Transportation Improvement Program

Overview The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), developed and produced annually by the Bismarck-Mandan MPO, identifies federally funded transportation improvements in the area over a four year time frame. Federal regulations require each MPO to develop a TIP for projects using Federal transportation funding sources. The TIP is developed on an annual basis in cooperation with the MPO area member jurisdictions, transit provider, and the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

The TIP may be modified at any time consistent with the procedures established in the Bismarck-Mandan MPO Public Participation Plan. Projects included within the TIP must be consistent with the current Long Range Transportation Plan.

Active TIP

The 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program has been developed, reviewed, and approved. It was adopted by the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization on September 17, 2019.  Additional mapping information for the list of projects contained in the Active TIP is available HERE.

Occasionally it becomes necessary to modify the Active TIP to ensure it is consistent with the North Dakota Department of Transportation's STIP (State Transportation Improvement Program).  If the modification is significant, an amendment will be developed and will be advertised for a 15-day public comment period which will include a public hearing for the amendment.  The amendment must be formally approved by the MPO Policy Board to be incorporated into the Active TIP.  Modifications which are not of a significant nature, which typically involve minor scope changes or minor cost changes (increases or decreases of generally less than 10% of the total cost of the subject TIP year), are presented as administrative modifications.  Administrative modifications are presented to the MPO Policy Board for informational purposes but do not require any formal approval.  Public notification is not required for an administrative modification.  


Amendments to the Active TIP

Project Cost Increase Year 2021
Project Removal Year 2022
Apple Creek Separation
Lincoln Road Shared Use Path RTP Project

Proposed Amendments to the Active TIP

There are no proposed amendments to the Active TIP

Administrative Modifications

2023 State Street to Calgary Avenue 
TIP to STIP Reconciliation November 2019
Transit 5307 Decrease Year 2020

Draft 2021-2024 TIP

Notice is hereby given that the Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public hearing on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:00 am  to provide an opportunity for comment on the draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The meeting will be held in the Tom Baker Meeting Room of the City/County Office Building located at 221 N. 5th Street, Bismarck, ND, and will be in conjunction with the MPO Technical Advisory Committee meeting.  If you would like to participate via video or audio link for a 3-5 minute comment on the draft 2021-2024 TIP, please provide your e-mail address and contact information to the MPO at least one (1) business day before the meeting. 

The TIP coordinates and schedules transportation projects (i.e., highway, street, bikeway, pedestrian, transit, safety enhancements and other transportation related improvements) in the metropolitan area over the next four years, thereby making these projects eligible for federal assistance.  The TIP includes metropolitan area transportation projects proposed by the following jurisdictions:  Bismarck, Mandan, Lincoln, Morton County, Burleigh County, and NDDOT. 

The draft TIP also contains the Program of Projects or identified list of transit needs to be funded over the next four years.  If there are no amendments or changes to the Program of Projects, this notice will also serve as the final Program of Projects notice.
The draft 2021-2024 TIP was first presented to the MPO Policy Board for consideration on July 21, 2020, following a 15-day public comment period and public hearing.  Due to substantive changes to the draft TIP resulting from comments received, another 15-day comment period is being offered, along with an additional public hearing.

Revisions to the first draft document include the addition of two Transportation Alternatives projects and four Highway Safety Improvement Program projects; the change in project construction year for three projects resulting in the removal of two of those projects from the TIP; changes to project numbers for eight projects; updated maps to reflect project extents, additions, and removals; and several changes or additions, including text changes, of a more minor nature.

Find more information about how to become involved with the development of the 2021-2024 TIP here, including meeting information and how to provide comments.  View a copy of the draft document, along with revisions made resulting from public comment, here

To request accommodations for disabilities and/or language assistance, contact Title VI/ADA Coordinator at 701-355-1332 or here.  TTY users may access Relay North Dakota at 711 or 1-800-366-6888, at least five (5) days in advance of the meeting.

TIP Development Process

Adopted in 2010 and updated in 2014, the TIP Development Guide identifies the processes and associated time frames involved in the annual TIP development. Generally, the TIP is comprised of projects/programs funded through a variety of federal transportation funding sources for roadway, bicycle and pedestrian, and transit improvements.

The Urban Roads Program is one of the federal transportation funding sources used to fund transportation projects identified in the TIP. A dedicated amount of Urban Roads Program funds are provided to the MPO area each year and are restricted to the urbanized areas of Bismarck and Mandan defined by the US Census Bureau. The MPO Policy Board has adopted a process to prioritize projects seeking Urban Roads Program funds. The Urban Roads Application Form is used by jurisdictions in the MPO area to apply for Urban Roads Program funds. A group of nine individuals endorsed by the MPO Policy Board reviews the applications and provides a recommendation for candidate project priorities to the MPO TAC and Policy Board. The MPO TAC and Policy Board reserve the right to prioritize projects at their discretion.