Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Congressional Transportation Status Report

District 2

Freight, Rail and Waterways

MnDOT’s Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations 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.

The 2016 Statewide Freight System Plan provides a policy framework and strategies for MnDOT and other freight stakeholders to guide planning and investment in various transportation modes. Developed cooperatively with private and other public entities, the comprehensive plan also provides guidelines in project development and operational decisions, in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act.

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

Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System – District 2.

Since 2013, MnDOT has been interviewing Minnesota businesses to get feedback and better understand their specific freight transportation requirements. This project helps MnDOT identify low-cost/high-value opportunities to provide a more responsive transportation system, focusing on infrastructure, maintenance, communication, and permitting and policy.

Visit the MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations for more information about statewide freight plans and studies.

Ports and Waterways

District 2 does not have direct access to a commercially-navigable waterway.


Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations 651-366-3665 william.gardner@state.mn.us