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MnDOT is dedicated to the efficient movement of freight and commodities within Minnesota, including the movement of freight by truck, rail, water, and air. The freight office is engaged in many activities related to both freight planning and operations.

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News and Notices

Lowry Tunnel closed to trucks over 9,000 lbs.

The construction project on I-94 from Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center continues. From Aug. 4 through Sept. 9, the EB side of the Lowry Tunnel will be closed. The EB and WB lanes of I-94 will run through the WB side of the Lowry Tunnel. Two lanes will run in each direction with a concrete barrier in the middle.

All trucks weighing more than 9,000 pounds are prohibited from the Lowry Tunnel through mid-September. Drivers who fail to follow this instruction will face a fine of up to $300. They are detoured to I-35W, Hwy 62, and Hwy 100 back to I-94. No OSOW permits will be allowed through the tunnel during this time.

With an anticipated project completion in mid-summer 2018, construction work includes 9 miles of road resurfacing and repairs to 50 bridges.

For detailed project information and traffic impacts, check out the I-94 Lowry Tunnel Fact Sheet.

To stay informed of closure schedules, detours and to sign-up for email updates, visit the project website at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr.

Public road funding available through new Minnesota Highway Freight Program

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act created a new funding program that provides money to Minnesota to make improvements to our highway system that benefit freight movement. All public roads, including county and city roads, are eligible for this money. In order to select projects that will be funded with this money, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has created the Minnesota Highway Freight Program. A solicitation for projects is available, with applications due at the end of August 2017.

Visit website for application and more information.

Statewide Freight System Plan Cover Page
Did you know? In 2012, one billion tons of freight moved over Minnesota's transportation system, and by 2040 that volume is expected to rise to 1.8 billion tons.

Check out the 2016 Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan!

The recently completed, new Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan describes Minnesota’s freight transportation system and its role in the state’s economy, current and emerging industry trends, the performance of the freight transportation system, and current and future issues and needs. This Plan also includes Minnesota’s Freight Action Agenda for MnDOT, the Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC) and other partners to advance a significant number of strategies that will improve the efficiency, safety, and reliability of the freight system.

To learn more about the Plan, view a short video on its development or access the Plan Summary, the Full Plan, its Freight Action Agenda or Appendices, click here.

Freight impacts of new federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or "Fast Act"

The Fast Act federal transportation bill recently passed to authorize funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, transit programs, and for other programs. Learn more.