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State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

What is it?

The STIP is Minnesota’s four year transportation improvement program. The STIP identifies the schedule and funding of transportation projects by state fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). It includes all state and local transportation projects with federal highway and/or federal transit funding along with 100% state funded transportation projects. Rail, port, and aeronautic projects are included for information purposes. The STIP is developed/updated on an annual basis.

How is it developed?

Minnesota has both a decentralized and centralized programming process. A majority of the expected federal highway and transit funds are “targeted” to the Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP) for the selection of federally funded projects in the STIP. Federal funds that are not targeted to the ATPs are used for major Statewide bridge and corridor projects that are solicited and awarded centrally. Wholly funded state projects are selected by the eight MnDOT district offices through their district planning processes. Public input is provided by the ATPs and MnDOT at various points within the STIP development process. The STIP is updated on an annual basis.

Can changes be made to the STIP?

Once a STIP is approved by the Federal Highway Authority (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Authority (FTA), major changes to federally funded projects must be approved through a formal amendment process by FHWA/FTA. Lesser changes or the correction of incorrect information in the STIP can be accomplished through the Administrative Modification process which does not require federal approval. FHWA and MnDOT have developed Guidance for STIP Amendments and Administrative Modifications (PDF).

What are the anticipated system conditions after the STIP is implemented?

The Asset Management Outcomes and Needs for STIP Years and Beyond report summarizes expected system condition for pavement and bridge assets on the state highway network in the year 2017. This report is intended to give a high-level summary of STIP investments.

How do we fund transportation projects?

More on the STIP

To request any MnDOT document in an alternative format, please call 651-366-4718 or email ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us.