Area Transportation Partnerships
MnDOT created Area Transportation Partnerships over two decades ago in response to changes in federal law that increased state flexibility and the need for public involvement in transportation planning and program decision-making. ATPs were established by each district specifically to facilitate broader input to the federal project selection process for the development of the State Transportation Improvement Program, which is a four-year program of state and local projects with federal highway and transit funding, as well as 100% state project funding. There are eight ATPs statewide.
ATP–4 covers the 12 counties of Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin.
Schedule of activities
- October - February: Solicit Statewide Transportation Improvement Program projects for four fiscal years
- February - April: Select projects; public comment period on projects
- April 15: Draft ATIP due to the Office of Transportation System Management
- May 1: OTSM prepares draft STIP; sends to district / ATP
- May - June: Review and comment on STIP; due July 1
- July - August: OTSM develops final draft STIP
- August - October: MnDOT approves STIP and sends to FHWA / FTA for review
- October - November: STIP approved by FHWA/FTA
Toward Zero Deaths
Toward Zero Deaths is a multi-agency partnership led by the Minnesota Departments of Transportation, Public Safety and Health in cooperation with the FHWA, Minnesota county engineers, the Center for Transportation Studies and other traffic safety organizations. It provides an integrated approach to the application of education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical and trauma services. The goal is to raise awareness of traffic safety issues and to develop tools that can be used to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from traffic crashes in Minnesota.
District 4’s geographical area includes counties in both the West Central and Southwestern TZD regional partnerships.