New Reports Look at Minn. Infrastructure, Future of Transportation

Updated: 03/26/2014 8:10 AM By: Jennie Olson

KSTP File Photo
KSTP File Photo

Between the potholes and just being old, some Minnesota roads aren’t in the best condition. Several new reports this week are looking at Minnesota infrastructure and how the state should move forward:

Minnesota Legislative Auditor Evaluation
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Legislative Auditor will give its evaluation of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s methods to repair our roads. Among other things, the report looked at how MnDOT selects the type of pavement used for road projects.

2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure
Improvements to Minnesota’s infrastructure are desperately needed; the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure found 9 percent of Minnesota bridges are considered structurally deficient, and more than half of Minnesota’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.

Project Green Light
Minnesotans aren’t the only ones weighing in on the future of transportation in our state. On Wednesday in St. Paul, a national nonprofit transportation group called TRIP will unveil the projects it believes are critical to the future of the Twin Cities and Minnesota as a whole. It’s part of a report called Project Green Light, which is expected to cover everything from bike paths to roads and bridges.

Legislative Action
Potholes have been a big problem this winter, and lawmakers on Wednesday will introduce a bill that will provide more funding to fill them. DFL Rep. Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis says the money will go to local communities. The bill will also provide more money for rail safety and other highway projects.