On Sept. 4, MnDOT distributed an email inviting stakeholders to nominate transportation projects for Corridors of Commerce program funding. Originally created in 2013, the Legislature provided an additional $31.5 million for the Corridors of Commerce program in the 2014 session. The projects selected for funding out of the $6.5 million in FY14 funding were announced in June. MnDOT is now seeking recommendations for the $25 million in FY 15 funding.

In its message, MnDOT notes that projects that improve mobility on interregional corridors or improve the movement of freight on state highways will be the focus of its funding. According the Corridors of Commerce website, funding for “project readiness” activities—such as right of way acquisition, engineering, or environmental work—will be priorities.

If you have a transportation project you would like to nominate for Corridors of Commerce program funding, click here and follow the “Propose a Project” link. Though MnDOT says that projects nominated for funding in the initial 2013 solicitation need not apply, CGMC transportation lobbyist Amanda Duerr advises member cities to re-nominate projects with specific reference to the pre-construction activities that are needed (right of way, engineering, etc). Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 17, 2014. MnDOT anticipates announcing the FY 15 projects yet this fall.

Please contact Amanda Duerr at acduerr@flaherty-hood.com with any questions.