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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 five 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!

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.

 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 five steps to decide how MnDOT will invest on the state highway system.

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

During the last MnSHIP update, we traveled around the state asking Minnesotans about how we should invest in the state highways. Learn more about who we talked to and what they said.

Step 1 - What’s directing the plan? Review background information: Other MnDOT & partner plans, Current SMTP, Legal requirements.
Step 2

Learn more about investment categories and highway needs.

Step 3

Learn more about revenue in MnSHIP and the plan’s Appendices

Step 4

Learn more about the development of investment scenarios

Step 5

Learn more about the MnSHIP investment direction

Next steps