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West Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership

Transportation Planning in MnDOT District 4


The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 gave the states more flexibility in determining transportation solutions and required the development of a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act—A Legacy for Users continues this flexibility.

MnDOT responded by decentralizing the program decision-making process to a more regional level (i.e., the districts). The Area Transportation Partnerships were established by each district to facilitate broader input to the project selection process. ATP-4 covers the 12 counties of Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin.


MnDOT District 4 representatives
Regional development/planning representatives
  • Wayne Hurley, West Central Initiative, 218-739-2239
  • Dawn Hegland, Upper Minnesota Valley RDC, 320-289-1981
  • Tim Flathers, Headwaters RDC, 218-333-6531
Metropolitan planning representative
  • Cindy Gray, Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments
Six county representatives
City representative
Tribal representative
  • E. Jeff Vivier, White Earth Public Works Director
Transit representative
  • Brenda Brittin, Rainbow Rider
FHWA representative
  • Kris Riesenberg, Technical Services Team Leader, 651-291-6114


Each year an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) is developed and incorporated into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

 The ATP-4:

  • Solicits candidate projects for federal funding
  • Ranks projects by category
  • Sets investment targets for each category
  • Integrates the lists of projects into the four-year ATIP

 Categories of the projects are:

  • State Road and Bridge
  • County Road and Bridge
  • City (over 5,000 population) Road and Bridge
  • Bridges not on any Federal Aid Route
  • Safety
  • Enhancements
  • Transit Capital

Schedule of activities

  • October–February: Solicit projects for four fiscal years in the next STIP plus one additional planning year
  • February–April: Select projects; public comment period on projects
  • April 15: Draft ATP due to Office of Investment Management (OIM)
  • May 1: OIM prepares draft STIP, sends to district/ATP
  • May–June: Review and comment on STIP; due July 1
  • July–August: OIM develops final draft STIP
  • August–October: MnDOT approves STIP and sends to FHWA/FTA for review
  • October–November: STIP approved by FHWA/FTA