As a result of budget shortfalls, higher materials costs and the ongoing pandemic, many of Minnesota’s local governments have had to postpone their road maintenance work. But by delaying activities in the short-term, asset conditions will continue to deteriorate as maintenance and repair becomes more expensive.
To help local transportation agencies make better-informed expenditure decisions and understand the impacts of deferring maintenance on state roads, the Minnesota Department of Transportation investigated the road maintenance needs, challenges and funding gaps for 31 local agencies in the state. The effort led to a series of recommendations to help Minnesota’s local transportation agencies secure and maintain sufficient funding.
Read the technical summary: Guidance to Help Local Agencies Address Deferred Maintenance
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