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Transportation Planning in MnDOT District 7

What is an Area Transportation Partnership (ATP)?

MnDOT created area transportation partnerships (ATPs) to emphasize greater public involvement in the preparation of transportation plans and programs. There are eight ATPs in Minnesota (one for each MnDOT District area).


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-7 covers the 13 counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.

2019 - 2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) maps

STIP Funding Guidance - 2019-2022

STIP - 2018-2021

Capital Highway Investment Proposal - State Highways (CHIP)

ATP-7 operating procedures and policies

Corridors of Commerce

Statewide information


Members of ATP-7 include:

    • 4 MnDOT District 7 representatives
    • 2 Regional Development Commission representatives
    • 4 County representatives
    • 3 City (more than 5,000 population) representatives
    • 2 Transit representatives
    • Mankato / North Mankato Area Planning Organization representative  

MnDOT is responsible for staff support of the ATP-7.

Transit Mankato / North Mankato Area Planning Organization
Wayne Albers, St. Peter Transit Office
Mark Anderson, 
City of Mankato Heartland Express
Seth Greenwood, 
Nicollet County,
Alt. Brianna Anderson
City of Eagle Lake,
Steve Koehler, P.E., New Ulm City Engineer
Mike Kuhle
City of Worthington
Jeff Johnson, 
City of Mankato


Ryan Thilges, 
Blue Earth County Engineer, 
Don Wachal, Jackson County Commissioner 
Tim Stahl,
Jackson County Engineer 
Jack Kolars,
Nicollet County Commissioner
Regional Development Commission (RDC)
Matt Widboom, Southwest RDC 
Terry Genelin, 
Region 9
Alt. Annette Fiedler, Southwest RDC 
Alt. Samuel Parker
Region 9
Lisa Bigham, Planning Director, 
Gordon Regenscheid, Asst. District Engineer
Greg Ous, District Engineer

Peter Harff,

Asst. District Engineer


Each year, ATPs develop an Area Transportation Improvement Program (ATIP) to incorporate into the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). ATIPs, which span a minimum of four years, include all projects that seek federal aid highway, state trunk highway, and federal transit sources of funding.

To distribute the funds, a Statewide Performance Program allows Minnesota to meet performance targets on the National Highway System.

ATP-7 solicits projects for:

  • Surface Transportation Program (small urban and rural road and bridge; and transit capital)
  • Transportation Alternatives Program (within a statewide framework)

These projects are ranked by categories with set investment targets, and then integrated into the four-year ATIP. Project categories include:

  • National Highway System
  • State roads and bridges
  • Rural county roads and bridges
  • Small urban (more than 5,000 population) city streets and bridges
  • Transportation alternatives
  • Transit capital

Schedule of activities

  • November–January: Solicit projects
  • February: Evaluate and prioritize projects
  • March: Draft ATIP
  • April: Public comment and review period
  • May: Submit draft ATIP to MnDOT Central Office
  • June: Draft STIP review and comment
  • July: STIP approval by Commissioner

See timeline (PDF)