Time to apply for state funds for local roads

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is now accepting applications for state funds for local roads. About $23 million is available to cities, counties and townships for street projects scheduled for 2018, 2019 or 2020.

Previous projects funded through MnDOT’s Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) include roundabouts, curve and roadway alignment, and resurfacing. Safety improvements such as turn lanes, traffic signals and rural intersection warning systems also received funding.

More details on the funds for local roads

This local roads program has three funding categories. They usually are directed to projects that not funded or only partly funded by other state or federal money:

  • Routes of Regional Significance funds go to constructing or reconstructing city streets, county highways or town roads that are of statewide or regional significance.
  • Rural Road Safety Account funds go to counties for projects that focus on reducing crashes, fatalities, injuries, or property damage.
  • Trunk Highway Corridor funds help local governments pay the local ¬†share of trunk highway projects that have local costs.

The state funded 43 projects that fell within the first two categories in 2014. It only funded nine projects in these same categories in 2015. No trunk highway corridor projects received funds since 2003.

The 2015 funds went to projects in the counties of Clearwater, Douglas, Kandiyohi, and Rice; in the cities of Forest Lake, Golden Valley, Moose Lake and Sandstone, and in the township of Dovre.

The funds for local roads go through a competitive process that uses specific criteria, and also input from the Local Road Improvement Program Advisory Committee.

The deadline for counties and state aid cities (population greater than 5,000) is Nov. 3, 2017.

The deadline for non-state aid cities and townships is Dec. 1, 2017.

Learn more.

Check out a related blog post about Minnesota’s state aid road system.