The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act created a new funding program that provides money to Minnesota to make improvements to our highway system that benefit freight movement. All public roads, including county and city roads, are eligible for this money. In order to select projects that will be funded with this money, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has created the Minnesota Highway Freight Program. A solicitation for projects is available, with applications due August 31, 2017.
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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for funds for highway construction projects in state fiscal years 2019-2022 with discernable freight transportation benefits.
There is around $90 million available for projects in state fiscal years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
For new construction projects, the minimum award provided to any one project in this solicitation will be $500,000. There is no minimum award amount for add-ons or up-scopes to existing projects.
The maximum award provided to any one project in this solicitation will be $20 million.
Deadline to Apply
August 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Applications should be sent electronically to FreightPlans.DOT@state.mn.us.
The Minnesota Highway Freight Program specifically targets transportation improvements that will lead to benefits for freight transportation. Eligible applicants are any governmental entity that owns public roads.
Applicants are required to identify other public and/or private funding sources that will contribute to the cost of the proposed project. The Minnesota Highway Freight Program may provide federal funds for up to 80 percent of the eligible project cost. Projects on the Interstate may receive up to 90 percent of the eligible project cost.