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2014 Minnesota MPO Planners Workshop

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The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council welcomes you to this year’s MN MPO Workshop for Directors and Planners, on the lakefront in beautiful Duluth, MN.

August 25-27, 2014
The Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802


Workshop Information
We have planned an interesting mix of relevant topics, guest speakers and presentations from each MPO. Plus we'll have a fun interactive workshop: Transportation, Health and Jeopardy.

Additionally, we will be hosting our popular Vista Queen Harbor Cruise on Monday evening.

View the 2014 MN MPO Planners Workshop Agenda

Presentations and Speakers
Below you will find all the presentations given by the speakers at our workshop. They have been converted to PDF files for easy viewing. Just click on the name of the speaker whose presentation you would like to see.

Monday, August 25

Special Session (A): MAP-21 Reauthorization Update: Federal, State and MPO Perspectives on Transportation Funding and Legislation
• Mark Privratsky, Representative Rick Nolan’s Office
•Levon Boyagian, Policy Consultant, AMPO
• Serge Phillips, Federal Relations Manager, MnDOT Government Affairs Office

MnDOT Planning Update
• Tim Henkel, Division Director, MnDOT Modal Planning and Program Management

City Center Transportation Re-Connectivity
•Paul Vogel, Executive Director, Mankato/North Mankato MPO

The Art of Transportation Planning: Connecting Data Analysis to Project Lists
• Angie Stenson, Director, St. Cloud APO

Duluth-Superior Harbor Planning: A Model for Inter-Agency Coordination
• Andy McDonald AICP, Principal Planner, Duluth-Superior MIC
• Dale Bergeron, HTAC Chair and Maritime Extension Educator, Minnesota Sea Grant

Tuesday, August 26

Special Session (B): MAP-21 Rulemaking on Planning and Performance Measures
• Kris Riesenberg, Technical Services Team Leader, MN FHWA

Area Planning Update & Progress Report
• Bill Christian, Senior Transportation Planner, Fargo-Moorhead Metro COG

Rochester Comprehensive Plan & Destination Medical Center
• Mitzi Baker, Executive Director, Rochester-Olmsted COG

THRIVE MSP 2040 and Long Range Plan Update
• Connie Kozlak, Planning Manager, Met Council

Special Session (C): Health and Transportation
• Guest Speaker: Julie Myhre, RN, PHN, MS, Director of the Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives, Minnesota Dept. of Public Health

A Tale of Two Trails
• James Gittemeier, Senior Planner, MIC
• Lisa Luokkala, Director, Healthy Duluth Area Coalition
• Josh Gorham, Public Health Nurse, St. Louis County

Transportation, Health and Jeopardy: an Interactive Workshop
• Ron Chicka, MIC Director
• Josh Gorham, Public Health Nurse, St. Louis County
• Annie Harala, Regional Coordinator for the SHIP and Community Transformation Grant at Carlton - Cook - Lake - St. Louis Community Health Board

Wednesday, August 27

Site Suitability Selection for Freight Rail Access Study
• Earl Haugen, Executive Director, Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MPO

Coulee Vision II – Boundary Agreements and Dresbach Bridge Construction
• Tom Faella, Director, La Crosse-La Crescent Area Planning Committee

Special Session (D: How Demographic Changes are Transforming Minnesota
• Andi Egbert, Senior Researcher, State Demographic Center

2010 MSP Travel Behavior Inventory
• Jonathan Ehrlich, Planning Analyst, Met Council

Click here for Guest Speaker biographies and contact information


Click here for a list of the 2014 MN MPO Planner's Workshop Participants

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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