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MnDOT seeks public comments on 50-year transportation system vision

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public comments through Oct. 21 on a draft 50-year vision for transportation in the state. The vision was developed with input from the public and diverse representatives of the transportation community who participated in advisory group meetings, public workshops and online during the past several months.

The public can view the seven-page document at the Minnesota GO website,, and share their thoughts online, by email, fax or U.S. mail. MnDOT will accept comments until 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

In addition, MnDOT will host a public hearing from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Transportation Building in St. Paul, 395 John Ireland Blvd., Room G15. The public also may participate via videoconference at MnDOT offices statewide or from their personal computers by using Adobe Connect (instructions will be posted on Print copies of the draft vision will be available at the meeting sites.

In February 2011, MnDOT launched the Minnesota GO visioning process in collaboration with many partners to better align the transportation system with what Minnesotans expect for their quality of life, economy and natural environment.

The document consists of a vision statement and guiding principles, as well as a broad look at the desired outcomes.

MnDOT and other transportation organizations will use the vision and information from this project in developing short-term and long-term plans. The vision will offer guidance in determining the transportation initiatives that the state chooses for investment.

Submit comments to Phillip Schaffner by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 21 in any of the following ways:

Email: philip.schaffner@

Fax: 651-366-3794

Phone: 651-366-3743

Mail: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Office of Statewide Multimodal Planning, Mail Stop 440

395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155

Among the MnDOT district offices hosting videoconference participation in the Tuesday hearing are these in the area:

Marshall: 1800 E. College Drive, 507-537-6146;

Morris: 610 Hwy 9 S., 320-208-7000;

St. Cloud: 3725 12th St. N., 320-223-6500;

Willmar: 2505 Transportation Road, 320-231-5195

Relay Service is available toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711.

To request another reasonable accommodation, call 651-366-4718.