The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is developing a Freight Plan for MnDOT District 7, a 13-county area in South Central Minnesota. The freight plan will provide a clear understanding of multimodal freight travel in the region, how freight haulers use the transportation system, and the needs and issues for local freight industries and communities. The findings will help MnDOT integrate freight improvements in future construction projects and prioritize future freight related projects for funding.
Your input on the District 7 Freight Plan will help MnDOT staff identify freight system needs and issues and evaluate the draft freight-related policies and programs that impact your community.
Stay tuned for future opportunities to provide feedback for District 7 Freight Plan!
MnDOT is split up operationally into regional districts. MnDOT District 7 covers South Central Minnesota and includes:
The District 7 economy is strongly supported by industries that rely on the transportation of goods, due in part to the significance of agriculture and manufacturing industries. Looking into the future, an aging workforce and plateauing population growth could impact the District’s economy and transportation system, as employees may be increasingly difficult to find.
District 7’s major freight transportation investments primarily focus on highways and railroads. However, goods are moved by multiple modes in District 7, including:
The District 7 multimodal freight transportation system includes:
Pipelines provide low-cost, high-volume shipping options for liquids and gases, making pipelines a key element of the transportation network for liquid fuels. Minnesota has no petroleum or natural gas resources and primarily imports crude oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products.
MnDOT’s mission of ensuring safety, mobility, and maintaining transportation infrastructure is key to supporting the multimodal freight transportation system. Key findings on the multimodal freight system condition and performance are provided below.
Mobility for freight transportation is important to ensure reliable travel times.
The condition of infrastructure is important for safety and smooth travel. This is particularly critical for freight because rough road surfaces can cause bumps that damage goods.