- Work Program
- Advisory Committee
- Area Partnership
- Trail Plan
- Safe Routes To School
- Construction Projects and Resources
The SRDC Transportation Work Program objective is to continue coordination with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) in the planning and development of a comprehensive transportation system in southwest Minnesota.
Work to achieve this objective includes:
- Public Input in Transportation Investment Decision making. The Region maintains a Transportation Advisory committee to review plans, provide direction on SRDC Transportation Activities, and to provide input into transportation investment decisions in southwest Minnesota through participation in the Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP).
- Prepare Regional Studies as approved by MNDOT. The Regional Trail Corridor Plan update was completed in 2012, this Plan updated the 2000 Plan and incorporated priority criteria for funding trail plans, engineering, and construction. Recent participation in the County Engineers Wind Work Group has produced a Best Practices Guidance document for Engineers with tools, such as a Development Agreement and ESAL Calculator. The I-90 Interchange Study was just completed as a joint project between the SRDC and RNDC (our neighboring region to the east).
- Maintenance of the Functional Classification System. Every public road in Minnesota has a functional classification. The highest classification is Arterial, the middle is collector and the lowest is local road. Federal Guidance allows only a certain percentage of road miles to be in the higher classifications. This is important because in order to have a federally funded road or bridge, it must be a major Collector road or higher.
- State Transportation Plans. The RDC reviews and comments on State Transportation plans, including the modal plans (transit, freight, etc).
Other activities provided through the Transportation program include technical assistance, review and comment on Transportation Enhancement Applications, Safe Routes to School, as well as data resources upon request, and transit information assistance.
Transportation Advisory Committee
The Transportation Committee is convened to review, comment, and make recommendations on local, regional, district, and statewide transportation issues, plans, and programming. The Committee actively participates in commenting on transportation projects submitted for Federal Surface Transportation Funds. The Committee holds an annual meeting in June with the Mn/DOT District Engineers (Mankato and Willmar) to discuss transportation issues, concerns, and priorities; and to facilitate communication between local units of government and Mn/DOT.
The SRDC Transportation Committee membership is derived from the SRDC Full Commission, of which the majority are elected officials. The current membership of the Committee is:
Gerald Magnus (chair)
Mountain Lake, MN
The SRDC Work Program identifies the need to conduct long-range transportation planning to promote a seamless transportation network. This is accomplished by working with MnDOT to prepare Regional Studies required by the legislature (i.e. Functional Classification, Market Artery, Economic Analysis, Scenic By-ways), and review and provide assistance with proposed plans to upgrade present transportation systems that serve the Region.
Area Transportation Partnership
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and its re authorization in 1998 the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) gave states more flexibility in determining transportation solutions and required the development of a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. TEA-21 authorized the Federal surface transportation programs for the 6-year period 1998-2003, and was extended into 2005. In 2005, the President signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) which authorizes Federal surface transportation programs for highways, highway safety, and transit for a 5-year period (2005-2009), and was extended through continuing resolutions until 2012. MAP21 (Moving ahead for progress into the 21st Century) is a new performance based two year bill 2013-2014 that was designed to stream line the federal transportation programs.
With the passage of the first TEA act, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) decentralized the program decision- making process to a more local level. Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP) were established to facilitate a broader input into the project selection process. The ATPs provide more local input on the investment of federal transportation fund.
There are nine ATPs in Minnesota. The ATPs boundaries follow the MnDOT District State Aid boundaries. The Southwest Regional Development Commission participates in two Partnerships: ATP 7 (Mankato) and ATP 8 (Willmar).
The SRDC Participates in ATPs through
- An evaluation process with respect to Regional Significance criteria or regional comment to maintain its’ utility in transportation decision-making.
- The ATP public participation process.
- The provision of technical assistance to the ATP’s to facilitate programming.
- Membership on ATP 7 and ATP 8. Current member on ATP 7 is Matt Widboom, for ATP 8 is Bob Byrnes and Gerald Magnus.
Area Transportation Partnership 7 (ATP-7), http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/atp/index.html
Area Transportation Partnership 8 (ATP-8), http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d8/atp/index.html
The SRDC provides staff assistance and assists to facilitate coordination of transit efforts in the Region.
The Region 8 Transit Brochure has been update for 2017 – SW Minnesota Public and Private Transit providers.
Public Transit Contacts by County in Southwest Minnesota:
2006 and 2011/12 Southwest Region Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Coordination Plans. These plans were developed to meet the Federal Transportation Act planning requirements for projects who receive federal funds from the federal transit programs. Updates to the Plan are every 5 years.
2011 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan with 2012 addendum (link)
The 2016 Local Humans Services-Public Transit Coordination Plan is complete and adopted by the SRDC Board of Directors on June 8, 2017. You can access the Plan by clicking here. To read Region 8’s Strategies and Projects for the next five years go to the Table of Contents and click on the Strategies and Projects title. The creation of the 2016 Local Humans Services-Public Transit Coordination Plan involved four Steering Committee meetings, conducted surveys, hosted six focus groups meetings, one public planning workshop, and a 3 week public comment period.
- A Trail Plan 2014 – working document (updated 12-2014, revised prioritized list updated 4-2015)
- Appendix A – Inventory – Inventory – working document
- Appendix B – Local Plans – local plans – working document (updated 12-2014)
- Appendix C – Regional Prioritization – regional prioritization
- Appendix D – Resources -resources – working document
KT Scenic Byway 5-2015 approved by KOT Scenic By Way on May 19, 2015
Safe Routes to Schools Plans
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plans are community plans to promote an active lifestyle for all residents. The focus of SRTS plans are on teaching children pedestrian and bicycle safety, making the environment safer for children to walk and bicycle to school and around the community, and promote a healthy lifestyle. The SRTS plan encourages children and the community as a whole to walk, bike, and be more physically active. By promoting a more active lifestyle, there are a number of positive externalities that include: reduced traffic congestion near schools and in the community, better air quality around schools and in the community, and an overall healthier community.
- Heron Lake-Okabena (2016)
- Jackson County Central – Jackson (2013)
- Jackson County Central – Lakefield (2013)
- Windom Area Schools (2014)
- Worthington (2015)
Newly Completed Plans (2017)
If you have any questions regarding SRTS, contact Maxwell Kaufman.
Construction Projects and Resources
Road and Bridge Projects (under construction)
This page will take you to links or pdfs of 2015 Road and Bridge projects in Southwest Minnesota.
MnDOT District 7 2015 construction (includes Cottonwood, Jackson, Nobles and Rock Counties) http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d7/maps/construction_2015.pdf
MnDOT District 8 (includes Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood) 2015 District 8 Construction Program
Cottonwood County projects
Jackson County Projects
Lincoln County projects 2015 to 2019 construction list and map
Murray County Highway Department Five Year Plan, Adopted Nov 2014: http://murray-countymn.com/mc/pdfs/HwyFiveYearPlan.pdf .
Nobles County Five Year Road Plan: http://www.co.nobles.mn.us/Departments/PublicWorks/Engineering/FiveYearPlan/tabid/882/Default.aspx
Pipestone County Five Year Road Plan 2015-2019 http://www.pipestone-county.com/board/departments_offices/uploads/2015_5_year_Road___Bridge_Plan.pdf
Rock County Five year Road Plan 2013-2017 http://www.co.rock.mn.us/highway/drivewayap.pdf
- US DOT. This link provides access to other state DOT websites, Federal agencies related to Transportation,
- Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). This website provides access to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), News and Events, Road and Traveler Information, Links to the modal office in MnDOT, Publications, and Links to Other sites.
- 511 Traveler Information. This weblink provides information about road and weather conditions.
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This website provides information about the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, FHWA Programs, Legislation, and other websites.
For more information, contact Physical Development Director, Annette Fiedler.