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District 6

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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.

District 6 has a diverse industrial base consisting of manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education, transportation, agriculture and forestry. The district’s diverse economy and growing population combined with strong tourism, contribute to unique transportation challenges for this region. Unique regional freight issues in District 6 include access to intermodal ports and infrastructure, cross-border uniformity, and crude by rail. Major commodities include coal, non-metallic minerals, and transportation equipment.

Multimodal Freight Planning

Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: A Pilot Study in Southwest and West Central Minnesota

In 2013, MnDOT initiated a pilot project in southwest and west central Minnesota in order to better understand freight customers’ transportation priorities and challenges, and to incorporate their input into MnDOT’s planning and project development. The Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System: A Pilot Study in Southwest and West Central Minnesota was completed in February 2014.

The Central Minnesota Regional Freight Study (PDF) (2012) identified significant industry trends, highlighted commercial logistics issues, and suggested improvements in goods movement for Minnesota industries.

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

Ports and Waterways

District 6 has two active ports on the Mississippi River including Red Wing and Winona. The Mississippi River System stretches over 195 miles in Minnesota and supports four port areas whose combined 2016 tonnage was 14.7 million net tons. The River accounts for over 50 percent of Minnesota’s agricultural exports. The Mississippi River Navigation System is maintained by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

The Minnesota Port Development Assistance Program (PDAP) provides the state’s public port authorities with capital investment funding assistance through grants. It's administered by MnDOT's Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations.

Contact

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