Grab a beverage and join MnDOT’s Virtual Sips & Scoops Series this winter from the comfort of your home. MnDOT experts will present on various topics including traffic impacts related to COVID-19, the future of drones, self-driving cars, youth engagement, and inclusive road design.

Learn more about each event below and information on how to join. You may attend one or all of these free, online presentations!



The Impact of COVID-19 on Traffic Safety in MN

Minnesotans have significantly changed their daily activities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  Closures, event cancelations, and stay-at-home orders have removed vehicles from the roads and biking and walking have increased. Perceptions of risk and safety change daily.  How do we untangle the impact of these unprecedented trends on motor vehicle crashes?

Presenter: Eric DeVoe, MnDOT Office of Traffic Engineering

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14

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Link: http://bit.ly/COVIDTrafficSafety

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 146 724 0315



Drone Technology in Minnesota

Drone aircraft can be used to assist in search and rescue operations, inspect buildings and bridges, support our farms, survey disaster sites, and more! Learn about drone technology, drone regulation, and how drones are currently being used in Minnesota.  We’ll also talk about the future of drone technology and what it might mean for Minnesota.

Presenter: Katie Gilmore, MnDOT Office of Aeronautics

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2

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Link: http://bit.ly/DroneTechMN

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 146 766 9037



STEM@MnDOT: Tools to Engage Youth

Are there young people in your life who are interested in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)? Wondering what's being done to educate the next generation of engineers? Join us to learn how MnDOT engages students across the state in the field of transportation and hear from a local teacher who will talk about STEM in the classroom and how they partner with MnDOT to provide students with hands-on opportunities. Participants will also learn about new virtual engagement opportunities with MnDOT.

Presenters: Marcia Lochner, MnDOT STEM Education and Outreach Program Manager, Amy Arcand, Willow Consulting, and Travis Koupal, Justice Page Middle School

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23

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Link: http://bit.ly/EngagingSTEMinYouth

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Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 146 304 9102



Self-Driving Cars: In Our Future?

Uber, Waymo and Tesla tell us that self-driving cars are the solution to all our problems. However, the timeline for these innovations looks further and further out, while a majority of Americans are skeptical that industry can deliver on the promises of driverless technologies. Will these technologies help Minnesotans or further exacerbate barriers in our society? The Minnesota Connected and Automated Vehicles Office Executive Director, Kristin White will host a discussion on whether the future is fully driverless, or full of baloney.

Presenter: Kristin White, Executive Director of MnDOT Connected & Automated Vehicles Office

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 16

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Link: http://bit.ly/FutureofCAV

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 146 733 2591



Design Flexibility: Inclusive Road Design

Designing roads for vehicles has been the focus of our transportation system over the past 100 years. Recently, there has been an industry-wide shift toward a more outcome-based process and equitable consideration of all transportation users and their safety. This presentation will cover the evolution of road and street design, multimodal design and flexibility, MnDOT's new Bicycle Facility Design manual, and the path forward.

Presenter: Jim Rosenow, MnDOT Design Flexibility Engineer, Hannah Pritchard, Bike and Pedestrian Engineer

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 7

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Link: http://bit.ly/DesignFlexibility

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 146 718 7457



Construction of I-35W & Lake Street Station is well underway and emerging as a prominent feature of the 35W@94 project. The new, two-story transit facility will allow customers to board the new METRO Orange Line and I-35W express bus routes on the freeway level, and will provide easy connections to Lake Street, local bus routes and the Midtown Greenway. Join Metro Transit staff to learn more about this facility and the bus routes that will serve it.

Presenters: Christina Morrison, Metro Transit Principal Project Coordinator, and Juan Rangel Metro Transit Outreach Coordinator

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 28

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Link: http://bit.ly/LakeStreetTransit

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 187 657 6844



The 35W@94 project is not all about freeways and neither is MnDOT. We’re also improving the bicyclist and pedestrian experience by building better pedestrian bridges over the freeway, creating a new connection from the Midtown Greenway to the new Lake Street Transit Station, widening sidewalks, improving accessibility, and more. Asks questions to the project contractor, hear from the executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, and learn about the statewide pedestrian plan and multimodal transportation plan.

Presenters: Sam Buttweiler with Ames Construction, MacKenzie Turner Bargen, MnDOT’s Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator, and Soren Jensen with the Midtown Greenway Coalition.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19

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Link: http://bit.ly/35WBikePed

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 187 830 2898



Have you ever wondered about all of the construction on I-35W and what improvements are being made?  Join MnDOT, Metro Transit, and the City of Minneapolis to learn about new freeway exit ramps at Lake Street and 28thStreet, new bus connections at the Lake Street Transit Station, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, upgrades to Lake Street, and the timeline for completion. Also, learn about City of Minneapolis’s business resources along the Lake Street corridor. This presentation will be conducted in Spanish only.

¿Alguna vez se ha preguntado que implica toda la construcción en la I-35W y qué mejoras se están realizando? Únase a MnDOT, Metro Transit y la ciudad de Minneapolis para conocer mas sobre las nuevas rampas de salida de la autopista hacia Lake Street y 28th Street, las nuevas conexiones de autobús en la estación de tránsito de Lake Street, las mejoras para peatones y bicicletas, las mejoras a Lake Street y la línea de tiempo del proyecto para su finalización. También conozca los recursos que la Ciudad de Minneapolis tiene para negocios de la calle Lake. Esta presentación se realizará en español.

Presenters: Aaron Tag, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Juan Rangel, Metro Transit, and Monica Romero, City of Minneapolis

5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8

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Event Link: http://bit.ly/35WSpanish

Event Password: MnDOTVirtual

Call-in Option: +1-408-418-9388

Access Code: 187 095 0651