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The overall objectives of the UPWP are:

  1. To help implement the MTP by conducting the planning work necessary for achievement of the goals, objectives, and projects within it
  2. To coordinate planning work among and between the agency and jurisdictional members of the APO
  3. To provide transparent financial management of the APO

Each UPWP covers a two year period, however, the UPWP is developed and approved annually. The UPWP’s second year is provisional and is only used to help the APO and its members understand upcoming studies and budgetary needs.


History of Changes to Current UPWP

The UPWP for 2021-2022 was approved by the Policy Board on June 11, 2020.

MnDOT approved the 2020-2021 UPWP on Oct. 23, 2020.

The 2021-2022 UPWP is effective Jan. 1, 2021 through Dec. 31, 2021.


The Next UPWP

Executive Director Brian Gibson has completed an evaluation of spending in FY2020 (you can see that report by clicking HERE). Using that information, he has begun developing a budget for FY2022. The draft FY2022 UPWP should be available for public review in July.

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Active Planning Efforts

Regional Household Travel Survey

Random sample travel surveys are important for ground-truthing travel demand model estimates. Typically, households are asked to record details about every trip they make for a period of 24 or 48 hours. This gives planners a solid foundation of real-world data to which the travel model can be calibrated.


Southwest Beltway Corridor Study

The concept of building a beltline arterial corridor surrounding the core metropolitan area was first developed in the 1990’s. Since then, progress has been made toward the beltline become a reality (albeit sometimes slow progress). This study will examine the potential traffic impacts and alignments for the segment of the beltline south-west of the urban area, through portions of Waite Park and St. Joseph.


Mississippi River Bridge Planning

The last planning effort for a potential bridge at 33rd Street South in Saint Cloud ended in 2005, with four potential alternative alignments being considered, but a final preferred alignment never being settled upon. This planning effort is intended to update the existing conditions since 2005 by identifying potential new economic, political, social, and environmental consequences of the possible alignments and developing consensus around a preferred alignment, thus enabling protection of that corridor.


Older UPWPs:

To see UPWP documents from previous years, you can click on the titles below or visit our ARCHIVES page: