Duluth TIP – Current (2017-2020)

Federally funded infrastructure projects for the next four years in Duluth, MN

We work with local communities to determine how our increasingly scarce share of federal transportation dollars are spent.  These are the multimodal projects approved for the current four-year program, along with details about how they were selected, and opportunities for public comment:

 

Amendment #3

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) requested amending the FY 2017-2020 Duluth Urbanized Area Transportation Improvement Program to include several changes to DTA projects in 2017.

View details of Amendment #3

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Amendment #2

The City of Duluth requested that its 2017 Skyline Parkway restoration project (SP# 118-060-012.) receive an increase in funding for a total cost of $1,534,837 in FY 2017, The additional funds come from an undelivered project (SP# 069-090-031) and Fast Act funds.

View details of Amendment #2

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Administrative Modification #3

The City of Duluth requested that Project #118-060-011 (North Shore Scenic Drive) modify its project funding levels to reflect changes from repurposed and undelivered projects, as well as additional Fast Act funds.  Total cost $2,854,200; and

Project #118-178-006 (Decker Rd) – modify its funding levels to reflect revised levels of federal and local funds related to changes in Project #118-060-011. Total cost $1,412,500.

View details of Administrative Modification #3

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Administrative Modification #2

St. Louis County requested that Project #069-070-025 (Traffic Signal Confirmation Lights Project) modify the project description and show total project cost $79,000.

View details of Administrative Modification #2

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Amendment #1

The DTA requested the TIP be amended to include the purchase of 10 regular route replacement buses in 2017, funded by FTA Section 5339 and FHWA STP funds and a local match (DTA projects TRF-9121-17 & TRS-0016-17T).

View details of Amendment #1

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Administrative Modification #1

The City of Duluth requested:

For the North Shore Scenic Drive Project: that a revision be made to the project description; and

For the Cross City Trail Project/Phase 2: that funding levels be revised to reflect the amounts shown in the 2017-2020 STIP.

View Details of Administrative Modification #1

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MIC Board Approval of Final 2017-2020 Duluth Area TIP

Close of Public Comment Period for Draft 2017-2020 Duluth Area TIP

Opportunity to give comments on 2017-2020 Duluth Area TIP

Drop-in Open House #2 - Duluth TIP
Date & Time
07/26/2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location
221 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN
Purpose

Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend a drop-in “open house” for information about and to give comments on the 2017-2020 Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Opportunity to give comments on 2017-2020 Duluth Area TIP

Drop-in Open House #1 - Duluth TIP
Date & Time
07/19/2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location
221 West First Street
Duluth MN 55802,
Purpose

Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend a drop-in “open house” for information about and to give comments on the 2017-2020 Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Start of Public Comment Period for Draft 2017-2020 Duluth Area TIP

View the Draft FY 2017-2020 TIP for the Duluth Urbanized Area 
NOTICE OF 30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC), located at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission in Duluth, has prepared a Draft Fiscal Year 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Duluth Urbanized Area.  The Draft TIP lists all transportation projects in the greater metropolitan area that are recommended by the MIC Board to receive federal transportation funds for FY 2017-2020.

Public comments are being taken through July 30 on the Draft TIP and the proposed projects. To request a hard copy of the document, contact Planner Chris Belden, who is taking all public comments on the document, at 218.529.7502.  (Free TTY services are available through Minnesota Relay at 800-627-3529).

Comments and questions are also welcomed in person during two drop-in “open house” public information sessions to be held on Tuesday, July 19th and Tuesday, July 26th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission office, 221 West First Street, 2nd floor, Duluth, MN.

The Draft TIP, along with all comments received, will be considered for final approval at the MIC Board meeting on August 17, 2016.  The final version of the 2017-2020 TIP will list all transportation projects that have been planned and programmed for federal funding within the Duluth area for those four years.

Public comment is solicited for a 30-day period in accordance with the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan for this Draft, as well as for the final TIP upon introduction of a major amendment.  The MIC’s public participation process satisfies the Duluth Transit Authority’s public participation requirements for the program of projects.

East Hillside Neighborhood Open House

East Hillside Transportation Projects Open House
Date & Time
03/07/2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location
901 East 11th Street
Duluth, MN
Purpose

New transportation projects are coming to the East Hillside area!

(Third Street / 8th-9th Streets / Myers-Wilkins Safe Routes to School)

Drop in format; presentation and discussion at 7 pm

Refreshments served

 

Piedmont Neighborhood Open House

Piedmont Transportation Projects Open House
Date & Time
02/29/2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location
2827 Chambersburg Ave
Duluth, MN
Purpose

New transportation are coming to the Piedmont area!

(Decker Road / Morris Thomas Road / Piedmont Elementary Safe Routes to School)

Drop in format; presentation and discussion at 7 pm

Refreshments served

2020 Duluth-Area TIP Project Application Deadline

2020 Duluth-Area TIP Project Applications Distributed

Applications for 2020 Duluth-Area transportation improvement projects were emailed to eligible MIC-area cities and counties and the Duluth Transit Authority.

Funded Projects

DTA PROJECT NO.  TRF-0016-17A 2018

Dial-a-ride transit operating assistance

SECT 5307: Dial-a-ride transit operating assistance.

Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program FY 2017-2020

2017-2020-DuluthTIP-Final.pdf


The Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is designed to meet the following purposes:
  • To ensure that federal investments are tied to planning, priorities and policies as defined in the MIC’s current Long Range Transportation Plan;
  • To identify and implement transportation improvements which will increase transportation mobility, access and safety;
  • To identify proposed transportation projects by mode, type of improvement, funding source(s), and geographic area;
  • To identify the costs of projects proposed for federal funding, consistent with the federal funds anticipated to be available to the area.
How are TIP projects selected?

It is part of the MIC’s role as an MPO to work with state and local agencies to prioritize which of the region’s transportation services and projects should receive anticipated federal funds.  All projects must be identified in the MIC’s current 25-year Long Range Transportation Plan in support of the Duluth-Superior area’s goals and transportation system needs. In addition, the MIC evaluates and prioritizes each proposal based on the following criteria:

  • Regional Benefit:  What are the project’s merits/benefits and intended effect upon the regional transportation network and what are the project’s estimated benefits relative to its cost?
  • Mobility: How will the project improve the mobility of people and goods?
  • Planning Support: How will the project incorporate the MIC’s Long Range Transportation Plan, other MIC studies and related plans and studies?
  • Multimodal Connectivity: How does the project encompass multiple modes of travel?
  • Environmental Impacts: Where is the project’s location and what potential environmental and community impacts does it potentially pose?
  • Public Participation: What level of public participation has been undertaken or will take place for the proposed project?
Coordination with State and Regional Processes

The TIP is developed with the guidance of the MIC’s Transportation Advisory Committee and Policy Board, and prepared in cooperation with MnDOT, local transit providers and area jurisdictions as required by federal surface transportation law (FAST Act).  It is made available for public comment, and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  The formal process for developing and amending a TIP is specified in the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan.

A simultaneous but separate process is held to program projects throughout the 8-county Arrowhead region, including the MIC planning area, by the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP).

All Duluth area transportation projects that are approved and/or amended in the MIC’s TIP must also be listed in MnDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be able to receive federal funds.

TIP Development Timeline

For the Duluth Area TIP, the development process runs from October, when the MIC begins discussions about possible projects with eligible jurisdictions* through August of the following year, when the final TIP is approved by the MIC Policy Board.

  • October: Pre-application meetings to review Long Range Plan with eligible jurisdictions*
  • Nov/Dec: MIC staff distributes project applications to eligible jurisdictions*
  • January: Project applications received.
  • February: Project applications are put forward for public review and comment.
  • March: MIC staff reviews and scores projects according to evaluation criteria and presents them to the TAC to be scored and ranked according to priority. The TAC scores the projects and staff presents the projects and the TAC scores to the MIC Policy Board for their review and approval.
  • Apr/May: Project applications as prioritized by the MIC Policy Board are forwarded to the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) for funding consideration within the investment guidelines for that project year.
  • May/Jun: Draft TIP produced and released for public comment.
  • July: Public participation initiatives to encourage public review and comment.
  • August: Final TIP presented for approval by MIC Policy Board.

*Eligible agencies and jurisdictions include the state of Minnesota (MnDOT), St. Louis County, cities with a population over 5,000 (Duluth and Hermantown), the Duluth Seaway Port Authority and the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA).

TIP Amendments

Projects may be amended into the current, approved TIP throughout the year. Amendments are required if significant changes to the scope, cost or timeline for programmed projects occur; sometimes new projects may be added if new funding becomes available.

Amendments to the current TIP, along with opportunities for public comment, are noted in the ‘Updates’ section of this page.