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District Freight Planning

District 1

District 1 Freight Plan Overview

District 1 Freight plan cover page

The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s District 1 (D1) covers almost one‐quarter of Minnesota’s land area and is made up of eight counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

This region owes its historic development and continued economic well‐being to a freight transportation network that supports the safe and efficient movement of iron ore, timber, and manufactured goods such as metal and paper products. This extensive network includes the highways of I‐35, US‐2, US‐53, and US‐169, major rail lines owned by the Canadian National (CN) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railways, and ports in Duluth, Two Harbors, and Silver Bay.

MnDOT developed the plan with local governments, private freight businesses, and members of the public to get a clear understanding of the multimodal freight system, to learn about how local industries use the system, and to understand industry needs and issues so policy and programming decisions can be better informed in the District. The plan will also connect with future updates to the Statewide Freight Plan, as well as future rounds of the Minnesota Highway Freight Program capital solicitation by identifying a list of freight needs in the region.

Working Papers

Andy Hubley, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Bryan Anderson/Duane Hill, MnDOT District One

Charles Lemon, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Chris Ismil, Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRB)

Cindy Voigt, City of Duluth

Darren Juntunen, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Dena Young, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT)

Jim Foldesi, St. Louis County

John Barnes, Canadian National Intermodal

Kelsey Johnson, Iron Mining Association

Ken Gerasimos, Great Lakes Fleet

Kris Reisenburg, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Leo Naumann, Jeff Foster Trucking

Andrew Andrusko, MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations

Ray Higgins, Minnesota Timber Producers Association

Ron Dvorak, Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee

Ron Chicka, Duluth Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

Richard Stewart, University of Wisconsin Superior

Shaker Rabban, MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management

Andy Hubley, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Bryan Anderson, MnDOT District One

Deb DeLuca, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Andrew Andrusko, MnDOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations

Ron Chicka, Duluth Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council

Shaker Rabban, MnDOT Office of Transportation System Management