Date Published: 2014-01-14
Contact: Meg Ragonese
Phone: (775) 888-7172
Title: NDOT Publishes Nevada Freight Assessment
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
"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