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Region 7W

Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties

Transportation Policy Board

About us

Region 7W Counties IconRegion 7W is located northwest of the Twin Cities in central Minnesota and includes the counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright. The region 7W Transportation Policy Board was formed in 2000 under a joint powers agreement to conduct regional transportation planning, and assist in prioritizing federal transportation funding for the region outside the St. Cloud Metropolitan area.

The area faces challenges in the future as its population continues to grow. Outside the Twin Cities, it is the fastest growing region in Minnesota.

Strong population, housing and business growth will continue to put stress on the transportation network. Its proximity to the Twin Cities and the location of the major corridors of I-94, Hwy 10 and Hwy 169, impacts this region. Given limited funding for improvements, this could mean an increase in congestion, more crashes and rougher roads in the future. More about the Region 7W Transportation Policy Board

Region 7W Transportation Policy Board (TPB)
TPB members are responsible for prioritizing federally funded projects in the four counties. Only projects using Surface Transportation Program funding are their responsibility. The TPB was formed through a joint powers agreement and consists of locally elected officials.

Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC)
TAC members consists of city and county engineers and transit directors, makes recommendations to the TPB. The Region 7W Plan covers county and city roads classified as collector and above. These roads are eligible for federal funding through the central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP).

Plans, studies, policies

Transit Plan

Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan - Prepared by Region 7W and St. Cloud Area Planning Organization, 2011

Region 7W Long Range Transportation Plan 2005-2030

Plan CoverThe purpose of the plan is to develop a vision for the area and implement a plan that can be utilized by Region 7W jurisdictions and MnDOT. The plan identifies transportation priorities and provides a framework for making future decisions.


Table of Contents


Region 7W

Demographics, Economics, Land Use

Transportation System


  • Figure 7 Functional Classification
  • Figure 8 Access Management Primary Categories
  • Figure 9 Access Management Subcategorizes

Interregional Corridor System, Pavement Conditions

Bridges, Capacity, Safety

Rail, Freight, Commuter Rail

Public Transit

  • Figure 23 Public Transit Systems, Region 7W

Bicycle and Pedestrian, Park and Ride/Park and Pool, Freight, Airports

  • Figure 24 Central MN Regional Parks and Trails Plan – Cities of Sartell, Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, and Waite Park
  • Figure 25 Central MN Regional Parks and Trails Plan – Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns Counties
  • Figure 26 Wright County Park Plan – Trail Plan with Snowmobile Trails
  • Table 11 Park and Ride Lots
  • Figure 27 Freight Data Summary
  • Figure 28 Airports

Financial Resources, Public Involvement, Planning Direction, Policy Recommendations, Implementation and Conclusion


Appendix A - County Land Use Plans

Appendix B County Access Management Guidelines
Appendix C Public Meeting Comments
Appendix D Customer Survey Summary
Appendix E Local Bridge Needs

Prepared by Region 7W Transportation Policy Board, 2005