2022-2025 Duluth Area TIP (under development)

Transportation projects proposed to receive federal funding for the next four years

It is part of the MIC’s role as an MPO to work with state and local agencies to determine which of the region’s transportation projects and services should receive anticipated federal funds for the next four years.

The draft TIP document lists all projects proposed for 2022-2025 and is now open for public review and input through 7/30/21. 

To comment:

Public Input Session #1 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects
Date & Time
07/13/2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location
Purpose

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, lists all projects that are being proposed to use federal transportation funds for the upcoming four years in the greater Duluth area.

This is the first of four public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, 7/13/21.  Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the projects being funded for the next four years.

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
+1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN)
Phone Conference ID: 995 300 102#

Public Input Session #2 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects
Date & Time
07/13/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location
Purpose

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, lists all projects that are being proposed to use federal transportation funds for the upcoming four years in the greater Duluth area.

This is the second of four public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, 7/13/21.  Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the projects being funded for the next four years.

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
+1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN)
Phone Conference ID: 331 778 477#

Public Input Session #3 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects
Date & Time
07/13/2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
Purpose

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, lists all constructionn projects that are being proposed to use federal transportation funds for the upcoming four years in the greater Duluth area.

This is the third of four public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, 7/13/21.  Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the projects being funded for the next four years.

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
+1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN)
Phone Conference ID: 503 547 786#

Public Input Session #4 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects
Date & Time
07/13/2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location
Purpose

The Draft Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP, lists all constructionn projects that are being proposed to use federal transportation funds for the upcoming four years in the greater Duluth area.

This is the fourth of four public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, 7/13/21.  Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the projects being funded for the next four years.

Join on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)
+1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN)
Phone Conference ID: 823 936 040#

Draft TIP Open for Public Comment from 7/1/21 through 7/30/21

The draft TIP was approved by the MIC Policy Board for a 30-day public comment period, effective July 1, 2021 though July 30, 2021.

The draft TIP document lists all projects proposed for 2022-2025 and is now open for public review and input through 7/30/21. 

To comment:

It will be presented to the MIC Policy Board for final approval at its August 18, 2021 meeting at 6:00 pm.  This meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

FY 2025 Duluth Area TIP Project Submittals

The FY 2025 TIP project solicitation for federal funding in the Duluth area closed on Friday, January 29, 2021.  The MIC received three (3) applications for federal funding through the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program totaling $12,930,000.

Projects were proposed by the City of Duluth, St. Louis County, and MnDOT: Proposed FY 2025 Roadway Projects for STBG federal funding in the Duluth Area

The projects will be presented at the February TAC and MIC meetings for initial review and comment, as well as at an upcoming public engagement session.  The list of projects, along with comments received, will be put before the TAC and MIC in March for their approval, and will then be forwarded to the Northeast MN Area Transportation Partnership (NEMNATP) for funding consideration.

2025 TIP Project Solicitation

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).

2024 Duluth area project submittals are due January 29, 2021.

New TIP Project Selection Process Adopted by MIC Board

Funded Projects

No projects match selected year

Draft 2022-2025 Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program

Draft-2022-2025_DuluthTIP.pdf

Open for public review and comment through Friday, 7/30/2021.  Direct all comments and questions to TIP Coordinator James Gittemeier (click to email) or call 218-529-7556.

Map of Proposed Projects for the Duluth Area for FY 2022-2025

Duluth-TIP-Map-2022-2025.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-June.

How are TIP projects selected?

In general, 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 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.  Details of the current selection process for Duluth-area projects can be viewed here

When the Final TIP presented for approval by MIC Policy Board in August, it is then 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).

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.