2021 Regional Truck Freight Corridor Updates

Identifying and prioritizing regional highway freight corridors

The Met Council is now considering proposals to update regional truck freight corridors from state and local agencies that plan, operate and maintain principal or minor arterial roadways in the seven-county metropolitan area.

Change request process

The submission period for proposals to reassess existing corridors based on new data, propose new corridors, or to propose adding a new major freight facility is May 28 through July 2, 2021. Proposals submitted after 5 p.m. on Friday, July 2 will not be considered through this process.

Propose updates to regional truck freight corridors

The underlying database for regional truck corridors was recently updated and the corridors were reanalyzed and re-prioritized into three priority tiers. Use the online mapping application and corresponding scores summary table (PDF) to review the truck corridors within your jurisdiction.


Background

Regional truck freight corridors were initially developed through the 2017 Regional Truck Highway Corridors Study. A technical advisory work group of public agency staff most directly engaged in highway planning guided this data-driven study that analyzed the region’s principal and minor arterials, applying four weighted data factors:

  • Annual average daily truck volume (60% of total corridor score)
  • Percent of total traffic that are trucks (20% of corridor score)
  • Proximity to freight-dependent land uses (10% of corridor score)
  • Proximity to regional freight facilities (i.e. the region’s key intermodal rail yards, river barge terminals, MSP airport, and other major truck terminals) (10% of corridor score)

A first-screen analysis of all principal and minor arterial highway corridors was used to determine which corridor segments met at least one of the following thresholds:

  • Has a Heavy Commercial Annual Average Daily Traffic (HCAADT) volume of at least 300 trucks per day, OR
  • Has an HCAADT volume of at least 200 trucks per day AND where trucks make up at least 10% of Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT).

Corridors meeting at least one of these thresholds were included for further analysis as regional truck freight corridors. Ultimately the study applied all four data factors to establish corridor score rankings and to group the corridors into tiers 1, 2, and 3, in order of priority.

In 2018 the Met Council adopted the study’s final regional truck corridors into the Transportation Policy Plan and first applied the tiered corridors as project selection criteria in the Regional Solicitation process for distributing federal transportation funds. The corridors have also been used as qualifying criteria in recent funding cycles of MnDOT’s Minnesota Highway Freight Program.

Contact

Steve Elmer, Freight Planner
Steven.Elmer@metc.state.mn.us