The plan identifies more than 760 pavement projects and nearly 380 bridge projects slated for investments between 2019 and 2028.
(Published Nov 5, 2018)
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released its 2019-2028 Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP) on Oct. 31. It outlines the agency’s planned investments on the state highway network during the next decade.
The plan identifies more than 760 pavement projects and nearly 380 bridge projects, as well as other investments that would improve traveler safety and mobility, rest stop and weigh station maintenance, and freight movement.
Minnesota has the fifth-largest road network in the country, with more than 12,000 miles of state highways, according to MnDOT. The CHIP helps MnDOT detail investments on the state highway network and improve the transparency of the agency’s decision-making processes.
Selecting projects on the state highway system is an annual process, but begins 10 years in advance with the CHIP. The first four years of the plan represent state highway projects in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), MnDOT’s construction program that has funding committed to it.
In addition, the CHIP identifies projects in the six years after the current STIP, which are the agency’s planned investments. However, the CHIP does not include projects currently under construction.
The CHIP also explains any change in priorities or outcomes from the investment direction that have occurred during the previous year.
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