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Status Report

The TIP is updated annually. There are also four regularly scheduled TIP amendments throughout the year to adjust to project changes, such as construction delays or changes in funding sources. You can see the TIP amendment schedule by clicking HERE. Additional unscheduled amendments may also be processed if warranted and approved by the APO Executive Director. Administrative modifications and/or technical corrections may also be processed if changes to the document are required and meet the specific requirements outline in the APO’s Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP).

Feb. 14, 2020

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funding update:

On Jan. 16, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met in Saint Cloud. As part of that meeting, MnDOT District 3 staff announced the funding targets for STBGP for fiscal year 2024. The ATP is anticipated to receive $10.4 million in Federal STBGP funding. Based upon a funding formula developed by the ATP, the APO is anticipated to receive $2,135,120 in Federal funding for STBGP, which 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 Jan. 30, the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met to discuss the applications received on Jan. 3, 2020, for the STBGP solicitation.

A total of five applications were submitted to the APO (listed in order they were received):

  1. City of Sauk Rapids CSAH 1 Trail.
  2. City of Sauk Rapids Second Avenue S Reconstruction.
  3. Benton County CSAH 1 Reclamation.
  4. Stearns County CSAH 133 Expansion.
  5. Stearns County CSAH 81 Resurfacing.

​Combined, these five projects were requesting $4,666,000 in STBGP Federal funding. With the APO only being allocated $2,135,120, TAC members discussed the technical merits of each project at their January 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 Stearns CSAH 133 Expansion project in full ($1,440,000) and the Benton County CSAH 1 Reclamation project up to $695,120 (short $24,880 from the original request of $720,000).

At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on Feb. 13, 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 133 from Stearns CSAH 75 to 19th Avenue in Saint Joseph, expand to four lanes and intersection improvements at Elm Street, dual left turn lanes from EB CSAH 75 to NB CSAH 133 $1,440,000 $360,000 $1,800,000
Benton County CSAH 1 full depth reclamation and resurfacing $695,120 $204,880 $900,000

 

These two projects will be added to the APO’s FY 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding update:
On Jan. 16, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met in Saint Cloud. As part of that meeting MnDOT District 3 staff informed members that there were 13 districtwide applicants to the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Federal funding program for fiscal year 2024. 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 $1.6 million in Federal TA funding. Applications are evaluated and scored on a districtwide level.

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 13 applications were submitted to MnDOT District 3, two of which were from the Saint Cloud APO.

  1. City of Saint Cloud County Road 136.
  2. City of Sauk Rapids CSAH 1 Trail.

At the Jan. 30 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, TAC members heard presentations from the two applicants and discussed the technical merits of each project. The TAC then made a recommendation to the Policy Board to assign the City of Saint Cloud’s County Road 136 project 10 regional priority points and the City of Sauk Rapids’s CSAH 1 Trail five points.

At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on Feb. 13, board members heard presentations from all applicants and reviewed the TAC’s recommendation for prioritization. The Policy Board had voted to accept the recommendations made by the TAC.

Jurisdiction Project Description Requested Federal Funds Local Match Required Total Project Cost Regional Priority Points Distribution
City of Saint Cloud Reconstructing 1.6 miles of multimodal roadway (CR 136) including 6’ wide sidewalk and 6’ wide bike lanes curb and gutter from 22nd Street S to Oak Hill Elementary, and reconstructing the rural section to include 10’ widened shoulders from Oak Hill Elementary to 33rd Street S $424,000 $106,000 $530,000 10
City of Sauk Rapids Construct a 10 foot wide bituminous trail from the existing trail at CSAH 3 along CSAH 1 to the existing trail at Osauka Road (High School entrance) $314,400 $78,600 $393,000 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.

Interim Deliverables

As interim TIP products become available, they will be posted here.

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Public Input Opportunities

Currently, no formal public input opportunities on the TIP are scheduled. However, the public is always welcome to let us know how the transportation network is working for you via the public input form at the bottom of our GET INVOLVED page.