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About Metro District

MnDOT Metro District serves the following counties in Minnesota:

  • Anoka
  • Carver
  • Chisago
  • Dakota
  • Hennepin
  • Ramsey
  • Scott
  • Washington

Minnesota's two largest cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, are located within the Metro District. Between 2000 and 2030, growth in this area is expected to generate 15 million trips per day and 86 million vehicle-miles traveled per day, which is a 51 percent increase over the course of these years.


The MnDOT team in Metro District plans, designs, constructs and maintains the state and federal highway systems within the district's boundaries. We also manage the aid and assistance given to county and city systems that qualify for state and federal dollars. In addition, Metro District provides transit, trail and rail transportation services.

We are partners in the northeast Minnesota Towards Zero Deaths partnership, whose goal is creating a collaborative, comprehensive and regional approach to eliminate serious injuries and deaths due to traffic crashes. The regional TZD emphasis areas are reducing impaired driving, reducing excessive speeds, increasing seatbelt usage and increasing awareness of distracted driving.

Program side

Maintenance Operations

This office maintains State, Federal and interstate highways within the eight-county metro area, including: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington. They do some work with permits and potholes on state highways. Maintenance workers work out of 18 truck stations located throughout the metro area. Visit Metro District's Highway Maintenance Website for more information.

State Aid

This office assists local agencies in the eight-county metro area with establishing, improving and maintaining a designated system of roadways. Visit Metro District's State Aid Website for more information.

Program Management

This office is responsible for transportation planning and program management as well as preliminary design of transportation projects in the Metro area. Visit Transportation Planning's Website for more information.

Water Resources Engineering

This group designs drainage systems, obtains permits and addresses stormwater runoff on MnDOT roadways in the Metro Area; they are also responsible for Metro's MS4 program. Visit Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System's (MS4) Website for more information.

Technical side

Preliminary Design

This office's responsibility is to develop alternative concepts, layouts/profiles, scoping layouts and cost estimates for Highway Projects. It is also responsible for the review of layouts from cities, counties and consultants where highways are involved. The Metro District’s Preliminary Design Website contains sample layouts and profiles, a list of references and general information relative to layout development, and the Metro District Checklist that should be completed by the Designer with each layout submittal.

Final Design

This office's responsibility is to design, develop and prepare transportation construction plans and manage the design and preparation of transportation construction plans prepared by consultants. Visit the Metro District's Final Design Website to see sample plans, review the CADD information section and see sample CADD files.

Traffic Engineering

This office specializes in the design, operation and inspection and maintenance of Metro District's traffic control devices. They provide traffic engineering support and expertise to other functional offices.