Mississippi Valley Freight Coalition Expanded Truck Parking

Quarterly Reports Other Documents Final Report
March 2008
June 2008
September 2008
December 2008
March 2009
June 2009
Truck Parking Survey
Conference Poster
Truck Parking Data Visualization Tool
Final Report

Primary Investigator

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


This project builds upon the Federal Highway Administration’s Study of Adequacy of Parking Facilities on the NHS, which was completed in 2002 and outlines 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.  The urgency of this issue is a result of the increasing volume of commercial traffic on the Interstate Highway System, new Hours of Service (HOS) regulations implemented by the FHWA in 2005, growing incidents of truck parking ramps, and increasing awareness of the connection between driver fatigue and traffic accidents. The research team is conducting a related project for WisDOT.


  • Provide information necessary for states to consider increasing short term truck parking availability in the locations where it is needed most along the interstate highways in the region.
  • Supply states in the 10-state Mississippi Valley region with valuable information regarding where parking facility improvements are most needed and why, along with important characteristics of new facilities.


  1. Literature review
  2. Inventory parking information for commercial vehicles along the interstate highways within the Mississippi Valley region and also work conducted by the research team for the state of Wisconsin.
  3. Prepare an interactive map survey tool to facilitate gathering locations of ramp parking in the Mississippi Valley region.
  4. Conduct interactive map based survey of the state patrols to determine reasons for ramp parking in the Mississippi Valley region.
  5. Interview carriers to determine issues associated with parking at locations of great concerns in the Mississippi Valley region.
  6. Identify low cost strategies.
  7. Refine ranking and evaluate strategies.
  8. Overview of information technologies.

Project Information

  • Duration: 15 months
  • Dates: October 1, 2007 – January 1, 2009
  • Budget: CFIRE: $21,500; Total: $64,500
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: MVFC 04
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