2020-2023 Superior Area TIP (current)

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 current 4-year program of projects.

See tabs, below, for information about the document, how projects were selected, changes or amendments to the approved project list, and opportunities for public comment.

Proposed Amendments 5, 6, 7 & 8 (Opportunity for Public Comment)

Douglas County has requested four amendments to the CY 2020-2023 Superior Urbanized Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to fund four new projects:

Amendment 5: North Country Independent Living Center’s (NCIL) continuation of their transportation vouchers program to eligible clients throughout eight counties in northern Wisconsin including; Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn;

Amendment 6: A mobility management program within NCIL funding staff members who coordinate rides for the region’s population of seniors and individuals with disabilities, and also work to expand their service, provide outreach and information of transportation options to residents, and work to coordinate rides with other providers throughout eight counties in northern Wisconsin including; Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn;

Amendment 7: The purchase of two medium buses by the Challenge Center of Superior; and

Amendment 8: The purchase of a minivan sideload accessible by Senior Connections.

Amendment # 4 - Proposed (Opportunity for Public Comment)

The City of Superior has requested an amendment to the CY 2020-2023 Superior TIP to add preliminary design work for future rehabilitation of Hammond Avenue from N 21st Street to N 28th Street. Preliminary design is scheduled to begin in 2023. Construction is scheduled outside the current TIP program for 2024.

Amendment #4 Details

Public notice posted 5/12/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on May 20, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

About Amendments and Administrative Modifications

Administrative Modification # 3 - Public Notice

WisDOT has requested an Administrative Modification to project 113-17-018 to add funding to supplement the Duluth Transit Authority for additional transit services during reconstruction project along East Second Street between 29th Avenue East to 53rd Avenue East. WisDOT to provide an additional $255,000 in state funds. The project was originally programmed at $6,100,000 and with this modification will be programed at $6,355,000.

Details of Administrative Modification # 3

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
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Administrative Modification # 2 - Public Notice

WisDOT has requested a change to project 113-19-013 to add funding to provide for WisDOT staff review and administration for preliminary design of the St. Louis River Bridge (Blatnik Bridge) project. WisDOT to provide an additional $200,000 in state funds. The project was originally programmed at $4,500,000 and with this modification will be programmed at $4,700,000.

Details of Administrative Modification # 2

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.
About Amendments and Administrative Modifications

Administrative Modification # 1 - Public Notice

WisDOT has requested an amendment to project 113-16-002 in the 2020-2023 Superior Urbanized Area TIP. The proposed amendment adds the addition of traffic signal equipment for the USH2/53/Marina Drive intersection as part of the FY20 resurfacing project on East Second Street this summer (2020). The project was originally programed at $6,090,000 and with this amendment will be programmed at $6,102,000.

Based on the adopted MIC Public Involvement Plan, the proposed change conforms to Administrative Modification guidelines. It does not reach the financial threshold requiring a formal Amendment.

Details of Administrative Modification # 1

About Amendments and Administrative Modifications

CY 2019 Obligated Projects - Public Notice

Amendment # 3 - Approved

WisDOT has requested a TIP amendment for preliminary design work for future rehabilitation to STH 105 from MN State Line to STH 35. Preliminary design is scheduled for 2020. Total cost $112,500.

Amendment #1-2-3 Details

Public notice posted 1/8/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

About Amendments and Administrative Modifications

Amendment # 2 - Approved

WisDOT has requested a TIP amendment for preliminary design work for future rehabilitation to USH 53/East 2nd Street from Belknap Street to Blatnik Bridge. Preliminary design is scheduled for 2020 and construction is scheduled outside the current TIP program. Total cost $130,000.

Amendment #1-2-3 Details

Public notice posted 1/8/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

About Amendments and Administrative Modifications

CY 2019 Obligated Projects - Public Notice

Amendment # 1 - Approved

WisDOT has requested a TIP amendment for preliminary design work for future rehabilitation to STH 35/Tower Avenue from Belknap Street to 64th Street. Preliminary design work is scheduled for 2020 and construction is scheduled outside the current TIP program. Total cost $126,000.

Amendment #1-2-3 Details

Public notice posted 1/8/2020:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on January 15, 2020. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

About Amendments and Administrative Modifications

2020-2023 Superior Urbanized Area Transportation Improvement Program - Approved

The 2020-2023 Superior Urbanized Area TIP was presented and approved at the MIC meeting. No formal public comments were received on the Draft document, but some minor editing to the plan narrative was completed to align with changes and additions.

The completed TIP can be viewed under the “TIP Document & Project Map” tab, above.

Public notice posted 10/9/2019:
This amendment will be brought forward for approval at the MIC Policy Board meeting on October 16, 2019. The meeting is open to the public and comments will be taken.

Open House - Draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP

Public Information Session - 2020-2023 Superior TIP
Date & Time
09/19/2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location
1316 N 14th St
Superior, WI 54880
Purpose

You are invited and encouraged to drop by to review and comment on the draft version of the 2020-2023 Superior Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

The Superior Area TIP lists all transportation projects proposed to receive federal funding for calendar years 2020-2023.

Public comments are being taken until September 20, 2019 on the Draft TIP and the proposed projects.

Click to view the Draft TIP document. To request a hard copy of the document, contact Sheldon Johnson, who is taking all public comments on the document (contact info below).

The Draft TIP, along with all comments received, will be considered for final approval at the MIC Board meeting on October 16, 2019. The final version of the 2020-2023 TIP will list all transportation projects that have been planned and programmed for federal funding within the Superior area for those four years.

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

Comments on the Draft TIP are now being taken through September 30. See “TIP Document & Project Map” tab, above, to view draft document and/or map of proposed projects.

There are several ways to have your say:

● Contact TIP Coordinator Sheldon Johnson (click to email) or call (715) 635-2197

● Stop by the TIP Open House on Thursday, September 19 from 11:00am – 12:00pm

● Attend the MIC Board meeting on October 16, 2019: the TIP will be considered for final approval and public comments will be taken.

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

At its August 21, 2019 meeting, the 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

Correspondence sent to eligible agencies and jurisdictions soliciting CY 2023 multi-modal transportation projects and other 2020-2022 project activities not listed in the current TIP.

Funded Projects

No projects match selected year

Final 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP

2020-2023-SuperiorMetroTIP-Final-10-16-2019.pdf

Map of 2020-2023 Superior TIP Projects

Map-of-Projects-in-2020-2023-SuperiorMetroTIP.pdf

Draft 2020-2023 Superior Area TIP

2020-2023_DRAFTSuperiorMetroTIP_08-28-19.pdf

Draft document was open for public review and comment 8/30/19 – 9/17/19.



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).

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.