Transportation funding programs

In 1957, Hennepin County established a program to provide financial assistance for roadways and bridges to towns/cities under 5,000 population. The program is called County Aid to Municipalities (CAM). The primary purpose of the CAM program is to provide monetary assistance to cities that were not eligible for funding through the State Aid program due to their population. CAM reimburses towns/cities for eligible street project costs. The authority to distribute county funds for this function is contained in State Statutes 164.03, and 383B.608.

The county also provides funding for bikeway and sidewalk projects through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

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CAM eligibility

Currently, the following 20 communities in Hennepin County have less than 5,000 persons based on the 2005 Census estimate, and are thus eligible for CAM funds:

Deephaven Medicine Lake
Excelsior Medina
Greenfield Minnetonka Beach
Greenwood Osseo
Hanover Rockford
Hassan Township St. Bonifacius
Independence Spring Park
Long Lake Tonka Bay
Loretto Wayzata
Maple Plain Woodland

Project qualifications

To be eligible projects must qualify under the following criteria:

  1. The project must reside at least in part within an eligible CAM town/city listed above.
  2. The proposed project must be located on or along a street identified on the approved CAM system map for that community.
  3. The improvements can include activities for items such as street, bridge, trail, or sidewalk construction.

CAM system maps

Each town and city must annually review and update their CAM street system map showing all existing and proposed streets. On the map the municipality shall indicate proposed CAM streets. Communities are responsible for notifying Hennepin County of any proposed changes to the CAM system map.

The Hennepin County Transportation Department will review and approve the CAM system proposals. Projects on streets not identified as part of the CAM system will not receive funding approvals.

Streets in the CAM system should provide an integrated and coordinated system affording a network consistent with local traffic demands, and should connect to state or county highways, other CAM streets, or major points of interest (e.g. schools, parks, public buildings, etc.).

The CAM network should be spaced at reasonable intervals consistent with existing or projected land uses. Cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets would normally not be eligible for inclusion as part of the CAM system unless they serve a major point of interest.

CAM reimbursement process

Here is the CAM reimbursement process:

  1. Proposed improvements on the CAM system should be submitted to the Hennepin County Transportation Department for initial approval of eligibility prior to construction. Submissions should be made on the form provided in the annual information packet, and include information on location, project scope, and a cost estimate.
  2. County staff will check project eligibility and status of any deficient bridges within the jurisdiction. County policy requires that a town or city must program for the repair or replacement of structurally deficient municipal bridges before funding will be approved for road or street projects. Communities will have been previously notified of any deficient bridges within their jurisdiction as part of the annual CAM allocation notice.
  3. The town or city is given written approval when the project is eligible for CAM reimbursement.
  4. After project completion, reimbursement requests should be submitted to the county. The submission should include a final cost statement or invoice for the project.
  5. The county will inspect the construction work and confirm that eligible project costs were incurred. Hennepin County will then process the payment request and reimburse the city. Reimbursement is limited to the lesser of the project cost or the accrued allocation.
  6. Communities are allowed to accrue up to 3 years of annual CAM allocations. Under special circumstances, a one or two year extension to the 3 year time period can be requested by the city. Funding needs for upcoming programmed projects or difficulties with scheduling are examples of valid reasons for requesting an extension of this accrual period.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Capital Improvement Program

The Hennepin County Capital Improvement Program is soliciting applications for bikeway and sidewalk projects within the county.

Application deadlines and notification schedule

Applications due – March 1, 2017
Notification of application status – April, 2017
Draft cooperative agreements – summer 2017

Larger, more complex projects may require longer lead times for design and construction. All project contracts must fully encumber funds within 3 years of the date of the funding award.

Submit applications to

For questions on the application process, please contact Bob Byers ( or Sierra Saunders (

Maximum awards for construction projects will be $100,000 and $20,000 for feasibility studies.


Eligible agencies include cities and independent park districts.

Sidewalks must be located along Hennepin County roadways.

Bikeways must be identified on the county bike plan map (interactive mapPDF map).

Funding is subject to the county's cost participation policy (PDF).

Guidelines and applications

Bikeway Participation Program 

Sidewalk Participation Program   

Applicant resources



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