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Public input sought on NW Minnesota transportation improvement program

The public and other stakeholders are invited to provide input on the Minnesota Department of Transportation's Area Transportation Improvement Program Plan for construction projects from 2012-2015.

The public comment period for the ATIP began March 5 and ends April 4.

The ATIP is a four-year program for state and federally funded transportation investments of significance for the northwestern region of Minnesota.

Each draft ATIP includes a prioritized list of projects that help solve transportation problems and achieve long-range objectives for the area. The principal investment emphasis is on preservation, safety and operational improvements in the existing transportation system and seeks balanced decisions, which promote effective and efficient transportation.

The ATIP is the result of recommendations that come from the Area Transportation Partnership, which is comprised of members from cities, counties, townships, tribal governments, transit providers, metropolitan planning organizations, regional development commissions and Mn/DOT. The ATPs integrate state and local priorities within their areas and submit those projects for inclusion into the draft State Transportation Improvement Plan.

To view and provide comment on the ATIP, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d2/business.html. To request a hard copy of the plan, contact Joe McKinnon, Mn/DOT District 2 planning engineer, at 218-755-6554.

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