In this project, researchers studied the flow of freight in the 12-county northwestern region of Minnesota
for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT). This project uses data from C.J. Peterson &
Associates, as well as data on agricultural commodities, timber, and Canadian border crossings.
This report identifies major commodity flows by origin and destination within and outside of the region
and assigns these to a regional highway network using the QRSII model. It presents annual flows by
major commodity classification on each highway link, both in weight value shipped, which permits an
identification of significant freight corridors within the region. Mn/DOT plans to use this information in
targeting investment and maintenance of the region's transportation infrastructure. The study also serves
as a prototype for examining freight flows in other regions of the state.
Braslau, Dr. David; Fruin, Dr. Jerry.
Northwest MN Freight Flow Study.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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