Reporter Maps Minnesota’s Road Network

Monday, February 16, 2015


We were impressed by the analytical effort shown recently by St. Paul (Minnesota) Pioneer Press reporter David Montgomery. Since that state’s legislature is debating a multi-billion dollar tax and fee program aimed at improving the state’s roads, Montgomery decided a public education effort on the state road network – and who pays for maintenance – was needed. So he wrote this story showing 11 maps his team developed hoping to educate both legislators and Minnesota residents.

The maps help to visualize road classifications, and who owns them, throughout the state. Users of MS2’s traffic count database system can create similar maps. A customized feature of MS2’s software creates flow maps based upon traffic volumes. Here’s one from the Arizona Department of Transportation application:

MS2 software creates flow maps and more
MS2 software creates flow maps and more

MS2’s software applications use a Google Maps/ArcGIS Server hybrid service. Given proper data from the agency, MS2 software creates flow maps and more. As the Minnesota example above shows, maps and data provided to policy makers by engineers and planners makes it easier to have thoughtful, data-driven public policy discussions.

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