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Request for Committee Action

Grant applications for 2020 Metropolitan Council Regional Solicitation for federal transportation funds (RCA-2020-00447)

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT
Public Works Department
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Policy & Government Oversight Committee May 6, 2020
Lead Staff:
Mike Samuelson, Transportation Planner, Transportation Planning & Programming
Presented By:
Mike Samuelson, Transportation Planner, Transportation Planning & Programming
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Action Grant

Authorizing the submittal of up to two additional grant applications to the Metropolitan Council for federal transportation funds through Metropolitan Council’s 2020 Regional Solicitation Program.

2 Action Grant

Authorizing the commitment of local funds to provide the required local match for the federal funding.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

The City will prepare a series of applications for the 2020 Regional Solicitation for Federal Transportation Funds in response to the current Metropolitan Council solicitation. Council previously approved the submission of eight grant applications for the 2020 cycle (RCA 2020-00225), which will still be submitted, along with grant applications for up to two additional projects as outlined below.

This request includes a summary of the eligible project areas, a brief description of city projects, estimate of requested amounts, and the minimum local match. Each project requires a minimum 20% local match for construction in addition to the costs for design, engineering, administration, and right-of-way acquisition, and any additional construction costs to fully fund the project. These applications will maximize the use of federal funding. The funding is for projects to be constructed in federal fiscal years 2024 and 2025.

Public Works identifies projects that meet the eligibility requirements for federal funding and closely evaluates which applications to submit in a manner that is consistent with the equity-based approach used to select and prioritize projects as a part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Additional consideration is given to the criteria used in application scoring, such as: role in the regional transportation system and economy, equity, affordable housing, asset condition, safety, connectivity, cost-benefit, operational benefits, number of users and multimodal elements. Public Works also considers project readiness, cost, deliverability, and alignment with adopted plans, policies and initiatives (e.g., Minneapolis 2040, 20 Year Street Funding Plan, Complete Streets Policy and Vision Zero).

The 2020 Regional Solicitation for federal transportation funding is part of Metropolitan Council’s federally-required continuing, comprehensive, and cooperative transportation planning process for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. The funding program and related rules and requirements are established by the U.S. Department of Transportation and administered locally through collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Applications are grouped into three primary modal evaluation categories; each category includes several sub-categories as detailed below.

  1. Roadways Including Multimodal Elements
    • Strategic Capacity (Roadway Expansion)
    • Roadway Reconstruction/Modernization
    • Traffic Management Technologies (Roadway System Management)
    • Bridges Rehabilitation/Replacement
    • Spot Mobility and Safety
  2. Transit and Travel Demand Management (TDM) Projects
    • Arterial Bus Rapid Transit Project
    • Transit Expansion
    • Transit System Modernization
    • Travel Demand Management
  3. Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
    • Multiuse Trails and Bicycle Facilities
    • Pedestrian Facilities
    • Safe Routes to School (Infrastructure Projects)

The City is recommending the submittal of up to 10 applications. Eight of these applications were included in a previous RCA (RCA 2020-00225). The additional two applications are summarized below, along with the total federal funding requested and the total minimum local match for all 10 applications. See attachment for specific project locations. The City is not planning to submit in categories that don’t align with our goals (Road Expansion) or where partner agencies will be submitting (Transit and TDM).

Project Name

Category

Maximum Federal Amount

Minimum Local Match Required (20%)

Citywide Signal Retiming Project

Traffic Management Technologies

$3,500,000

$700,000

Nicollet Avenue Bridge over Minnehaha Creek

Bridge Rehabilitation/ Replacement

$7,000,000

$1,400,000

Totals

$10,500,000

$2,100,000

Total Approved by Council in February

$34,000,000

$6,800,000

Grand Total

$44,500,000

$8,900,000

Details of the proposed applications are described below.

Citywide Signal Retiming Project
The purpose of this project is to install traffic management equipment to support the operation of our traffic signals and to retime all 820 signals in the City of Minneapolis. The new timing patterns will change the paradigm of auto-centric signal timing that has historically been used in major cities throughout the United States to one that is guided by recent City of Minneapolis policies and initiatives such as Minneapolis 2040, Complete Streets, Vision Zero and the draft Transportation Action Plan. The reframed timing plans will incorporate strategies to improve transit efficiency and reliability, to better manage speeds on the city network and to enhance bike and pedestrian comfort and safety. The new signal timings will also reflect the recent change to speed limits on city-controlled streets.
Program Category: Traffic Management Technologies

Nicollet Avenue Bridge over Minnehaha Creek
This project proposes the major repair and renovation of the Nicollet Avenue Bridge over Minnehaha Parkway and Minnehaha Creek and is programmed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for major rehabilitation in 2025. The existing bridge is a 16-span open-spandrel concrete arch bridge, 818 feet long and 63 feet wide. The original bridge was built in 1923 and renovated in 1974. Numerous bridge components are significantly deteriorated, in poor condition and should be repaired or replaced in order to extend the useful life of the structure.
Program Category: Bridge Rehabilitation/Replacement

FISCAL NOTE
  • No fiscal impact anticipated