Ohio's truck traffic, already among the heaviest nationally, will increase 58 percent by 2020 as the importance of truck transportation continues to grow and rail transportation decreases, a new state study says.
The increase in truck freight means that highway planners should begin working more closely with businesses that ship and receive freight and following trucking patterns in determining whether highways need to be widened or new ones built, the study concluded.
Ohio currently ranks fourth nationally for truck freight, trailing California, Texas and Pennsylvania. The state ranks third in the value of that freight, with 14 percent of the nation's share.
The two-year, $350,000 study commissioned by the Ohio Department of Transportation also said attention should be given to expanding rail freight service in the state.
The report's findings were to be discussed Thursday by business and community leaders at a symposium at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.