The commissioner shall require a reasonable standard of maintenance on state-aid routes within the county or urban municipality, consistent with available funds, the existing street or road condition, and the traffic being served. This maintenance must be considered to include:
the maintenance of road surfaces, shoulders, ditches, and slopes and the cutting of brush and weeds affecting the respective state-aid systems;
the maintenance and inspection of bridges, culverts, and other drainage structures pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 165.03;
the maintenance of regulatory and direction signs, markers, traffic control devices, and protective structures in conformance with the current manual on uniform traffic control devices affecting the respective state-aid systems;
the striping of pavements of 22 feet or more in width, consistent with the current manual on uniform traffic control devices, and for which there are no pending improvements;
the exclusion of advertising signs, billboards, buildings, and other privately owned installations other than utilities of public interest from the right-of-way of an approved state-aid project; and
On determining that the maintenance of a county or municipal state-aid route is unsatisfactory, the commissioner shall keep up to ten percent of the current annual maintenance apportionment to the responsible county or urban municipality. Funds kept must be held to the credit of that county or urban municipality until the unsatisfactory condition has been corrected and a reasonable standard of maintenance is provided.
The commissioner's biennial report to the legislature shall enumerate such funds retained more than 90 days, together with an explanation for this action.
8 SR 2146; 15 SR 2596; 20 SR 1041; 24 SR 1885; 29 SR 449
October 15, 2007