2020-2023 Superior Area TIP (under development)

Transportation projects receiving federal funding through 2023

The TIP contains all regionally significant transportation projects that will utilize federal funds for the next four years. Before any surface transportation project can be built in the Superior area, it must be included in a current TIP that has been approved by the MIC Policy Board.

It includes a dynamic program of projects that are consistent with the transportation priorities of our region, as put forward in our most recent Long Range Transportation Plan.

Public Input

It is part of the MIC’s role as an MPO to work closely 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. The long term effect such decisions can have makes it critical that the public be included in a dynamic decision-making process.

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.

Note: This TIP has not yet been approved – it is under development for the upcoming four years. Click to view the current Superior Area TIP for projects programmed for 2019-2022.


Sheldon Johnson
Phone: (715) 635-2197

Draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP Open for Public Review and Comment

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Comments on the Draft TIP are being taken through September 30, 2019.

Board Request to Release Draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP for 30-Day Public Comment

At its August 21, 2019 meeting, he MIC Policy Board will be asked to release the draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP for the required 30 day public comment period, to be effective August 30, 2019.

Board Presentation about the Draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP

Superior TIP Project Solicitation

MIC staff solicited eligible agencies and jurisdictions for calendar year 2023 projects and other 2020-2022 project activities not listed in the current TIP.

Funded Projects

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Draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP

Map of Proposed 2020-2023 Superior TIP Projects


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 Superior Area TIP is one of two TIPs the MIC develops for the Duluth-Superior planning area.

The cost of needed improvements to the transportation system far exceeds the funding available to address those needs and difficult decisions must be made regarding the use of scarce transportation dollars. For each project that is chosen for construction, many others will not be able to be built.

The TIP is literally and figuratively where the rubber meets the road. If listed in the TIP, it means that some of our highest-priority road, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian projects are no longer just a concept. They have been funded and are being planned, designed, and/or built throughout our region.

TIP Basics

•   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?

TIP Development Timeline

For the Superior Area TIP, the development process runs from June, when MIC staff begins discussions about possible projects with eligible jurisdictions.* The draft is made available for public comment in August, and the final TIP is presented for final approval by the MIC Policy Board at its meeting in October.

NOTE, the final, Board-approved TIP is not the “current” version until state and 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).


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.