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Special 2020 Greater Minnesota COVID-19 Response Solicitation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation selected four state highway projects in Greater Minnesota that will help support growing industry and businesses, leverage private funding and improve the transportation system for all users. The four projects will receive a total of $1.85 million from the TED Program. 

The following infrastructure projects were selected for 2020:

  • IRRRB-Virginia ($315,000) – Reconstruct left and right turn lanes from Highway 53 to P and H Road to accommodate oversize mining equipment accessing the Komatsu site. This project will create 25 new jobs. Total cost of the project is $692,000.
  • City of Annandale ($400,000) – Construct two roundabouts on Highway 24 to serve a health care facility, future commercial development and a school. Project will create 14 new jobs. Total cost of the project is $1,425,000.
  • Crow Wing County ($729,050) – Construct a roundabout on Highway 210 to access a new commercial development in Crosby. The development anticipates that 15 new jobs will be created. Total cost of the project is $1,341,500.
  •  Nicollet County ($409,950) – Construct two interchanges on Highway 14 between Mankato and New Ulm. The interchanges are part of a larger project to convert Highway 14 to four lanes for commerce and safety purposes. Total construction cost for the two interchanges is approximately $15 million.

How the projects scored

MnDOT received interest from 15 applicants during the Special 2020 TED Solicitation. Four projects were either determined ineligible or were withdrawn from consideration by the applicants. The remaining eleven projects were scored using a 100-point scale. See Project Selection Scoring Criteria below to learn more about how MnDOT evaluates and selects projects.

Greater Minnesota applications and scoring

Score Applicant Project name Amount requested Amount awarded Selection note
73 Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board Highway 53-P&H Road intersection improvements in Virginia $315,000 $315,000  
67 City of Annandale Highway 24 at Annandale Elementary School Access and Hemlock Street $400,000 $400,000  
64 Crow Wing County Highway 210 Urban Compact Roundabout in Crosby $729,050 $729,050  
64 Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation Board Highway 53 Odd Log Site Access Project in Britt $49,000 $0 Additional stakeholder coordination needed to resolve highway access issue
59 Nicollet County Highway New Ulm to Nicollet 4-Lane Expansion Interchanges at County Roads 37 and 12/24 $1,850,000 $405,950  
57 City of Royalton Highway 10 Reduced Conflict Intersection Project West Access Road $900,000 $0  
51 City of Eyota Highway 42 Turn Lanes $664,900 $0  
48 Sibley County Highway 19 / County Highway 21 Realignment $1,500,000 $0  
46 Rice County Highway 19 / I-35 Safety and Mobility Improvements $700,000 $0  
41 Lake of the Woods County Highway 11 Turn and Bypass Lane in Williams $400,000 $0  
39 Bois de Sioux Watershed District Lake Traverse Water Quality Improvement Project $300,000 $0  

Project selection scoring criteria

TED program applications for this special 2020 round will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Criteria Points available
Economic benefits:
  • Economic hardship of county or city
  • Geographic distribution of state highway construction projects
  • Speed of delivery
  • Long term job creation/retention
Transportation benefits:
  • Need for the project
  • Consistency with state and local plans
  • Improvements for freight and multimodal transportation
Percentage of non-MnDOT funding 10
Project risk assessment 20

Additional points may be awarded for project applications that include contributions from non-public sources or that advance the geographic distribution objectives in Minnesota State Statute 174.12.

Projects must receive at least 50 points to be eligible for funding.

A total of 35 points are available for economic benefits based on the following factors.

Criteria Points available Basis
Economic hardship 10 Based on difference in unemployment rate of county (or city if available) June 2020 vs. June 2019. If project crosses county lines, use the higher of the two rates.
Geographic distribution of state highway construction projects 5 Based on distance to nearest MnDOT construction project in calendar years 2020-2021. The greater the distance, the more points
Speed of delivery 5 Projects that will start construction in calendar year 2021 receive points
Job creation / retention 15 Based on estimates of job creation or retention that would result from the project (i.e. non construction jobs) from 2019 (or current if available) (Provided the job creation/retention score does not exceed 15 points, the selection committee may assign up to 5 points if the jobs created/retained are likely to benefit a low-income community, tribal community, community of color or people with disabilities.)

Selection committee adjustments: The selection committee may adjust scores for overly speculative claims or overly conservative estimates.

A total of 35 points are available for transportation benefits based on the follow factors related to the need for the project, plan consistency and benefits for freight and multimodal transportation:

  • Addresses a sustained crash location and/or a safety issue identified in a district or county safety plan
  • Prioritized in the Greater Minnesota Mobility Study
  • Project is on the National Highway System
  • Project is on a Scenic Byway
  • Addresses a pavement or bridge condition need (conversely, points may be lowered for projects that proposed work on assets with significant remaining service life)
  • Average annual daily traffic volume
  • Heavy commercial truck volume
  • Improves access to a port, airport or intermodal facility
  • Removes a geometric barrier or avoids future load restrictions on an Oversize/Overweight route
  • Addresses a flood risk
  • Includes improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and/or transit

Projects do not need to address all of the factors listed to receive full points.

Up to 10 points are available for projects that are not fully funded by MnDOT. Percentage will be based on estimated total transportation project cost, not just trunk highway eligible costs.

Up to 20 points are available based on potential risks to the deliverability of the project within the timeframe of the program.

Risk category Points available Basis
Environmental documentation 2 Based on the status of the environmental document
Right of way 5 Based on whether right of way acquisition in needed and the status of the acquisition
Railroad involvement 3 Based on whether right of way acquisition in needed and the status of the acquisition
Funding 10 Based on the level and status of funding for the project

Provided a project’s total score does not exceed 100 points, applications may receive additional points for the following.

Non-Public Funding or In-Kind Assistance
Based on Minnesota Statutes 174.12 Subd. 5 (3), the selection committee may award up to 5 bonus points if any of the project costs are covered by private contributions or right of way donations.

Geographic Distribution
Based on Minnesota Statutes 174.12 Subd. 5 (6), up to 5 bonus points will be assigned to project based on the following methodology:

  • Location (municipality) has not received funding in the last 2 rounds of TED - 1 point
    • Location (municipality) has never received funding from TED – 1 additional point
  • Region (based on Regional Development Organization boundaries) has not received funding in the last round of TED – 1 point
    • ... in the last 2 rounds – 1 additional point
    • ... in the last 3 rounds – 1 additional point