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Municipal Partnership Initiative (MPI)
The Municipal Partnership Initiative (MPI) program was conceived and developed in early 2011. It is a creative method to develop, fund, and build projects of municipal interest on the state infrastructure system with DOT as a partner. It is MaineDOT’s intention that this program remain simple, flexible, and fast moving. It will respond to municipal interests, leverage economic opportunities, and improve safety whenever possible while ensuring the public gets good value for their tax dollars.
When a municipality indicates interest in making an eligible improvement or adding to the scope of an existing MaineDOT Project, the request is forwarded to the DOT Regional Office for action. Shortly thereafter, the Region Engineer meets with the municipal official to scope out the project. The scoping, approval, agreement, and development processes will be as lean and simple as possible so that a Cooperative Agreement can be signed within 2 months if all goes well. These projects will not go through the normal planning process.
Unless waived by the Commissioner, the state funding contribution for a project will be capped at $500,000 and generally have a state share of 50% or less. State funding for the MPI is limited by available state funding, which is impacted by revenue projections, Legislative budget deliberations, bid prices, and the severity of winter weather. For the FY-12-13 biennium, MaineDOT has $7 million for the MPI. Funding shares will be negotiated on a case by case basis, depending on the extent of regional or statewide benefits. Consideration will be given to the impact a project has on eliminating the need for current and future projects and maintenance needs. Municipalities may also propose shifting long-term maintenance responsibilities as part of their share.
This page last updated on 6/27/13
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