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).
April 13, 2021
Since February, APO staff have been coordinating with the member jurisdictions to compile necessary information including financial/fiscal constraint information and status updates on previously programmed TIP projects.
In addition, APO staff has worked closely with Saint Cloud Metro Bus and the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) to review the list of transit projects for fiscal years 2022-2024 and to develop a list of transit projects for fiscal year 2025.
On April 8, 2021, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP-3) met virtually to finalize the listing projects to be programmed into the district’s Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) — a document that includes all projects found within the APO’s TIP. At this meeting, the ATP-3 board approved Transportation Alternatives funding for the City of Sartell’s trail and sidewalk gap project. In addition, the ATP-3 Board also approved a funding request from Sherburne County for the Local Partnership Program (LPP) to assist in the County Road 65/45th Avenue intersection realignment and railroad crossing consolidation project. Both of these projects will be added to the APO’s FY 2022-2025 TIP.
APO staff have been continuing to coordinate with MnDOT District 3 staff as they work to finalize the draft ATIP ahead of their April 15 deadline. Once that deadline has passed, APO staff will begin working to finalize updates to the draft FY 2022-2025 TIP. Once that draft has been completed, APO staff will submit it to MnDOT, Federal Highway, and Federal Transit Administrations for their review and comment.
Feb. 12, 2021
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funding update
On Jan. 14, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met via Zoom. As part of that meeting, MnDOT District 3 staff announced the funding targets for STBGP for fiscal year 2025. 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. 4, the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met to discuss the applications received on Jan. 4, 2021, for the STBGP solicitation.
A total of six applications were submitted to the APO (listed in order they were received):
- City of Sartell 15th Street N Corridor Expansion.
- Stearns County CSAH 81 Resurfacing.
- Stearns County CSAH 133 Resurfacing.
- City of Saint Cloud 22nd Street S Reconstruction.
- City of Sauk Rapids Second Avenue S Reconstruction.
- Sherburne County CR 65/45th Avenue Realignment.
Combined, these six projects were requesting $8,895,000 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. 4 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 Sauk Rapids Second Avenue S reconstruction project at $1,135,120 (short $259,880 of the city’s requested amount) and the Sherburne County CR 65/45th Avenue realignment project at $1,000,000 (short $200,000 of the county’s requested amount).
At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on Feb. 11, 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|
|City of Sauk Rapids||Reconstruction of 2nd Avenue South from Benton Drive to 10th Street S, including roadway, sidewalk, lighting, drainage, and water main improvements.||$1,135,120||$608,880||$1,744,000|
|Sherburne County||County Road 65 & 45th Avenue realignment, access consolidation with US Highway 10, and BNSF railroad xing consolidation||$1,000,000||$900,000||$1,900,000|
These two projects will be added to the APO’s FY 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding update
On Jan. 14, the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met via Zoom. As part of that meeting MnDOT District 3 staff informed members that there were 16 districtwide applicants to the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Federal funding program for fiscal year 2025. 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 16 applications were submitted to MnDOT District 3, one of which was from the Saint Cloud APO.
- City of Sartell Trail and Sidewalk Gap Project
At the Jan. 25 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 Sartell’s project 10 regional priority points.
At the Feb. 4 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 Sartell project 10 regional priority points.
At the APO’s Policy Board meeting on Feb. 11, board members were provided an overview of the Sartell 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 Sartell||Complete four trail and sidewalk connections including two gaps on the nationally identified River Road, a connection on 13th Avenue N/Grizzly Lane and a connection on Third Street N/19th Street in Sartell. Connection projects include sidewalk, bituminous trail, driveway, pedestrian ramps, crosswalks, and turn restoration.||$367,040||$91,760||$458,800||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.
Aug. 14, 2020
The APO Policy Board has approved the FY 2021-2024 TIP at its Aug. 13, 2020 meeting. Work on the FY 2022-2025 TIP is anticipated to begin in October 2020.
Oct. 5, 2020
The Letter of Intent (LOI) process has opened for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) federal grant program. TA funding is the primary funding source dedicated to projects such as the creation of pedestrian and bicycle facilities; environmental mitigation or habitat protection as related to highway construction or operations; as well as infrastructure and non-infrastructure related to Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities. This funding would be made available in fiscal year 2025. Applicants interested in competing for this grant must complete the LOI process by Friday, Oct. 30. Contact APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson for more information on how to complete the LOI (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Oct. 12, 2020
Project solicitation for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is underway. HSIP is a Federal grant program established with the purpose of achieving a significant reduction in fatalities and serious injuries on all public roadways. Applications are due to MnDOT Central Office by Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Project solicitation is also open for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) non-infrastructure grants. The Safe Routes Boost Grants are available from MnDOT to support communities with existing SRTS plans or other SRTS programs in advancing non-infrastructure strategies for schools that support Minnesota youth by helping students safely, confidently, and conveniently walk, bike, and roll to school and in daily life. Grant applications for this statewide solicitation are due by noon Wednesday, Nov. 25. More information can be found here: http://www.dot.state.mn.
Project solicitation has started for SRTS Planning Assistance. Planning is completed by the local regional development organization, metropolitan planning organization (like the APO), or the statewide SRTS planning consultant team. MnDOT will be directing funds to priority populations that include individuals, groups, and communities who are more likely to rely on walking, biking, or transit for transportation; are more vulnerable to unsafe traffic conditions; or have suffered historic disinvestment in safe, comfortable walking and biking infrastructure. Grant applications for this statewide solicitation are due by noon Wednesday, Nov. 25. More information can be found here: http://www.dot.state.mn.
For more information on any of these solicitations please contact APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson (email@example.com).
Oct. 19, 2020
Project solicitation for the fiscal year 2025 Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) is now open. STBGP provides flexible funding that is used by states and local jurisdictions 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. Within the APO’s planning area, STBGP funds are typically reserved for road and bridge projects.
The applications along with a resolution from the applicant’s governing body are due to the APO’s Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson by 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted. For more information, contact Vicki Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nov. 19, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) District 3 has opened project solicitation for the fiscal years 2024 and 2025 Local Partnership Program (LPP). This program is designed to address transportation issues on the trunk highway system that are of concern to local jurisdictions but are typically not large scale or high enough priority that they are directly selected as projects in the regular MnDOT transportation program. The proposed funding available is: $400,000 for FY 2024 and $1.2 million for FY 2025. Applications are due Jan. 29, 2021. For more information on this solicitation please contact APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson (email@example.com).
There are currently no interim deliverables for the next TIP.