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About Sustainability

Sustainable transportation practices respect, support and (where possible) regenerate environmental systems, the economy and society over many generations. This requires balancing three components.


Sustainable solutions balance society, the economy and the environment


To ensure the sustainability of the transportation system and the communities it serves, Mn/DOT will:

• Use all resources wisely
• Consider the needs of future generations
• Evaluate a wide range of risks
• Protect and enhance the environment
• Conserve energy and natural resources
• Improve quality of life
• Involve the public in the transportation planning process
• Encourage innovative approaches to the design, operation and maintenance of our facilities.




Project Development, Design, and Construction

Project Development, Design, and Delivery

Performance-Based Design: Performance-based flexibility in design is a broadly informed and structured decision-making process that evaluates design options and trade-offs to determine the best solutions, while using risk management approaches for balancing competing objectives. This approach explores the use of non-traditional design alternatives and solutions to address a broad range of economic, environmental, and/or societal factors.
For More Information Contact:
Mike Barnes at 651-366-4825 or

Minnesota Transportation Economic Development (TED) program: Is a joint effort of DEED and Mn/DOT with assistance and coordination provided by the Public Facilities Authority. The program’s purpose is to create and preserve jobs, improve the state’s economic competitiveness, increase the tax base, accelerate transportation improvements and facilitate public private partnerships.

TED is a competitive grant program that provides up to 70 percent of the transportation and other public infrastructure costs associated with economic development projects. The program leverages private investment and local taxing authority, including the use of loans from the Transportation Revolving Loan Fund to move these projects forward in an accelerated manner.
For More Information Contact:
Matt Shands at 651- 366-4893 or

Mn/DOT Flood Mitigation Program: MnDOT’s new Flood Mitigation Program uses trunk highway bond funds to design and construct projects that increase the long-term sustainability of flood-prone highways. Preventing damage from occurring in the first place minimizes future repair costs, travel delays, local economic losses, and the potential for injuries or loss of life that can occur when a highway or bridge floods. Proactively implementing these improvements provides for sustainability over the long-term by reducing the likelihood of significant social, economic and environmental impacts due to flooding in the future.

Innovative finance – Highway 169 in Minnetonka:  The $20 million reconstruction of the interchange at Highway 169 and Bren Road in Minnetonka utilizes funding from Mn/DOT, DEED, the City of Minnetonka and United Health Group. The project will make 1.5 million square feet of new development possible and enable UHG to significantly expand its facility. The project is expected to create 1,800 permanent jobs immediately, another 2,200 permanent jobs by 2030, more than 900 construction jobs immediately, and 850 indirect jobs. It will create approximately $225 million in increased property value.

Increased Sustainability Through Collaboration – TH 169 in Saint Peter:
In November 2009, Highway 169 in historic downtown Saint Peter reopened to traffic after a major reconstruction. Highway 169 is both the city’s main street and a major route in central Minnesota. The reconstruction resulted in improved pavement, traffic traveling at or below posted speeds through the downtown, better access to businesses, and improved pedestrian safety. The project included significant public involvement and a close partnership between Mn/DOT and the city.