The Municipal State Aid Street System (MSAS) is intended to be a mechanism to identify and fund the collector and arterial streets located within Shoreview. Under the jurisdiction of Shoreview, our current MSA system is made up of collector streets. The collector system serves to distribute traffic from arterial to their destination, which may be on a local street or collector street. Conversely, the collector streets "collect" traffic from local streets and channels it into the arterial system. The collector system serves both land access and local traffic movement within the various neighborhoods and areas.
Designated arterial streets are under the jurisdiction of Ramsey County. The city is allowed to identify roads to be built or upgraded to certain MSAS standards as part of this system. The total mileage of these roads can be up to 20 percent of the city's total street miles. Shoreview receives Municipal State Aid Street funds based upon the cost to construct these streets to the MSAS standards. These funds can then be used to construct the streets designated on the MSAS System.
Streets must meet the following criteria to be selected for the Municipal State Aid System:
- These streets generally act as collector or minor arterial streets carrying higher volumes of traffic
- They connect the points of major traffic interest within an urbanized municipality
- They provide integrated street system
- They connect roadways which are MSAS streets, county roads, county state aid highways or trunk highways
- They are projected to carry a relatively heavier traffic volume or are functionally classified as collector or arterial streets
- The city receives state gasoline revenues to be used to upgrade and maintain these streets to Municipal State Aid standards