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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.




System Planning

Minnesota GO - Sustainability from the start: Through Minnesota GO, MnDOT is engaging Minnesotans from all walks of life in both online and in-person activities to engage the public in helping craft a transportation vision for generations. This visioning project will better align the transportation system with what Minnesotan’s expect for their quality of life, economy and natural environment. It also sets the stage for a statewide multimodal transportation plan by early 2012. By beginning with a vision, Minnesota GO establishes a foundation for determining both what a sustainable transportation system will look like in the future and how to achieve that. 
For More Information Contact:
Mark Nelson at 651-366-3794 or
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Complete Streets: Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and bus riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street. The goal of a complete streets approach is to develop a balanced transportation system that integrates via planning all modes (i.e., transit, freight, automobile, bicycle and pedestrian) and include transportation users of all types, ages and abilities.

For More Information Contact:
Julie Skallman at 651-366-4831 or


Metro Highway Investment Study – Transportation Policy Plan:
Low-cost/high-benefit projects improve traffic flow by removing bottlenecks, improving geometric design and eliminating safety hazards. Recently, Mn/DOT has implemented with great success some low-cost/high-benefit projects such as the widening of TH 100 at Excelsior Boulevard and the addition of a third lane on I-94 between Century and McKnight avenues. In addition, 20 low-cost/high-benefit projects, already selected by Mn/DOT for implementation. Some of these projects entail capacity enhancement and lane additions while others focus on system management. Many more projects of this nature will be identified by 2010 along congested corridors on a system-wide basis for construction.
For More Information Contact:
Paul Czech at 651- 234-7785 or


Better Roads for a Better Minnesota -Sustainability through Effective Asset Management:
Minnesotans will experience smoother rides on more than 500 miles of state highways under the ‘Better Roads for a Better Minnesota’ infrastructure improvement program. The four-year program proposed by Governor Mark Dayton, is aimed at improving existing highways determined to be in ‘poor’ condition. Investing in roads now will stop the accelerated decline of the state’s infrastructure and allow for more sustainable maintenance in the future. Funding for the $398 million Better Roads program does not require any increased revenue. Rather, it will come from current state and federal funds, as well as previously authorized bonds. A key component of the Better Roads program will be exploring use of innovative methods of contracting, design and construction to achieve the highest return on investment.


The Economic Advantages of Telework:  Mn/DOT is funding research by the University of Minnesota to identify the economic benefits to employers from providing flexible work programs for employees.
For More Information Contact:
Ken Buckeye at 651-366-3737 or