Federally funded infrastructure projects in Duluth, MN
NOTE: This is a prior-year TIP; current projects are shown on the 2020-2023 Duluth-area TIP page.
TIP Coordinator James Gittemeier (click to send email)
or call 218-529-7556
The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) has requested that several small technical changes be made to the 2017 project list in the FY 2017-2020 Duluth Urbanized Area Transportation Improvement Program. The changes are the result of reorganizing projects and grouping of similar projects at the request of the FTA. There are also a few minor funding changes. The previous total project cost was $23,010,000. The new total project cost is $23,003,000.
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.
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.
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.
About Amendments and Administrative Modifications
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).
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.
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
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
Applications for 2020 Duluth-Area transportation improvement projects were emailed to eligible MIC-area cities and counties and the Duluth Transit Authority.
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:
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.
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.
*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).
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.