About Program Support
What we do
Program Support's primary responsibility is to provide traffic engineering, capacity, and safety analysis for the planning and development of all Metro projects; Identify and program traffic safety and capacity projects; Investigate and respond to all traffic safety concerns or requests for info from the public, legislators, media, cities and counties; Investigate and prepare responses to tort claims and law suits against MnDOT; Perform freeway traffic modeling; Conduct speed studies on all roads to determine a safe and reasonable speed limit; Review externally submitted documents (permits, layouts, environmental documents, corridor studies, etc.) and assure traffic engineering safety and mobility issues are addressed.
Program Support is divided into four areas. This map shows how the Metro District is divided (Internet Explorer only), which roadways are in each area and contact information for each area.
Conducts engineering and traffic investigations to determine reasonable and safe speed limits for all roads (state, county, city, and township) within the eight county Metro District; and recommends speed limits for authorization by the State Traffic Engineer.
- Office of Traffic, Safety,and Technology (OTST) - Provides further resources and publications regarding speed limits.
Key contact- Kaare Festvog - (651) 234-7814
Primary responsibilities include applying state of the practice solutions, research and performance measures to freeway mobility and safety problems. This includes reviewing layouts, interstate access modification requests and traffic reports, and developing low cost high benefit solutions to congested and crash prone areas of the freeways in the Twin Cities.
Key contact - Tony Fischer - (651) 234-7875
Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) reports
The purpose of an Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) report is to document if a traffic control change is justified and what the new intersection traffic control should be.
Key Contact - Jesse Larson - (651) 234-7824
Detailed Intersection Control Evaluation information:
- Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Report - A pdf file which clarifies the requirements and standardization of submittals for Metro District intersection control evaluation (ICE) reports. This document includes a sample signature sheet and outline for an ICE.
- Signal Design Manual - The purpose of this manual is to present the fundamental concepts and standard practices related to the design of traffic signals systems within the State of Minnesota. This manual is structured to parallel the progression of decisions, activities and functions related to the design of traffic signal systems. The manual is in a pdf format and is provided by the Office of Traffic, Safety, and Technology.
- Signal Design Tools - The Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology maintains various design tools for the process of standardizing the plan design and construction process for signals, lighting, signing, markings, work zone control, and other traffic related aspects of roadway design and operation.
- Roundabout Information
Crash data is used to make planning, programming, design, and maintenance decisions. Data is also used for tort claim investigations, insurance claims, lawsuits, cooperative agreement and HSIP submittals, and to provide information to the media and the general public.
Key contact- Chad Erickson - (651) 234-7806
Detailed crash analysis information:
- Office of Traffic, Safety, and Technology (OTST) Provides further resources and publications regarding crash analysis.
Deals with civil suits (not criminal) where someone claims damage or injury caused willfully or by our negligence in performing or not performing our duty/work.
Key contact- Jesse Larson (651) 234-7824
The criteria for a claim are divided into two definitions:
- Self Insured- The Department of Administration contracts with a private company to manage all operational claims. Operational claims involve any moving MnDOT vehicle or mobile operation (including snowplows, paint crews, lawnmowers, etc.) that results in property damage.
- Attorney General- The Attorney General Office handles all law suits and non-operational claims. Non-operational claims involve property damage caused by potholes, debris, contractors, construction zones, etc.
Detailed tort claims information:
- Attorney General Office – Access the Attorney General Website for further resources and information.
Investigates crash problem locations and determines appropriate remedial measures, develops concept plans, determines cost estimates and program projects for construction. Evaluates crash data through the use of various prioritized lists to determine safety problems.
Key contact- Gayle Gedstad - (651) 234-7815
Detailed HSIP/Safety program information:
- Highway Safety Improvement Program - Metro Criteria 2020-2021- This document explains the requirements and gives guidance for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to applicants desiring to obtain federal funds under the Federal MAP-21 legislation. Document includes, introduction, qualifying criteria, prioritization criteria, required material and special instructions, MnDOT contacts, HSIP timeline flowchart, narrow shoulder paving guidelines, HSIP application form, and project information form.
- Office of Traffic, Safety, and Technology (OTST) will provide further resources and publications regarding HSIP/Safety Programs.
Before and after studies
Evaluates crash occurrence 3 years before and 3 years after a safety project to determine the crash rate reduction and the benefit/cost ratio. This will measure our effectiveness in constructing the project and will guide us in future funding decisions.
Key contact- Gayle Gedstad (651) 234-7815
Freeway Modeling provides services for evaluation of interchange and mainline design alternatives; reviews Interstate Access Requests statewide; assesses freeway modeling packages; provides training to consultants; and reviews traffic studies.
Key contact- Kevin Sommers (651) 234-7844
Detailed freeway/arterial modeling information:
- MnDOT's modeling website- This website outlines the Federal and State modeling requirements, and provides access to the following materials: Advanced CORSIM Manual, Data Extraction Cookbook, All Detector Report, Modeling Workshop, Sample Modeling Project, and a list of other modeling resource materials.
- FHWA Traffic Analysis Tools- The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) website that houses a variety of software based analytical procedures and methodologies that support different aspects of traffic and transportation analyses.
- Traffic Software Integrated System (TSIS) user support
- HDP Handbook for Engineering and Operational Analysis and Interstate Access Requests- The MnDOT highway project development process for Interstate Access requests (IAR).