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Ways to get involved in transportation planning

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Public meetings and opportunities to comment on projects and plans

Throughout the year we hold open houses, workshops and online opportunities to engage with us and learn more about our projects. Look for your project in the list below, or visit our recent opportunities page to learn about other projects. Even if the formal comment period for some projects may be over, we always welcome your questions and are here to listen.

And don't forget, you can always contact us with your questions and concerns.

Search by MnDOT District

Click on a region of the map below to get involved in your district, or first find your district by city.

Know your region? Make this list a little shorter by selecting a region below or from the map.

District Offices MnDOT District 7 - Mankato/Windom Metro District - St Paul/Minneapolis MnDOT District 8 - Marshall/Wilmar/Hutchinson MnDOT District 1 - Duluth/Virginia MnDOT District 4 - Detroit Lakes/Morris MnDOT District 2 - Bemidji/Crookston MnDOT District 3 - Baxter/St Cloud MnDOT District 6 - Rochester/Owatonna

Statewide Freight Plan

When completed in Summer 2016, the updated plan will highlight best practices, strategies, and cooperative partnerships/associations, while also addressing other federal and Minnesota initiatives. MnDOT held an open house on May 25 for the public to comment on the plan. If you weren't able to attend, you can still let us know what you think. Take our survey and share your comments. Deadline to submit comments is June 24.

Resources: Statewide Freight Plan website

Northern Lights Express

The Northern Lights Express is a proposed intercity passenger rail project to provide high-speed rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth. The project would operate on approximately 152 miles of existing BNSF railway track. Learn about estimated project costs, benefits, ridership and service plans.

Resources: News release and meeting information, NLX project site

I-494 and Hwy 62 study survey

Help MnDOT understand how I-494 and Hwy 62 can be improved. This feedback will help MnDOT make decisions about the future design and operation of these roads. The survey will remain open until Jan. 31, 2016.

Resources: I-494 and Hwy 62 survey

U.S. 41 bicycle route

The public is invited to help MnDOT plan and name the U.S. Bicycle Route 41 between St. Paul and Grand Portage State Park. Four public open houses will be held in June and people will have the opportunity to help identify which roads and trails should connect to create the new route. People can also suggest names for the new route. If you can't make it to a public meeting, take the online survey.

Resources: News release and meeting information, Online survey and mapping tool

Benson improvement projects


Learn more about the Benson sidewalk and highway improvement projects

What: Open house with project representatives to answer questions and address concerns.

When: Monday, July 11, from 2 to 7 p.m.

Where: Benson City Hall, 1410 Kansas Avenue, Benson

Contact: Jerimiah Moerke, jerimiah.moerke@state.mn.us

Resources: News Release

Hwy 23


The public are invited to partcipate in a survey about Hwy 23 through Marshall. You will have the chance to rank your concerns and rank priority intersections along the Hwy 23 project.

Contact: Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt, mandi.lightizer-schmidt@state.mn.us

Resources: Hwy 23 Survey News release, Hwy 23 project page