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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.

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 five years, MnDOT writes a plan for how to invest its anticipated budget. We can only plan for dollars we can expect to have for the next 20 years. In the 2017 MnSHIP from 2018-2037, MnDOT projected $21 billion in available revenue.

MnSHIP is in the process of updating MnSHIP covering years 2023-2042 including updating the anticipated revenue during that period. The update process began in the fall of 2020 and is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2022.

Impact of 2017 and 2018 Legislative Sessions

Since the plan was updated in 2017, the Legislature provided additional funding to MnDOT during the 2017 Legislative Session. MnDOT received approximately $804 million in Truck Highway bonding and general funding revenue transfers. This funding will have a near term impact by adding additional projects or upscoping existing projects to longer life fixes through 2022. However, bonds need to be paid back over time with interest which limits future revenue available for construction.

MnDOT re-examined the 20-year state highway revenue projection given the additional revenue. The new revenue projection is roughly the same amount projected in the 2017 MnSHIP update. Given the updated forecast and the additional projects selected with revenue from the 2017 Legislative session, MnDOT is providing an overview on how the MnSHIP investment direction and implementation has changed since the plan was adopted in 2017. For more information, click here.

 2017 Plan documents

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Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan contact:

Josh Pearson
Project Manager
Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan

About the planning process

We update MnSHIP every five years. The update process involves six steps to decide how MnDOT will invest on the state highway system.

  • Last Plan Adoption: 2017
  • Next Plan Update Due: 2023

During the MnSHIP update, we will be conducting public engagement around the state and online asking Minnesotans about how we should invest in the state highways.

Upcoming opportunities to provide feedback and comments on investment priorities will be posted soon. Continue to follow this page for updates.

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    Background Information

  • Review MnDOT and partner plans
  • Assess the 2017 MnSHIP
  • Analyze trends

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    Needs Identification

  • Identify needed improvements and strategies for implementation
  • Determine funding needs to implement strategies
  • Forecast outcomes and risks with strategies

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    Revenue Projections

  • Project state highway revenue scenarios
  • Determine possible funding scenarios over the next 20 years
  • Produce financial summary

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    Scenario Development

  • Develop investment scenarios
  • Conduct public engagement around the investment scenarios

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    Investment Direction

  • Identify preferred approach and set investment direction
  • Identify priorities if funding changes
  • Develop work plan

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    Implementing Next Steps

  • Communicate impacts on project selection
  • Develop 10-year Capital Highway Investment Plan
  • Implement work plan