New Federally Funded Projects for 2018

Posted by Rondi Watson | Published on June 28th, 2014
New Federally Funded Projects for 2018 An average of $86 million in federal transportation dollars is spent on transportation projects throughout the northeast region of Minnesota.  How that money is allocated These funds are allocated according to a federal formula and managed by the state.  Most of this money (about $78 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,the MIC area.  A small allocation is also made for non-roadway projects, such as paved trails, through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Separate processes [Read More]
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Public Involvement in Transportation Planning

Posted by Rondi Watson | Published on October 3rd, 2013
Public Involvement in Transportation Planning For many of us, transportation projects seem to come from nowhere.  Others may vaguely remember a project “promised” years ago.  Too often, people develop negative impressions of the process by which transportation projects come into being because of the lack of information about how these decisions are made. That’s where public involvement comes in. Right now we are updating our Public Involvement Plan – the steps we take and the tools we use to facilitate two-way communication while our plans and studies are underway.  Public involvement gives community members an opportunity to provide input and lets our planning staff provide information, [Read More]
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What do YOU Think about These Projects?

Posted by Robert Herling | Published on June 28th, 2013
What do YOU Think about These Projects? We say it on OpenMIC every year… “As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for this area, it is our job to work with local communities to determine how the federal transportation dollars that come to our area get spent.” We are now finalizing the roster of local transportation projects that are slated to receive federal funding.  This list is called the “TIP” (Transportation Improvement Program) and it lines up projects for the coming four years.  As projects in the current year get built, we add new ones to the outer year. This time around, the outer year is 2017, and these projects are the projects we’re adding:  Resurfacing [Read More]
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The New Normal?

Posted by Robert Herling | Published on March 29th, 2013
The New Normal? As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for this area, it’s our job to work with local jurisdictions to identify, plan for and program how federal transportation funds get used in the region.  We’re already working to line up funding for construction projects that won’t begin until 2017. Those funds, not surprisingly, have become a lot more scarce. Last year, as part of developing the TIP, (Transportation Improvement Program), a document that allows Duluth Area communities to use federal transportation dollars, we were talking about divvying up about $7.5 million in federal highway transportation funds for local roadway projects [Read More]
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Break Trail While the Sun Shines (and Plan for Them All Year Round)

Posted by Rondi Watson | Published on November 30th, 2012
Break Trail While the Sun Shines  (and Plan for Them All Year Round) This past week, after our first snowfall of the season, it’s been easy to spot the routes that people take when they travel on foot.  Previously-invisible pedestrian pathways are revealed as the snow is packed down underfoot.  Some are traversed only lightly while others are obviously heavily used.  Some are tough going while others are (comparatively) easy to negotiate on foot. The Lincoln Park Pedestrian Plan, one of our recent planning efforts, was dedicated to discovering that same information — what routes people (especially school-aged children) take as they make their way through the neighborhood and how “walkable” those [Read More]
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