Capital project request

Hennepin County values our partnership with local agencies to develop and maintain a safe, efficient, balanced and environmentally sound transportation system. We consider all project requests for inclusion in our Transportation capital improvement program (CIP). However, submitting a project request does not guarantee funding or inclusion in our Transportation CIP.

Through this process we prioritize requests, manage limited resources, and schedule capital projects based on the needs of the county.

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Biennial deadline

The biennial deadline for capital project requests is July 1. This formal process occurs every two years. The next deadline for capital project requests for future Transportation CIPs is July 1, 2020. Requests received after July 1, 2020 will be evaluated in the following biennial process, in 2022.

Submission requirements

Interested agencies are required to submit general project overview information.

It is recommended that agencies also send supplemental project information, if available, to assist county staff in the evaluation process.

Step 1: Required

Complete the project request form to provide general project overview information.

One form per project is required.

Step 2: Recommended

Email supplemental project information to needs.request@hennepin.us, if available:

  • Feasibility study (draft or completed)
  • Preliminary layout or concept
  • Preliminary cost estimate (with identified non-county funding sources)
  • Photos of existing roadway conditions
  • Existing and proposed roadway typical sections (exact dimensions not required)
  • Information on related project phases or planning documents
  • Council adopted document (i.e. resolution or budget) supporting the project

Evaluation

Project requests from agencies are evaluated by county staff according to the following primary and secondary screening criteria.

Primary screening criteria

Safety

Review of crash rates along the project corridor in comparison to the county averages

Roadway usage

Vehicle throughput along the project corridor

Condition and age of assets along the project corridor

Year of last reconstruction activity completed along the project corridor

Mobility and mode choice

Review of existing bicycle, pedestrian and ADA accommodations

Secondary screening criteria

Safety

Potential to enhance the safety, security and comfort level of all transportation modes

Mobility

Anticipated impacts to overall level of service for all transportation modes

Asset condition

Expected improvements to address infrastructure deficiencies

Project readiness and feasibility

Assessment of project risk and uncertainties

Environment

Expected impact to the quality of environment

Community and economic development

Influence on local communities and businesses

Selection

County staff notify all requesting agencies of funding recommendations in summer of the following year.

Recommended for CIP funding

Requests yielding the highest scores and aligning with the county’s current priorities are recommended for funding in the county’s future Transportation CIPs.

Designated on provisional project list

Requests yielding relatively moderate scores are not recommended for funding. Instead, these are designated on the county’s provisional project list within future Transportation CIPs. This list identifies projects for consideration should additional funding become available.

Requests on the provisional project list are re-evaluated annually for Transportation CIPs using information previously submitted, along with any identified updates.

Please re-submit requests for projects on the provisional list only if substantial changes or enhancements have occurred, for example a feasibility study, layout, or more defined funding amount.

Not recommended

Requests not recommended for CIP funding or designated on the provisional project list may be re-submitted by agencies for the following request cycle if changes are expected to significantly improve the chance of scoring well.

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