District 4 Freight Plan
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s District 4 is developing a regional freight plan to analyze long term freight needs of the region’s transportation system. This includes highways, roads, and railroads. The plan will provide a clear understanding of the District’s freight system, characteristics of local industry system usage, and freight needs and issues.
District 4 covers west central Minnesota, and includes 12 counties: Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse and Wilkin. In District 4, the largest cities in the area are Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Detroit Lakes and Morris. The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG) serves portions of District 4.
District 4’s road network plays a significant role for freight mobility, particularly for moving manufacturing and agricultural goods. The only interstate highway in District 4 is Interstate 94 (I-94), and the District’s network of national and state highways serve as key truck corridors connecting the businesses with I-94. Highways 7, 9, 10, 29, 59, and 210 are all integral to supporting freight related businesses in the District. More than 500 businesses in the manufacturing sector and 400 trucking companies are located in District 4, and heavily rely on the safe and efficient road freight infrastructure.