays an important role in the region’s economic vitality and quality of life and emphasizes that mitigating and managing congestion impacts should be done to the fullest extent possible. An approach that allocates limited resources for the greatest system-wide benefit is needed. Guided by these plans and policies, the Metro District and the Metropolitan Council have developed a new investment strategy to improve mobility in these key areas:

  • Implement Active Traffic Management (ATM) systems
  • Construct Lower-Cost, High-Benefit Improvements
  • Develop a System of Priced Managed Lanes/Implement Strategic Capacity Expansion

Each of these strategies is described in greater detail in the About Metro section.