The U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a series of key highways to serve as a highway Primary Freight Network, as required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The notice appeared in today’s Federal Register. You can access the notice on-line: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-27520. This notice solicits comments on the draft initial designation of the highway Primary Freight Network. Comments must be received by December 19, 2013.
Background: MAP-21 calls for the Secretary of Transportation to designate up to 27,000 miles on existing interstate and other roadways, with a possible addition of 3,000 miles in the future, as a Primary Freight Network. The Federal Register notice identifies more than 41,000 miles of comprehensive, connected roadway that a Federal Highway Administration analysis shows would be necessary to transporting goods efficiently on highways throughout the nation to make up the highway Primary Freight Network.
The Primary Freight Network proposal is based on the origins and destination of freight movement, shipment tonnage and values, truck traffic volumes and population. Under MAP-21, the highway Primary Freight Network will become part of a larger highway National Freight Network that includes all interstates and other rural highway routes designated by states that make up critical highway portions of the nation’s multimodal freight system.