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HF 2295

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/17/2021 11:17am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation; establishing a work zone safety pilot program; requiring
reporting; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginWORK ZONE SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definitions. new text end

new text begin (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.
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new text begin (b) "Automated enforcement system" means an electronic system of cameras or other
sensors that is designed to automatically produce recorded images of a motor vehicle operated
in violation of traffic regulations under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 169.
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new text begin (c) "Commissioner" means the commissioner of transportation.
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new text begin (d) "Commissioners" means the commissioner of transportation as the lead in coordination
with the commissioner of public safety.
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new text begin (e) "Work zone" has the meaning given in Minnesota Statutes, section 169.011,
subdivision 95.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Pilot program development and schedule. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner of
transportation, in coordination with the commissioner of public safety, must commence
development of a pilot program to enforce speeding violations through the use of automated
enforcement systems in work zones and in locations where work is performed within the
highway right-of-way.
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new text begin (b) To the extent that existing legal authority in conjunction with any law enacted in the
2022 legislative session enables the implementation plan under subdivision 5, or a comparable
plan, the commissioners must:
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new text begin (1) in the 2022 construction season, commence field operations to use automated
enforcement systems;
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new text begin (2) annually through at least 2024, undertake field operations; and
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new text begin (3) no later than in 2026, conclude field operations.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Advisory group. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioners must establish and collaborate with
an advisory group to perform the work zone speed management assessment under subdivision
4 and develop the implementation plan under subdivision 5.
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new text begin (b) The advisory group must include representatives from appropriate labor organizations,
contractors who operate in highway rights-of-way, law enforcement agencies, traffic safety
organizations, traffic safety research entities, the League of Minnesota Cities, and the
Association of Minnesota Counties.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Work zone speed management assessment. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioners must
perform a work zone speed management assessment.
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new text begin (b) At a minimum, the assessment must:
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new text begin (1) evaluate existing legal authority for strategies, practices, and methods to reduce
vehicle speeds and enhance worker safety in work zones, which may include but is not
limited to use of traffic control devices, use of barriers, traffic control design modifications,
and speed enforcement actions;
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new text begin (2) propose a process for contractors operating in a work zone that:
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new text begin (i) allows contractors to request modifications to a project's traffic control plan, in order
to reduce vehicle speeds or improve worker safety in a work zone; and
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new text begin (ii) establishes standards for appeals; and
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new text begin (3) make recommendations for immediate changes in work zone safety, to be implemented
starting with the remainder of the 2021 construction season.
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new text begin (c) By July 1, 2021, the commissioners must complete the assessment and submit it to
the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction
over transportation policy and finance.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Implementation plan. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioners must develop an implementation
plan for the pilot program.
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new text begin (b) At a minimum, the implementation plan must:
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new text begin (1) set program design, requirements, and procedures;
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new text begin (2) determine any legal barriers and other considerations to address prior to
implementation and propose law changes and actions to address identified issues;
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new text begin (3) identify resources that are needed and available to implement the pilot program and
propose methods to address any resource gaps;
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new text begin (4) determine how automated enforcement will augment ongoing traffic and speed
compliance efforts;
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new text begin (5) identify and assess locations for automated enforcement, which must include work
zones and other locations where work is scheduled to be performed within the highway
right-of-way;
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new text begin (6) specify how the general public will be notified about automated speed enforcement
activities prior to and during use of automated enforcement equipment;
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new text begin (7) propose a fine or assessment and the disposition of revenue, for violations identified
by automated enforcement systems; and
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new text begin (8) analyze performance measures for evaluation of traffic safety impacts under the pilot
program.
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new text begin (c) By November 1, 2021, the commissioners must complete the implementation plan
and submit it to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over transportation policy and finance.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Evaluation. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner must arrange for independent evaluation of
pilot program operations and impacts. The evaluation must be performed by a nonprofit
transportation research entity from outside the Departments of Transportation and Public
Safety.
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new text begin (b) At a minimum, the evaluation must:
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new text begin (1) analyze the effectiveness of automated enforcement systems in lowering travel speeds,
reducing speed differentials, and meeting any other safety or performance measures identified
in the implementation plan;
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new text begin (2) perform statistical analysis of traffic speeds, intrusions, crashes, near miss incidents,
injuries, and fatalities;
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new text begin (3) identify any changes in traffic congestion attributable to automated enforcement
systems; and
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new text begin (4) analyze financial impacts of (i) the pilot program, and (ii) potential ongoing
implementation of automated enforcement systems.
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new text begin (c) Preliminary evaluations must be completed by November 1 annually in each year of
pilot program field operations. The final evaluation must be completed by November 1 in
the concluding year of pilot program field operations. Upon completion of each preliminary
evaluation and the final evaluation, the commissioner must submit a copy to the chairs and
ranking minority members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over transportation
policy and finance.
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The pilot program under this section expires on December 31,
2026.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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Sec. 2. new text beginWORK ZONE SAFETY PILOT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $20,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the trunk highway fund to the
commissioner of transportation for the work zone safety pilot program under section 1. This
is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2022.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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