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Complete Streets



Complete streets in Minnesota

Enhancing Minnesota’s transportation system to maximize the health of our people, economy and environment

“Complete streets” is an approach to road planning and design that considers and balances the needs of all transportation users. It’s about the basics: improving the transportation system’s safety and functionality for all users. Its main premise is nothing more than for people to get around safely and efficiently from point A to point B, using whatever mode of travel they choose.

The complete streets approach helps to maximize the use of public roadways and right-of-way to provide a comprehensive and connected multimodal transportation system.

MnDOT's complete streets policy

We incorporate a complete streets approach as part of every project we deliver. In so doing, we assess the context of each highway so that it balances and addresses the needs of all transportation users. Complete streets in a rural setting look different from complete streets on a main street running through a small community, which may look different from complete streets in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

There is no one prescription for complete streets. We select appropriate options based on factors such as:

  • Community context
  • Topography
  • Road function
  • Traffic speed
  • Freight volumes
  • Pedestrian and bicyclist demand

Options that may - or may not - be selected, depending on each project’s unique situation, could include:

  • Paved shoulders
  • Sidewalks
  • Bicycle lanes
  • Pedestrian refuge medians
  • Truck mountable curbs in roundabouts
  • Signal retiming
  • Updated striping
  • Bus stop access

Complete streets is one of many ways MnDOT is implementing Minnesota GO, a long-range vision to better align the state’s transportation system with what Minnesotans expect for their quality of life, economy and natural environment.