Bismarck City Commission reveals freight movement study findings

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Tuesday, the Bismarck City Commission revealed the findings of a first-of-its-kind study for the region in and around Bismarck and Mandan, looking at ways to improve the movement of freight.

The study aims to make things safer, cheaper, and faster for freight traffic in and out of Bismarck-Mandan.

Freight in Bismarck and Mandan moves by road and by rail.

"It's getting goods from the producer to markets, and if you can't get it there efficiently and reliably than those people that are shipping the product are not competitive with others," said Keith Bucklew, Project Manager.

The metropolitan planning organization is using this study and others to make recommendations for projects in the area over the next five years.

"To give you a tangible item being a truck route network that has full integrity throughout the region, rather than one city having one and the other not, " said Bucklew.

In 2017 large trucks were involved in only 3 percent of accidents in BisMan according to the DOT.

Some of the recommendations from the study include improvements to the Bismarck Runway, and a facility to transfer freight from a truck to a train.

It was paid for jointly by the cities and counties that it covered.