Spatial tool maps state's emerging infrastructure needs
Cities around the nation are grappling with the need to maintain and renovate the often-overlooked infrastructure that supports services like drinking water and sewage systems. In extreme situations improperly maintained systems can result in health hazards like those caused by the water quality crisis in Flint, Mich. In Minnesota, 5.5 million people depend on the state’s aging infrastructure, which will require maintenance and replacement over the next few decades to stay safe and reliable.
A new online resource will make it easier than ever for Minnesotans to find and interpret information about infrastructure across the state. Developed through a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and the Office of the State Auditor, as well as other partners including League of Minnesota Cities, MN 2050 and numerous state agencies, the Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool brings together data from across the state in a single, visual format that can help city administrators, legislators and Minnesota residents understand pressing infrastructure needs and make informed funding and policy decisions based on that knowledge.