Low Cost Strategies to Increase Truck Parking in Wisconsin

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Primary Investigator

Teresa Adams, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2205 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Ph: 608-263-3175

Bruce (Xiubin) Wang, Ph.D.
Researcher, CFIRE


There is currently a shortage of overnight parking options for trucks in Wisconsin. This shortage increases safety risks to both truckers and the traveling public.

The Federal Highway Administration’s Study of Adequacy of Parking Facilities, which was completed in 2002, outlined the lack of adequate parking facilities for truckers and the mismatch between available facilities and trucker needs with regard to location, amenities, and functional characteristics. This issue is of particular urgency due to the increasing volume of commercial traffic on the Interstate Highway System, new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations implemented by the FHWA in 2005, and increasing awareness of the connection between driver fatigue and traffic accidents.

The primary purpose of this project is to provide a detailed examination of the current truck parking facilities available in the state of Wisconsin (outside of those along interstate routes 80, 90, and 94) and to identify optimal locations and low cost strategies for providing truck parking.


  • To provide the information necessary for the state of Wisconsin to consider increasing short term truck parking availability in locations where it is needed most along the state highways.
  • To create a GIS inventory of designated truck parking facilities along state highways.
  • To identify issues associated with truck parking and explore (low cost) strategies to address the truck parking problems.


  1. Prepare an interactive map survey tool to facilitate gathering locations of ramp parking.
  2. Conduct interactive survey of highway patrol to determine reasons for ramp parking at particular locations and rank sites in terms of the users’s need.
  3. Interview carriers to determine issues associated with parking at locations of great concern in Wisconsin.
  4. Identify low cost strategies for Wisconsin.
  5. Final report and recommendations.

Project Information

  • Duration: 15 months
  • Dates: October 15, 2007 – January 15, 2009
  • Budget: CFIRE: $21,500; Total: $64,500
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 01-04
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