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2021 TED solicitation

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, selected eight state highway projects that will help support growing industry and businesses, leverage private funding and improve the transportation system for all users. The eight projects received a total of $18 million from the TED Program.

The following infrastructure projects were selected for 2021:

Twin Cities Metro Area

  • Carver County ($3 million) – Improve the Highway 41 (Chestnut Street)/County Road 10 (Engler Boulevard) intersection in Chaska, enhance mobility and safety on both highways and make other improvements to support local and regional economic development. An anticipated 130 new jobs will be created within the next five years. Total cost of the project is $19 million.
  • City of Blaine ($4.6 million) – Construct new section of frontage road west of Highway 65 between 99th Avenue and 109th Avenue. The project will improve traffic flow on multiple roads, expand access for multiple modes of transportation and improve safety along two miles of Highway 65 through the city of Blaine. The project could support new commercial development and up to 535 new jobs. The total project cost is $111.3 million.
  • City of Burnsville ($3.1 million) – Construct ramp from southbound I-35W to Buck Hill Road and County Road 42 near the Burnsville Center Redevelopment Area. The new exit ramp will support redevelopment in the area and as many as 350 new jobs in the next five years. The total project cost is $5 million.
  • City of Maple Grove ($5million) – Complete the westbound Highway 610 to eastbound I-94 connection included in the original Highway 610/I-94 interchange design. The project will improve access to a rapidly developing area and support 10,000 new or existing jobs within five years. The total project cost is $53.76 million.

Greater Minnesota 

  • Carlton County ($400,000) – Construct a reduced conflict intersection at the Highway 210/County Road 61 intersection, located between Carlton and Cloquet. The project will improve safety and access to a commercial area, a transit garage on the Fond du lac Indian Reservation and a new Justice Center located near the site. The project will retain or help create and estimated 23 new jobs in the area. Total project cost is $520,000.
  • Douglas County ($1.19 million) – Install a roundabout at the I-94/Highway 27/County Road 46/County Road 45 intersection in Alexandria to improve heavy truck access and reduce crashes. The intersection provides access to many businesses, and the Alexandria Airport is located nearby. The project may help attract 188 new jobs to the location. The project award is contingent upon completion of an Intersection Control Evaluation. Total project cost is $1.7 million.
  • City of Monticello ($469,000) – Improve the Highway 25/Broadway Street (County Road 75) intersection in downtown Monticello to eliminate a larger-vehicle bottleneck and support redevelopment in downtown. The project may assist in attracting 110 new jobs in downtown Monticello. Total project cost is $670,000.
  • Wadena County ($350,000) – Realign the Highway 10/County Road 92 intersection in Wadena to improve access to the new Tri-County Health Care Facility. The project will improve sight distance, add turn lanes, support the regional nature of the new hospital and clinic, and may help attract 86 new jobs to the location. Total project cost is $500,000.

A total of $20 million was available for projects in this round of the TED program. MnDOT anticipates soliciting additional projects in Greater Minnesota in 2022 for the remaining funds.

Project selection scoring criteria

MnDOT received eleven applications for TED funding during the 2021 solicitation. Applications from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region are scored and prioritized separately from projects in Greater Minnesota. The criteria and scoring process is similar for each, but the methods and weights vary for some criteria. Scores are not directly comparable between Greater Minnesota projects and Metro area projects even though both use a 100 point scale.

Metro applications

Score Applicant Project name Amount requested Amount awarded

67

City of Maple Grove

I‐94/Hwy 610 Interchange Completion Project

$5,000,000

$5,000,000

64

City of Blaine

Hwy 65 Phase I Access Improvements, Western Frontage Road Project

$4,600,000

$4,600,000

64

City of Burnsville

I-35W SB Off-Ramp to Buck Hill Road and Burnsville Center Redevelopment Area Project

$3,100,000

$3,100,000

56

Carver County

Hwy 41 and County Road 10 Improvements Project

$3,000,000

$3,000,000

45

City of Brooklyn Park/Champlain

US Hwy 169 and 109th Ave N Intersection Improvement Project

$441,903

$0

45

Carver County

Hwy 5 Arboretum Area Mobility and Access Improvement Project

$5,000,000

$0

38

City of Jordan

U.S. Hwy 169 Freight Mobility and Safety Investment Project

$5,000,000

$0

Greater Minnesota applications

Score Applicant Project name Amount requested Amount awarded

87

City of Monticello

Hwy 25/County Road 75 (Broadway Street) Intersection Revision

$469,000

$469,000

82

City of Wadena/Ottertail County

US Hwy 10/Otter Tail Co County Road 92 Intersection Improvements

$350,000

$350,000

57

Carlton County

Hwy 210/County Road 61 Intersection Reconstruction

$400,000

$400,000

50

Douglas County

Hwy 27/I-94/ County Road 45/ County Road 46 Roundabout

$1,190,000

$1,190,000

TED applications from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area (7 county) will be scored using the following criteria.

Criteria Points Available
Economic Benefits 35
Transportation Benefits 40
% Non-MnDOT Funding 5
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. However, the total score may not exceed 100 points.

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

Economic Benefits

For Metro applications, a total of 35 points are available for economic benefits based on the following factors.

Criteria Points Available Basis
Job creation/retention per $1 million of project cost 20 Based on the difference between the five year job estimate with the project and the 5 year job estimate without the project divided by the cost of the project in millions
Income creation/ retention 15 Based on the difference between the 5 year estimate of wage income with the project and the 5 year estimate wage income without the project

Impact to targeted labor/industry

Provided the total economic benefit score does not exceed 35 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.
There has to be a reasonable logic as to how the jobs would benefit those communities – pure proximity is insufficient unless the types of jobs created are matched to the skills/abilities of that community or there are established/planned job training programs to connect nearby residents to these new jobs.

Selection committee adjustments

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

Transportation Benefits

For Metro applications, a total of 40 points are available for transportation benefits based on the following factors.

Criteria Points Available Basis
Benefit-cost ratio 10 Transportation benefit-cost analysis based on information supplied by the applicant as well as MnDOT staff analysis following MnDOT’s standard procedure.
Plan consistency and need 30 Based on the need for the project, plan consistency and improvements for freight and multimodal transportation (see factors below)

Factors considered in assigning points for “plan consistency and need”:

  • Addresses a sustained crash location and/or a safety issue identified in a district or county safety plan
  • Interchange/grade separation or at-grade intersection improvements consistent with the Metro Principal Arterial Intersection Conversion Study
  • Improves access to a port, airport or intermodal facility
  • Project in on a metro tier 1 or tier 2 truck route
  • Removes a geometric barrier or avoids future load restrictions on an Oversize/Overweight route
  • Addresses a flood risk
  • Addresses a pavement or bridge condition need (conversely, points may be lowered for projects that proposed work on assets with significant remaining service life)
  • Includes improvements for pedestrians/Priority Areas for Walking Score (PAWS)
  • Addresses ADA issues identified in MnDOT ADA transition plan
  • Development includes complete and interconnected pedestrian network
  • Includes improvements for bicycling / RBTN / Bicycle barriers
  • Improves access to transit
  • % change in number of jobs accessible within 30 minutes by auto and transit
  • % of benefiting businesses with a transportation management plan (or commitment to develop one)
  • # of existing and planned EV chargers at benefiting businesses
  • Infill development

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

Percentage of Non-MnDOT Funding

Up to 5 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.

Project Risk Assessment

For Metro projects, 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 the project requires a railroad right of way agreement and the status of that negotiation
Funding 10 Based on the level and status of funding for the project

Bonus Points

Provided a project’s total score does not exceed 100 points, metro 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
  • County 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

Note these points are based on the geographic location of the project, not the applicant.

TED applications from Greater Minnesota were scored using the following criteria.

Criteria Points Available
Economic Benefits 40
Transportation Benefits 35
% non-MnDOT Funding 5
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. However, the total score may not exceed 100 points.

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

Economic Benefits

For Greater Minnesota applications, a total of 40 points are available for economic benefits based on the following factors.

Criteria Points Available Basis
Job creation/retention per $1 million of project cost 20 Based on the difference between the 5 year job estimate with the project and the 5 year job estimate without the project divided by the cost of the project in millions
Income creation/ retention 20 Based on the difference between the 5 year estimate of wage income with the project and the 5 year estimate wage income without the project

Impact to targeted labor/industry

Provided the total economic benefit score does not exceed 40 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.
There has to be a reasonable logic as to how the jobs would benefit those communities – pure proximity is insufficient unless the types of jobs created are matched to the skills/abilities of that community or there are established/planned job training programs to connect nearby residents to these new jobs.

Selection committee adjustments

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

Transportation Benefits

For Greater Minnesota applications, a total of 35 points are available for transportation benefits.

Transportation scoring criteria
Criteria Points Available Basis
Benefit-cost ratio 10 Transportation benefit-cost analysis based on crash information supplied by the applicant as well as MnDOT staff analysis following MnDOT’s standard procedure.
Plan consistency and need 25 Based on the need for the project, plan consistency and improvements for freight and multimodal transportation (see factors below)

Factors considered in assigning points for “plan consistency and need”:

  • Addresses a sustained crash location and/or a safety issue identified in a district or county safety plan
  • Score from the Greater Minnesota Mobility Study
  • Addresses a pavement or bridge condition need (conversely, points may be lowered for projects that proposed work on assets with significant remaining service life)
  • Improves access to a port, airport or intermodal facility
  • Heavy commercial truck traffic
  • Removes a geometric barrier or avoids future load restrictions on an Oversize/Overweight route
  • Addresses a flood risk
  • Includes improvements for pedestrians/Priority Areas for Walking Score (PAWS)
  • Addresses ADA issues identified in MnDOT ADA transition plan
  • Development includes complete and interconnected pedestrian network
  • Includes improvements for bicycling
  • Improves access to transit
  • % change in number of jobs accessible within 30 minutes
  • % of benefiting businesses with a transportation management plan (or commitment to develop one)
  • # of existing and planned EV chargers at benefiting businesses
  • Infill development
  • Project includes expanding fiberoptic coverage

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

Percentage Non-MnDOT Funding

Up to 5 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.

Project Risk Assessment

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 the project requires a railroad right of way agreement and the status of that negotiation
Funding 10 Based on the level and status of funding for the project

Bonus Points

Provided a project’s total score does not exceed 100 points, Greater Minnesota 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