The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department retained SRF to analyze four critical infrastructure categories: pavement, bridges, traffic signals, and street lights. Our study efforts included:
SRF examined operational policies/baselines, determined inventory and performance gaps, established performance measures, defined alternative performance scenarios (baseline, strategic, ideal), ran financial/level of service forecasts for each scenario and recommended the optimal resource allocation for each category.
The recommendations considered each strategy’s contribution in meeting performance outcomes/policies, cost-effectiveness, and trade-offs among capital and operational investments. Furthermore, we reviewed current CIP/financing methods, identified forecasted funding shortfalls, researched new and innovative funding options and their applicability, and presented programs most suitable to address the City’s infrastructure funding gaps.
This comprehensive analysis was compiled into a report for use by senior staff. A policy-based report was presented to the City Transportation and Public Works Committee to foster elected leader understanding of critical infrastructure issues, needs, opportunities, and recommendations, which inform budget and policy directions. As a result of this study, the City Council approved a $45 million, five-year accelerated paving program to address critical system preservation needs.
After recognizing the value of the infrastructure study, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board requested that SRF analyze their infrastructure needs.
CLIENT: City of Minneapolis