Area Transportation Partnerships
MnDOT created Area Transportation Partnerships to ensure greater public involvement into development of Minnesota’s State Transportation Improvement Program. The STIP is a four-year program that includes state and local projects seeking federal highway and transit funding along with 100% state funded projects. There are eight ATPs statewide.
The central Minnesota ATP supporting MnDOT District 3’s investment process covers Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena and Wright counties.
The central Minnesota ATP employs a decentralized approach in developing its ATIP by involving two Regional Development Commissions, the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization, and the Region 7W Transportation Policy Board. These organizations are responsible for reviewing MnDOT District 3’s proposed four-year trunk highway construction program and recommending a list of local transportation priorities for federal funding to the ATP for consideration in the STIP.
- 2 MnDOT representatives
- 4 RDC representatives
- 2 Region 7W representatives
- 2 MPO representatives
- 2 County Engineer representatives
- 2 City Engineer representatives
- 2 Tribal representatives
- 2 Transit representatives
Schedule of activities
- September — January: Solicit projects for year four of the STIP
- January — February: Develop regional lists
- March — April: Integrate regional lists and develop draft ATIP
- May — June: Public review and comment
- June: Submit ATIP final draft to MnDOT Central Office
- July — August: Final STIP prepared and approved by commissioner
- August— October: Federal transportation agency review and approval of STIP