Presentation on theme: "State Aid Standards Development March 2010. STATE AID AUTHORITY / RESPONSONSIBILTY Authorized by Minnesota Statutes 162 Rules Chapter 8820 Include Design."— Presentation transcript:
State Aid Standards Development March 2010
STATE AID AUTHORITY / RESPONSONSIBILTY Authorized by Minnesota Statutes 162 Rules Chapter 8820 Include Design Standards Standards Apply Only When Using State Aid Funds The purpose of the state-aid program is to provide resources from the Highway Users Tax Distribution Fund to assist local governments with the construction and maintenance of community-interest highways and streets on the state-aid system.
DEVELOPMENT OF STATE AID POLICY Developed Through a Peer Driven Process: – Rules are Developed by 21 Member Advisory Committee of Elected Officials and Engineers. – Variance Committee of 5 Elected Officials and Engineers Recommends Approval / Denial of Variance Requests.
DEVELOPMENT OF STATE AID STANDARDS Standards are Derived From AASHTO (National) and adapted by MnDOT for State Highways, then adapted by State Aid for Major Local Roadways. Mn County Engineers Association and City Engineers Association of Mn Review and Update Standards Regularly. State Aid Division Solicits Suggestions for Rule Revisions From Everyone.
EVOLVING FLEXIBILITY In 1986, 12 lanes required on all MSAS routes. Now only for > 40 mph. Allow parking in outside lanes during off peak if LOS D is met during peak hour. Developed bike path standards and roundabout design criteria. Allow landscaping items up to 5%. Minimal reconditioning standards.
APPLY COMMON SENSE State Aid Standards Do Promote Movement of People and Freight, Accessibility, Safety, Driver Expectation, and Wise Use of Funds, but – State Aid Standards Do Not Discourage or Obstruct Sound Engineering Judgment In Any Specific Situation
BALANCE Type of Traffic Surrounding Land Use Natural Environment Safety Promote Wise Use of Funds
URBAN NEW / RECONSTRUCTION STANDARDS Design Standards, Urban; New or Reconstruction Projects.