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Highway Budget Tool

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Instructions

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Understand your budget

MnDOT has $30-33 billion to spend on the state highway system over the next 20 years. However, $23-24 billion is already spoken for to meet a basic level of performance. Tell us how you’d spend the remaining budget.

We provided six starter scenarios you can choose from. They can be submitted as-is or customized to reflect your personal transportation investment preferences.

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Divide remaining funds across these categories

There are 12 different categories where you can spend money. To read a definition for each, simply hover or click on the category icon and name. You can choose from several spending levels for each category. As you choose, the dynamic budget tracker will display your total. Make sure you don’t exceed the budget or you won’t be able to submit.

As you assign different amounts, the outcomes listed underneath will change based. Hover or click on each item to learn more about the what each spending level will get you. This information will help you consider the potential impacts to the state highway system over the next 20 years.

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Submit your state highway budget to MnDOT

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MnDOT Highway Budget Tool

Let's set the budget for Minnesota’s state highway system

What is Minnesota’s state highway system?

Click the map to see which roads make up the state highway system.

How do we come up with our budget?

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 makes responsible decisions to spend money to maintain the state highway system to a basic level of performance. We have to make tough decisions on how to spend resources in the most efficient and effective ways. Planning activities like the Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan help guide these decisions.

Tell us about yourself!

Our goal is to get input from a wide range of people. We are collecting demographic information to identify who we’re hearing from. Providing data is optional, however, by answering you will be helping MnDOT understand the needs and preferences of the diverse communities that MnDOT serves. Your responses will not be associated with you, personally.

Instructions: Explore different spending options and outcomes

1

Understand your budget

MnDOT has $30-33 billion to spend on the state highway system over the next 20 years. However, $23-24 billion is already spoken for to meet a basic level of performance. Tell us how you’d spend the remaining budget.

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Divide remaining funds across these categories

Below are 12 categories of improvements MnDOT makes on state highways. In the budget tool, there are several levels of funding for each category you can choose which provide different outcomes. These levels were developed with the help of MnDOT technical experts in each area.

  • Advancing Technology
  • Bridge Condition
  • Climate Resilience
  • Freight
  • Highway Mobility
  • Local Partnerships
  • Main Street/Urban Pavements
  • Pavement Condition
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle
  • Rest Areas
  • Roadside Infrastructure
  • Transportation Safety
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Submit your state highway budget to MnDOT

Once you have completed your budget, provide any additional comments and share this tool with other people. Remember not to go over budget!

Transportation Investment Survey

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Choose how you want to start

Select a starter scenario

Take approximately 3 minutes to adjust the allocations for an established scenario
  • Prioritize highway pavements while also making limited investments in mobility, safety, non-motorized and local partnerships
  • Prioritizes majority of investment on funding National Highway System (NHS) roadways and infrastructure
  • Non-NHS roadways and infrastructure will continue to deteriorate substantially
  • Prioritize investments to address high priority bridges, bridge culverts, and pedestrian bridges
  • Increase investment in jurisdictional transfer to realign more of the state highway system to reduce overall mileage
  • Improve safety and expand facilities for people walking and bicycling as part of bridge replacement projects
  • Prioritize funding for drainage infrastructure to address areas vulnerable to flooding and accommodate future large storm events
  • Prioritize investment to address changing transportation technologies and transportation system needs
  • Prioritize investment to address risks related to climate change
  • Increase investment in maintaining and expanding new transportation technology
  • Increase investments in sustainable and resilient infrastructure such as flood mitigation projects, culvert resizing and stabilizing slopes
  • Prioritize pedestrian and bicycle investments that support mode shift and a reduction in vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Prioritize investment in mobility, strategic capacity expansion, and freight bottleneck improvements
  • Provide resources to expand freight program with additional state investment to address up to 3 freight bottlenecks, safety improvements and expanded truck parking
  • Complete a rest area reconstruction or renovation every year with opportunities to expand truck parking to support safe freight operations
  • Increase funding for the TED program to $20 million per year
  • Adding lanes or interchanges can additionally burden nearby communities, especially Black and Indigenous communities, with increased air and noise pollution, traffic to the surrounding area and taking property from communities that have been harmed in the past
  • This approach would likely increase vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse emissions causing Minnesota to fail to meet proposed goals in the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan
  • Focus on investments which support and improve mobility for all highway users including freight haulers, walkers, bicyclists, transit users, and drivers
  • Invest in highway traffic management, E-ZPass lanes, transit supportive infrastructure, and localized mobility improvements
  • Address freight safety and mobility. Invest in rest area reconstruction or renovation every two years with opportunities to expand truck parking
  • Increase funding to add more pedestrian and bicycle improvements including safety improvements, ped bridges, shared use path maintenance and green infrastructure
  • Provide funding to upscope or add additional pavement projects in urban areas
  • Create a program to invest in livable community strategies such as small highway cap/stitch pilot projects and improve infrastructure integration into communities
  • Prioritize improvements identified by communities over investments in asset management
  • Increase investment in safety improvements for all highway users
  • Focus on improvements to main streets to address local utilities and assess additional community needs
  • Prioritize investment in new pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and connections, including pedestrian bridges and shared use path maintenance
  • Invest in one to three large freeway cap or other large-scale mitigate projects, as well as smaller livability projects
  • Provide resources to invest in climate resilience and sustainability, advancing technology, and transit supportive improvements

Take approximately 10 minutes to create a custom investment scenario from scratch

Set your baseline budget

Pick and choose spending levels for different categories below. You can spend up to $30-33 billion. This total is MnDOT’s actual projected funding for the state highway system over the next 20 years.

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Advancing Technology

Advancing Technology focuses on implementing new technologies on the state highway system. Investments help prepare for transformative technology advancements such as connected and autonomous vehicles, traffic signal management, or advanced work zone safety. Improvements focus on expanding the MnDOT's fiber network along highways and ensure the state’s intelligent transportation system infrastructure is maintained and expanded.

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Bridge Condition

Bridge Condition investments include the repair or replacement of existing bridges and the construction of new bridges on the state highway system. Over time, age causes bridges to slip into a poor condition where either rehabilitation or a full replacement is needed. Currently 5% of bridges on major highways are in poor condition and 4% of bridges on other roadways are in poor condition.

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Climate Resilience

Climate Resilience investments focus on mitigating impacts from a warming climate and increasingly erratic extreme weather events and reducing the impact of the transportation system on the state’s natural ecosystem. These investments include a flood mitigation program, the new federal climate resilience program called the PROTECT program and expanding natural and manmade snow fencing. Improvements also include planting native plants, replacing trees cut down during project construction, and adding green infrastructure.

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Freight

Freight investments focus on improving the reliability, efficiency, and safety of freight movement on the state’s highway network. Many freight improvements are made through the National Highway Freight Program. These include addressing freight bottlenecks, freight safety and mobility improvements, intermodal freight improvements, and connectivity to the state highway system. Investments in freight also include maintenance or upgrades for truck weigh stations, at-grade rail crossings on the state’s trunk highway system, truck parking at the state’s rest areas, and a state funded freight program.

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Highway Mobility

Highway Mobility investments focus on improving the movement of people and freight on the National Highway System, which includes over 5,200 miles of roadway throughout the state. Investments in Highway Mobility are aimed to increase mobility throughout the state, add capacity strategically, improve trip reliability, and enhance travel options.

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Local Partnerships

Local Partnerships focuses on investment strategies and programs that support collaboration with local communities on priorities within the state highway system. These investments support several improvements including giving grants to roadway projects that improve regional economic competitiveness, and partnering with local governments on highways, and livability improvements to better integrate a state highway into the community such as art installations, bridge width and appearance enhancements, and freeway mitigation projects.

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Main Streets / Urban Pavement

In many of Minnesota’s cities and towns, segments of the state highway system function as city streets. The Main Streets-Urban Pavements investment category focuses on providing additional funding to upgrade existing projects and add new projects that facilitate improvements from other categories including accessible pedestrian infrastructure, drainage infrastructure, local utilities, bicycle infrastructure, and additional safety infrastructure.

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Pavement Condition

Pavement Condition is MnDOT’s largest investment category because pavement is MnDOT’s most widely used asset. This investment category maintains the structural integrity and smoothness of the state highway system through repair or replacement. Currently less than 1% of Interstate and other major highway pavements are in poor condition and 3% of pavements on other roadways are in poor condition.

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Pedestrian and Bicycle

Pedestrian and Bicycle investments provide infrastructure for people to walk and bicycle safely along and across state highways. Pedestrian investment focuses on maintaining existing sidewalks, curb ramps, and intersections keeping this infrastructure compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and completing pedestrian networks. Bicycle investment focuses on completing bicycle networks, shared use paths and bicycle lanes on state highways.

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Rest Areas

Rest Areas investment focuses on reconstructing, renovating and improving buildings, sites, and parking lots for the 51 MnDOT-owned rest areas to support traveler health and safety, freight, and tourism. This category also includes accessibility improvements under the Americans with Disabilities Act for the enjoyment and safety of all rest area users.

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Roadside Infrastructure

Roadside Infrastructure investment supports the repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of non-pavement and non-bridge assets found on Minnesota’s state highway system. These assets include existing culverts, storm sewers, traffic signals, lighting, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), signage, noise walls, pavement markings, guardrails, and concrete barriers. Highway culverts, traffic signals and noise walls are provided as examples of the outcomes achieved at each investment level.

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Transportation Safety

Transportation Safety investment focuses on new safety infrastructure for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to help reach the goal of reducing fatalities and serious injuries on state highways. Examples include rumble strips and guardrail along roadways, roundabouts, turn lanes, and reduced-conflict intersections at specific locations with a crash history. Investments also include improved crossings, curb extensions and median refuges for pedestrian and bicyclists.

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Scenario Prioritize Pavement / Current Approach

Investment Priorities:

  • Prioritize highway pavements while also making limited investments in mobility, safety, non-motorized and local partnerships
  • Prioritizes majority of investment on funding National Highway System (NHS) roadways and infrastructure
  • Non-NHS roadways and infrastructure will continue to deteriorate substantially

Scenario Prioritize Bridges

Investment Priorities:

  • Prioritize investments to address high priority bridges, bridge culverts, and pedestrian bridges
  • Increase investment in jurisdictional transfer to realign more of the state highway system to reduce overall mileage
  • Improve safety and expand facilities for people walking and bicycling as part of bridge replacement projects
  • Prioritize funding for drainage infrastructure to address areas vulnerable to flooding and accommodate future large storm events

Scenario Adapt to Changing Technology and Climate

Investment Priorities:

  • Prioritize investment to address changing transportation technologies and transportation system needs
  • Prioritize investment to address risks related to climate change
  • Increase investment in maintaining and expanding new transportation technology
  • Increase investments in sustainable and resilient infrastructure such as flood mitigation projects, culvert resizing and stabilizing slopes
  • Prioritize pedestrian and bicycle investments that support mode shift and a reduction in vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions

Scenario Prioritize Highway Capacity Expansion

Investment Priorities:

  • Prioritize investment in mobility, strategic capacity expansion, and freight bottleneck improvements
  • Provide resources to expand freight program with additional state investment to address up to 3 freight bottlenecks, safety improvements and expanded truck parking
  • Complete a rest area reconstruction or renovation every year with opportunities to expand truck parking to support safe freight operations
  • Increase funding for the TED program to $20 million per year
  • Adding lanes or interchanges can additionally burden nearby communities, especially Black and Indigenous communities, with increased air and noise pollution, traffic to the surrounding area and taking property from communities that have been harmed in the past
  • This approach would likely increase vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse emissions causing Minnesota to fail to meet proposed goals in the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan

Scenario Improve Mobility for All Highway Users

Investment Priorities:

  • Focus on investments which support and improve mobility for all highway users including freight haulers, walkers, bicyclists, transit users, and drivers
  • Invest in highway traffic management, E-ZPass lanes, transit supportive infrastructure, and localized mobility improvements
  • Address freight safety and mobility. Invest in rest area reconstruction or renovation every two years with opportunities to expand truck parking
  • Increase funding to add more pedestrian and bicycle improvements including safety improvements, ped bridges, shared use path maintenance and green infrastructure
  • Provide funding to upscope or add additional pavement projects in urban areas
  • Create a program to invest in livable community strategies such as small highway cap/stitch pilot projects and improve infrastructure integration into communities

Scenario Focus on Safe and Equitable Communities

Investment Priorities:

  • Prioritize improvements identified by communities over investments in asset management
  • Increase investment in safety improvements for all highway users
  • Focus on improvements to main streets to address local utilities and assess additional community needs
  • Prioritize investment in new pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and connections, including pedestrian bridges and shared use path maintenance
  • Invest in one to three large freeway cap or other large-scale mitigate projects, as well as smaller livability projects
  • Provide resources to invest in climate resilience and sustainability, advancing technology, and transit supportive improvements

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How did you spend money?

Baseline investment scenario: Existing Pavements

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What would you do with more money?

The original budget is based on MnDOT’s actual funding projections. However, sometimes we get more funding than we originally plan for from the state or federal government. We want to know how you would spend any additional funding we get.

Adjust your budget to:

Expanded investment scenario: Complete

Thank you!

 Thank you for submitting your budget. Your input will help MnDOT set its new 20-year budget for the state highway system as part of the Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan update. Stay tuned for additional input opportunities, including helping us set priorities for more money.

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