Lake County

Lake County, Greener Bituminous Pavements

A program of the Minnesota Local Road Research Board

Have you ever wondered if the results of your fiddling in the shop would interest other maintenance workers or supervisors? Do you need funding to develop your ideas?

If so, the Minnesota Local Road Research Board's Local Operational Research Assistance Program is for you. With Local OPERA, you can share your ideas with other agencies and road crews and get the funding you need to bring your ideas to life.

OPERA's purpose is to:

  • Fund and share innovations in operations, construction, and maintenance relating to methods, materials, and equipment.
  • Encourage a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transportation network.
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Apply for Funding

OPERA funds projects up to $20,000 through a request-for-proposal process. Proposed projects should focus on the timely development of relevant ideas or methods that improve transportation or maintenance operations.

OPERA has allocated all available funds at this time. Proposal submissions for future funding are welcome at any time.

Project examples, eligibility requirements, and submission instructions are available on the funding page.



These videos highlight a variety of projects completed with funding from the Local OPERA Program.

More information

With questions about the program or for more information, please contact Mindy Carlson at or 612-626-1077.