Chart of the day: Lanes Miles of Metro Counties Per 10,000 People


You may have heard that the Metropolitan Council delayed their decision on the new Transportation Policy Plan in the face of criticism from the five suburban counties.  These counties are concerned about the lack of investment in suburban highways, among other issues.  This chart shows how many total lane miles of roads each county has per 10,000 people in 2013.  In summary, Scott and Carver counties have two to threes times the lanes miles per capita as Ramsey and Hennepin.  Up until now, the region has clearly invested much more per person in roads in these counties.

Data comes from MNDOT, Minnesota State Demographic Center and Metropolitan Council. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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10 Responses to Chart of the day: Lanes Miles of Metro Counties Per 10,000 People

  1. Adam Froehlig
    Adam Froehlig October 27, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    If you’re basing this on the raw, county-wide numbers, keep in mind the volume of 1-mile-gridded, gravel farm roads across much of Scott, Carver, and southern Dakota. If we’re comparing metropolitan area jurisdictions, a better idea would be to compare actual suburban/urban areas, which is easily done by using MnDOT’s municipal-level data.

    • Monte Castleman October 27, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      Assuming a couple of farms per section (no more than four, usually less nowadays) and a few people per farm you get several thousand lane miles per 10,000 people… But I don’t take the chart as bad thing in the first place.

    • Alex Cecchini
      Alex Cecchini October 27, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      I’ve got a follow-up post coming for this. It does change the rankings and lane miles per capita, but not Hennepin & Ramsey being at the bottom.

  2. Sam Newberg
    Sam Newberg October 27, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    I guess Ramsey County needs more lane miles….

    • Ed Kohler October 27, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Should Ramsey County build more lanes or get rid of some people?

  3. Sean October 27, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    Would it be possible to get links to the data? Would love to dig deeper on this…

    • Alex Cecchini
      Alex Cecchini October 27, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      My follow-up post (whenever it goes live) has links to sites with data.

      • Adam Froehlig
        Adam Froehlig October 28, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

        Did your post go live then get rescinded?

  4. Walker Angell
    Walker Angell October 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    It’d be interesting to see this on a city by city basis (and showing city, county, and state roads for each). Ramsey county has a lot of very sprawly suburban area.


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