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MnDOT Policies

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Policy program

The Administrative Policy Program provides direction to MnDOT governance by engaging stakeholders in policy development, by referencing applicable laws and external direction, and by aligning with MnDOT’s strategic vision.

Governance definitions and relationship

Administrative Policy

Technical Memo

Impacts are department-wide or across several divisions

Targeted audiences; specific/narrow technical topic that applies to a specific sector of MnDOT

Long-term governance decision (no set time horizon for expiration)

Limited time of effectiveness; interim governance process; time-sensitive; often incorporated into technical manual

No exceptions or exceptions are stated in the policy

May include exceptions and/or a process for exceptions

Defines the position of the department

Defines standards, procedures, and guidance

Further details on standards and procedures may be provided in a Tech Memo, manual or other process

May stand alone as technical governance documentation or may be linked back to broader administrative policy

Policy development

Work underway

  • Cost Participation for Cooperative Construction Projects and Maintenance Responsibilities
  • Data Governance
  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Public Art in the Highway Right of Way
  • Public Engagement

Program services

  • Write, edit and publish administrative policies
  • Provide technical expertise on MnDOT policies
  • Provide analysis, document control and change control services
  • Research law, regulations and existing policies for currency and accuracy
  • Link policy with technical documentation when appropriate
  • Ensure that MnDOT policies are relevant and contemporary
  • Provide useful and usable policy documents and resources (web library)
  • Support Policy Owners, Governance Council, Division Directors, Deputy Commissioners
  • Educate and promote policy awareness
  • Maintain a standardized policy format and taxonomy
  • Maintain the policy repository and website