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Cities, counties, and Mn/DOT sometimes work together. They may share a building, provide services to each other, or pool resources for a joint project.

Intergovernment Partnerships

Partnerships are not new to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). In fact, Mn/DOT's collaborative involvement with other agencies and jurisdictions goes back many years -- long before the term "partnership" became popular.

Cooperation is really the only way that Mn/DOT is able to effectively and efficiently conduct its business. This has been particularly true since the mid-1960s when public awareness, local approval and environmental protection became a way of life.

Partnerships run the gamut from multi-million dollar, multi-agency, international activities to small handshake arrangements between city, county and state employees. The word "partnership" is a broad and commonly-used term for cost-sharing or cooperative programs between public entities. In 1993, the State Legislature passed Minnesota Statutes §174.02, subdivision 6, giving Mn/DOT the authority to enter into partnership agreements with others for research; to share facilities, equipment or staff; promote efficiencies; or develop innovations in transportation.

Since then, dozens of partnerships have been formed. Here are some samples:

  • Mn/DOT, the City of Hutchinson, and McLeod County built a joint facility for highway and street maintenance. The partners share equipment, supplies and staff to reduce costs and improve local services. The 3-way arrangement makes possible an on-site truck wash, and one staff person serves as receptionist for all three jurisdictions.

  • Mn/DOT repairs and maintains the parking lot for a Veteran's Home. In return, the home provides water, sewer and heat for a Mn/DOT truck station at no charge.

  • Mn/DOT and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota have pooled their resources to provide on-site training and technical assistance to state and local government workers in maintenance and public works. The partners jointly fund one staff position to develop the curriculum, deliver the training, and coordinate the program.

  • Mn/DOT, the City of Marshall, and Lyon County shared the cost of building a new salt shed in Marshall. All three parties use the facility and proportionally split responsibilities such as maintenance, repair, inventory replenishment, utilities and record keeping.

If your city or county would like to propose a partnership, please contact:

Jan Ekern
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 700
St. Paul, MN 55155

or the Mn/DOT office nearest you:

1123 Mesaba Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

101 North Hoover Road
Virginia, MN 55792

3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN 56601

1320 Sunflower Street
Crookston, MN 56716

7694 Industrial Park Rd So.
Baxter, MN 56425
218-828-5700 or

3725 12th Street North
St. Cloud, MN 56303

1000 Highway 10 West
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

610 Highway 9 South
Morris, MN 56267
320-208-7000 or

1500 W. County Road B2
Roseville, MN 55113

2900 48th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901-5848

1400 Adams Street SE
Hutchinson, MN 55350
320-234-8480 or

1010 21st Avenue NW
Owatonna, MN 55060

501 South Victory Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
507-304-6100 or

180 South County Road 26
Windom, MN 56101
507-831-8000 or

2505 Transportation Road
Willmar, MN 56201
320-231-5195 or

1800 East College Drive
Marshall, MN 56258
507-537-6146 or