District 8

Supporting the transportation network of southwest Minnesota

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District 8 — Southwest Minnesota


About District 8

District 8 serves Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, and Yellow Medicine counties. These 12 counties in southwest Minnesota comprise as District 8 of MnDOT.


Combined, these 12 counties represent 10 percent of the total land area in the state and just under five percent of the total population. Read more about District 8 (PDF, 154 KB).



The MnDOT team in District 8 plans, designs, constructs and maintains the state and federal highway systems within district boundaries. We also manage the aid and assistance given to county and city systems that qualify for state and federal dollars. District 8 provides transit, trail and rail transportation services as well. Eighty percent of District 8’s capital resources over the next 10 years will be invested in system preservation to ensure a safe and reliable transportation system.


Toward Zero Deaths

We initiated and continue to promote the Southwest Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program, which aims to eliminate serious injuries and deaths due to traffic issues. To learn more about Toward Zero Deaths click on TZD under Quick Links.


To learn more about the impact distracted driving can have watch this powerful 10-minute video by the Minnesota State Patrol, titled "Shattered Dreams: Distracted Driving Changes Lives".


Upcoming Events


2015 Minnesota Tribes and Transportation Conference - October 13 & 14th at the Lower Sioux Indian Community's Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, Morton, MN. To learn more about the conference and to register visit the Tribes and Transportation website.


Highway 71/ Highway 7 Roundabout Open House - Thursday, September 10th from 5-7 p.m. at the Blomkest Community Center (101 S Main Street Blomkest, MN). Not able to make the meeting?






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