Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Duluth, MN
|Notice of Updated Information on Projects in the Draft 2014-2017 Duluth TIP
|The draft 2014-2017 TIP has been updated to reflect some changes and technical corrections made to some of the projects that were made in July 2013. The staff at the MIC have reviewed these changes with the help of staff at MnDOT District 1. Per the MIC’s policy (see “Amendment Policy” link below), these changes do not require a formal TIP amendment.|
Summary of July changes to the 2104-2017 Duluth TIP
MIC policy for TIP Amendments
The MIC has prepared a draft 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Duluth Metropolitan Area. The draft TIP lists all roadway, rail and transit projects in the greater metropolitan area that are recommended to receive federal funds for Fiscal Years 2014-2017.
|What is the Duluth Area TIP?
|As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the MIC is required to maintain a financially constained Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Duluth, Minnesota metropolitan area. The TIP represents a four year plan for federally funded transportation projects and is updated annually.|
The TIP reflects local transportation priorities through a process that first identifies and then funds needed improvements to the area transportation system.
Below are links to the most recent TIPs.
2013-2016 Duluth Area TIP — final document & project list
Previous Duluth Area TIP (2012-2015) — final document & project list
Projects are co-sponsored by eligible local jurisdictions and include a variety of highway, local roadway, transit, rail, harbor, airport and non-motorized (bike and pedestrian) maintenance and construction projects. All projects are based on the goals and system needs put forward in the Duluth-Superior area's 30-year Long Range Transportation Plan.
The central feature of every TIP is the project list, which identifies all federally funded transportation projects within the Duluth section of the MIC Planning Area for the current four-year period (2012-2015). The project list also identifies the federal funds that have been allocated, as well as the source and amount of local match dollars budgeted for each project, and for what years.
Due to significant variations in the TIP development processes between the two state DOTs, the MIC compiles the Duluth Area TIP separate from the Superior Area TIP. Together, they represent an integrated, prioritized program of funded improvements to the transportation system throughout the Twin Ports area.
|How are TIP projects selected?
|Each year, the MIC undertakes the process of creating a new TIP for the Duluth Urbanized Area for four years hence. |
For the Duluth Area TIP, the process begins in December, when the MIC receives proposals from eligible agencies and jurisdictions* for federally-funded transportation projects. The project applications are then prioritized by the TAC and MIC Policy Board and are submitted to the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) to be included with projects from across the 8-county Arrowhead region. A prioritized list of projects within the investment guidelines from the NE MN ATP is submitted to the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation for consideration in the Minnesota Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
*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.
|Amendments to current TIPs are required whenever changes to the scope, cost or timeline for programmed projects occur. The formal processes for developing and amending a TIP are specified in the MIC's Public Involvement Plan. |
All amendments and administrative modifications are either reported to or approved by the MIC Policy Board, depending on the extent of the change. TIP amendments and updated project lists are available to view by clicking the "Current TIP" link, above.
|For More Information
|Contact MIC Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or send a message by email.|
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