METHODS OF ESTIMATING IMPROVEMENT COSTS ON COUNTY FAS SYSTEMS IN MINNESOTA

A HIGHWAY STUDY COMMISSION WAS CREATED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN MINNESOTA TO INVESTIGATE ALL MATTERS RELATED TO HIGHWAYS FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING THE SOUND AND REASONABLE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL HIGHWAYS AND STREETS SYSTEMS WITHIN THE STATE. THE DETERMINATION OF THE COUNTY STATE-AID AND MUNICIPAL STATE-AID COSTS WAS BASED ON MINIMUM TOLERABLE STANDARDS, AND REPORTED ONLY IN TOTALS FOR THE ENTIRE STATE IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THE PROPER RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL NEEDS. THE FORMULA RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION PROVIDES FOR PRORATING FIFTY PERCENT OF AVAILABLE ROAD-USER FUNDS AMONG COUNTIES ON THE BASIS OF TOTAL CONSTRUCTION MONEY NEEDS, THIRTY PERCENT ACCORDING TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF STATE-AID ROAD MILEAGES, AND TEN PERCENT ACCORDING TO THE DISTRIBUTION OF MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATIONS. THE REMAINING TEN PERCENT IS TO BE DISTRIBUTED EQUALLY AMONG THE EIGHTY-SEVEN COUNTIES AS AN EQUALIZATION FACTOR. THE STUDY IS PREDICATED UPON THE ASSUMPTION THAT EXTENSIVE FIELD WORK IS REQUIRED ONLY ONCE IN THE INITIAL SURVEY AND THAT MAINTAINING A CONTINUING NEED STUDY CAN BE HANDLED WITH EASE BY REMOVING CARDS AFTER CONSTRUCTION ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND REPLACING THEM WITH NEW CARDS DESCRIBING THE FUTURE REQUIREMENTS OR NEEDS OF THE SECTION. THE ROAD DATA FORMS, CODING METHODS AND COMPUTATIONS ARE PRESENTED. THE METHOD ACCEPTS THE USE OF AVERAGE COSTS TO ARRIVE AT TOTAL NEEDS, RATHER THAN ATTEMPTING TO ESTIMATE ACCURATELY EACH INDIVIDUAL SECTION OR PROJECT. ADJUSTMENTS OF THE MONEY REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE OF A RISING OR FALLING PRICE INDEX CAN BE MADE PERCENTAGE WISE WHERE NEEDED. THIS METHOD IS A SOLUTION TO MINNESOTA'S PROBLEM OF EFFECTIVELY MEASURING THE NEEDS OF THE SPECIFIC COUNTY STATE-AID AND MUNICIPAL STATE-AID SYSTEMS AND IT PROVIDES A METHOD FOR MAINTAINING A PERPETUAL INVENTORY OF THESE SYSTEMS.

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  • Accession Number: 00200973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 7 1994 12:00AM