Apply for Local Road Improvement Grants Beginning Aug. 1

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will distribute $25 million to local units of government for road improvement projects, and cities of all sizes are eligible to apply for grants.
(Published Jul 31, 2017)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin receiving applications for the Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) on Aug. 1. Cities are encouraged to apply.

In 2017, with the support of the League of Minnesota Cities, the Legislature appropriated bond funds for the LRIP established in Minnesota Statutes, section 174.52 to assist local agencies in constructing or reconstructing their local roads. Approximately $25.3 million is available for a statewide solicitation for LRIP projects to be constructed in 2018, 2019, or 2020.

Cities over 5,000 in population may apply directly to MnDOT through the application process. Non-municipal state aid cities—those with populations under 5,000—must secure “sponsorship” from their county prior to submitting an application.

Program information
The MnDOT State Aid Office administers the LRIP solicitation with guidance provided by the Local Road Improvement Program Advisory Committee. The advisory committee is comprised of:

  • One county commissioner.
  • One county engineer.
  • One city engineer.
  • One city councilmember or city administrator representing a city with a population over 5,000.
  • One city councilmember or city administrator representing a city with a population under 5,000.

Projects selected through this program must meet the eligibility requirements of the Routes of Regional Significance Account, the Rural Road Safety Account, or the Trunk Highway Corridor Account as defined in statute.

Criteria that will be used to identify priority projects include but are not limited to:

  1. The availability of other state, federal, and local funds.
  2. The regional significance of the route.
  3. Effectiveness of the proposed project in eliminating a transportation deficiency.
  4. Effectiveness to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, injuries and property damages.
  5. The local share for costs that are directly or partially related to trunk highway improvements.
  6. The number of persons who will be positively impacted by the project.
  7. The project’s contribution to other local, regional, or state economic development or redevelopment efforts.
  8. The ability of the local unit of government to adequately provide safe operation and maintenance of the facility upon project completion.

Solicitation timeline
Aug. 1, 2017: Solicitation opens.
Nov. 3, 2017: County and municipal state aid applications due.
Dec. 1, 2017: Non-state aid city and township applications due.
November/December 2017: Advisory committee reviews applications.
March 2018 Grant awards announced.

The application and guidance will be posted on the State Aid LRIP website beginning Aug. 1. Announcements will be made through a MnDOT news release and State Aid E-Scene.

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