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Date Published: 2014-01-14

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: NDOT Publishes Nevada Freight Assessment

Story Text:

A new Nevada Department of Transportation freight assessment will pave the way for future freight and transportation enhancements to support Nevada's economy.

The freight assessment report, completed in December, evaluates key Nevada economic indicators and the state's approximately 110 million tons of annual truck, rail, air and pipeline freight commerce to identify areas for potential future growth and development.

"It's the first step in identifying where and what quantity of freight and goods are being transported statewide, how they are projected to be moved in the future and how that commerce ties in with current and future Nevada infrastructure and economic indicators," NDOT Freight Program Coordinator Bill Thompson explained. "That snapshot then serves as the building block for the next step, which is creating the Nevada Freight Plan. That plan will define future freight improvements to help keep Nevada's economy moving forward."

The Nevada Freight Plan, which will begin development this year, will detail potential projects

to reduce freight bottlenecks and enhance Nevada commerce, such as new truck climbing lanes, roadside electronic signs displaying the amount of truck parking available and other freight corridor improvements. The plan could potentially make way for federal funding for such projects.

Numerous state-sponsored freight improvements have already been put in place, from a new NDOT truck parking facility in Fernley to online truck parking maps.

"The transportation system is how goods and services get to each of us in Nevada; it is the lifeblood of our economic vitality," NDOT Director Rudy Malfabon explained. "We at NDOT continue to focus on building the mobility and safety of our state transportation system to support Nevadans and the Nevada economy."

You can find the Nevada freight assessment report by clicking the truck icon on the center right of the nevadadot.com homepage. Those interested in participating in the freight plan can contact (775) 888-7354.