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The UMVRDC has a planning assistance contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to provide assistance, information and technical support for transportation issues affecting our region.

The UMVRDC has a Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) that meets 4-6 times a year to address various transportation issues. The TAC also prioritizes all transportation projects submitted in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Yellow Medicine Counties proposed to use federal transportation funding through the Area Transportation Partnership (ATP). The TAC hosts an annual transportation meeting in October to review these submitted projects and another open house in March to review all state and county projects in our 5-county region proposed to use state or federal funding.

Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP)

The UMVRDC is part of two Area Transportation Partnerships. The West Central ATP and the Southwest ATP. The ATP is a committee of elected officials, city and county engineers, MnDOT staff, tribal leaders, public transit leaders representing areas contiguous with MnDOT District boundaries. Thier role is to develop policy and program projects utilizing federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration ( FHWA).

The UMVRDC and UMVRDC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) appoints members to both ATPs. RDC Staff serve as technical advisors to the ATP, sub-committee members and ATP alternate members for the elected officials appointed. Current representatives are:

Southwest MN ATP

Gary Johnson – Yellow Medicine County Commissioner

Jim Dahlvang – Chippewa County Commissioner

Andy Sanders – Yellow Medicine County Engineer

West Central MN ATP

Rusty Dimberg – Big Stone County Township Association

Transportation Special Projects

The UMVRDC occasionally is involved with special projects at the local or statewide level. Some projects are developed and coordinated by the RDC due to a local request or contract. Other projects may include the RDC in various capacities – collecting local data or infrastructure mapping, serving on project committees representing our area, making special presentations or being the fiscal agent.

At this time these are the special projects we are involved with:

  • The presentation from the October 28, 2013 Transportation Forum is available here.
  • Details on the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) are available here as a downloadable infographic.
  • 2013 UMVRDC Regional Trails Plan (July 2013) – click here
  • Minnesota Statewide Roadway Functional Classification Study
  • Minnesota Statewide 10-ton route study
  • Local Freight Generator Study
  • 2011 Human Service Transit Coordination Plan:
    • To view the final Human Service Transit Coordination Plan with Addendum (July 2012) – click here
    • To view the notes, presentation, and DRAFT Recommended Strategies from the June 8, 2011 meeting, click on the links below:
      • 2011 Transit Coordination Plan DRAFT Recommended Strategies – click here
      • June 8, 2011 Public Meeting Presentation – click here
      • June 8, 2011 Public Meeting Minutes – click here
      • 2006 Transit Coordination Plan Recommended Strategies – click here