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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).

Sept. 9, 2021

The APO Policy Board has approved the FY 2022-2025 TIP at its Sept. 9, 2021 meeting. Work on the FY 2023-2026 TIP is anticipated to begin in October 2021.

Nov. 8, 2021

Solicitation for the FY 2023-2026 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 2026 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. 3, 2022. 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. 1, 2021, 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 were due to the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT’s) Central Office on Monday, Nov. 1. Any LOIs submitted for projects within the APO’s planning area were 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. 15. Applications are due to MnDOT District 3 Engineering Specialist/Program Coordinator Jeff Lenz by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. 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 $500,000 per location.

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

Changes to the solicitation process this 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 three HSIP applications by the Sept. 20 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
Stearns County Stearns County and the City of Saint Joseph are proposing to construct a roundabout at the intersection of CSAH 2 and Minnesota Street/Leaf Road on the west side of the city. The intersection currently has stop signs on the side streets with CSAH 2 being the through route. 2025 or 2026 $500,000 $600,000 $1,100,000
Sherburne County Rural intersection safety street lighting at the following intersections:

CSAH 3 and US 10; CSAH 3 and CR 78; CSAH 8 and CSAH 16; CSAH 8 and CR 65; CSAH 16 and US 10; CSAH 16 and 45th Street (two intersections); CR 61 and US 10; and CR 62 and CR 78.

2023 $162,000 $18,000 $180,000
Sherburne County Mumble strip installation on CSAH 7 from US 10 to east of 40th Avenue SE 2023 $17,100 $1,900 $19,000

At the Sept. 30, 2021, 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 rank these projects equally.

Policy Board members considered the HSIP applications at their Oct. 14 regularly scheduled meeting. The Policy Board approved the TAC’s recommendation of ranking all three projects as equally important to the APO’s goals and objectives for transportation safety.

These applications, along with this ranking information, must be submitted to MnDOT’s OTE by no later than Wednesday, Nov. 24. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

Safe Routes to Schools
The Minnesota Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Program was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2012 and is defined in Minnesota Statute 174.40. The program is typically funded through bonds or general fund appropriations, which have been apportioned by the legislature. The funds are intended to fund standalone SRTS projects or provide the local match for SRTS infrastructure projects under federal bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure programs, such as the Transportation Alternatives (TA) or Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG). The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is responsible for the administration of the state SRTS program and makes the funds available to communities through a competitive process.

Funding for this program was made available this year to be used for infrastructure projects anticipated to be constructed in either calendar year 2022 or 2023. Applicants eligible to apply for funding included schools and school districts (with the aid of a county sponsor); cities (those under 5,000

This solicitation process kicked off Oct. 4 with a letter of intent (LOI) phase. LOIs were due to MnDOT on Friday, Oct. 29. Full applications will be distributed to applicants by Monday, Nov. 15 with applications due by Friday, Jan. 7, 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. 28, 2021. Applications are due to MnDOT District 3 State Aid by no later than Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. For more information, please contact Vicki Johnson at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org.

 

Interim Deliverables

There are currently no interim deliverables available for review/comment.

 

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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.