Optimization of Log Truck Operations and Regional Log Superyards

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Poster Final Report

Primary Investigator

Richard Stewart
University of Wisconsin – Superior
Old Main 135, P. 0. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880


Rising fuel costs are expected to increase truck rates by 10 to 30 percent over the next two years.  Many of the products shipped in this region are heavy, bulk, and raw materials such as logs that benefit from economies of scale and bulk modes of transportation.  Current estimates suggest that truck log delivery systems in the region may be operating at less than 50% loaded capacity.  The “empty miles” impact not only increases in truck rates but also contributes to needless production of green house gases and carbon emissions.  The optimization of truck, rail and marine modes with an efficient intermodal linkage would result in the reduction of transportation costs, congestion, pavement and roadway degradation, and harmful air emissions.


This is a preliminary investigation into the potential of optimizing log truck operations and establishing regional log superyards.


  1. Literature review
  2. Meet with logging industry and third party logistics providers
  3. Assist in coordination and support of two public meetings in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to address topic.

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: October 2007 – October 2008
  • Budget: $3,000
  • Student Involvement: One undergraduate
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 02-22
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