The Minnesota DOT (MnDOT) this week released two important planning documents outlining state transportation investments for the next four to 10 years.
MnDOT's State Transportation Improvement Program (2021-2024), recently approved by the Federal Highway Administration, is Minnesota’s committed construction program for the next four years and represents an investment of more than $8.6 billion in federal, state, and local funds. It includes all state and local transportation projects using federal highway or federal transit funding, as well as transportation projects using 100% state funding.
Information in the STIP includes the cost, schedule, and funding sources for the identified projects. Developed annually, the STIP is updated throughout the year to reflect significant changes in the program. In addition to federal highway and transit projects, the STIP includes rail and port projects for informational purposes.
The Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP) for 2021-2030 details the agency’s planned investments on the state highway network during the next decade, including more than 6,000 centerline miles of pavement work and over 400 bridges repaired or replaced. It includes other investments that would improve safety and mobility, improve freight movement, support bicycling and walking, and make the system safer and more accessible for those with disabilities.
The first four years of the CHIP represent state highway projects in the current STIP while the next six years identify the agency’s planned investments. The CHIP also explains any change in priorities or outcomes from the investment direction that have occurred during the previous year.
“Minnesota’s 12,000-mile state highway system plays an essential role in supporting the state’s economy and quality of life. Constructing, operating, and maintaining this system efficiently requires extensive and ongoing planning,” MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher said in a statement. “We don’t do it alone. All of our transportation plans are developed and continuously updated through strong partnerships with local planning organizations and other partners, as well as with input from diverse and engaged communities throughout the state.”
SOURCE: Minnesota DOT