MnDOT releases new statewide Truck Parking Study
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation today released the results of its 2019 Minnesota Truck Parking Study that identifies capacity needs and technology changes as part of a broader push to increase truck safety. The agency worked with truckers, truck companies and the truck stop industry.
The study found that on an average day there are more than 26,000 truck trips in Minnesota and only 4,846 truck parking spaces available. Of these spaces more than 85 percent are owned or operated by commercial truck stops. A key finding is that collaboration between MnDOT and truck stop operators will be necessary to address the parking space availability gap and future truck parking needs. The study included an analysis of specialized truck travel locations where the greatest need for more parking spaces, by zip code, was identified. This analysis provides a quantitative resource to help prioritize locations for potential future investment by MnDOT and truck stop operators.
MnDOT is asking for public comments on the study to help guide future statewide improvements for truck safety.
Comments or input may be emailed through Nov. 8 to: FreightPlans.DOT@state.mn.us or mailed to Andrew Andrusko, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations, MS 470, 395 John Ireland Blvd. St. Paul, MN, 55155.
The study is available at: mndot.gov/ofrw/freight/truckparking.