District 2 freight, rail and waterways
The Minnesota Department of Transportation improves the performance of the multimodal freight transportation system serving Minnesota by planning and delivering freight infrastructure projects, and by ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. Within MnDOT, the Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations works to carry out these goals throughout the state in coordination with the regional district office.
Trucks are the predominate mode of transport for freight moving in and out of the northwestern part of the state, although freight also moves through this area by rail. Commodities exported from the northwestern part of the state include farm products, non-metallic minerals, food products, lumber or other wood products and chemicals
While there is not interstate miles in District 2, truck traffic is supported by:
- 625 miles of National Network roadways that allow truck access including long combination vehicles, semi-trailer trucks with two trailers and single-trailer trucks with an extra-long trailer
- 214 miles designated as part of the Minnesota’s Twin Trailer Network, a system of other trunk and local highways on which long combination vehicles may operate
Multimodal Freight Planning
The 2018 Statewide Freight System and Investment Plan provides a policy framework for MnDOT and other freight stakeholders on future freight trends, performance of the freight transportation system and current and future freight issues and needs throughout the state. This statewide modal plan was developed cooperatively with the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee and other public and private entities. It also includes the statewide investment approach for expending future freight construction projects for dollars apportioned to Minnesota through the National Highway Freight Program in accordance with federal requirements in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.
As part of the implementation of the state’s freight plan, MnDOT has committed to developing regional district freight plans to further inform future capital investments in freight related projects in each area of the state. These District Freight Plans will also help to provide broad outreach to freight stakeholders, including shippers, carriers, manufacturers, ports and waterways, railroads and others. In addition, these efforts will be used to help create the next update to the state’s freight plan by increasing the effectiveness of MnDOT’s multimodal freight planning.
For more information concerning MnDOT’s major freight efforts in District 2 - Minnesota District 2 Freight Plan.
In addition, to MnDOT’s major freight plans, the agency has also conducted stakeholder outreach targeted toward Minnesota’s manufacturing businesses to better understand their feedback and concerns about the existing transportation system. These efforts, called the Manufacturers' Perspectives studies help to identify low-cost, high benefit projects to respond to operational needs as well as maintenance, communication, permitting and policy concerns.
Ports and Waterways
District 2 does not have direct access to a commercially-navigable waterway.