Public comments sought on draft of highway freight network

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Roadways designated under a future highway freight network being developed by the U.S. DOT will be awarded priority status for funding and improvements related to freight movement, safety and efficiency. The DOT’s draft of the proposed network is available for review and public comment through Dec. 19, according to a Federal Register notice on Tuesday.

The notice features maps and other information about the DOT’s proposed highway designations. Many major highways that truckers use now are included as priority corridors in the draft.

The process for prioritizing freight corridors originated in the current highway law MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. The U.S. Department of Transportation posted its first notice to establish the program in February 2013.

Since then, the DOT has identified 27,000 miles of roadways that could be designated as the Primary Freight Network. The latest notice combines those miles with Critical Rural Freight Corridors outlined by the states to make up a 41,000-mile National Freight Network.

The Federal Highway Administration is hosting two online seminars about the draft of the Primary Freight Network. The first one is Wednesday, Nov. 20, and the second is Friday, Dec. 6. Click here to sign up for a seminar.

To file comments on the national freight corridors, visit regulations.gov or locate the docket through the Federal Register posting. The comment deadline is Dec. 19.

Commenters must list the docket number with their comments. That number is FHWA-2013-0050.
 
Mail comments to Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

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