Minnesota DOT seeks comments on 50-year plan

| Friday, September 23, 2011

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is working on a plan for the future.

After months of work on a draft of a 50-year “vision” for transportation, the state is ready for public discussion on what needs to be done to improve the quality of life, environmental health and economic competitiveness in the state.

MnDOT and other transportation organizations are expected to use the vision and information from the project in developing short-term and long-term plans. The vision is touted as providing a guide in determining the transportation initiatives that the state chooses to pursue down the road.

On Oct. 4, the process will begin with a public meeting in St. Paul. Truckers and others unable to attend can participate via videoconference at MnDOT offices statewide or from their personal computers. Information on viewing the hearing online is expected to be made available soon on the website.

Comments can also be submitted by email, fax, phone or mail through Oct. 21.

Agency officials say the draft of the long-term vision for transportation in the state was developed with the help of the public and transportation officials who participated in advisory group meetings, in public workshops and online.

The process is intended to explain what the state wants to achieve. It is not intended to explain how to accomplish a better transportation system. Additional statewide, modal and regional planning efforts are expected to determine how to make improvements.

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