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Officials Look at Ways to Improve Freight System

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Roads in North Dakota have taken a beating due to all the truck traffic the past few years.

That being said, state officials are trying to stay ahead of the curve by finding out how to improve the freight system in North Dakota.

The Department of Transportation is holding public input meetings throughout the state to discuss the size and weight of trucks and the interconnections between roads.

Jack Olson says it's important to get feedback from those in the industry to help determine what needs to change-- to keep things moving.

"They need to have their products be able to get to those consumers that they have. On the other hand, we have people living here that need products brought in - raw materials for manufacturing, consumer items like televisions and so forth so we need a freight system that allows those moments to be safe, secure, and reliable," says Jack Olson, Freight Studies.

Dakota Gasification Company Transportation Manager Tara Vesey says the DOT has done a good job of considering everything that goes into freight planning.

She says her company is always looking for ways to pursue additional safety measures in transporting their product.

"Dakota Gasification Company has always been interested in being involved in anything that we can do to make a safer transportation system for our product. We recognize that there are areas which can be improved upon and so we definitely want to attend this type of dialogue," says Tara Vesey, Transportation Manager, DGC."

If you'd like to take a look at the Freight Plan for the state you can visit their website at www.dot.nd.gov/divisions/planning/freight

There is also a survey form you can fill out.

The DOT will take public input through the end of June and hopes to finalize freight plans by the end of July.

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