Interstate 70 Rocheport bridge over the Missouri River.

Rocheport Bridge – “the lynchpin of America” – will be replaced.

The current 1960s era bridge is an example of critical infrastructure that connects a majority of the U.S. (Source: https://www.modot.org/RocheportBridge.) With nearly 3.6 million trucks crossing the Missouri River at Rocheport each year, the bridge is critical to the national economy and nationwide movement of goods. MoDOT expects to begin construction on a new I-70 […]

Personified corn cob with husks peeled back. Accompanied by text "Corn Belt Ports". Wavy water depicted along bottom of frame.

Corn Belt Ports on the Mississippi River gain federal recognition on principal U.S. ports list

Three new Port Statistical Areas in the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri made their debut on the principal U.S. ports list: the Illinois Waterway Ports and Terminals (ILWW), the Mid-America Port, and the Mississippi River Ports of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (MRPEIWI). Combined, the new Port Statistical Areas accounted for more than […]

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America’s Forgotten Marine Highway Network That Could Green Global Freight Transport

“The U.S. maritime industry has long been a neglected sector and has not received as much attention as transformation in road transport (e.g., electric and autonomous trucking) and air transport (e.g., the development of electric and autonomous cargo drones). The electric and autonomous shipping revolution is being driven primarily by China and Scandinavian countries. With […]

Hopper style rail cars

MAFC has completed an Analysis of Surface Transportation Board Waybill Data for Freight Planning and Operations.

The objective of this study is to review the STB rail waybill data, analyze it, and examine the adequacy of the data for state freight rail planning and operations decision-making. The study reviews waybill data, focusing on aspects including accessibility, composition, quality, and usability of the data. It compares the waybill data against alternate databases, […]

Trucks in snow illustrating highway freight transportation.

AASHTO submits comments on National Strategic Freight Plan

AASHTO provided comments on freight reauthorization to the U.S. DOT this past February. The AASHTO freight policy perspective reflects a continued interest to better define the multimodal freight system, provide funding and program flexibility, allow for technological advances, build on freight performance measures, improve project delivery and re-establish a freight-specific, cooperative research program. The AASHTO […]