MnDOT taking applications for Minnesota Highway Freight Program funding
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota cities, counties and other government entities can apply for funding for highway and intermodal transportation projects that benefit freight movement through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Highway Freight Program.
The competitive program is designed to help meet the state’s freight transportation needs by improving the safety and mobility of freight transport.
About $90 million is available for solicitation for state fiscal years 2019-2022. MnDOT may use 10 percent of the funding for intermodal projects that provide surface transportation to move freight in or out of public or private ports and waterways.
“MnDOT will select projects on the basis of freight volume, freight safety and mobility benefits, freight facility access, cost effectiveness and project readiness,” said Bill Gardner, director in the Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles. “These projects have the potential to improve the efficiency of freight transport on any road, port or waterway in the state and as part of the National Highway Freight Network.”
Examples of highway projects are long term pavement fixes that provide clear freight benefits, turn and bypass lanes, intersection and interchange improvements, adding and widening of shoulders and bridge work to increase clearance.
Intermodal projects should increase the total number of additional annual container lifts, reduce handling and shipping time and reduce shipping costs.
Funding comes from the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST Act, which created the Highway Freight Program to provide money to the state to make improvements that benefit freight movement.
Deadline for applying for the highway portion of the funding is Aug. 31, 2017. Deadline for applying for intermodal projects is Aug. 18, 2017.