Transportation planning

Hennepin County provides resources for city planners, consultants and contractors working on planning and design for roads and other infrastructure.

This includes information about:

  • Volume of traffic
  • Turning movements
  • Bike and pedestrian usage
  • Comprehensive plans
  • Plat review resources
  • Freight use

Information about these items appear below.

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Multi modal count resources

Hennepin County Transportation Planning collects multi-modal counts on county highway system.

These counts include:

  • Average daily traffic for general traffic
  • Average daily traffic for heavy commercial
  • Turning movements
  • Bike and pedestrian counts

The county also receives counts from the City of Minneapolis for county routes within the City of Minneapolis and from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for state and federal highways.

The data is used for:

  • Production of a traffic volume (flow) map
  • Calculation of state-aid ‘needs’ information which generates State Aid funding allocations
  • Crash rate calculations
  • More specific counts, such as intersection approach counts or turning movement counts, are used in analyzing traffic operations for safety and capacity considerations

Interactive online map

Multi modal maps icon

Use our interactive multi modal counts map.

Maps for downloading

Annual average daily traffic (AADT)

For more specific questions, please contact the Hennepin County Transportation Department at 612-596-0240.

Comprehensive plan

The 2030 Hennepin County comprehensive plan update is a composite document combining various planning elements. These elements have been revised and updated since 1982. To date, the practice has been to maintain separate reports which contain the more specific information and the higher level of detail. The 2030 Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the County Board of Commissioners on June 28, 2011 (Resolution No. 11-0274).

As a fully urbanized county in the Twin Cities, Hennepin County is somewhat unique in that it has no land use administration authority. State statutes recognize this unique situation and require only the following elements to be summarized as part of the Hennepin County comprehensive plan:

  • Wastewater Planning and Individual Sewage Treatment Systems (ISTS)
  • Regional park systems (prepared by Three Rivers Regional Park District)
  • Surface water management
  • Transportation

Summaries of the county activities in each of these areas are provided in the document below. The most extensive part of the comprehensive plan concerns transportation. The complete 2030 Hennepin County Transportation Systems Plan (2030 HC-TSP) is being provided as a separate report with only a brief summary being included within this comprehensive plan document.

2030 Hennepin County comprehensive plan (PDF)

2040 comprehensive plan

Hennepin County is updating its comprehensive plan. 

Learn more about the 2040 Hennepin County comprehensive plan

Transportation systems plan (HC-TSP)

As part of the 2030 Hennepin County comprehensive plan, the 2030 Hennepin County transportation systems plan (HC-TSP) represents an on-going transportation planning effort that:

  • Articulates a transportation vision
  • Updates previous planning work
  • Provides guidance for future transportation decisions
  • Addresses the needs of all transportation users and modes

The purpose of the plan is to set the stage for future transportation investments that will keep the county competitive in attracting businesses and future work force, and will sustain a high quality of life for county residents into the future. The plan was adopted by the County Board of Commissioners on June 28, 2011 (Resolution No. 11-2075R1).

Hennepin County is a great place to live and work with diverse land use patterns and close proximity to employment centers. The county's transportation vision is to sustain and enhance the economic competitiveness of Hennepin County and the quality of life of its residents by enhancing transportation mobility, improving transportation safety, and increasing transportation choices.

These efforts will focus on combining multi-agency resources along with private sector funds to shape development and transportation improvements (place-making) to enhance competitiveness and sustainability within the county.

Plan goals

Goal 1 - Preserve and modernize the existing transportation system

Goal 2 - Improve safety for all transportation users

Goal 3 - Provide mobility and choice to meet diverse transportation needs as well as support health objectives throughout the county, including:

  • Transit
  • Bicycle
  • Pedestrian
  • Roadway

Goal 4 - Increase spatial efficiency of system

Goal 5 - Reduce the county's environmental footprint

HC-TSP Reports

Freight study

In 2016, Hennepin County undertook a County-wide freight study. The purpose of this study was to understand how the County’s transportation networks are being used for the handling of freight. The study was timed and designed to align with freight planning efforts that are underway at the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Metropolitan Council.

The study gives a focused look at freight and freight-related issues within Hennepin County. It provides us the information and tools needed to understand and invest in our network and strengthen our ability to advocate for key issues with Metropolitan Council, MnDOT, and other agencies.

The study was led by consulting firm Cambridge Systematics, with rail data analysis provided by Amfahr Consulting.

Hennepin County Freight Study - presentation (PPT)

Hennepin County Freight Study - final recommendations (PDF)

Hennepin County Freight Study - task 1 - infrastructure and network use (PDF)

Hennepin County Freight Study - task 2 - commodity flow (PDF)

Hennepin County Freight Study - task 3 - truck system performance (PDF)

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