History of MnDOT

MnDOT history


 

Key Milestones in Minnesota Transportation History

 

1905

 

The Legislature creates the State Highway Commission to build roads and bridges.

1917

 

The State Highway Commission is abolished. The Legislature creates the Department of Highways

1920

 

A constitutional amendment is adopted to create a system of 70 trunk highways.

1921

 

The Legislature gives the Highway Department a mandate to acquire right of way; locate, construct, improve and maintain trunk highways; let necessary contracts; buy needed material and equipment; and expend necessary funds.

1920s

 

The Highway Commissioner won a state constitutional amendment allocating gas taxes solely to build and maintain roads.

1944

 

The Federal Aid Highway Act authorized funding for postwar programs to improve secondary rural and urban roads.

1945

 

The Highway Department creates the State Aid Division to work with Minnesota's cities and counties.

1956

 

Congress enacted laws that set up funding for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways. Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment to distribute state road user funds. The percentages established were 62% state, 29% county and 9% municipal.

1969

 

The Legislature established the Department of Public Safety. The Highway Patrol and Drivers License Bureau transfer from the Highway Department to Public Safety.

1976

The Minnesota Department of Transportation was created and assumed the activities of the Departments of Aeronautics and Highways, plus transportation-related sections of the State Planning Agency and the Public Service Department.
Today In addition to roads and bridges, MnDOT develops and implements policies, plans and programs for aeronautics, freight and passenger carriers, ports and waterways, public transit, alternative transportation (bicycling), and railroads.