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    Subdivision 1. Model standards. The legislature determines that it is in the interests of the
public health, safety and welfare, to provide for the addition of bicycle and recreational vehicle
lanes to proposed and existing public highways. The commissioner of transportation shall adopt,
in the manner provided in chapter 14, model standards for the establishment of recreational
vehicle lanes on and along proposed and existing public highways. The model standards shall
include but not be limited to the following: (a) criteria for desirability of a lane in any given
location, (b) provision for maintenance of the lanes, and (c) the placement of the lanes in relation
to roads. The model standards shall govern state trunk highways.
    Subd. 2. Local regulations; approval for state funding. Each county and municipality
including towns having statutory city powers may adopt the model standards to govern highways
under its jurisdiction and may adapt them to local circumstances. Such local regulations shall
be submitted to the commissioner of transportation who shall approve them within 60 days
after receipt upon finding that they meet the minimum standards established pursuant to this
section. Approved local regulations shall qualify the submitting unit of government for state
or state-approved funding of recreational vehicle lane projects undertaken pursuant to such
    Subd. 3. Cooperation among agencies and governments. The following departments and
agencies shall cooperate in providing information and advice for amendments to the model
standards by the commissioner of transportation: the Departments of Agriculture, Transportation,
Natural Resources, Commerce, and Employment and Economic Development, and the Board
of Water and Soil Resources. The commissioner may cooperate with and enter into agreements
with the United States government, any department of the state of Minnesota, any unit of local
government and any public or private corporation in order to effect the purposes of this section.
    Subd. 4. Design-build bridges for nonmotorized vehicles. For streets and highways,
the commissioner shall allow for the acceptance of performance-specification bids, made by
the lowest responsible bidder, for constructing design-build bridges for bicycle paths, bicycle
trails, and pedestrian facilities that are:
(1) designed and used primarily for nonmotorized transportation, but may allow for
motorized wheelchairs, golf carts, necessary maintenance vehicles and, when otherwise permitted
by law, rule, or ordinance, snowmobiles; and
(2) located apart from any road or highway or protected by barriers, provided that a
design-built bridge may cross over and above a road or highway.
History: 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1973 c 620 s 1; 1975 c 271 s 6; 1976 c 149 s 59; 1976 c 166 s
7; 1981 c 356 s 177,178; 1982 c 424 s 130; 1983 c 289 s 115 subd 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 312
art 1 s 26 subd 2; 1987 c 358 s 34; 1987 c 384 art 3 s 42; 1994 c 635 art 1 s 1; 1Sp2001 c 4
art 6 s 77; 1Sp2003 c 4 s 1

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