The Minnesota Department of Transportation said it is accepting applications for funding of freight-focused highway and intermodal projects.

MnDOT said about $90 million is available for fiscal years 2019-22. The funding comes from the Highway Freight Program created as part of the 2015 federal FAST Act.

“MnDOT will select projects on the basis of freight volume, freight safety and mobility benefits, freight facility access, cost effectiveness and project readiness,” said Bill Gardner, director in the Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles. “These projects have the potential to improve the efficiency of freight transport on any road, port or waterway in the state and as part of the National Highway Freight Network.”

The state said these projects include pavement fixes that provide clear freight benefits, interchange improvements, and bridge work to increase clearance.

Some of the funds will be aimed at intermodal projects that increase container lifts and reduce shipping time.

Minnesota said the deadline for applying for intermodal projects is Aug. 18 and the deadline for highway portion of the funding is Aug. 31.