Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO)

MAPO is pleased to announce the release a total of four (4) Requests for Proposals (RFPs). Note the respective proposal deadlines.

  1. CSAH 16 (Stoltzman Rd.) & CSAH 60 (Stadium Rd.) Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) in Mankato – Proposal deadline February 17, 2021
  2. MAPO Highway 14 Pedestrian Bridge Study RFP in North Mankato – Proposal deadline February 17, 2021
  3. Lookout Drive-CSAH 13 Corridor Study in North Mankato and Nicollet County – Proposal deadline March 4, 2021
  4. MAPO Second Street Corridor Study in Mankato – Proposal deadline March 4, 2021

Qualified consultants are encouraged to respond to the RFPs by each respective proposal deadline. Please direct any questions via email to MAPO utilizes a competitive procurement process and encourages proposal submission from all qualified consultants.

Note the below clarifications:

Q: What is the page limit for the ICE proposal?

A: The page limit for both the CSAH 16 (Stoltzman Road) and CSAH 60 (Stadium Road) ICE and the Highway 14 Pedestrian Bridge Study is 30 pages.

Q: Could MAPO clarify the anticipated project budget for the Highway 14 Pedestrian Bridge Study?

A: The budgeted amount for the Highway 14 Pedestrian Bridge Study is $15,000. The total Federal Highway Administration contribution listed on page 23, paragraph 2 under the DBE goal section should be corrected to $12,000.

Q: The ICE RFP states 4 virtual presentations will be required, but presentation 3 and 4 in the bulleted list indicate travel to those meetings. Are presentations 3 and 4 virtual or in person?

A: As indicated in the RFP, current public health guidelines will determine if the presentations will be in-person or virtual. Presentations will be virtual if the public health guidance at the time advises social distancing. Health and safety of all involved will be a top priority.

Q: The RFP states you would like to have both printed and electronic copies of the proposal. Is this still the case with COVID right now or do you want just electronic? Can we drop off the printed copies since we have an office in Mankato or does the proposal need to be mailed?

A: Both digital and hard copies are required. Hard copy deliveries will be accepted at MAPO offices via U.S. mail or individual consultant drop off during regular business hours.

The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) is responsible for regional transportation planning within and throughout the Greater Mankato area. This includes pedestrian, bicyclist, transit, automotive, rail, and aviation. MAPO is the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region’s urban/rural area. This means MAPO must provide a continuing, coordinated, and comprehensive transportation planning process in order to obtain federal transportation funds.

MAPO must prepare and maintain a long-range (20-year) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region. MAPO also selects projects for federal funding and prepares a four-year Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), through the MAPO Policy Board, made up of local elected officials, and the Policy Board’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The TIP includes all federally funded transportation projects in the MAPO area, and development of the TIP includes significant input from citizens and interested groups.

MAPO continually produces a wide range of studies, plans, and recommendations to improve transportation within and throughout the Greater Mankato area. MAPO was established in 2012 in response to the 2010 U.S. Census, which designated the Mankato/North Mankato region as an urbanized area (metropolitan statistical area–MSA), requiring the formation of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). MAPO is a partnership of the cities of Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, and Skyline; Blue Earth and Nicollet counties; and the townships of Belgrade, LeRay, Lime, Mankato, and South Bend. MAPO is directed by a six-member Policy Board and advised by a Technical Advisory Committee. The Technical Advisory Committee reviews and formulates recommendations to the Policy Board regarding plans for the Unified Planning Work Program, Long Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program as well as other plans and studies MAPO prepares.

MAPO is located at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Mankato, Minnesota. It is staffed by Executive Director Paul Vogel and Transportation Planner Charles Androsky.

TITLE VI and CIVIL RIGHTS STATEMENT The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) hereby gives public notice that it is the policy of the MAPO to fully comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. Title VI assures that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which the MAPO receives Federal financial assistance. Any person who believes they have been aggrieved by an unlawful discriminatory practice by the MAPO has a right to file a formal complaint with the MAPO, MnDOT or the U.S. DOT. Any such complaint must be in writing and filed with the MAPO’s Title VI Compliance Manager within one hundred eighty (180) days following the date of the alleged discriminatory occurrence. For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Discrimination Complaint Form, please visit the MAPO website (, or view a copy at our offices at 10 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001.