2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP (current)

Transportation projects receiving federal funding through 2026

Before a surface transportation project can be built in the Duluth area with federal funds, it must be included in an approved Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP – a detailed listing of the area’s federally funded and regionally significant transportation projects for the next four years.

Project Lists

The project lists for each year are the heart of the TIP.  If changes occur (funding, scopes of work, etc.), programmed projects may be amended or administratively modified and new projects may be added.*

Click links, below, to view the current project lists:

2023 Project List
(as of 12/19/22 – includes all amended and/or administratively modified projects for CY 2023)

2024 Project List
(as of 12/19/22 – includes all amended and/or administratively modified projects for CY 2024)

2025 Project List
(as of 12/19/22 – includes all amended and/or administratively modified projects for CY 2025)

2026 Project List
(as of 12/19/22 – includes all amended and/or administratively modified projects for CY 2026)

DTA Project List 2023-2026
(as of 8/31/22 – includes all programmed transit projects for CY 2023-2026)


* Any project changes are made in accordance with MIC and MnDOT policies. Changes that require a formal amendments are made available for public comment prior to being presented for approved by the Policy Board. See Public Involvement tab, below, for details.


Public Notice: Administrative Modification 6

Funding decrease for Project ID 6910-102
MnDOT has requested a funding decrease for Project ID 6910-102. This change is within fiscal constraints and has been approved by MIC staff. These project changes do not require formal TIP Amendments and have been made as Administrative Modifications, in accordance with the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan.

Details of Administrative Modification #6

Amendment #6 Approved

Additional funding in FY’s 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 for MnDOT, project ID’s 8801-BLATNIK CA-23, -24, -25, and -26

MnDOT has requested additional funding for consultant agreements and engineering for the Blatnik Bridge project.  This formal amendment is to add Wisconsin’s share of consultant agreements, adjust federal funding split to 90%/10%, and to add FY 2026 funding to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.  $9,000,000 in federal funding is being provided centrally.  Wisconsin’s share of consultant agreements was originally omitted in error, and is now being added.  There are no additional federal funds required or scope of work changes, therefore fiscal constrain is maintained.

Based on the criteria adopted in the MIC Public Involvement Plan, this addition requires a formal TIP amendment to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Amendment #6 includes funding as follows:

  • 8801-BLATNIK CA-23 will include a total project cost of $4,888,888 in FY2023
  • 8801-BLATNIK CA-24 will include a total project cost of $4,222,222 in FY2024
  • 8801-BLATNIK CA-25 will include a total project cost of $8,444,444 in FY2025
  • 8801-BLATNIK CA-26 will include a total project cost of $20,000,000 in FY2026

Amendment #6 details

Public notice posted 12/6/2022:  Public comments will be taken about this proposed amendment when it is presented for approval at the December 14, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

Amendment #5 Approved

Additional funding in FY 2023 for MnDOT, project ID 9080-162

MnDOT has requested additional funding for project ID 9080-162 for a total project cost of $1,100,000 for clear zone maintenance, and tree and brush removal on I-35 in Mahtowa.  This change is added as an amendment as the change is greater than 50% of the project cost, and is greater than $1M in total project cost after this requested change.

Based on the criteria adopted in the MIC Public Involvement Plan, this addition requires a formal TIP amendment to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Amendment #5 details

Public notice posted 12/6/2022:  Public comments will be taken about this proposed amendment when it is presented for approval at the December 14, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

Amendment #4 Approved

The addition of Advance Construction (AC) payback funding in FY 2023 for MnDOT, project ID 6980-62AC

MnDOT has requested Advance Construction (AC) payback funding in the amount of $30,000,000 for the Garfield Ave Interchange/I-535 in FY 2023.  This project was added after the Final Draft 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP was released for public comment.  While it was included in the 2022-2025 Duluth Area TIP, it now needs to be amended into the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Based on the criteria adopted in the MIC Public Involvement Plan, this addition requires a formal TIP amendment to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Amendment #4 details

Public notice posted 12/6/2022:  Public comments will be taken about this proposed amendment when it is presented for approval at the December 14, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

Amendment #3 Approved

The addition of work in FY 2024 for the City of Duluth, project ID 118-126-022AC

The City of Duluth has requested Advance Construction (AC) payback funding in the amount of $1,480,000 for Mill & Overlay, Storm Sewer, Curb & Gutter, and ADA improvements along 3rd St in Duluth, from 12th Ave E to Mesaba Ave, in FY 2024.

Based on the criteria adopted in the MIC Public Involvement Plan, this addition requires a formal TIP amendment to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Amendment #3 details

Public notice posted 12/6/2022:  Public comments will be taken about this proposed amendment when it is presented for approval at the December 14, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

Amendment #2 Approved

I-35 Stormwater Infrastructure Repairs, project ID 6982-356 (2023)

MnDOT has requested the addition of funding in the amount of $630,000 for stormwater infrastructure repairs along the I-35 corridor, from Lake Ave to 26th Ave E, in FY 2023.

Based on the criteria adopted in the MIC Public Involvement Plan, this addition requires a formal TIP amendment to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Amendment #2 details

Public notice posted 12/6/2022:  Public comments will be taken about this proposed amendment when it is presented for approval at the December 14, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

Public Notice: Administrative Modifications 1-5

The following requested changes to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP have been approved by MIC staff. All are within fiscal constraints. These project changes do not require formal TIP Amendments and have been made as Administrative Modifications, in accordance with the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan:

Administrative Modification 1: Change to Project Fiscal Year Funding
St. Louis County requested a change to the fiscal year for funding of project ID 069-609-050 from FY 2023 to FY 2024.

Administrative Modification 2: Change to Project Description for Project ID 069-070-075
St. Louis County requested a change to the project description for Project ID 069-070-075 to include language associating this project to Project ID 069-070-076.

Administrative Modification 3: Funding changes for Project ID 069-691-033
St Louis County has requested funding changes for Project ID 069-691-033.

Administrative Modification 4: Typographic change for Project ID 069-654-006
St Louis County has requested to make a typographic change for Project ID 069-691-006.

Administrative Modification 5: Removal of Project ID 118-118-005
The City of Duluth has requested to remove Project ID 118-118-005 from the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Details of Administrative Modifications 1-5

Amendment #1 Approved

Funding for work in FY 2023 for St. Louis County, project ID 069-070-075

St Louis County has requested the addition of funding in the amount of $1,077,422 to include high friction pavement treatment at 12 paved curves across St. Louis County in FY 2023.

Based on the criteria adopted in the MIC Public Involvement Plan, this addition requires a formal TIP amendment to the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.

Amendment #1 details

Public notice posted 10/11/2022:  Public comments will be taken about this proposed amendment when it is presented for approval at the October 19, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

New Duluth Area TIP Adopted for CY 2023-2026

The 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP was adopted upon receiving state and federal approvals on September 29, 2022.

2023-2026 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 2023-2026. No public comments were received at the meeting.

Note, until this TIP is approved by MnDOT and the FHWA, the Duluth Area TIP for CY 2022-2025 remains the current version.

Final TIP to be presented for Adoption by MIC Policy Board (Opportunity for Public Comment)

The final 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP will be presented for adoption at a special meeting of the MIC Policy Board on August 31.

The meeting is open to the public and comments are welcome.

Adoption of Final TIP Delayed until 8/31/22 Special MIC Meeting

At the Aug 17th meeting, there was a motion to adopt a revised agenda that excluded a vote to adopt the 2032-2026 TIP because of last-minute updates from MnDOT to the project tables for the Duluth 2022-2025 TIP.  The motion for a new agenda was approved, and subsequently there was no vote to adopt the Duluth 2023-2026 TIP by the MIC Policy Board.

To avoid triggering a new public involvement process, the decision was made to move the vote for adoption back two weeks by holding a special MIC Policy Board meeting on August 31st, which allows for at least a week to notify our board of the project line addition to the project tables.

The first action to be taken at that meeting will be to amend the 2022-2025 Duluth TIP to include the new project line-items, which is necessary prior to the adoption of the new 2023-2026 Duluth TIP (which will also include these line-items).

 

Final TIP to be presented for Adoption by MIC Policy Board (Opportunity for Public Comment)

The final 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP will be presented for adoption at the August 17, 2022 MIC Policy Board meeting.

The meeting is open to the public and comments are welcome.

Virtual Public Open House - Draft TIP

Public Input Session #1 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects 2023-2026
Date & Time
07/19/2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location
See login/call-in info in body of post
Purpose

The Draft 2023-2026 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 three public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  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): Dial +1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN) / Phone Conference ID: 990 706 271#

Virtual Public Open House - Draft TIP

Public Input Session #2 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects 2023-2026
Date & Time
07/19/2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location
See login/call-in info in body of post
Purpose

The Draft 2023-2026 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 three public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  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): Dial +1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN) / Phone Conference ID: 110 926 464#

Virtual Public Open House - Draft TIP

Public Input Session #3 - Proposed Duluth-Area Transportation Projects 2023-2026
Date & Time
07/19/2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location
See login/call-in info in body of post
Purpose

The Draft 2023-2026 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 third of three public informational sessions to be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.  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): Dial +1 218-302-4275 (United States, Duluth, MN) / Phone Conference ID: 576 130 396#

Draft TIP Open for Public Comment from 7/1/22 through 7/30/22

The draft TIP was approved by the MIC Policy Board for the required 30-day public comment period, effective July 1, 2022 though July 30, 2022.

The draft TIP document lists all projects proposed for 2023-2026 and is now open for public review and input through 7/30/22. 

To comment:
  • Attend a virtual input session (described in meeting notices, above) to give input and get more info about proposed projects
  • Contact TIP Coordinator Prescott Morrill (info at right)

It will be presented to the MIC Policy Board for final approval at its August 17, 2022 meeting at 6:00 pm.  This meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

2026 Projects Presented for Approval by MIC Policy Board

At the March MIC meeting, the new 2026 projects proposed by area jurisdictions to receive federal funding will be presented for review and inclusion in the draft 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP.  These include:

London Road resurfacing 2.98 miles, both lanes, from 28th Ave E to 60th Ave E in Duluth and construction of roundabouts at 26th Ave E and 40th Ave E. (City of Duluth, $2 million total (80/20 federal/local)

Canosia Rd resurfacing 7 miles, both lanes, from St. Louis River Road to Trunk Highway 53. (St. Louis County, $3.5 million total (80/20 federal/local)

If approved, the projects will be forwarded on to the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) for funding consideration as part of the process for developing the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

2026 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).

2026 Duluth area project submittals are due January 29, 2021.

Funded Projects

No projects match selected year

FINAL TIP - for CY 2023-2026

2023-2026_DuluthTIP_9-29-2022_FINAL.pdf

Note, new projects may be added and programmed projects may be amended or administratively modified.  See ‘Current Project Lists’ at top of page for most recent project information.

Map of Funded Projects in the 2023-2026 Duluth Area TIP

TIP-Projects-Map-2023-2026.pdf

Map of Project Locations and Concentrations of Minority & Poverty Populations

TIP-Projects-Map-MP-2023-2026.pdf

Map of Project Locations and Historically Significant and Environmentally Sensitive Sites

TIP-Projects-Map-HS-2023-2026.pdf

DRAFT TIP - open for public comment 7/1/22 - 7/30/22

Draft-2023-2026_DuluthTIP.pdf


Programming federally funded infrastructure projects for the next four years

It is part of the MIC’s role as an MPO to work with state and local agencies to prioritize and program the region’s transportation projects and services that will receive anticipated federal funds.

Before any surface transportation project in the Duluth area can be constructed with federal funding, it must be included in a current Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) that has been approved by the MIC Policy Board.

TIP Development Process

TIP development involves a series of sequential steps to reach the project approval stage. It is a coordinated effort among state, regional and local agencies and jurisdictions responsible for implementing transportation projects.*

The TIP is prepared in cooperation with MnDOT, local transit providers and area jurisdictions as required by federal surface transportation law (FAST Act), and also in cooperation with the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) process.

The draft plan is made available for public comment, reviewed and approved by the MIC’s Transportation Advisory Committee and Policy Board, and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The TIP development schedule, below, reflects the availability of funds, coordination with MnDOT and the NE MN ATP, local capital improvement budget processes, MPO public involvement requirements and the STIP development process. Important schedule milestones include:

(Oct/Nov) Project solicitation – MPO Consultations with local jurisdictions
(Dec/Jan) Project solicitation – Applications distributed in December and due in January
(Feb) Proposed projects – Presented for review and approval by the TAC and MIC
(Mar) If approved, the proposed projects are forwarded on to the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP)
(Apr) Draft TIP document development
(May/Jun) Draft TIP Public Involvement and MnDOT review
(Jun) MPO Policy Board approval of final TIP
(Jul) Adopted TIP and Board Resolution submitted to MnDOT
(Nov) Federal review and action – November
(Dec) Incorporation into next year’s draft STIP by MnDOT
(Jan) Approved by reference in the federally approved STIP – January

*Eligible agencies and jurisdictions include the state of Minnesota (MnDOT), St. Louis County, the Cities of Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor and Rice Lake and the Duluth Transit Authority (DTA).

Public Involvement

Public participation is an integral part of transportation planning in general and the development of the TIP in particular. All public comments received for the draft document are presented for consideration by the Transportation Advisory Committee and the MIC Policy Board and are included in the final TIP.

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?

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 process for developing and amending a TIP are specified in the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan.

Performance Management

MAP-21 and FAST ACT require incorporation of Performance-Based Planning and Programming (PBPP) for use in the development of the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Plans.

The TIP includes a description of the anticipated effect of the TIP toward achieving the 23 C.F.R. 490 performance measure targets identified in the metropolitan transportation plan, linking investment priorities to those performance targets.