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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.

Policies in development

  • Cost Participation for Cooperative Construction Projects and Maintenance Responsibilities (update)
  • Data Stewardship (update)
  • Environmental Due Diligence (new)
  • Public Art in the Highway Right of Way (new)
  • Public Engagement (new)

Policy program resources

  • Policy development process (PPTX)
  • Roles and responsibilities (DOCX)
  • Glossary of policy terms (DOCX)
  • Comprehensive policy library (PDF)
  • 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

Governance definitions and relationship

These definitions will help in planning for an administrative policy or a technical memo. Suggest changes to current policies or propose a new policy.

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