System Preservation Guide - A Planning Process for Local Government Management of Transportation Networks

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  12/27/2016


Local transportation agencies are facing severe challenges in keeping road networks safe and in good repair. Among those challenges are aging infrastructure, increasing material costs, and stagnant or decreasing funding levels. In this project, investigators provided consulting services to five pilot counties to help them define and communicate their transportation system preservation needs and gaps in funding, evaluate and select strategies to address those needs, and then implement those strategies. While each county chose strategies specific to its own needs, all five successfully built consensus among their elected officials and the public to pass either a sales tax or wheelage tax to increase maintenance funding. Each county also selected other strategies to address funding shortfalls based on their specific needs and situations. Based on the pilot counties' experiences, investigators developed an interactive guide to help other local agencies in Minnesota follow a similar process.

Final Deliverables:

Related Materials:

Related Research: