Skip to main content

Facing 'constrained budget' MnDOT announces 20-year plan

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced their final 20-year State Highway Investment Plan on Monday.

MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle said, "This plan is the result of extensive collaboration among MnDOT, residents, stakeholders and partners throughout Minnesota."

MnDOT said the plan will spend nearly $18 billion over the next 20-years, but the state's system has nearly $30 billion in needs.

According to the MnDOT report, 50 percent of the state's highways and 35 percent of the highway bridges are more than 50 years old. Compared to other states, MnDOT says Minnesota ranks 38th of 50 for condition of its interstate highways.

MnDOT says its priorities for the next 10 years "balance preservation of existing infrastructure with investments in safety, new connections for multiple modes of transportation and other projects that advance economic development and quality of life objectives."

However, the organization says over the last 10 years of the plan the focus will be almost exclusively on preserving existing infrastructure.

The plan does not include money for an expansion of Interstate 94 to six lanes, from the metro to St. Cloud. According to the St. Cloud Times, that news has disappointed many local officials.

MnDOT officials have said the expansion is not included in the 20-year plan because there's not enough funding to maintain all of the state's highways and bridges, let alone build more.

MnDot estimates the cost of expanding I-94 to six lanes from St. Cloud to Rogers would cost between $300 and $400 million.

"The investment priorities illustrate the increasing constraints on highway planning in Minnesota, said Zelle. "Growth in construction costs continues to outpace growth in revenue and, as the highway system ages, needs are increasing."

Zelle added in the second 10 years of the plan investments do not address many system needs.

Another MnDOT program called the Corridors of Commerce will expand a portion of I-94 from Rogers to St. Michael, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Next Up


Ringo Starr's late cancellation of MN show was because he has COVID-19

The Beatles drummer was due to perform in Minnesota Sunday.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 4.32.58 PM

Fire destroys cafe, two other business properties in downtown Fairfax

A former pizza joint was also destroyed, while two other properties were damaged.

Hennepin County Medical Center, HCMC

Woman dies from injuries in crash that killed her husband, another man

The couple in their 80s died in the collision near Lake Lillian.

CPAP masks

2 Park Nicollet employees convicted of embezzling $500,000

The pair worked at a CPAP clinic in St. Louis Park.


No Jingle Ball this year? Twin Cities left off iHeartRadio holiday tour

The annual touring event usually visits the Xcel Energy Center.

Target store

Target gives first look at some of its Deal Days discounts

The Minneapolis retailer is holding its Deal Days event earlier than ever, in an attempt to drive sales after a turbulent year.

Screen Shot 2022-10-03 at 11.03.12 AM

Man dies after crashing truck into western Wisconsin lake

The victim was unable to make it to shore despite being able to get out of his truck.

ATV, all-terrain vehicle

Sheriff: Man who didn't return to campsite died in ATV crash

It happened at the Foothills State Forest and Spider Lake ATV Recreation Area

Richard Liu, aka Liu Qiangdong

Chinese billionaire settles lawsuit over alleged rape in Minneapolis

The tech billionaire was accused of sexually assaulting a University of Minnesota student in 2018.

US Navy Flickr - COVID hospital PPE nurse

Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.


Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.