MnDOT Seeks Comments on ‘Corridors of Commerce’ Strategy

The program’s goals are to provide additional highway capacity and improve the movement of freight.
(Published Sep 30, 2013)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is seeking comments on its implementation strategy for the new Corridors of Commerce program.

Toward the objective of growing our economy, the 2013 Minnesota Legislature created the Corridors of Commerce program by authorizing the sale of up to $300 million in new bonds for the construction, reconstruction, and improvement of trunk highways (2013 Session Law Chapter 117). This legislation establishes two major goals: to provide additional highway capacity on segments where there are currently bottlenecks in the system, and to improve the movement of freight and reduce barriers to commerce.

As the administrator of the Corridors of Commerce program, MnDOT has developed an implementation strategy that is intended to be consistent with the overall purpose and specific direction of the legislation and to allow for project delivery in the short term.

The Corridors of Commerce program is divided into five categories:
1. Metro Capacity Improvement
2. Interregional Corridor Capacity Improvement
3. Statewide Freight Bottlenecks
4. Main Street Enhancements
5. Freight System Preservation

The deadline for comments is Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.

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