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Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Duluth, MN
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 is the approved four year program of federally funded transportation projects.

The TIP reflects local transportation priorities through a process that first identifies and then funds needed improvements to the area transportation system and is updated annually.

At most times of the year we have a current, approved TIP and a TIP that is being developed for the following four-year period:

2015-2018 Duluth Area TIP (current) Approved August 20, 2014

Development Process for 2015-2018 Duluth Area TIP
August 20, 2014

The 2015-2018 Duluth Area TIP was approved by the MIC Board

June 29, 2014

The MIC invites you to a public review of the Draft 2015-2018 Duluth Area TIP. The Draft TIP lists all transportation projects in the greater metropolitan area that are recommended by the MIC Board to receive federal transportation funds for FY 2015-2018.

Projects funded for 2015-2017 are carried forward from the current, approved TIP; new projects are being added for CY 2018.

Click here to view the draft document. NOTE: Project lists are shown on pages 811.

Comments and questions are welcomed through the online forum of our OpenMIC Blog. Additionally, two drop-in information sessions will be held on:

Wed, July 2, 7:00am - 1:00pm
TIP Public Information Display, Holiday Center (2nd floor skywalk level), 207 West Superior Street in downtown Duluth

Thurs, July 10, 8:00am - 5:00pm
TIP Open House, ARDC Office, 221 W. First Street (2nd floor skywalk level), Duluth, MN

Please stop by to comment in person, or contact MIC Planner Robert Herling by phone at (218) 529-7573 or send a message by e-mail.

Public comments are being taken through Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Applications for Project Funding in 2018
Each year, the MIC solicits the eligible jurisdictions within the MPO planning area to propose projects to be included in the outer year of the next TIP. The MIC received the following applications in 2014:

Decker Road Resurfacing - City of Duluth
STRIDE bus purchase - Duluth Transit Authority
Regular Route bus purchase - Duluth Transit Authority

2018 MIC Area Project Applications
The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council invites you to a public review of the 2018 transportation projects that have been proposed for federal funding in the Duluth metropolitan area. There are several ways to get more information and to comment or ask questions:

Drop-In Information Booth
Stop by on Thursday, Feb. 27th from 11:30 to 1:30pm at the Holiday Center, 2nd Floor/Skywalk Level Common Area, 207 W. Superior Street in downtown Duluth, MN.

OpenMIC Blog
Comments and questions are welcomed through the on online forum of our OpenMIC Blog through March 17, 2014.

MIC Staff
Contact James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7573 or by email at jgittemeier(at)

Advisory Committee and Policy Board Meetings
The project applications will be reviewed for recommendation and submittal to the NE MN ATP funding process at the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 1:30 pm at the WITC Conference Center and at the MIC Policy Board meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm at the WITC Conference Center.

Both meetings are open to the public and public comments will be taken. Any comments received prior to the meetings will also be reported at these meetings.

How are TIP projects selected?
The TIP reflects local transportation priorities through a process that first identifies and then funds needed improvements to the area transportation system.

Projects must be sponsored by eligible local jurisdictions and may include a variety of highway, roadway, transit, rail, harbor, airport and non-motorized (bike and pedestrian) maintenance and construction projects. All projects must be identified in the Duluth-Superior area's current 25-year Long Range Transportation Plan in support of its goals and transportation system needs.

For the Duluth Area TIP, the process begins in December, when the MIC solicits proposals from eligible agencies and jurisdictions* for federally-funded transportation projects. In February project applications are put forward for public review and comment, and in March they are reviewed and prioritized by the TAC and MIC Policy Board for funding consideration by the Northeast Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (NE MN ATP) within the investment guidelines for that project year. The projects selected from across the 8-county Arrowhead region are then 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.

Changes to the Current TIP
The project list may be revised on an ongoing basis. Amendments and Administrative Modifications to current TIPs are required whenever changes to the scope, cost or timeline for programmed projects occur.

All amendments and administrative modifications are eitherapproved by or reported to the MIC Policy Board, depending on the extent of the change. Amendments are subject to the public comment and notification requirements as specified in the the MIC's Public Involvement Plan.

Previous TIPs
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

For More Information
Contact MIC Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or send a message by email.

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A new roundabout will be constructed as part of the 2014-2015 rehabilitation of the US2/Bong Bridge between Superior and Duluth:

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Current Planning Initiatives
Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study

Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan- 2015 Update

Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study

4th Street Construction Project

Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study

Bicycle Planning

Recent Plans and Studies
Connnections 2040: The Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportaton Plan

Grand Ave/State Hwy 23 Corridor Study

Superior South End Traffic Study

Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Study for the Duluth Area

Duluth-Superior Cruise Ship Terminal Study

DLH Air Service/Air Cargo Leakage & Expansion Analysis

Duluth Sidewalk Study

Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map

Central Entrance Corridor Study

Lincoln Park Pedestrian Plan

Transportation Systems Management (TSM)

N Minnesota/NW Wisconsin Freight Plan

UMD-CSS Transportation Study

East 2nd Street Corridor Study (Superior)

DTA Route Analysis for the City of Superior

Downtown Modal Connections Study

Proctor Comprehensive Plan Update 2008

Endion Land Use and Transportation Study

Safe Routes To School Funding Applications

Northwest Superior Traffic Circulation Plan

Proctor Master Trail Plan

Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector

Erie Pier Management Plan

Duluth Heights Traffic Circulation Plan

MnDOT Functional Classification Update

Public Involvement Plan

Rice Lake Road Corridor & Traffic Impact Study

Duluth and Superior Safe Routes to School Plans

Duluth Urban Area Growth Impact Study

Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan