2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP (under development)

Transportation projects receiving federal funding through 2023

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 projects and services should receive anticipated federal funds for the next four years.

See tabs, below, to view the document and a map of project locations, information about the project selection process, proposed changes to the project list and opportunities for public comment.


Contact:

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

2020-2023 Duluth Area TIP Approved by MIC Board

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

This version is now awaiting approval by MnDOT, FTA and FHWA.  Such approvals are expected by November 2019.  Until then, the 2019-2022 TIP remains in effect.

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

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

DRAFT-2020-2023_DuluthTIP.pdf

Map of 2020-2023 Duluth-Area TIP Projects

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


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, which include:
•   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?

•   Multi-modal Connectivity: How does the project encompass multiple modes of travel — roadway, bicycle, pedestrian?

•   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

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 December, when MIC staff begins discussions about possible projects with eligible jurisdictions* through June of the following year, when the final TIP is approved by the MIC Policy Board.

  • December: MIC staff distributes project applications to eligible jurisdictions*
  • February: Project applications are received and put forward for first round of public review and comment.
  • March: Project applications are prioritized by the MIC Policy Board to be forwarded to the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) for funding consideration within the investment guidelines for all of northeast Minnesota for that project year.
  • April: Staff begins work on the TIP document and projects are approved by the NE MN ATP
  • May: Draft TIP produced and released for 30-day public comment period.
  • June: Final TIP presented for approval by MIC Policy Board, which in turn s submitted for approvals by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) .
    NOTE, the final, Board-approved TIP is not the “current” version until federal approvals are received.

*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.