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Draft Michigan Freight Plan available for public review and comment

Contact: Rob Balmes, Intermodal Policy Section Manager,
 balmesr@michigan.gov
517-373-9193
Agency: Transportation

July 9, 2013 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) draft Michigan Freight Plan, a supplement to the 2035 MI Transportation Plan, is available for public comment through Aug. 7. The draft freight plan is available for public review on the State Long Range Plan Web site: www.michigan.gov/slrp. The public is invited to send comments via e-mail to youngk10@michigan.gov or by telephone to 517-241-4819.

A public Webinar to discuss the plan in detail is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24. You can register at www.michigan.gov/slrp, or by sending your name, organization (if applicable), phone number and address to youngk10@michigan.gov. Details, including Web address and audio connection information, will be included in an e-mail confirmation.

The draft Michigan Freight Plan is a comprehensive overview of the state's freight transportation system, including existing assets, system performance and the investments required to ensure long-term success. A multi-modal and intermodal resource, the plan provides an overall framework for Michigan freight system improvements and priorities, including a list of statewide projects designed to address freight mobility in the state. Freight is defined as any good, product or raw material carried by commercial transportation, including air, highway, rail, water and pipeline.

Copies of the draft freight plan can be obtained by calling 517-241-4819, or sending a written request to:

Bob Parsons
Public Involvement and Hearings Officer
Bureau of Highway Development
Michigan Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909

Additionally, copies of the draft freight plan also are available at MDOT region offices and Transportation Service Centers throughout the state. For locations and contact information, go to: http://michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9623-36042--,00.html.

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