Assessment of Truck Parking Demand and Safety During Normal and Severe Weather Conditions in Nebraska

MAP-21 included a provision requiring truck drivers to use an Electronic Logging Device to record their compliance with Hours-of-Service (HOS) requirements. This mandate, effective as of December 2017, requires commercial drivers to stop and rest after 11 hours of driving. Around the same time this mandate became effective, NDOT completed its first State Freight Plan. Through the planning process and discussions with the trucking industry and other stakeholders, the topic surrounding the availability of safe and convenient truck parking came to the fore, with truck drivers, motor carriers, and safety officials in Nebraska expressing concerns and seriousness of this issue. Commercial drivers seeking to comply with HOS regulations often park illegally, creating unsafe conditions for motorists and other commercial drivers. The extent of the problem in Nebraska is unknown and evidence is often anecdotal. For these reasons, the State Freight Plan recommended that NDOT develop an asset-based approach to understand how truck parking deficiencies affect safety and operations on its highway network. To assess truck parking at the state level, this project proposes to develop a method to scan the entire State using satellite imagery to (1) determine truck parking lot occupancy, and (2) identify locations where trucks have parked illegally. In collecting this information over 10 years, trends and projections can be made to inform policy and provide factual data to guide discussions with NDOT’s freight partners.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $188,885.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Nebraska Department of Transportation

      1500 Nebraska 2
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68502
    • Project Managers:

      Halsey, Lieska

    • Principal Investigators:

      Huynh, Nathan

      Zhao, Li

      Tang, Zhenghong

    • Start Date: 20230701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250531
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01881520
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 27 2023 5:29PM