Draft 2018-2021 Duluth-Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Now Open for Comment

We’re working to line up funding for Duluth-Area projects for the next four years

Federally-funded transportation projects can be big, expensive, and time-sensitive — which means they need to be planned in advance.  Projects have been approved in previous years for 2018-2020, and we’re working now to line up funding for Duluth-area projects in 2021.

We are taking comments on the Draft 2018-2021 Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) through August 22.  The new projects for 2021, as approved by the MIC Policy Board and the Northeast MN Area Transportation Partnership, include:

Project: Bridge improvements at junction of State Highway 35 and 27th Ave W. in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $2,100,000 million ($1,890,000 federal, $210,000 state funds)

Project: Culvert Improvements at US Steel Creek in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $1,100,000 ($1,100,000 state funds)

Project: Culvert improvements at Gogebic Creek in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $1,100,000 ($1,100,000 state funds)

Project: I-35 Drainage System improvement at Lakewalk in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $1,100,000 ($1,100,000 state funds)

Project: Upgrade fiber optic cable and traffic cameras in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $425,000 ($382,500 federal, $42,500 state funds)

Project: Resurface Lismore Road, 5.5 miles from North Tischer Road to Ryan Road
Jurisdiction: St. Louis County
Project Cost:
$3,143,825 ($1,285,000 federal, $1,858,825 local funds)

Project: Resurface roadway, storm sewer, curb and gutter repairs and sidewalks along Railroad Street from Garfield Ave to 5th Ave W.
Jurisdiction: City of Duluth
Project Cost: $992,788 ($742,936 federal, $249,852 state funds)

Project: Resurface roadway, storm sewer, curb and gutter repairs and sidewalks along Railroad Street from 5th Ave W to Canal Park Drive
Jurisdiction: City of Duluth
Project Cost: $724,362 ($542,064 federal, $182,298 state funds)

Project: Duluth Dial-A-Ride Transit Operating Assistance
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $1,400,000 ($1,400,000 local funds)

Project: Duluth Operating Assistance – Regular Route
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $14,040,000 ($1,000,000 federal, $13,040,000 local funds)

Project: Rehab/Renovation of Transit Terminals and Shelters
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $50,000 ($40,000 federal, $10,000 local funds)

Project: Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System Improvements
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $150,000 ($120,000 federal, $30,000 local funds)

Project: Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Improvements
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $100,000 ($80,000 federal, $20,000 local funds)

Project: Support and Facilities Equipment Purchase
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $690,000 ($552,000 federal, $138,000 local funds)

Project: Purchase Nine Standard 40-ft. Replacement Buses
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $4,695,000 ($3,756,000 federal, $939,000 local funds)

Project: Facility Rehabilitation
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $400,000 ($320,000 federal, $80,000 local funds)

We want to know what you think!

Give us a call: Talk to Planner Chris Belden at (218) 529-7502

OR –

Attend a Drop-In Open House:

WhenTuesday, August 8 from 10:00 am to noon or Thursday, August 10 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

WhereARDC/MIC office in downtown Duluth at 221 West First Street (skywalk level)

 

 

Seeking Comments on Proposed 2021 Transportation Projects

We’re working to line up funding for Duluth-Area projects in 2021

Federally-funded transportation projects can be big, expensive, and time-sensitive — which means they need to be planned in advance.  In fact, we’re working now to line up funding for Duluth-area projects in 2021.

The following projects have been proposed by eligible Duluth-area jurisdictions for construction in the year 2021.  They will be submitted for review and approval by the MIC Policy Board and the Northeast MN Area Transportation Partnership for inclusion in the Draft 2018-2021 TIP, and we are seeking public input or comment by March 15:

Project: Bridge improvements at junction of State Highway 35 and 27th Ave W. in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $2,100,000 million ($1,890,000 federal, $210,000 state funds)

Project: Culvert Improvements at US Steel Creek in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $1,100,000 ($1,100,000 state funds)

Project: Culvert improvements at Gogebic Creek in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $1,100,000 ($1,100,000 state funds)

Project: I-35 Drainage System improvement at Lakewalk in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $1,100,000 ($1,100,000 state funds)

Project: Upgrade fiber optic cable and traffic cameras in Duluth
Jurisdiction: MnDOT
Project Cost: $425,000 ($382,500 federal, $42,500 state funds)

Project: Resurface Lismore Road, 5.5 miles from North Tischer Road to Ryan Road
Jurisdiction: St. Louis County
Project Cost:
$3,143,825 ($1,285,000 federal, $1,858,825 local funds)

Project: Resurface roadway, storm sewer, curb and gutter repairs and sidewalks along Railroad Street from Garfield Ave to 5th Ave W.
Jurisdiction: City of Duluth
Project Cost: $992,788 ($742,936 federal, $249,852 state funds)

Project: Resurface roadway, storm sewer, curb and gutter repairs and sidewalks along Railroad Street from 5th Ave W to Canal Park Drive
Jurisdiction: City of Duluth
Project Cost: $724,362 ($542,064 federal, $182,298 state funds)

Project: Duluth Dial-A-Ride Transit Operating Assistance
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $1,400,000 ($1,400,000 local funds)

Project: Duluth Operating Assistance – Regular Route
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $14,040,000 ($1,000,000 federal, $13,040,000 local funds)

Project: Rehab/Renovation of Transit Terminals and Shelters
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $50,000 ($40,000 federal, $10,000 local funds)

Project: Transit Signal Priority (TSP) System Improvements
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $150,000 ($120,000 federal, $30,000 local funds)

Project: Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Improvements
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $100,000 ($80,000 federal, $20,000 local funds)

Project: Support and Facilities Equipment Purchase
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $690,000 ($552,000 federal, $138,000 local funds)

Project: Purchase Nine Standard 40-ft. Replacement Buses
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $4,695,000 ($3,756,000 federal, $939,000 local funds)

Project: Facility Rehabilitation
Jurisdiction: Duluth Transit Authority
Project Cost: $400,000 ($320,000 federal, $80,000 local funds)

We want to know what you think!

Give us a call: Talk to Planner Chris Belden at (218) 529-7502

OR – Send us an email 

OR- Stop in and talk to us in person at the ARDC/MIC office in downtown Duluth at 221 West First Street (skywalk level)

 

 

Last Call for Comments on 2019 Transportation Projects

Almost $10 million of federal funding is being programmed for Duluth area transportation projects in 2019, and you have the opportunity to review and comment.

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The programmed projects include:

  • Bridge preservation on the Blatnik bridge and the Mesaba Avenue bridge over Superior Street in downtown Duluth;
  • Mill and overlay of Highway 39 in Gary/New Duluth;
  • Resurfacing of Maple Grove Road (from Midway Road to Westberg Road) in Hermantown;
  • Pavement reclamation and storm sewer repairs on E 8th St/E 9th St in Duluth’s East hillside; and
  • Duluth Transit Authority operations (approx. $2 million in FTA funding programmed for continued public transit operations.

Additional project details are described in a post from March 5th, when they were first proposed.  As noted in that post, because federal funding is public money, the public has the right for their comments to be recorded and reported on these projects. 

The MIC will be taking official public comment on all projects included in the 2016-2019 Duluth Area TIP – from July 12 to August 13th

You may leave your comments in the section at the end of this blog post, and you are welcome to stop by the ARDC offices and speak with MIC staff directly during a couple of “Open House” days from 9am to 5pm on Thursday, August 12th and Friday, August 13th.

Look the projects over – do you have anything to say about them?<br></br>

How federal transportation dollars will be spent in Duluth…4 years from now

Although it fluctuates from year to year, about $8 million – on average– of federal transportation assistance comes in to the Duluth area.  Of that amount, approximately $6 million is allocated for MnDOT projects, and $2 million goes to county and city projects.

Each year several new transportation improvement projects are proposed by these jurisdictions, for four years in advance.  This allows the time needed to do the planning and engineering work before they can be implemented.

This year, five projects are being proposed to utilize the $8 million in federal funding estimated to be available in year 2019.  These projects and their estimated costs are listed below.

Because federal funding is public money, the public has the right for their comments to be recorded and reported on these projects.  Look the projects over – do you have anything to say about them?    

E9th225pxE 8th Street/E 9th Street – Pavement Preservation
A mill and overlay of the existing pavement on the 1.6 miles of E 8th Street/E 9th Street between 6th Avenue E and Woodland Avenue.  Repairs to storm water, curb and gutter, and sidewalk will also be part of this project.
Jurisdiction: City of Duluth
Project Cost:  $1,300,000 ($860,000 federal funds; $440,000 local funds)

MapleGrove225pxMaple Grove Road – Pavement Preservation
A mill and overlay of 3.5 miles of Maple Grove Road from Midway Road to Westberg Road.  The project will include intersection improvements at Midway Road and at LaVaque Road.
Jurisdiction: St. Louis County
Project Cost:  $2,000,000 ($1,600,000 federal funds; $400,000 local funds)

McCuen150pxMcCuen Street (State Highway 39) – Pavement Preservation
Resurfacing of 1 mile of highway from State Highway 23 to the Oliver Bridge.
Jurisdiction: MnDOT District 1
Project Cost:  $900,000 ($720,000 federal funds; $180,000 state funds)

 

MesabiBridge150pxMesaba Ave, Bridge # 6544 – Bridge Repainting (Preservation)
Repainting of the understructure of the bridge over Superior Street in Downtown Duluth.
Jurisdiction: MnDOT District 1
Project Cost:  $1,500,000 ($1,200,000 federal funds; $300,000 state funds)  

 

Blatnik150pxBlatnik Bridge – Bridge Repainting (Preservation)
Repainting the superstructure of the I-535 bridge over St. Louis Bay.  This project includes a cost-share with WisDOT.
Jurisdiction: MnDOT District 1
Project Cost:  $8,260,000 ($3,717,000 federal funds; $413,000 MnDOT funds; $4,130,000 WisDOT funds)

 

You may have noticed that what these projects have in common is preservation of existing roads and bridges.  This is a trend that will continue as transportation funding becomes more scarce. In our area (and throughout the state) we will be seeing very little new construction in the coming years.

More information about the Duluth Area TIP (Transportation Improvement Program) and the projects being proposed for 2019 can be found on the MIC’s website at www.dsmic.org.

Meanwhile, if you have any opinions about these proposed projects, we welcome your comments.

What will our Transportation System Look Like in 2040?

Updating the 25-year Vision for Transportation in the Twin Ports

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You are invited to attend one of the four public meetings on Connections 2040 – the Twin Ports Long Range Transportation Plan.

 

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to provide policy guidance, goals and strategies for jurisdictions within the greater metropolitan area of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.  It covers a twenty-five year planning horizon and is updated every four years.Connections2040-logo-320px

The over-arching purpose of the LRTP is to provide a planning foundation for jurisdictions to work cooperatively to provide a well-maintained, integrated, accessible and multi-modal transportation system to safely and efficiently move people and freight for the next 25 years, within the constraints of funding the region can reasonably expect to receive.

The heart of the Plan is a listing of proposed federally-funded transportation projects, as well as transportation initiatives underway within the region, to be implemented from 2015-2040. You can view an interactive map of the projects here.

To learn more about demographic trends for this area, projections, transportation priorities and planned projects, you have three opportunities for input:

1. Attend a Public Meeting

Thurs. Sept 11, 2014
5:00-7:00pm
Community Action Duluth, 2424 W 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55806

Thurs. Sept 18, 2014
4:00-6:00pm
Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880

Thurs. Sept 25, 2014
4:00-6:00pm
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC)
221 W First Street, Duluth, MN 55802

Mon. Sept 29, 2014
4:00-7:00pm (drop-in)
214 West Superior Street
221 W First Street, Duluth, MN 55802

2.  Visit our Connections 2040 web page at www.dsmic.org/lrtp for more information about the plan and to view the interactive map of proposed projects.  You can use the “layers” tab in the upper right corner to toggle on and off views of information about environmentally sensitive areas, low-income and minority populations, etc.

3.  Contact MIC Senior Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or by email at jgittemeier@ardc.org.