How federal transportation dollars will be spent in Duluth…4 years from now

Posted by Robert Herling | Published on March 5th, 2015
How federal transportation dollars will be spent in Duluth…4 years from now Although it fluctuates from year to year, about $8 million – on average– of federal transportation assistance comes in to the Duluth area.  Of that amount, approximately $6 million is allocated for MnDOT projects, and $2 million goes to county and city projects. Each year several new transportation improvement projects are proposed by these jurisdictions, for four years in advance.  This allows the time needed to do the planning and engineering work before they can be implemented. This year, five projects are being proposed to utilize the $8 million in federal funding estimated to be available in year 2019.  These projects and their estimated [Read More]
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Proposed Revisions to the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan

Posted by Rondi Watson | Published on December 15th, 2014
Proposed Revisions to the MIC’s Public Involvement Plan We are interested to know your thoughts about the changes we are proposing to our Public Involvement Plan. The MIC’s Public Involvement Plan (PIP) spells out our process for obtaining public input as an integral part of the transportation planning process.  Recently we put these procedures to the test, during the development of our Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  We noted several edits, deletions and additions to be incorporated into the 2013 PIP document as approved revisions. The proposed revisions are:    1. Delete all references to air quality consultations   Why is this being proposed? As of late 2014, Duluth [Read More]
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What will our Transportation System Look Like in 2040?

Posted by Rondi Watson | Published on September 1st, 2014
What will our Transportation System Look Like in 2040? Updating the 25-year Vision for Transportation in the Twin Ports         You are invited to attend one of the four public meetings on Connections 2040 – the Twin Ports Long Range Transportation Plan.   The Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC) is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to provide policy guidance, goals and strategies for jurisdictions within the greater metropolitan area of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.  It covers a twenty-five year planning horizon and is updated every four years. The over-arching purpose of the LRTP is to provide a planning foundation for [Read More]
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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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