Centerline Collaborative

The Metro Regional Centerline Collaborative (MRCC) is a joint collaborative project involving the technical and managerial GIS staff from the Seven Metropolitan Counties (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington), the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board and the Metropolitan Council to develop a road centerline data model and dataset to meet the core business needs of local governments and regional interests. The MRCC has been in actively working since May 2014 to document core business needs among the partners. Hennepin County staff has provided project management, coordination and continuity to the collaborative.

  Goal of the Project                  
The goal of the MRCC is to facilitate the creation and sustained maintenance of an authoritatively (locally) sourced road centerline dataset that can be used to meet the needs of local, regional and state partner agencies.  Over the course of 2014, the MRCC has documented the specific business needs of the participating partners and developed a draft data model to meet those expressed needs.

  Need for Project                     
At present, there is no authoritatively-sourced, inter-jurisdictional, publicly available road data solution that meets the core business needs of 
local, regional and state agencies.  This project represents an effort to develop and sustain this much needed geospatial data resource.

  What are the core uses of this dataset?  
The needs that this data model/dataset are intended to satisfy include:

  • Vehicular routing;
  • Address geocoding (the model will contain both assigned and theoretical ranges);
  • Next Generation 911 call routing and location validation;
  • Emergency services dispatching;
  • Support of linear referencing system use;
  • Cartographic representation of road features;

  Project Contacts 

 Project Manager
 Ann Houghton, Hennepin County

 Design Team Lead
 Matt Koukol, Ramsey County

 Implementation & Communications Team
 Geoff Maas, MetroGIS




Downloads & Resources

 MRCC Dataset Release Date:    April 21, 2017  

The MRCC partners are proud to announce the release of the first version of the MRCC road centerline dataset on April 21, 2017. The dataset is available here on the Minnesota Geospatial Commons site.

MRCC project partners
 convened in January through March of 2017 to address remaining data specification issues, adjust values to existing domains and finalize minor technical and procedural issues.

The MRCC team is finalizing a 'Best Practices Document and User Guide' resource to accompany the dataset. The guide will be published here in May 2017.

 MRCC Build Resources  

Download the

MRCC Data Specification
(Version 1.5+)

(Excel spreadsheet document)
Approved on February 23, 2017
Corrected/published on March 20, 2017

Download the
(Version 1.5+)

(XML document)
Corrected & published on March 20, 2017

Download the
MRCC .gdb
(Version 1.5+)

(Geodatabase (.gdb) document)
Corrected & published on March 20, 2017


Download the
Emergency Service Zone Discrepancy White Paper
(6 page PDF document)

Drafted by Ramsey County
Originally published February 29, 2016

Download the
MRCC 'First Build' Project Charter

Published August 4, 2015
(7 page PDF Document)

Download the
MRCC Project Summary Document - Version 2.0
Published July 7, 2015
(6 page PDF Document)

Download the
MRCC Planarization & Routing Guide - Version 1.0
Published: July 8, 2015
(10 page PDF Document)

Download the
MRCC Work Flow Chart
Version 1.1

Published: August 4, 2015
(1 page PDF Document [graphic])

Download the
County Boundary
Edge-Matching Guide

Published: August 4, 2015
(1 page PDF Document)

  Provide Feedback 

Provide Feedback (via email)

  Survey Results Document 

Download the

MRCC Stakeholder Input Report
Published May 1, 2015
(16 page PDF Document)