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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.

March 13, 2020:

APO staff are working to gather status updates for current programmed projects to complete the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP) report. In addition, staff are also working to secure historical and future projected revenue information for each jurisdiction as part of the financial plan and fiscal constraint process of the TIP. This information will be used to update the TIP from fiscal year 2020-2023 to FY 2021 – 20224.

APO staff have participated in the Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) scoring process for the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program. TA funding is primarily allocated to the creation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities but can be used for environmental mitigation or habitat protection. Funding award letters will be distributed to successful applicants after the April 2, 2020 ATP meeting in Baxter. A total of 13 applicants from across the district — two within the APO’s planning area — applied for the anticipated $1.6 million in available Federal TA funding.

APO staff will be participating in the Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) — the programming document for the Central Minnesota ATP — development process with members from MnDOT District 3 on March 18. This process will also help inform and shape the APO’s 2021-2024 TIP.

April 8, 2020:

APO staff are finalizing status updates for current programmed projects to complete the Annual Listing of Obligated Projects (ALOP) report. Staff are also finalizing historical and future projected revenue information for each jurisdiction as part of the financial plan and fiscal constraint process of the TIP.
Staff are also working with Saint Cloud Metro Bus as they work to determine transit projects for fiscal year 2024.
The Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) met virtually on Thursday, April 2 to approve the draft Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) — the programming document for the Central Minnesota ATP. Within this document, slight adjustments were made to the APO’s fiscal year 2024 Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP) funded projects. Those changes are listed below:
Surface Transportation Block Grant Program
Jurisdiction Project Description Federal Funds Awarded Local Match Required Total Project Cost
Stearns County Stearns CSAH 133 from Stearns CSAH 75 to 19th Avenue in St. Joseph; Expand to four lanes, intersection improvements at Elm Street, dual left turn lanes from eastbound CSAH 75 to northbound CSAH 133 $1,458,355 $364,589 $1,822,944
Benton County Benton CSAH 1, reclaim from CSAH 29 to 0.25 miles south of County Road 78 in Sauk Rapids $738,355 $184,589 $922,944

In addition, the ATP had voted to recommend funding for both of the fiscal year 2024 Transportation Alternatives projects submitted by jurisdictions within the APO. Those projects can be found below. Of note, the City of Saint Cloud is electing to advance the construction of its 2024 awarded project to coincide with the already programmed reconstruction project on County Road 136/Oak Grove Road in fiscal year 2021. The city will need to upfront the cost of the project and await Federal reimbursement in fiscal year 2024.

Transportation Alternatives Program
Jurisdiction Project Description Federal Funds Awarded Local Match Required Total Project Cost
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
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
With this approval, APO staff is working closely with MnDOT District 3 programming staff to finalize the last remaining updates to the FY 2021-2024 TIP. Once this has been completed, APO staff will have MnDOT staff, members of the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee, and APO Policy Board review the document for any errors or omissions before formally releasing the document for public comment.

May 1, 2020

APO staff have finalized the initial draft of the FY 2021-2024 TIP. The document is currently being reviewed by staff at MnDOT District 3, MnDOT Central Office, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration for compliance with Federal regulations. APO staff are on track to present the draft document to the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in May, followed by the Policy Board in June. Once these two bodies have reviewed the document for accuracy, staff will release the draft FY 2021-2024 TIP out for a 30-day public comment period.

May 28, 2020

The draft FY 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) was presented to members of the APO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) at its regularly scheduled meeting on this date. TAC members voted to recommend the Policy Board allow the draft document to be released for a 30-day public comment period. Policy Board member will take up this issue and recommendation at their June 11th Policy Board meeting.

June 23, 2020

APO staff have started the public comment period for the draft FY 2021-2024 TIP. Feel free to review the draft document HERE. The public comment period will be open until July 24, 2020.

For more details on where and how to provide your feedback, see the Public Input Opportunities section below, or visit our Get Involved page.

Interim Deliverables

The DRAFT 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is available for public comment. To review the document, click HERE.

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Public Input Opportunities

The DRAFT 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is now available for public review and comment. Community members are able to provide their feedback on the draft document between June 24 and July 24, 2020.

The APO has also developed online surveys about the roadway, bridge, transit, and active transportation projects to be constructed that are slated to receive Federal funding between 2021 and 2024.

Benton County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCW9GTQ

Stearns County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/57ZJHTS

City of Saint Cloud: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GX7ZPJR

City of Sartell: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G3PXSTS

City of Sauk Rapids: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GH8XZGT

Saint Cloud Metro Bus: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/63NFQX6

Minnesota Department of Transportation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7WQVCB

Full 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program: https://surveymonkey.com/r/5QXVVW3

APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson will be hosting a virtual public meeting via Facebook Live from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, on the APO’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/stcloudapo/).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NO in-person event will be held by the APO to discuss the draft.

Feel free to provide your comments on the draft 2021-2024 TIP to APO Senior Transportation Planner Vicki Johnson by:

  • Phone at 320-252-7568 ext. 203.
  • Email at ikeogu@stcloudapo.org
  • Mail at Saint Cloud APO, Attention Vicki Johnson, 1040 County Road 4, St. Cloud, MN 56303.