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August 11, 2016

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MnDOT District 1 kicks-off major effort to gather information from manufacturers, freight carriers, major northeastern Minnesota industries

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is undergoing a multi-year, statewide effort to interview representatives from manufacturers, carriers and leading industries by region. The effort is called Manufacturers’ Perspectives on Minnesota’s Transportation System and the goals are to:

  • Better understand business perspectives and priorities for transportation
  • Better align the transportation system with shippers’ needs with low-cost, high-value solutions
  • Support continuous improvement at MnDOT with on-going input from this customer segment.

Three MnDOT districts on the western side of Minnesota have already completed this outreach process. The comments gathered in these interviews were analyzed and compiled into reports that provide insights and recommendations for specific improvements to transportation infrastructure and operations. Many of the transportation problems that western Minnesota businesses raised in interviews have already been addressed or will be in the next four years.

“MnDOT is very interested in learning from the businesses in northeastern Minnesota about how operation, maintenance and improvement of the transportation system can help them succeed,” said District 1 Engineer, Duane Hill.

Minnesota-based manufacturers ship their products over Minnesota roads and bridges, rail, air and water, to state, national and often international markets. The transportation system, when aligned with shippers’ needs and priorities, plays an important role in supporting state and regional economic vitality.

Manufacturers, other freight-related businesses and major resorts in MnDOT District 1 will be invited to participate in one-hour, on-site interviews that will take place this fall. The final report will be finished in spring 2017.

Manufacturers and other businesses were selected based on a variety of criteria to ensure that the entire eight-county northeastern region is represented. MnDOT is partnering with local economic development organizations throughout northeast Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, in this effort.

To read the final reports from MnDOT Districts 2, 4 and 8 please visit:
mndot.gov/ofrw/freight/PDF/D2study.pdf
mndot.gov/ofrw/freight/PDF/D4study.pdf
mndot.gov/d8/projects/manufacturersperspectives/ (link titled Manufacturers' Perspective Pilot Study Final Report - February 2014 (PDF)

For more information about the Manufacturers’ Perspectives project, please contact: Donna Koren, Market Research Director at 651-366-4840 or donna.koren@state.mn.us.

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