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West Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership

West Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP) covers 12 counties in west central Minnesota:

  • Becker
  • Big Stone
  • Clay
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Mahnomen
  • Otter Tail
  • Pope
  • Stevens
  • Swift
  • Traverse
  • Wilkin

Get involved

Comment on our regional priorities

Each year, we develop an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) that lists the state, regional and local transportation priorities for most of the area encompassed by MnDOT District 4. The regional priorities listed in the ATIP are then recommended for inclusion in Minnesota’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

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ATP-4 Meeting Agenda/Notes

More information

  • October to January: Solicit projects
  • February: Evaluate and prioritize projects
  • March: Draft ATIP
  • April: Public comment and review period
  • May: Submit draft ATIP to MnDOT Central Office
  • June: Draft STIP review and comment
  • July: STIP approval by Commissioner

West Central Minnesota ATP membership consists of 13 voting members and six non-voting members, comprised of individuals representing counties, cities, regional planning agencies, tribal nations, transit, MnDOT, and other transportation interests.

Voting members

  • Michael Bowmann Sr., White Earth Nation
  • Nathan Gannon, State Aid Engineer, MnDOT District 4
  • Cindy Gray, Fargo-Moorhead Metro COG
  • Chuck Grotte, Otter Tail County Engineer
  • Kevin Johnson, Becker County Transit Director
  • Todd Johnson, Traverse County Commissioner, Region 4
  • Jeff Kuhn, Morris City Engineer
  • Jonathan Large, Mahnomen County Engineer, Region 2
  • Tom Lundberg, Assistant District Engineer, MnDOT District 4
  • Jay Backer, Big Stone County Commissioner, Region 6W
  • Justin Sorum, Clay County Engineer
  • Gordy Wagner, Pope County Commissioner, Region 4
  • Shiloh Wahl, District Engineer, MnDOT District 4

Non-voting members

  • Dan Farnsworth, Fargo-Moorhead Metro COG
  • John Groothuis, Transit Project Manager, MnDOT Office of Transit
  • Dawn Hegland, Upper Minnesota Valley RDC
  • Wayne Hurley, West Central Initiative
  • Tony Klaers, Headwaters RDC
  • Mary Safgren, Planning Director, MnDOT District 4

How the STIP is tied into the CHIP

The STIP is created by drawing projects from the Capital Highway Investment Plan (CHIP), the 10-year plan of which the first four years are the STIP and years 5-10 are the work plan years.