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The overall objectives of the UPWP are:

  1. To help implement the MTP by conducting the planning work necessary for achievement of the goals, objectives, and projects within it
  2. To coordinate planning work among and between the agency and jurisdictional members of the APO
  3. To provide transparent financial management of the APO

Each UPWP covers a two year period, however, the UPWP is developed and approved annually. The UPWP’s second year is provisional and is only used to help the APO and its members understand upcoming studies and budgetary needs.


History of Changes to Current UPWP

The 2023-2024 UPWP was approved by the Policy Board on August 11, 2022.

MnDOT approved the 2023-2024 UPWP on September 21, 2022.

The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration jointly approved the 2023-2024 UPWP on October 4, 2022.


Previous Planning & Accomplishments

A full report of the APO’s planning work and accomplishments in 2022 is available by clicking HERE.


The Next UPWP

Development of the 2024-2025 UPWP has not formally begun yet.


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Active Planning Efforts

Mississippi River Bridge Planning

The last planning effort for a potential bridge at 33rd Street South in Saint Cloud ended in 2005, with four potential alternative alignments being considered, but a final preferred alignment never being settled upon. This planning effort is intended to update the existing conditions since 2005 by identifying potential new economic, political, social, and environmental consequences of the possible alignments and developing consensus around a preferred alignment, thus enabling protection of that corridor.



Support for Metropolitan Transportation Plan

One of the APO’s primary products is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The plan is mostly produced by APO staff, but we need assistance with specific tasks and elements of the plan for which we do not have the time and/or expertise to complete.

The APO has a regional travel demand model (TDM) in CUBE.

In 2022, the TDM was recalibrated to base year 2020; forecasts of population, households, jobs, etc. in the year 2050 were developed; and a 2050 “no build” model was completed using the TDM.

In 2023, we are seeking consultant assistance with the following tasks:

  1. Develop planning-level cost estimates for an initial list of surface transportation projects selected for potential inclusion in the MTP. APO staff will use these cost estimates to fiscally constrain the MTP. The list of projects will be provided to the consultant by APO staff. The consultant will only need to develop the planning-level cost estimates.
  2. Specifying, running, and analyzing the results of the TDM for the following scenarios:
    1. 2050 initial MTP scenario and comparing the output to the 2050 no-build scenario (completed in 2022).
      1. The APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will review the initial MTP scenario model output and the comparison to the 2050 no-build scenario to assess the impacts of the initial MTP project list and potentially change the projects. After this set of revisions, the consultant will specify the 2050 refined MTP network.
    2. 2050 refined MTP scenario vs. 2050 no-build scenario.
    3. 2050 refined MTP + beltline corridor scenario vs. 2050 no-build scenario.
    4. 2050 refined MTP + beltline corridor scenario vs. 2050 refined MTP scenario (without the segments of the beltline corridor that are within the fiscally constrained refined scenario).
  3. Estimation of the potential 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the 2050 refined MTP scenario at a regional level and compare to the 2020 base-year GHG emissions.
  4. Developing and executing a one-day on-site workshop to train the APO staff in the use and operation of the TDM.


Stearns CSAH 1 Corridor Study

The segment of CSAH 1 (aka, River Avenue North) between 9th Avenue and CR 120 has quickly become one of the top five Stearns County roads for congestion, particularly during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods. This route connects Sartell, northern Stearns County, the Saint Cloud Hospital and downtown Saint Cloud. It is a vital commuter route for the region and a critical link for the movement of people and goods.



Older UPWPs:

To see UPWP documents from previous years, you can click on the titles below or visit our ARCHIVES page: