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Divide additional funds across these categories

Below are 12 categories of improvements MnDOT makes on state highways. In the budget tool, you’ll be starting from the draft investment direction level. There are several higher levels of funding for each category you can choose which provide improved 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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Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan

Give us your feedback on Minnesota’s state highway system investment

What is Minnesota’s state highway system?

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

How did we come up with our planned investments?

MnDOT completed the first round of public engagement for the Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan in Fall of 2022. During the first round of public engagement, Minnesota state highway users provided important feedback on how they want to prioritize spending on the state highway system over the next 20 years. MnDOT used that information to develop a draft state highway investment direction. We need your help to finalize the state highway investment direction and tell us how you would spend additional dollars!

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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.

Draft investment direction

Explore the pie chart below to see how we plan to spend our anticipated $31.5 billion budget on the state highway system over the next 20 years. Learn more about each investment category.

    System Stewardship

  • Pavement Condition
  • Bridge Condition
  • Roadside Infrastructure
  • Rest Areas
  • Climate Action

  • Climate Resilience
  • Transportation Safety

  • Transportation Safety
  • Advancing Technology
  • Critical Connections

  • Highway Mobility
  • Freight
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle
  • Healthy Equitable Communities

  • Local Partnerships
  • Main Street/Urban Pavements

Objective Area Investment Category Draft Investment Amount Anticipated Investment Outcomes
System Stewardship Pavement Condition $11.7 B
  • Interstate: 2% of pavements with poor ride quality; 3% of traffic traveling on poor roads.
  • Other major highways: 8% of pavements with poor ride quality; 4% of traffic traveling on poor roads.
  • All other roadways: 16% of pavements with poor ride quality; 8% of traffic traveling on poor roads.
System Stewardship Bridge Condition $4.8 B
  • On major highways: 5% of bridges in poor condition.
  • All other roadways: 19% of bridges in poor condition.
  • Bridge culverts: 275-325 culverts repaired or replaced.
System Stewardship Roadside Infrastructure $2.5 B
  • Roadside infrastructure overview: Continue at current investment.
  • Highway culverts: 38% in poor condition by 2042.
  • Traffic signals: Condition expected to worsen to ~46% beyond useful service life.
  • Noise walls: 22% in poor condition by 2042.
System Stewardship Rest Areas $154 M
  • 9 buildings and 28 sites/parking lots in poor condition by 2042.
Climate Action Climate Resilience $473 M
  • Flood mitigation: 10-12 reactive flood mitigation projects completed.
  • Proactive resilient infrastructure: Complete 10-20 projects per year.
  • Snow fences: 75 miles of snow fences constructed.
  • Green infrastructure: 150-200 miles of roadways with new/improved green infrastructure.
Transportation Safety Transportation Safety $1.0 B
  • Federal safety program: Up to 140 safety projects.
  • State safety program: 25 intersections and 30 miles of safety improvements; 15-25 lives saved/30-50 serious injuries prevented.
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety: 300 safety improvements made per year; 50-100 serious or fatal crashes prevented.
Transportation Safety Advancing Technology $85 M
  • ITS expansion: Limited expansion of ITS infrastructure to highest priority corridors.
  • Connected and autonomous vehicles readiness: Limited upgrading of infrastructure to a few corridors; 460 miles of high priority corridors readied for CAV freight.
  • Fiber network: Expand fiber network by 1,250 miles; 11% of statewide traffic covered by network.
Critical Connections Highway Mobility $1.1 B
  • Metro area mobility: Between 11 and 12 minutes of delay per person, per day - added focus on traffic management, transit supportive, and localized mobility improvements, and add 1-2 E-Zpass lanes.
  • Greatern MN mobility: Up to 35 localized mobility improvements.
Critical Connections Freight $637 M
  • Freight mobility: Travel time reliability holds steady; 60-100 first/last mile or safety improvements.
  • Weigh stations: No weigh stations become obsolete.
  • Rail crossings: 3 crossings maintained per year; 1 passive crossing upgraded to active crossing per year.
  • Truck parking: No expansion of truck parking.
Critical Connections Pedestrian and Bicycle $1.3 B
  • ADA accessibility: Achieve substantial compliance by 2037 for curb ramps, sidewalks, and signals.
  • Pedestrian connections: 100-150 miles of sidewalk and 200-250 intersection improvements.
  • Pedestrian bridges: 46 non-ADA compliant bridges addressed.
  • Bicycle connections: 150 miles of bicycle lanes, 20 miles of separated bicycle lanes, and 10-15 miles of improvements along rural US bicycle routes.
Healthy Equitable Communities Local Partnerships $997 M
  • Economic development: Up to 40 large projects or 350 small projects, which support an estimated 20,000 - 55,000 jobs.
  • Local partnerships: 550-650 small partnership projects and 15-20 larger projects.
  • Livable communities: Up to 100 smaller livability projects and 1-3 small cap/stitch projects such as I-35 in Lakefront in Duluth or MN 55 at Minnehaha Falls.
Healthy Equitable Communities Main Streets/Urban Pavements $465 M
  • 60-70 locations addressed through upgrades or new projects.

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What to do with more funding in the future if available?

MnDOT may have up to $6.5 billion in additional dollars to spend on the state highway system. Please use the increased revenue scenario budget tool on the next screen to tell MnDOT how you would spend those additional dollars.

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Increased Revenue Scenario Budget Tool

Pick and choose spending levels for different categories below. You can spend up to $5.5-6.5 billion. This total is MnDOT’s increased revenue scenario.

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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


How did you spend money?

Baseline investment scenario: Existing Pavements


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.

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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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