July 2020
A new study from researchers in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs found that transitway investment adds considerable economic value to metropolitan regions, including the Twin Cities area, and it increases access to the places people need to reach to prepare for, get, and keep a good job. It does not, however, measurably change a region’s median household income or income inequality.
Local government contributions for Minnesota’s roadway system have increased in recent years. This includes local spending on trunk highways—the roads under MnDOT’s jurisdiction—that are part of local transportation systems. For these projects, local governments and MnDOT develop cooperative agreements that define components such as cost participation and funding sources. While these projects can be mutually beneficial, they also carry risks for local governments, according to a new study.
The City of Ramsey is wearing down its roads faster than it can fund their maintenance and construction. In light of this, the city is investigating ways to fund road projects sustainably, and it partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project to advance the investigation.
Typically, roadside structures must feature breakaway mechanisms to reduce potential injuries to drivers and passengers, which means the support structures can’t be stiffened. This makes heavier signs very susceptible to wind-induced vibrations. A U of M research team studied these vibrations and their potential impacts on large roadway sign panels and proposed potential sign modifications.