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July 1, 2020

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MnDOT announces second round of Minnesota Highway Freight Program funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. —Minnesota cities, counties, ports, waterways, railroads and airports can apply for funding for highway and intermodal projects that benefit freight movement through the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Minnesota Highway Freight Program.

The statewide competitive program is designed to help meet the state’s freight transportation needs by improving the safety and mobility of freight transport. Up to $56 million may be available for state fiscal years 2023-2025. The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2020.

The funding can be used on any public road, railroad crossing or intermodal facility, if the project provides a public freight benefit.

Some examples of freight projects that may be funded through the program are:

  • At-grade railroad crossings improvements
  • Weigh station improvements
  • Truck parking
  • Freight mobility projects, such as interchanges or bypass lanes to address freight bottlenecks
  • Intermodal projects such as airport transfer stations, ports and waterways

Funding is from the federal National Highway Freight Program to provide states the support to make freight movement improvements. Freight improvements that are funded will help meet the investment goals identified in the State Freight Plan.

Applications can be submitted electronically to FreightPlans.DOT@state.mn.us, by Sept. 28, 2020. Applications and more information are online at mndot.gov/ofrw/mhfp.

MnDOT will announce the awards in fall 2020. Contact the program manager, Andrew Andrusko, with questions about the solicitation at andrew.andrusko@state.mn.us.