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Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Road Construction- Steps Involved

How an idea becomes a road
It Takes Time | Steps Involved | Funding | Timeline | Get Involved | Contact Us

Timeline of a typical construction project


It takes time - major road construction projects that encounter relatively few obstacles take five to eight years from planning to opening to travel. Projects that face challenges such as extensive environmental studies, conflicts over sensitive issues or delays in funding can take much more time. Public involvement in decision making is needed at every phase of project development.