2025-2028 Duluth Area TIP (under development)

Transportation projects receiving federal funding through 2028

Note, This TIP is under development for next year — see link to the current (2024-2027) Duluth TIP at right.

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

Now is the time to review and comment on the proposed projects

Federally-funded transportation projects can be big, expensive, and time-sensitive — which means they need to be planned in advance. Each year the MIC develops and adopts a new TIP for the upcoming four years in a process that’s based on jurisdictional coordination and includes opportunities for public input.

We’re working now, in mid-2024, to line up new Duluth-Area projects for construction in 2028. See the Public Involvement tab, below, for information about opportunities to learn more and to give your input into the upcoming projects proposed to receive federal funds.


Draft TIP Open for Public Comment through 7/31/24

The Draft 2025-2028 Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program was approved by the MIC Policy Board for release for the required 30-day public comment period. It lists all projects proposed for 2025-2028 and will be open for public review and input through 7/31/2024.

To comment:

  • Contact TIP Coordinator Prescott Morrill (see phone & email, above right)
  • Attend a virtual input session (via MS Teams) on Wed, July 17, at:

9-10 am or

12:00 noon-1:00 pm or

4:30-5:30 pm

(see “Opportunity for Public Input” listings, below, for more info):

The 2025-2028 Duluth TIP will be presented to the MIC Policy Board for final approval at its meeting on August 21, 2024 at 6:00pm.  This meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

Opportunity for Public Input

Public Meeting #1 - Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (2025-2028)
Date & Time
07/17/2024
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location
Virtual Meeting - See login/call-in info in body of post
Purpose

The Draft 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (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 held today. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the federally-funded transportation projects in the Duluth area for the next four years.

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

Meeting ID: 276 432 569 351
Passcode: oGiEwt

Download Teams | Join on the web


Opportunity for Public Input

Public Meeting #2 - Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (2025-2028)
Date & Time
07/17/2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location
Virtual Meeting - See login/call-in info in body of post
Purpose

The Draft 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (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 held today. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the federally-funded transportation projects in the Duluth area for the next four years.

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

Meeting ID: 275 601 611 560 / Passcode: 9PN7yc

Download Teams | Join on the web


Opportunity for Public Input

Public Meeting #3 - Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (2025-2028)
Date & Time
07/17/2024
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location
Virtual Meeting - See login/call-in info in body of post
Purpose

The Draft 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (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 held today. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to participate in this virtual meeting to give input and get information about the federally-funded transportation projects in the Duluth area for the next four years.

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

Meeting ID: 266 825 684 730
Passcode: QW7jpF

Download Teams | Join on the web

2028 Projects Presented to MIC Policy Board

At the February MIC Board meeting, the new 2028 projects proposed by area jurisdictions to receive federal funding were presented for review and inclusion in the draft 2025-2028 Duluth Area TIP. These include:

STBGP Funding
Central Entrance Reconstruction Project Summary
Hermantown Road Reconstruction Project Summary

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program Funding
Transportation Alternatives Projects Summary

The Board approved the projects proposed for inclusion in the 2025-2028 Duluth Area TIP, as presented.


Applications for Projects Proposed to Receive STBGP Funding in 2028

Applications for proposed 2028 projects receive federal funding were received by two MIC-area jurisdictions:

City of Duluth – Central Entrance Reconstruction

City of Hermantown – Hermantown Road Reconstruction

They will be presented for approval at the February 21, 2024 MIC Policy Board meeting for review and inclusion in the draft 2025-2028 Duluth Area TIP.  Public comments will be taken.

 

2028 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). 2028 Duluth area project submittals are due January 16, 2024.


Funded Projects

No projects match selected year

Draft 2025-2028 Duluth Area TIP - open for public comment 7/1/24 - 7/31/24

2025-2028_DuluthTIP_DRAFT.pdf

Map of Project Locations by Year

TIP-Map-2025-2028.pdf

Map of Project Locations and Concentrations of Minority & Low Income Populations

EJ-TIP-Map-2025-2028.pdf

Map of Project Locations and Environmentally Sensitive and Historically Significant Sites

ES-TIP-Map-2025-2028.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.