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Status Report

Feb. 13, 2024

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funding update:

On Jan. 25, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met at the Saint Cloud Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) office. As part of that meeting, MnDOT District 3 staff announced the funding targets for STBGP for fiscal year 2028. The ATP is anticipated to receive $12.2 million in Federal STBGP funding. Based upon a funding formula developed by the ATP, the APO is anticipated to receive $2,504,660 in Federal funding for STBGP.

STBGP funding has been historically allocated by the APO for roadway and bridge projects within the planning area, however, this funding can be allocated for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects as well.

On Feb. 1, the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met to discuss the applications received on Jan. 8, 2024, for the STBGP solicitation.

Three applications were submitted to the APO (listed in the order they were received):

  1. Benton County’s CSAH 3 full depth reclamation.
  2. Stearns County’s CSAH 133 resurfacing.
  3. Stearns County’s CSAH 1 reconstruction.

Combined, these three projects were requesting $4,210,000 in STBGP Federal funding. With the APO only being allocated $2,504,660, TAC representatives discussed the technical merits of each project at their Feb. 1 meeting. Based upon that discussion, along with the initial rankings provided by APO staff, the TAC made a recommendation to the Policy Board to fund the following projects as follows:

  1. Stearns County’s CSAH 1 reconstruction: $1,500,000.
  2. Benton County’s CSAH 3 full depth reclamation: $1,004,660.

At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on Feb. 7, board members heard presentations from all applicants and reviewed the TAC’s recommendation for funding. The Policy Board had voted to accept the recommendations made by the TAC.

Jurisdiction Project Description Federal Funds Awarded Local Match Required Total Project Cost
Stearns County CSAH 1 from near Rice Bridge to Stearns/Morrison County line, reconstruction and shoulder widening $1,500,000 $1,000,000 $2,500,000
Benton County Benton CSAH 3, from CSAH 1 to CR 44, full depth reclamation and bituminous surfacing $1,004,660 $1,717,100 $2,721,760

These projects will be added to the APO’s FY 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding update:

On Jan. 25, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met at the Saint Cloud Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) office. As part of that meeting, MnDOT District 3 staff informed members that there were 17 districtwide applicants to the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Federal funding program for fiscal year 2028. TA funding is primarily allocated to the creation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities but can be used for environmental mitigation or habitat protection. The district is anticipating receiving $2.5 million in Federal TA funding. Applications are evaluated and scored on a districtwide level.

In addition to the anticipated $2.5 million, due to some accounting errors, the district also has an additional $74,038 to allocate in FY 2028 This brings the anticipated funding to $2,574,038.

Regions such as the APO are able to assign regional priority points to the top two most important TA projects for the region. These regional priority points – 10 points for the top project, five points for the second – are added to the final technical scores of the projects and ideally work to boost the region’s top priority for funding consideration.

A total of 17 applications were submitted to MnDOT District 3, six of which were from the Saint Cloud APO.

  1. City of Saint Cloud 22nd Street S.
  2. City of Saint Cloud Ninth Avenue S/13th Street S.
  3. City of Sauk Rapids Second Avenue S railroad crossing.
  4. City of Sauk Rapids CSAH 3 pedestrian improvements.
  5. City of Sartell Pinecone Road/15th Street S sidewalk.
  6. City of Saint Joseph downtown gap filling project.

At the Jan. 26 Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) meeting, ATAC members heard presentations about both projects. The ATAC then made a recommendation to the TAC to assign the City of Saint Cloud’s Ninth Avenue S/13th Street S 10 regional priority points and the City of Sauk Rapids’s Second Avenue S railroad crossing the five regional priority points.

At the Feb. 1 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, TAC representatives also heard presentations from both cities and discussed the technical merits of the projects. The TAC then made a recommendation to the Policy Board to affirm the recommendation made by the ATAC.

At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on Feb. 7, board members were provided an overview of the applications and reviewed the TAC’s recommendation for prioritization. The Policy Board had voted to accept the recommendations made by the ATAC and TAC.

Jurisdiction Project Description Requested Federal Funds Local Match Required Total Project Cost Regional Priority Points Distribution
City of Saint Cloud Filling sidewalk gaps on 13th Street S from 11th Avenue S to Ninth Avenue S. Installation of a pedestrian activated crossing at the intersection of 13th Street S and Ninth Avenue S $180,000 $45,000 $225,000 10
City of Sauk Rapids Construction of a sidewalk extension across dual set of railroad tracks adjacent to Second Avenue S and Benton Drive South $562,834 $175,000 $737,834 5

The regional priority points will be submitted to MnDOT District 3 and will be provided to the TA committee to assist in the scoring and ranking of projects. This committee will meet in mid-March to compile scores and develop a prioritization that will be considered by the ATP board in April.

Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding update:

In September 2023, the MnDOT’s Office of Traffic Engineering (OTE) opened up a solicitation for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). This federal program is designed to be used by cities and counties to implement projects that are designed to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roadways.

During this solicitation – which closed on Nov. 22, 2023 – one jurisdiction submitted an HSIP project for funding consideration within the APO’s planning area. Sherburne County is proposing to install transverse rumble strips at the following intersections:

  • County Road 62 at CSAH 20.
  • CSAH 20 at CSAH 3.
  • CSAH 61 at CSAH 20.
  • CSAH 20 at CSAH 16.
  • County Road 65/CSAH 7 at CSAH 3.

This project is part of a larger, countywide project.

MnDOT’s OTE has reviewed all projects from across the state and has recommended its proposed funding allocation. OTE has allocated $607,500 in Federal funding assistance to Sherburne County to complete this countywide project in FY 2026 – including the locations identified within the APO’s planning area.

This project will be added to the APO’s FY 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Sept. 21, 2023

The APO Policy Board has approved the FY 2024-2027 TIP at its Sept. 21, 2023 meeting.

 

Interim Deliverables

There are currently no interim deliverables for the Transportation Improvement Program.

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Public Input Opportunities

There are currently no public input opportunities on the next draft of the APO’s Transportation Improvement Program.