We rely on sand and gravel to:
- Get There
- Highways, bridges, rural roads, airport runways
- Build Our Communities
- Schools, hospitals, homes, businesses
- Have Fun
- Trails, boat landings, playgrounds, beaches
138,768 Miles of Roads
According to the Federal Highway Administration there are 138,768 miles of public roads in Minnesota. A single mile of 4 lane highway uses nearly 340,000 cubic yards of aggregate for new construction. That's over 18,000 standard dump truck loads.
Minnesota Aggregate Facts from NSSGA
70,000 Miles of Gravel Roads
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation there are approximately 70,000 miles of public gravel roads in Minnesota. That is about 50% of all public roads in the state.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation there are over 20,000 bridges in Minnesota.
Building our communities
The United States Geological Survey reports that 45% of the total construction aggregates used by the industry are to make concrete. Concrete is used in the building foundations for our homes, schools, hospitals, and offices.
Other Concrete Uses
Aggregates are the key ingredients in the concrete used for Minnesota's roadways, airports, bridges, wind turbine foundations, sidewalks, and parking structures.
50% Used in Public Projects
Minnesota's infrastructure needs an upgrade and about 50% of all construction aggregates produced are consumed in publicly-funded projects. The Minnesota Legislature has created a bipartisan Aggregate Task Force that will examine the issues facing the construction aggregate industry.
Source: American Society of Civil Engineers
Infrastructure Report Card for Minnesota
600 Miles of Trails
Construction aggregates are used to develop and maintain more than 600 miles of paved trails and 560 miles of "rail-trails" in Minnesota. Aggregates are also used to build the gravel roads to our cabins, the boat landings on our shores, and the playgrounds for our children.
"The American way of life as we know it would not be possible without the stone, sand and gravel produced by the aggregates industry. From roads and bridges to paint, pharmaceuticals and cleaning products, aggregates play a vital role in our daily lives"
Source: National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association
If you would like to learn more about DNR construction aggregate leasing opportunities, please contact:
Corrie Floyd, Industrial Minerals Specialist
Division of Lands and Minerals
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4045
Disclaimer: The DNR does not operate a retail business to sell stone products or construction aggregates. However, if you have a question regarding a request to purchase commercial quantities of materials from our lessees, we will provide contact information to you for our lessees. Please send an email inquiry to Corrie Floyd.