Minnesota Department of Transportation Saved Taxpayers $83 Million in 2017

Reflecting the agency’s commitment to maximizing value for Minnesotans, a new report finds that the Minnesota Department of Transportation saved $83 million in 2017 from new and revised practices in its construction program delivery and project development.

“Minnesotans expect and deserve good government,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “Since 2015, MnDOT has saved $217 million and reinvested it back into road construction and maintenance projects across Minnesota. Building on this success, our Administration will continue to make state government work even better for the people of Minnesota.”

The Major Highway Projects, Trunk Highway Fund Expenditures and Efficiencies Report, identified efficiencies in construction projects funded through the state’s road construction budget and in the administration, maintenance, and operations of the transportation system. Cost reductions, or efficiencies, are then used to balance out the road construction program and may allow MnDOT to accelerate the scheduling of some work. The report also provides information about major projects, financial management, and budgeting by products and services. “MnDOT consistently aims to be a good steward of public funds,” said Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “We’ve taken a more targeted approach to identify and quantify efficiencies, while looking for additional best practices and improvements.”

The legislatively required annual report is one of MnDOT’s most comprehensive reports. The agency evaluated projects on how well the state road construction business process improvements were implemented. The biggest cost reduction for the state was more than $39 million from scrutinizing the use of funds and the effects on resources and communities. Eliminating nonessential project design elements lowered projects costs and improved return on investment.

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