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Corridor planning

Statewide corridor planning initiative

We're bringing together stakeholders to develop a new statewide corridor planning process. Corridor planning is a strategic and thorough approach to analyzing transportation needs in a specific location. The statewide corridor planning initiative will enhance how we integrate state priorities — including safe and thriving communities, healthy people, equity and inclusion, and the environment — with the selection and development of future state highway projects.

Projects underway

Corridor Planning Guidebook

Planners will use this guidebook to evaluate infrastructure and transportation needs in a corridor. The guidebook will promote consistency and set shared expectations for corridor planning.

Corridor Planning Prioritization Process

We'll use this process to identify and prioritize state highways for future planning studies. The process will elevate state transportation goals in transportation project planning.


Phase 1 - fall 2023 to spring 2024

  • Review best practices (local and national)
  • Align with MnDOT plans and guidance
  • Engage with MnDOT and external audiences

Phase 2 - spring 2024 to winter 2024

  • Prepare framework and definitions
  • Develop topics and guidance
  • Prioritization process development
  • Corridor prioritization
  • Actively engage all audiences

Phase 3 - winter 2024 to fall 2025

  • Finalize guidebook and resources
  • Develop prioritization implementation strategy final report
  • Prepare training curriculum
  • Actively re-engage all audiences


Both projects will actively engage a wide variety of stakeholders throughout the process.

Engagement forum People involved
Policy advisory committee
  • State agency leadership and senior staff
  • Leadership from Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), cities, counties, Tribes
  • Representatives from other key stakeholder organizations
  • Technical advisory committees
  • Staff and subject matter experts from MPOs, Cities, Counties, Tribes, FHWA, and MnDOT
  • Other transportation technical experts
  • Representatives from other key stakeholder organizations
  • Supplemental engagement activities
  • Multi-prong engagement with other agencies and organizations around the state via emails, surveys, social media, focus groups, and meetings
  • Targeted equity outreach