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.
This project produced an interactive guide that helps local agencies evaluate their transportation network preservation needs, communicate these needs to elected officials and the public, and select and implement strategies to address funding gaps.
To develop the guidance document, the research team worked with five pilot counties 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 the guide to help other local agencies in Minnesota follow a similar process.
- Systems Preservation Guide (#2016-34A)
- Interactive Presentation 2016-34B (fully viewable in Internet Explorer-only)
- Interactive Version – System Preservation Guide (#2016-34B) (zip file for non-Internet Explorer browsers)
- Technical Summary
- PowerPoint (2015 Presentation)
See more information on the study that resulted in this guide.