The parking situation in the state of
may be looking up.
The state Department of Transportation is conducting a study into
drivers’ parking habits and plans to use the information to make
recommendations to the Legislature in 2006.
In addition, Dan Alsaker, the operator of eight Flying J Travel Plaza
is working on developing a 100-space truck plaza in nearby
to partially replace spaces that were lost when a truck stop in
shut down and replaced with a strip mall.
According to The (
) News Tribune, parking
spaces for trucks in that part of the state are difficult to come by. So much
so the state’s DOT has hired a consultant to survey truck drivers and determine
what their parking habits are.
The findings, along with DOT recommendations, will be reported to the
Legislature by Dec. 1 in order to be considered by the 2006 Legislature, which
convenes in January.
Ron Niemi, the DOT official in charge of the survey, told The News Tribune the department would most
likely recommend a combination of expanded rest areas and joint public-private
partnerships to build more truck parking areas.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the state of
has only 100 parking spaces for every 114
spots it needs and has the 10th worst parking shortage in the