The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota State Patrol are seeking public feedback on plans to improve the state’s commercial truck weight enforcement facilities beginning in 2020. The draft 10-year Minnesota Weight Enforcement Investment Plan projects a 10-percent increase in commercial truck traffic on Minnesota highways by 2028.
The plan identifies statewide projects to protect public investment in highway infrastructure and ensures public safety related to commercial vehicle operations. That includes improvements to buildings, equipment and technology that could aid in fast, efficient commercial truck inspections.
“Those improvements will help MnDOT and the State Patrol meet the state’s goals of keeping Minnesota motorists safe, while protecting our road and bridge investments from potential damage by overweight loads,” said Julie Whitcher, MnDOT weigh station program manager.
The plan does not propose any changes in vehicle regulations or laws.
For more information and to comment on the plan by Jan. 24, visit mndot.gov/ofrw/weightplan. An interactive presentation on the plan is also available for viewing. Comments can also be made to FreightPlans.DOT@state.mn.us or to Julie Whitcher, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations, MS 470, 395 John Ireland Blvd., St. Paul, MN, 55155.