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March 13, 2008
 

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Minnesota Department of Transportation
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395 John Ireland Blvd.
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St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Evening public hearing time added on March 25 to solicit comments on Mn/DOT’s draft 20-year Statewide Transportation Plan

 

Mn/DOT will hold an additional video conference public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. to solicit comments on the draft 2009-2028 Minnesota Statewide Transportation Plan. The additional date and time has been added to accommodate those who cannot make the previously announced hearing scheduled for Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

The March 25 hearing will be held in eight locations and the March 25 hearing at 16 locations statewide (see schedules below).

 

The plan, “Your Destination...Our Priority,” sets a long-range vision for transportation in Minnesota and identifies transportation system needs, goals and priorities for the next 20 years.

 

Access to the Wednesday, March 25, videoconference public hearing will be provided at the following eight locations.

(NOTE: the March 25 public hearing is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. or until all testimony has been received):

 

 

Mn/DOT Central Office
TRANSPORTATION BUILDING
395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul
Phone: 651-296-3000

 

District 1
DULUTH

1123 Mesaba Ave
Phone: 218-725-2700

 

District 2
BEMIDJI

3920 Hwy 2 W
Phone: 218-755-6500

 

District 3
ST. CLOUD

3725 - 12th St. N.
Phone: 320-223-6500

 

District 4
DETROIT LAKES

1000 Hwy 10 W
Phone: 218-846-3600

 

District 6
ROCHESTER

2900 - 48th St. NW
Phone: 507-286-7500

 

District 7
MANKATO

501 S. Victory Drive
Phone: 507-304-6100

 

District 8
WILLMAR

2505 Transportation Road
Phone: 320-231-5195

 

Access to the 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 26, videoconference public hearing will be provided at the following 16 locations:

 

Mn/DOT Central Office
TRANSPORTATION BUILDING
395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul
Phone: 651-296-3000

 

Metro District
ROSEVILLE
Waters Edge Building
1500 W County Road B-2
Phone: 651-234-7500

 

District 1:

 

DULUTH
1123 Mesaba Ave
Phone: 218-725-2700

 

VIRGINIA
101 N. Hoover Rd.
Phone: 218-742-1100

 

District 2:

 

BEMIDJI
3920 Hwy 2 W
Phone: 218-755-6500

 

CROOKSTON
1320 Sunflower St.
Phone: 218-277-7950

 

District 3:

 

BAXTER
7694 Industrial Park Road
Phone: 218-828-5700

 

ST. CLOUD
3725 - 12th St. N.
Phone: 320-223-6500

District 4:

 

DETROIT LAKES
1000 Hwy 10 W
Phone: 218-846-3600

 

MORRIS
610 Hwy 9 S.
Rural Route 3, Box 333
Phone: 320-208-7000

 

District 6:

 

ROCHESTER
2900 - 48th St. NW
Phone: 507-286-7500

 

OWATONNA
1010 - 21st Ave. NW
Phone: 507-446-5500

 

District 7:

 

MANKATO
501 S. Victory Drive
Phone: 507-304-6100

 

WINDOM
180 S. County Road 26
Phone: 507-831-8000

 

District 8:

 

WILLMAR
2505 Transportation Road
Phone: 320-231-5195

 

MARSHALL
1800 E. College Drive
Phone: 507-537-6146

 

 

Additional opportunities to comment on the plan are:

 

A paper copy of the plan is available for review at the Mn/DOT Central Office in St. Paul, 395 John Ireland Blvd., or at district headquarters offices throughout the state. To request this document in an alternative format call 651-366-4718 or e-mail ADArequest@dot.state.mn.us.

 

An ASL interpreter will be available at this video conference.

 

ABOUT “YOUR DESTINATION…OUR PRIORITY”

 

The purpose of the Minnesota Statewide Transportation Plan 2009-2028 is to establish a transportation vision, supporting policies and strategies to assist Mn/DOT and its partners in focusing investments and services over the next 20 years. The long-term vision for transportation in Minnesota is to create a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system for the future.

 

To move Minnesota toward its vision for transportation, there are many challenges to address as well as opportunities to seize. Some key challenges considered in developing the plan include a growing, aging and more diversified population; increasing global competition; aging infrastructure; concerns with energy and the environment; and volatile revenues and costs. Key opportunities include new approaches to safety and congestion; increasing interest in alternative modes of transportation for people and freight; increasing state revenue; potential new directions in federal transportation funding; and new expectations for leadership and accountability by Mn/DOT.

 

The plan is multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional. It emphasizes the need for partnerships, both government to government and public and private. It consists of 10 policy areas that outline the strategies to move Mn/DOT forward and, in some cases, identify where Mn/DOT and its partners will need to work together.

 

Mn/DOT concurrently updated the State Highway Investment Plan for the 2009-2028 time period and incorporated it into the Statewide Plan. By including the investment plan along with the policies and strategies established in the statewide plan, the document illustrates the implication of the policies for state highway investment decisions.

 

Statewide investment needs to meet system performance targets in the policy areas of safety, mobility and infrastructure preservation are estimated at $62 billion. An additional $3-5 billion is needed to address regional and community improvement priorities. A total $65 billion in transportation needs were identified for the twenty-year planning period.

 

Approximately $15 billion in revenue is projected to be available for investments from 2009-2028. Based on feedback received from stakeholders and, given the gap between investment needs and projected revenues, Mn/DOT established a balanced investment program. The objective of the investment program is to optimize the allocation of revenues among the four strategic investment priorities of safety, mobility, infrastructure preservation and regional and community improvements. The investment program is a snapshot in time and may change as future revenue and costs become known and federal surface transportation reauthorization occurs.

 

Many issues and strategies outlined in the plan require further analysis and consultation among partners, stakeholders and policymakers. Multiple planning efforts for other modes are underway that will expand upon the policies and strategies of the plan, including the Greater Minnesota Transit Plan, Intercity Bus Study, Statewide Freight and Passenger Rail Plan and Regional Freight Studies.