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MIC Staff
The transportation planning staff at the Metropolitan Interstate Council conducts research, develops technical tools and analyses for the region, consults with area jurisdictions and advises the Policy Board on transportation issues in the Duluth-Superior area.

Ron Chicka, AICP
MIC Director

Ron began at ARDC and the MIC in 1995, becoming Program Manager in 1997 and MIC Division Director in 1998. Prior to ARDC employed with City of Janesville (WI) Planning Dept as the MPO Coordinator from 1990 to 1995. He has an undergraduate degree in Geography from University of WisconsinĖMadison and a Masterís degree in Urban Planning from University of KansasĖ emphasis areas of land use and transportation. He is a member of the American Planning Association and is certified by American Institute of Certified Planners. His responsibilities with the MIC include:
    Development of the MIC Work Program and budget
    Consultation with local, state and federal officials on transportation activities
    State and federal legislation review
    Reports to ARDC Board, NWRPC Board, MIC committee and project steering committees
    Overall MIC Program administrative functions and project oversight
Contact Ron:
By e-mail / By phone 218-529-7506



James Gittemeier, AICP
Senior Planner

James has a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas.

He leads the MICís bicycle and pedestrian planning intiatives, facilitates the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), and contributes to various corridor plans and transportation studies.

Contact James:
By e-mail / By phone (218) 529-7556



Robert Herling, AICP
Senior Planner

Robert has served Duluth-Superior communities with transportation related planning efforts since 2006. He manages the annually updated Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program and as the lead on the MICís Safety Planning and Traffic System Management (TSM) ) plans, represents the MIC as a member of Driving 4 Safe Communities and the Lake Superior Region Safe Communities Coalition. He also serves as the MICís liaison to the Duluth Transit Authority Board and contributes to various transit planning initiatives.

Current and recent plans and studies include:

Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study
Grand Avenue / State Hwy 23 Corridor Study
East 2nd Street Corridor Study
Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportation Plan 2035
Northwest Superior Traffic Circulation Study
South End Superior Traffic Study

When not in the office searching for the most appropriate multi-modal transportation solutions, heís usually found on a ski trail or in a trout stream, or with his head in a book.

Contact Robert:
By e-mail / By phone (218) 529-7573



Thomas Holmes
MIC Intern- Summer 2015

Tom is a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs dedicated to improving the livability of urban areas through multimodal transportation planning. His interdisciplinary background and keen interest in enhancing the quality of life for urban communities has led him to pursue a career in urban planning. He will be starting his second and final year in the MURP program this fall and is preparing to work as a Minnesota planner upon graduation in the spring of 2016.

His internship responsibilities at the MIC include data collection and analysis, background research and writing, and meeting presentations and committee organization. Specific projects include writing reports summarizing MIC pedestrian and bike counting efforts, research related to the Port Land Use Plan, and developing visualizations to communicate data, issues, and recommendations of various MIC projects.

In his free time, Tom likes to bike, hike, and watch basketball. This is his first experience in Duluth and he has been enjoying his time living in the Goat Hill neighborhood and exploring the Superior Hiking Trail.

Contact Tom:
By e-mail / By phone 218-529-7509


Sheldon Johnson
MIC Deputy Director

Sheldon serves as the MIC's liaison to the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. He has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Geography and in Urban Studies and an M.A. from Mankato State University in Urban and Regional Studies.

Sheldon has been with the MIC/NWRPC since 1994. He is member of the American Planning Association, on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, and on the Wisconsin Local Roads and Streets Council. His responsibilities with the MIC include:
    Coordination and development of the Superior Urbanized Area TIP
    Consultation with Wisconsin officials (local, state, and federal) on transportation issues
Contact Sheldon:
Northwest Regional Planning Commission
1400 S River Street, Spooner, WI 54801
By e-mail / By phone (715) 635-2197



Andy McDonald, AICP
Principal Planner

Andy began as an intern in 1994 and now leads planning efforts specializing in the areas of harbors, freight movements, rail, airports, growth management, infrastructure development, corridor planning, complete streets, pedestrian issues and land use/transportation relationships.

He has a B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies and a Masters of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Andy facilitiates the MIC's highly successful Harbor Technical Advisory Committee. Other current and recent projects include:

Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan 2015 Update
2040 Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportation Plan
Central Entrance Corridor Study
Duluth Sidewalk Inventory
Erie Pier Management Plan Update
Contact Andy:
By e-mail / By phone (218) 529-7514



Eric Miller
GIS Specialist

Eric Miller of Appleton, WI, began as the MICís GIS Specialist in early 2013. Eric received his BA in Urban Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a GIS Certificate from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA with a masterís degree in forestry remote sensing.

He assists with every MIC plan and study by providing customized maps and interactive map applications.

In his spare time you can find him traveling, hiking, bicycling, playing basketball, experiencing live music or sporting events. Currently heís adapting to the brisk Duluth winter after four years sporting shorts and sandals behind Californiaís redwood curtain.

Contact Eric:
By e-mail / By phone (218) 529-7515


Barb Peterson
Administrative Assistant

Barb coordinates all policy board and advisory committee meetings and is responsible for writing the meeting summaries. She provides assistance to the MIC Director and other staff members when the need arises, and is learning to update the MIC website. Barb graduated from the University of St Thomas with a BA in Mathematics and also brings quite a varied background in customer service, office processes and procedures.

When not at work, she enjoys her gardens, making old things new, updating her home and keeping up with kids and grandkids.


Rondi Watson
Planning Assistant

Rondi has worked at the MIC since 1999. She studied English and Public Health at the University of Minnesota, and prior to moving to Duluth, her most interesting and memorable job was eight years at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Human Resources department.

As Planning Assistant for the MIC she has primary responsibility for implementing the MIC's strategic communications plan, social media initiatives and other administrative tasks. Current and recent plans and projects include:

Public Involvement Plan Update
Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportation Plan (chapters 1 and 2)
MIC's Facebook Page

Now an enthusiastic Duluthian, she advocates for active transportation in general and for bus riders specifically as a member of the Duluth Transit Authority board ó and don't get her started about the ways a battery-powered pedal-assist bicycle can improve one's quality of life in a small city on a large hill, along with easy across to xc skiing, biking and hiking trails, great live music, and hanging out with family and friends.

Contact Rondi

By e-mail / (218) 529-7511







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Update: Bong Bridge Roundabout (2015)











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

Handout: How to Navigate the US2/Bong Bridge Roundabout

Video: "Take it Slow"

WisDOT website: Fast Facts about the 2014-2015 Bong Bridge Rehabilitation Project


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