COVID relief funds to help cities and counties with transportation needs

Date: Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Two workers on a road construction site.The Metropolitan Council is acting on advice from local government officials to distribute $20 million in COVID-19 relief funds directly to cities and counties in the seven-county metro area. The federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act allocated the funding to the Met Council to address transportation problems caused by the pandemic.

The Met Council relies on the perspective of its Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), which recommends how federal transportation funding should be allocated. In this instance, the TAB found that the COVID relief funding could help fill a funding hole that was created when gas tax revenues dropped off along with driving during the pandemic.

In the seven-county metro area the reduction in driving in 2021 due to the pandemic resulted in a loss of $20.9 million in funding for county state aid highways, and another $11.6 million in funding for municipal roadwork.

“The COVID funding is just one of several federal funding programs the Met Council is responsible for using to improve transportation in the metro area,” said Met Council Chair Charlie Zelle. “We rely on the advice of the local leaders who serve on the TAB to help us make thoughtful, efficient use of federal funding so it benefits people where they live.”

In December, the Met Council voted to distribute the $20 million in funding to all seven metro counties and 81 cities with populations of more than 5,000 people. The funding will be distributed with the state-aid formula that is used to divide up gas tax revenues. The cities and counties have no shortage of projects to use this funding on. These include road safety, street repairs, work on trails, and other key projects that would have been delayed because of the drop in state-aid funds.

Counties

Anoka  $     1,534,718
Carver  $        650,421
Dakota  $     1,459,383
Hennepin  $     3,427,468
Ramsey  $     1,543,115
Scott  $        775,373
Washington  $        900,639
Total  $  10,291,117
 

Cities

Andover  $        119,090
Anoka  $          63,580
Apple Valley  $        170,287
Arden Hills  $          28,822
Belle Plain  $          28,859
Blaine  $        218,503
Bloomington  $        327,192
Brooklyn Ctr  $        100,735
Brooklyn Park  $        261,167
Burnsville  $        204,517
Champlin  $          79,328
Chanhassen  $          88,720
Chaska  $          88,952
Circle Pines  $          14,315
Columbia Heights  $          57,713
Coon Rapids  $        207,720
Corcoran  $          31,899
Cottage Grove  $        132,934
Crystal  $          68,366
Dayton  $          25,842
Eagan  $        223,739
East Bethel  $          58,694
Eden Prairie  $        215,512
Edina  $        182,486
Falcon Hts  $          14,626
Farmington  $          68,649
Forest Lake  $          88,727
Fridley  $          90,246
Golden Valley  $          85,814
Ham Lake  $          74,352
Hastings  $          81,487
Hopkins  $          55,094
Hugo  $          59,701
Inver Grove Hts  $        122,430
Jordan  $          22,066
Lake Elmo  $          48,716
Lakeville  $        240,464
Lino Lakes  $          73,333
Little Canada  $          36,618
Mahtomedi  $          28,066
Maple Grove  $        233,154
Maplewood  $        140,244
Medina  $          29,196
Mendota Hts  $          45,964
Minneapolis  $     1,299,458
Minnetonka  $        187,023
Minnetrista  $          31,459
Mound  $          29,340
Moundsview  $          40,532
N. St. Paul  $          39,564
New Brighton  $          64,580
New Hope  $          63,641
Oak Grove  $          50,642
Oakdale  $          86,934
Orono  $          30,725
Plymouth  $        276,653
Prior Lake  $          85,420
Ramsey  $        102,316
Richfield  $        121,485
Robbinsdale  $          43,790
Rogers  $          60,258
Rosemount  $          93,226
Roseville  $        115,495
S. St. Paul  $          64,920
Savage  $        103,936
Shakopee  $        144,355
Shoreview  $          79,084
Shorewood  $          28,903
Spring Lake Park  $          21,533
St. Anthony  $          27,957
St. Francis  $          34,533
St. Louis Park  $        159,559
St. Paul  $        988,992
St. Paul Park  $          20,542
Stillwater  $          66,637
Vadnais Hts  $          38,387
Victoria  $          31,179
W. St. Paul  $          61,181
Waconia  $          48,609
White Bear Lake  $          79,723
Woodbury  $        248,393
Total  $     9,708,883

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