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STATUS UPDATE FOR THE NEXT TIP

Status Report

Oct. 17, 2022

Solicitation for the FY 2024-2027 TIP is currently underway.

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program
The Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) provides flexible funding that may be used by states and localities for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid highway, bridge, and tunnel projects on any public road; pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects including intercity bus terminals. States and localities are responsible for a minimum 20% share of project costs funded through this program.

Solicitation for the FY 2027 STBGP began in mid-October. Applications were distributed to the APO’s city and county engineers through the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). Applications are due to APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson by no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

Transportation Alternatives Program
Projects eligible for Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding include, but are not limited to: the creation of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, environmental mitigation or habitat protection as related to highway construction or operations, as well as infrastructure and non-infrastructure related to Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) activities. States and localities are responsible for a minimum 20% share of project costs funded through this program.

The TA program kicked off Oct. 3, 2022, with the Letter of Intent (LOI) process. This information was shared with the APO’s city and county engineers through the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). LOIs are due to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT’s) Central Office by Monday, Nov. 4. Any LOIs submitted for projects within the APO’s planning area will be distributed to APO staff for review. Once LOIs have been reviewed including a consultation with the applicant, APO staff will distribute the full TA application – beginning Monday, Nov. 21. Applications are due to MnDOT District 3 Engineering Specialist/Program Coordinator Jeff Lenz by Friday, Jan. 13, 2023. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

Highway Safety Improvement Program
The goal of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads and roads on tribal lands. This funding source requires 10% local match with a maximum cap for a project being $750,000 per location.

HSIP applications within the APO’s planning area are typically handled at the county level.

Changes to the solicitation process last year – initiated by MnDOT’s Office of Traffic Engineering (OTE) – have allowed the APO to provide input on projects being considered for this program prior to their submission. This change required the APO to review and develop a prioritization for HSIP projects submitted within the planning area.

APO staff received two HSIP applications by the Sept. 19 deadline established by APO staff to conduct the ranking/prioritization process.

Jurisdiction Project Description Requested Year of Expenditure Requested Federal Funds Local Match Required Total Project Cost
Benton County Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Mayhew Lake Road/CSAH 1 and 35th Street/CSAH 29 2025, 2026, or 2027 $750,000 $450,000 $1,200,000
City of Sartell Traffic signal installation at the intersection of Pinecone Road and Seventh Street N 2026 $400,000 $150,000 $550,000

 

At the Sept. 29, 2022, regularly scheduled Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, TAC representatives heard presentations from county staff about these projects. It was decided that TAC representatives would recommend the Policy Board allow both of these applications to continue with their request for funding consideration.

Policy Board members considered the HSIP applications at their Oct. 13 regularly scheduled meeting. The Policy Board approved the TAC’s recommendation.

These applications, along with this ranking information, must be submitted to MnDOT’s OTE by no later than Wednesday, Nov. 23. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants
The Minnesota Active Transportation (AT) Infrastructure Program provides grant funding for the construction of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects. The program was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2017. Currently, the legislature appropriated a total of $3.5 million for infrastructure projects across the state. AT infrastructure funding does not require any local match. The funds are intended to fund standalone AT projects or provide the local match for AT infrastructure projects under federal bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure programs.

Projects must be able to enter construction in either the 2023 or 2024 calendar years.

This solicitation process kicked off Sept. 12 with a letter of intent (LOI) phase. LOIs were due to MnDOT on Friday, Oct 14. Full applications will be distributed to applicants by Monday, Oct. 31 with applications due by Friday, Dec. 30, 2022. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

Local Partnership Program
The purpose of the Local Partnership Program (LPP) is to address transportation issues on the trunk highway system that are of concern to Local Units of Government, but are typically not large-scale or high enough priority that they are directly selected as projects in the regular MnDOT Transportation Program. This program exists to provide funding for projects that deliver benefit to both the local community and the trunk highway system. This program will pay for the eligible trunk highway costs and up to 8% of the construction engineering costs.

Solicitation for the LPP kicked off on Oct. 5, 2022. Applications are due to MnDOT District 3 LPP Project Manager Luke Wehseler by no later than Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

Sept. 12, 2022

The APO Policy Board has approved the FY 2023-2026 TIP at its Sept. 8, 2022 meeting.

 

Interim Deliverables

Currently, there are no interim deliverables for the next TIP.

 

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Public Input Opportunities

There are currently no public input opportunities on the TIP. However, the public is always welcome to share their transportation stories with APO staff via the public input form at the bottom of our GET INVOLVED page.