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Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan

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Investing wisely

Like you, MnDOT has a budget for its expenses. We all make responsible decisions to spend money on our basic needs—shelter, food, clothing. MnDOT also makes responsible decisions to invest funds in maintaining the existing system to a basic level of performance. Beyond the bare necessities, MnDOT has to make tough decisions on how to spend resources in the most efficient and effective ways. Planning helps guide these decisions. That’s what the Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan is for. In fact, the update is so important to the success of the future system that is required under federal and state law.

It might sound crazy, but a $21 billion highway transportation budget is a tight one. We live in a great state, and it takes a lot of resources to keep people and goods moving. Given aging infrastructure and the overall state of our highway system, there aren’t enough funds to address all of Minnesota’s existing transportation system priorities. Without additional funding, we cannot solve every transportation problem in Minnesota. That’s why, every four years, MnDOT writes a plan for how to invest its anticipated budget. We can only plan for dollars we can expect to have, and for the next 20 years, that’s an anticipated $21 billion.

From the fall of 2015 through the fall of 2016, MnDOT updated the Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan. Thank you for helping us shape the future of Minnesota! Read the final plan.

 Plan documents

Check back for more plan documents as they become available.

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What did we do with Minnesotans' Input?

See Chapter 4 of the Final SMTP to read about how we used your input.

View the Public Participation Plan

  • Summer/Fall 2015 Conduct technical analysis of predicted highway performance over the next 20 years for categories like pavements and bridges
  • Fall 2015: Develop investment scenarios for how Minnesota could spend its budget in the future
  • Winter/Spring 2016 Set the investment direction and draft strategies to guide MnDOT in the future
  • Spring 2016: Write the draft plan
  • Summer 2016: Refine the draft plan
  • Fall 2016: Seek final input on the draft plan
  • January 2017: Adopt the plan
Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan contact:

Josh Pearson
Project Manager
Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan