2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP (current)

Transportation projects receiving federal funding through 2023

It is part of the MIC’s role as an MPO to work closely with state and local agencies to determine what transportation projects and services will receive anticipated federal funds for the next four years. Before any surface transportation project can be built in the Duluth area, it must be included in a current TIP that has been approved by the MIC Policy Board.

Public Input

See the “Updates” tab, below, to view information about the project selection process, proposed changes (amendments and modifications) to the approved project list and opportunities for public comment.


Contact:

TIP Coordinator James Gittemeier (click to email)
or call 218-529-7556

Amendment # 12 - Approved

This is the second of two related TIP amendments requested by MnDOT to address scope and cost changes for the Twin Ports Interchange Project and to move the projects from 2020 to 2021. (See also TIP Amendment #11)

Project #6982-322WP2 had a cost of $252,277,790 ($29,490,000 federal) in the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP. The new project cost is $180 million ($89.2 million federal). The decrease in cost is due to scope change of removing the I-535/Garfield Interchange and the US 53 bridge work and more refined estimate. This decreased freed up $72,277,790, which moved to the project #6982-322 WP1 and to be used to manage the project CMGC contract administration costs.

Details of Amendments #11 and 12

Public notice posted 6/17/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the (rescheduled, phone-in) MIC Policy Board meeting on June 24, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 11 - Approved

This is the first of two related TIP amendments requested by MnDOT to address scope and cost changes for the Twin Ports Interchange Project and to move the projects from 2020 to 2021. (See also TIP Amendment #12)

Cost of project #6982-322 WPI increased from $47.3 million ($20 million Federal BUILD Grant) to $96 million ($76.8 federal) due to an updated cost estimate. During the design phase it was discovered there is substantially more contaminated soil and more staging costs for bypasses than originally thought. There was also a scope change, removing the I-535/Garfield Interchange work and the US 53 bridge work.

Project #6982-322 WPI will be moved into FY 2021 and be tied to project #6982-322WP2.  Project #6982-322WP2 originally had a FY 2021 cost of $252,277,790 in the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP but has a cost decrease to $180 million. This freed up $72,277,790.  Project #6982-322WP1 will use $48.7 million to be fully funded.

Details of Amendments #11 and 12

Public notice posted 6/17/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the (rescheduled, phone-in) MIC Policy Board meeting on June 24, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Administrative Modification #19 - Public Notice

The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) requested a correction to the project number from TRF to TRS, the correct project number being TRS-0016-20TC. There are no other changes to this project in the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP.

Details of Adminsitrative Modification #19

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modification #18 - Public Notice

MnDOT requested that the Cross City Trail Detour project be delayed for a year, from 2020 to 2021, due to the Twin Ports Interchange project being also delayed. The Cross City Trail will not be fully closed in 2020 as anticipated.

Details of Adminsitrative Modification #18

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modification #17 - Public Notice

MnDOT requested a project cost increase to the MN 23 Mission Creek Cemetery Landscaping project. This project was a new project amended into the Duluth Area TIP in February 2020.

Details of Administrative Modification #17

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modification #16 - Public Notice

The Duluth Transit Authority requested switching the project year for the DTA Operations Center/Bus Garage Fuel Replacement from 2021 to 2020; provided further detail on the project description; and revised the project costs.

Details of Administrative Modification #16

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modifications #14 and #15 - Public Notice

St. Louis County requested an increase in Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding for two (2) programmed 2020 projects in the Duluth Area TIP. The HSIP funding increase is due to the dropping of a St. Louis County HSIP centerline rumbling striping project due to concerns with water pooling on the centerlines and causing pavement deterioration prematurely. The funding for this project will be redistributed towards two high friction surface treatment projects already programmed and will allow for one additional high-risk curve to be treated.

• 069-070-035 – increasing the HSIP funding by an amount by $67,000. The scope of the project remains the same.

• 069-070-036 – increasing the HSIP funding by an amount of $185,000. The scope of the project remains the same.

Details of Administrative Modifications #14 & 15

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed changes conform to Administrative Modification guidelines. They do not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modifications #12 and #13 - Public Notice

MnDOT requested a $75,000 increase in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) federal funding for two programmed 2020 projects in the Duluth Area TIP. The federal funding increase is due to the dropping of a 2020 Carlton County TAP project:

• 118-090-024 – increasing the federal funding by an amount of $75,000 for the multi-use trail project from Brighton Beach Blvd to Congdon Blvd by an amount by $75,000. The scope of the project remains the same.

• 069-060-002 – increasing the federal funding by an amount of $75,000 for the French River Wayside Rehabilitation project. The scope of the project remains the same.

Details of Administrative Modifications #12 & 13

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed changes conform to Administrative Modification guidelines. They do not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Amendment # 10 - Approved

A TIP amendment has been requested by MnDOT District 1, in partnership with St. Louis County, to add Bridge Bundling Project funding by the US DOT Discretionary Grant from the Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP). This project will take place from 2020-2023 and includes the preliminary engineering and reconstruction of 21 bridges, including the CSAH 14, Skyline Parkway Bridge (#69845) in Proctor, near Spirit Mountain. This bridge was built in 1966 and is classified as a “Structurally Deficient” bridge.

Amendment #10 Details

Public notice posted 3/10/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the (rescheduled, phone-in) MIC Policy Board meeting on March 31, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 9 - Approved

A TIP amendment has been requested by St. Louis County, in partnership with MnDOT District, to add Bridge Bundling Project funding by the US DOT Discretionary Grant from the Competitive Highway Bridge Program (CHBP). This project will take place from 2020-2023 and includes the preliminary engineering and reconstruction of 21 bridges, including the CSAH 14, Skyline Parkway Bridge (#69845) in Proctor, near Spirit Mountain. This bridge was built in 1966 and is classified as a “Structurally Deficient” bridge.

Amendment #9 Details

Public notice posted 3/10/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the (rescheduled, phone-in) MIC Policy Board meeting on March 31, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Administrative Modification # 11 - Public Notice

St. Louis County requested a TIP modification to correct an administrative error made regarding the CSAH 56 Morris Thomas Road Project (#069-656-018). There is no actual change to the project, but a correction to the work type description. The original work type listed was made in error as “Mill & Overlay” but has been corrected to read “Bit Reclaim.”

Details of Administrative Modification #11

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modifications # 9 & 10 - Public Notice

MnDOT requested changes to the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP regarding the MN 23 Mission Creek Projects. Both projects are 100% state funded.

• 6910-106 – the construction of 134th Ave West Project has been moved back one year to 2021 with a $30,000 increase in project costs.
• 6910-107 – this is a new project to the TIP is for landscaping along MN 23.

Details of Administrative Modifications # 9 & 10

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed changes conform to Administrative Modification guidelines. They do not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modification # 8 - Public Notice

MnDOT requested a change to the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP to add a 100% state funded project for the detour of the Cross City Trail through the Lincoln Park Craft District in Duluth.

This project is due to the Twin Ports Interchange (TPI) Reconstruction Project, which will require the closure and removal of the Cross City Trail along Lower Michigan Street for the entire 3-year timeframe of the TPI project. The Cross City Trail will be re-routed to Superior Street from 23nd Ave West to the junction of Lower Michigan Street. The 0.75 mile detour will be designed as a two-protected bikeway, with pedestrian use of the existing sidewalks.

Details of Administrative Modification #8

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Amendment # 8 - Approved

MnDOT has requested the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP be amended to add the purchase of three (3) replacement buses (Class 500, less 35’) by UDAC for 2020. This new project was awarded Section 5310 federal funds on January 6, 2020. Total cost $450,000. This new project was awarded Section 5310 federal funds on January 6, 2020.

Amendment #8 Details

Public notice posted 1/8/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 7 - Approved

The Duluth Transit Authority has requested a TIP amendment to cover cost increases and to add new capital projects in 2020, as follows:
-DTA Operations Center plumbing replacement/ interior remodel: Cost increase from $50,000 to $400,000
-DTA Operations Center roof rehabilitation: Cost increase from $1,600,000 to $2,739,500
-DTA Operations Center rear parking lot paving/security/lighting: New $120,000 project
-DTA Operations Center building security improvements/ADA rehab/lobby area remodel: New $215,000 project

The additional funds were granted through a competitive MnDOT transit project application process.

Amendment #7 Details

Public notice posted 1/8/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Administrative Modifications # 6 & 7- Public Notice

St. Louis County requested changes to the amount of funding for two programmed projects for 2020 (surface treatments for roadways at various locations).

Details of Administrative Modifications # 6 & 7

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed changes conform to Administrative Modification guidelines. They do not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modifications # 2, 3, 4 & 5 - Public Notice

The Duluth Transit Authority requested the following changes to four projects programmed for 2020 (STRIDE and regular route operating assistance, and capital projects).

Details of Administrative Modifications # 2, 3, 4 & 5

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed changes conform to Administrative Modification guidelines. They do not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Amendment # 6 - Approved

MnDOT requested an amendment for the acquisition of early steel/expansion joints in FY2020 in advance of Lake Ave Bridge Repair. Total cost is $75,000 (federal funds).

Amendment #6 Details

Public notice posted 12/4/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 5 - Approved

MnDOT requested an amendment for the acquisition of early steel/expansion joints in FY2020 in advance of Lake Ave Bridge Repair. Total cost is $100,000 (federal funds).

Amendment #5 Details

Public notice posted 12/4/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 4 - Approved

MnDOT requested an amendment to add a resurfacing project on MN194/Central Entrance from Anderson Road to Mesaba Avenue in FY 2020. Total cost is $600,000 (state/local funds).

Amendment #4 Details

Public notice posted 12/4/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 3 - Approved

MnDOT requested an amendment to add the first phase of construction for the Twin Ports Interchange (TPI) project and bridge replacement in FY 2020. Total cost is $4,111,111 ($3,700,000 federal and $411,111 state/local).

Amendment #3 Details

Public notice posted 12/4/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 2 - Approved

The City of Duluth requested an amendment to add a Phase 2 Cross City Trail construction project (constructing trail from Irving Park to Carlton Street) in CY 2020. Total cost is $1,748,951 ($1,364,951 federal and $384,000 state/local funds).

Amendment #2 Details

Public notice posted 12/4/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Amendment # 1 - Approved

The City of Duluth requested an amendment to add an intersection signalization project, at Grand Ave/MN Hwy 23 and West River Drive, in CY 2020. Total cost is $354,000 funded by local TED grant.

Amendment #1 Details

Public notice posted 12/4/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.
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Administrative Modification # 1 - Public Notice

Due to major construction work around Essentia’s new hospital building on Superior Street, 1st Street and 2nd Street, the City of Duluth has requested to push the 3rd Street Resurface project back. Therefore, the City of Duluth has requested the 3rd Street resurface project swap years with the Superior Street project.

Administrative Modification #1 Details

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP Approved by FHWA and FTA

The 2020-2023 Duluth-area TIP was incorporated into the Minnesota Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), which received formal approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on November 27, 2019.

As of this date the 2020-2023 TIP is the current, approved Transportation Improvement Program for the Duluth, MN metropolitan area.

2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP Approved by MIC Board

The Board voted unanimously to approve the document and the listed Duluth-area projects for federal funding for CY 2020-2023. No public comments were received at the meeting.

Note, until this TIP is approved by the FHWA, the current version remains the 2019-2022 TIP.

Draft TIP to be Presented for Final Approval on 6/25/19

The Draft 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program for the Duluth metropolitan area, along with all comments received, will be considered for final approval at the MIC Board meeting at 6:30 pm on June 25, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and an opportunity for public comment will be included, prior to the vote by the Board.

Draft TIP Document Available for Public Review and Comment

Comments on the Draft TIP are now being taken. Click on the icon at left to view document, or see post below to view map of proposed projects.

There are several ways to have your say:

●  Contact TIP Coordinator James Gittemeier (click to email) or call 218-529-7556

●  Stop by the MIC office on June 12 during the TIP Open House sessions on Wednesday, June 12 (7-9 am, 11am-1pm, and 4-6pm)

●  Attend the MIC Board meeting on June 25, 2019

The Draft TIP, along with all comments received, will be considered for final approval at the MIC Board meeting on June 25, 2019.

Map of 2020-2023 Duluth-Area TIP Projects - DRAFT for Review and Comment

The projects are the heart of the TIP document.  Click icon at left to view the map of all projects proposed for federal funding in the Duluth area for 2020-2023.

Notice of Extension of 30-Day Public Comment Period through 6/21/19

The public comment period for the Draft 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program for the Duluth Metropolitan Area has been extended to correspond with the release of the draft document on May 23.

Public comments are being taken through June 21, 2019 on the Draft TIP and its proposed projects.

The Draft TIP, along with all comments received, will be considered for final approval at the MIC Board meeting on June 25, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and an opportunity for public comment will be included as part of this agenda item, prior to the vote by the Board.

Legal Notice (Published 6/9/19 in the Duluth News Tribune)

Draft 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP to be Released for Public Comment

The MIC Policy Board will be asked to release the draft 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP for the required 30 day public comment period, effective May 19, 2019.

Stop By to Talk to Us about Projects Proposed for 2023

Drop-in Display - 2023 Transportation Projects
Date & Time
03/12/2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location
Holiday Center
207 W Superior St, Duluth
Purpose

Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend a drop-in display to learn about Duluth-area projects proposed for federal funding in 2023.

(Find us on the Skywalk level near Snyder’s).

TIP Applications Received

The 2023 TIP project solicitation for federal funding in the Duluth area closed on Friday, February 8th.  The MIC received applications for four new roadway improvement projects in 2023, totaling $7,775,000, and for seven new transit projects, totaling $28,051,000.

View details of the projects proposed for inclusion in the 2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP.

This month they will be presented to the TAC and MIC for initial review, and the first round of public input will commence.  The list of projects, along with any comments received, will be put before the TAC and MIC in March, to be forwarded to the Northeast MN Area Transportation Partnership (NEMNATP) for funding consideration.

2023 TIP project solicitation period begins

MIC staff distributed project applications to eligible agencies and jurisdictions — 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).

Funded Projects

No projects match selected year

FINAL 2020-2023 Duluth-Area TIP

FINAL-2020-2023_DuluthTIP-Approved.pdf

This is the current Duluth-area TIP as of 11/27/19.

Map of 2020-2023 Duluth-Area TIP Projects

Project-Locations-DRAFT-2020-2023_DuluthTIP.pdf

Draft Duluth-Area TIP (open for comment through 6/21/19)

DRAFT-2020-2023_DuluthTIP.pdf


If programmed in the TIP, it means that some of our highest-priority road, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian projects have been funded and are being designed and/or built, consistent with the transportation vision for our region described in the MIC’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

TIP Basics

•   Each metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is required to develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)—a comprehensive listing of the area’s federally funded transportation improvements planned for the short range (next 4 years).

•   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).

•   The draft TIP is made available for a 30-day public comment period, in mid-May.

How are TIP projects selected?

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

We work with local communities to determine how our increasingly scarce share of federal transportation dollars are spent.  These are the projects solicited, evaluated and approved by the MIC Policy Board, as described in the timeline, below. A simultaneous but separate process is held to program projects throughout the 8-county Arrowhead region 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).

Amendments

Projects may be amended into the current, approved TIP throughout the year.  Amendments usually modify existing projects as changes to the scope, cost or timeline for programmed projects occur. Sometimes new projects may be added if new funding becomes available. The formal processes for developing and amending a TIP are specified in the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan.