Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Access Management

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Access Management

Access Management is the planning, design and implementation of land use and transportation strategies in an effort to maintain a safe flow of traffic while accommodating the access needs of adjacent development.

Why Access Management?

Too many driveways, intersections and closely-spaced traffic signals along major roads cause problems:

  • Crashes increase as vehicles cross and turn along the road in an uncoordinated manner
  • Stop and go conditions frustrate commuters and local residents
  • Adjacent businesses suffer when customers have trouble turning into their sites
  • Freight and delivery trucks lose time and money when stuck in traffic
  • Pedestrians can’t find a safe spot to cross the road
  • Overall community livability suffers