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

There are no amendments to the Active TIP at this time.


Proposed Amendments to the Active TIP

The Bismarck-Mandan Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10am regarding proposed amendments to the Bismarck-Mandan MPO 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The meeting will be held in conjunction with the regular meeting of the MPO Technical Advisory Committee in the Bis-Man Transit facility at 3750 East Rosser Avenue, Bismarck, ND.

The purpose of the hearing is to provide an opportunity for public involvement in the review of two (2) proposed amendments to the projects for the 2020-2023 TIP.  The TIP includes federally funded metropolitan area transportation projects over a four-year time frame.  The proposed amendments are for an increase to the estimated project cost for 19.8 miles of microsurfacing on US Highway 83 in project year 2021 and for the removal of a bridge deck overlay project on Interstate 94 from the year 2022 project list.

The public is invited to attend the public hearing or to submit written comments to Rachel Drewlow of the MPO no later than 9am Monday, November 18, 2019.  Written comments can be mailed to PO Box 5503, Bismarck, ND  58506-5503, faxed to 701-222-6450 or E-mailed.  Contact Rachel Drewlow, MPO Transportation Planner, at 701-355-1852 for additional information.

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

Project Cost Increase Year 2021 

Project Removal Year 2022


Administrative Modifications

2023 State Street to Calgary Avenue 

TIP to STIP Reconciliation November 2019


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.