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Oct. 7, 2019

Freight transportation plan ready for public comments

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation District 1 has completed its freight transportation plan is taking public comments through Nov. 1.

MnDOT District 1 covers almost a quarter of Minnesota’s land area and is made up of 8 counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. This region owes its historic development and continued economic well-being to a freight transportation network that supports the safe and efficient movement of iron ore, timber and manufactured goods, such as metal and paper products. This extensive network includes Interstate 35, Highway 2, Highway 53 and Highway 169, major rail lines owned by the Canadian National and Burlington Northern Santa Fe and ports in Duluth, Two Harbors and Silver Bay.

MnDOT desires to provide a freight transportation system that attracts new businesses and enables others to maintain and grow their presence in northeast Minnesota. To do this, it is essential that MnDOT and its local transportation planning and economic development partners have at their disposal recent and relevant freight data and analysis tools. The District 1 Freight Plan has been developed to provide a clear understanding of the multimodal freight system, local industry use of the system and their needs and concerns. This plan will help guide MnDOT District 1 policy and programming decisions.

The final draft of the MnDOT District 1 Freight Plan has been published online and is ready for public comments. Please visit mndot.gov/ofrw/freight/districtfreightplan/d1.html to view the document. You can send comments until Nov. 1 to MnDOT Freight Planner Andrew Andrusko at andrew.andrusko@state.mn.us or call 651-366-3644 or District 1 Planning Director Bryan Anderson at bryan.anderson@state.mn.us or call 218-725-2794.