Transportation Policy Board
Region 7W is located northwest of the Twin Cities in central Minnesota and includes the counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright. The region 7W Transportation Policy Board was formed in 2000 under a joint powers agreement to conduct regional transportation planning, and assist in prioritizing federal transportation funding for the region outside the St. Cloud Metropolitan area.
The area faces challenges in the future as its population continues to grow. Outside the Twin Cities, it is the fastest growing region in Minnesota.
Strong population, housing and business growth will continue to put stress on the transportation network. Its proximity to the Twin Cities and the location of the major corridors of I-94, Hwy 10 and Hwy 169, impacts this region. Given limited funding for improvements, this could mean an increase in congestion, more crashes and rougher roads in the future. More about the Region 7W Transportation Policy Board
Region 7W Transportation Policy Board
The Transportation Policy Board (TPB) members are responsible for prioritizing federally funded projects in the four counties. Only projects using Surface Transportation Program funding are their responsibility. The TPB was formed through a joint powers agreement and consists of locally elected officials.
Transportation Advisory Committee
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) members consists of city and county engineers and transit directors, makes recommendations to the TPB. The Region 7W Plan covers county and city roads classified as collector and above. These roads are eligible for federal funding through the central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership (ATP).