The Mississippi River is a critical corridor for transportation of agricultural products and, in turn, is critical to the economies of the states that utilize the river to transport these trade goods. The report assesses the total impact of lock and dam closures along the Upper Mississippi River and then demonstrates how the cost the closures, or improvements designed to mitigate their impact on the highway side, compare with the cost of improving Upper Mississippi River control structures.
MAFC researchers recently completed a short whitepaper entitled Benefits and Limitations of J-Turn Intersections. This report provides a review of the safety and operational dimensions, including benefits and limitations, of J-turn intersection designs. Special accommodations and limitations of J-turn intersections for trucks, buses, and oversize/overweight (OSOW) vehicles. Read the whitepaper.
MAFC researchers recently completed a synthesis report of trucking parking management systems (TPMS) in the Midwest. This report provides a review of the research on truck parking as well as pilot projects developed and implemented to assess truck parking systems. Read the report.
The Mid-America Freight Coalition recently submitted a set of recommendations to the FHWA regarding the proposed designation of the Primary Freight Network (PFN). View the MAFC PFN comments.
The US DOT has released the draft Primary Freight Network. This week’s Talking Freight is also devoted to An Overview of the Draft Highway Primary Freight Network. Update: The presentations and a FAQ from this webinar are now available for download (PDF).
Public Input Session May 29, 2013 US DOT Headquarters 12:30-4:30pm EDT The US DOT is holding a public input session for the Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study (CTSW) that is required by MAP-21 (section 32801). The Study will evaluate and compare the differences between trucks loaded at or below current federal truck size and […]
As part of its Freight Mobility Action Agenda, The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has established a repository of information about the Multimodal Freight Network in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Multimodal Freight Network is composed of highways, local roads, rail lines, ports and airports. The network identifies the role of the different transportation facilities in shipping freight […]
June 1, 2012 1pm Eastern I-70 Corridor Dedicated Truck Lanes The $3.75 million, two-phased study evaluated the feasibility of adding dedicated truck lanes through Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The Study evaluate if Dedicated Truck Lanes address the congestion and safety problems and needs on the corridor and improve the regions’ economic competitiveness more than […]
Minnesota Public Radio recently featured a story on MnDOT’s Central Minnesota Regional Freight Plan. Solutions for sluggish truck traffic on Interstate Highway 94 in Central Minnesota include bolstering the interstate’s capacity or linking it to U.S. Highway 10 via a new freeway connection. That’s according to a preliminary state study of freight transportation in the […]
Atlantic Cities recently took a look at Fighting Congestion in Minneapolis on a Tight Budget. The traffic situation in Minneapolis isn’t pretty. The 2011 Urban Mobility Report ranked the Twin Cities third worst among large cities in annual delay per commuter, at about 45 total hours. Of course a number of factors contribute to city congestion, […]