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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Duluth, MN
Programming federal funds for priority transportation projects

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Map of Proposed TIP projects 2016-2019

As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the MIC is required to maintain a financially constrained Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Duluth, Minnesota metropolitan area. The TIP lists all transportation projects that will receive federal funds for the current four-year period.

At most times of the year we maintain a current, approved TIP while developing one for the upcoming four-year period. Click links, below, to view:

Current: 2015-2018 Duluth Area TIP (including amendments)

Under Development: 2016-2019 Duluth Area TIP


What Projects are Included in the Duluth Area TIP?
TIP projects can include a variety of highway, roadway, transit, rail, harbor, airport and non-motorized (bike and pedestrian) maintenance and construction projects.

TIP projects reflect local transportation priorities and are determined through an annual process that funds needed improvements to the area transportation system.

For a Duluth area transportation project to be able to receive federal funds, it must be listed in detail in the MICís TIP as well as in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Can Projects in the TIP be Modified, Added or Deleted?
Approved project lists can be amended, if needed, to accommodate changes in funding amounts, sources or project scope. Amendments are made in accordance with the process set forth in the MICís Public Involvement Plan (link to PIP page).


How Much Funding is Available for Duluth Area Projects?
An average of $56 million in federal transportation dollars are made available for transportation projects throughout the northeast region of Minnesota.

These funds are allocated according to a federal formula and managed by the state. Most of this money (about $48 million) goes to MnDOT and is used to maintain the freeways, state highways and bridges in the region.

Approximately $5 million goes towards county highways, local streets, and transit in the MIC area. We work with local communities to determine how our (increasingly scarce share of) federal transportation dollars are spent. These are the projects solicited, evaluated and approved by the MIC Policy Board.

A small allocation is also made for non-roadway projects, such as paved trails, through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).


How are TIP Projects Selected?
Every year, the MIC solicits project proposals for the use of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for the new fiscal year being added in the annual TIP update. As noted earlier, these proposals can address multiple modes of transportation (both motorized and non-motorized).

All projects must be identified in the MICís current 25-year Long Range Transportation Plan in support of the Duluth-Superior area's goals and transportation system needs. In addition, the MIC evaluates and prioritizes each proposal based on the following criteria:
  1. Regional Benefit: What are the projectís merits/benefits and intended effect upon the regional transportation network and what are the projectís estimated benefits relative to its cost?

  2. Mobility: How will the project improve the mobility of people and goods?

  3. Planning Support: How will the project incorporate the MICís Long Range Transportation Plan, other MIC studies and related plans and studies?

  4. Multimodal Connectivity: How does the project encompass multiple modes of travel?

  5. Environmental Impacts: Where is the projectís location and what potential environmental and community impacts does it potentially pose?

  6. Public Participation: What level of public participation has been undertaken or will take place for the proposed project?

TIP Development Timeline
For the Duluth Area TIP, the development process runs from December, when the MIC solicits project applications, through August, when the final TIP is approved by the MIC Policy Board:

  • October: Pre-application meetings to review Long Range Plan with eligible jurisdictions*

  • Nov/Dec: MIC staff distributes project applications to eligible jurisdictions*

  • January: Project applications received

  • February: Project applications are put forward for public review and comment.

  • March: MIC staff reviews and scores projects according to evaluation criteria and presents them to the TAC to be scored and ranked according to priority. The TAC scores the projects and staff presents the projects and the TAC scores to the MIC Policy Board for their review and approval.

  • Apr/May: Project applications as prioritized by the MIC Policy Board are forwarded to the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) for funding consideration within the investment guidelines for that project year.

  • May/Jun: Draft TIP produced and released for public comment

  • July: Public participation initiatives to encourage public review and comment

  • August: Final TIP presented for approval by MIC Policy Board


  • * Eligible agencies and jurisdictions include the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), St. Louis County, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Duluth Transit Authority (DTA), and cities with a population over 5,000, which include Duluth and Hermantown.

    The MIC and the NE MN Area Transportation Partnership
    Separate processes are conducted for the Duluth metro and the rest of the Arrowhead region. The MIC administers the urban-area share of the funds and the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) is responsible for administering the rest.


    For More Information
    Contact MIC Senior Planner Robert Herling by email or at (218) 529-7573.


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