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STATUS UPDATE FOR THE NEXT TIP

Status Report

May 9, 2022

APO staff have completed a preliminary draft of the FY 2023-2026 TIP. This draft is currently being reviewed by MnDOT’s Office of Transportation System Management (OTSM), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for compliance with Federal regulations. Once this review has been completed (ideally by Friday, May 13), APO staff will make the appropriate changes to the document and prepare to present this draft to representatives of the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) at the May 26 meeting.

April 13, 2022

APO staff are in the process of developing the draft FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program. To date, staff are working on programming the new projects that will be added to the TIP. Those include:

  1. Stearns County’s CSAH 2/Minnesota Street roundabout.
  2. Sherburne County’s rural intersection street lighting.
  3. Sherburne County’s mumble strip installation.
  4. Stearns County’s CSAH 75 bridge replacement.
  5. Various transit projects programmed in fiscal year 2026.

The City of Waite Park was not awarded funding for their Transportation Alternatives (TA) project during this solicitation cycle. They were encouraged to apply for TA funding again next year.

Staff have received status updates on previously programmed projects as they work to develop the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP) to appear in the TIP. In addition, area jurisdictions and agencies have provided APO staff with a list of their historical financial information and future revenue projections for APO staff to fiscally constrain projects that will appear in the TIP.

APO staff is working closely with MnDOT District 3 as the District works to finalize the draft Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) – which includes the APO’s TIP. Once the District has submitted their draft ATIP to MnDOT’s Office of Transportation System Management (OTSM) for preliminary review, APO staff will finalize their draft and submit the document for review to MnDOT District 3, MnDOT’s OTSM, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Staff are hoping to complete this stage by mid-May.

It is anticipated that a final draft for public comment will be made available in mid-July.

March 11, 2022

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funding update:

On Jan. 13, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met via Teams. As part of that meeting, MnDOT District 3 staff announced the funding targets for STBGP for fiscal year 2026. 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.

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. 3, the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met to discuss the applications received on Jan. 3, 2022, for the STBGP solicitation.

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

  1. City of Sartell 15th Street N Corridor Expansion.
  2. Stearns County CSAH 75 Bridge Replacement.
  3. Benton County CSAH 3 Full Depth Reclamation.

​Combined, these three projects were requesting $5,358,900 in STBGP Federal funding. With the APO only being allocated $2,135,120, TAC representatives discussed the technical merits of each project at their Feb. 3 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 Stearns County’s CSAH 75 bridge replacement project at $2,135,120.

At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on March 10, 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 Replace bridge 6819 along CSAH 75 over the Sauk River $2,135,120 $1,664,800 $3,800,000

 

This project will be added to the APO’s FY 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding update:
On Jan. 13, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met via Teams. As part of that meeting MnDOT District 3 staff informed members that there were 10 districtwide applicants to the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Federal funding program for fiscal year 2026. 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 10 applications were submitted to MnDOT District 3, one of which was from the Saint Cloud APO.

  1. City of Waite Park’s 15th Avenue N Trail.

At the Jan. 27 Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) meeting, ATAC members heard a presentation from the city. The ATAC then made a recommendation to the TAC to assign the City of Waite Park’s project 10 regional priority points.

At the Feb. 3 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting, TAC representatives also heard a presentation from the city and discussed the technical merits of the project. The TAC then made a recommendation to the Policy Board to assign the City of Waite Park project 10 regional priority points.

At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on March 10, board members were provided an overview of the Waite Park application 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 Waite Park Construction of a multiuse trail/sidewalk to serve as Phase I of the City’s plan to create a connection between the Lake Wobegon Trail and the Glacial Lakes Trail systems $315,961 $78,991 $394,952 10

 

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.

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.