Announcement: Release of Request for Proposal (RFP)


Question received March 18, 2020: The Lor Ray Drive & James Drive ICE RFP indicates that traffic “Counts should be taken when Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato School District ISD 77, and South Central College are in session. Counts are required to be done between Tuesday and Thursday.”

Traffic patterns have already been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  It will likely be Fall 2020 before all three of these educational institutions resume with a full slate of in-person classes.  Would MAPO be willing to waive this traffic data collection guideline in favor of one of the following alternatives:

  • Utilizing MAPO-provided historical turning movement counts?
  • Utilizing new Summer 2020 turning movement counts collected by the Consultant?

If new turning movement counts are required while schools have returned with in-person classes, would the ICE start and completion dates be extended to allow Fall 2020 traffic data collection?

Answer posted March 18, 2020: The final ICE delivery deadline will be shifted to accommodate fall traffic count collection. All other requirements of the RFP remain.

Question received March 13, 2020: With the current COVID-19 situation changing on a daily basis, REDACTED would like to request that MAPO accept electronic submittals of proposals for the [Lor Ray Drive and James Drive Intersection Control Evaluation].

Answer posted March 13, 2020: MAPO is waiving the requirement for physical copies of the Lor Ray Drive and James Drive Intersection Control Evaluation proposal for all responders. All other requirements remain.

February 19, 2020 – MAPO is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit responses from qualified consulting firms interested in performing an intersection control evaluation (ICE) study of the intersection of Lor Ray Drive and James Drive in North Mankato, MN.  Responding proposals must be received by March 20, 2020.

The RFP is available HERE or available in person at the Intergovernmental Center (IGC) located at 10 Civic Center Plaza in Mankato, MN 56001. Any inquires regarding this notice should be directed to Charles Androsky, MAPO Transportation Planner by email at or by phone at (507) 387-8389.

The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO)

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 a long-range (20-year) Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the region every 4 years. It 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.