Minnesota – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is renovation parking at seven rest areas throughout the state to help truck drivers find safer parking. Dan Rowe, state project manager, says the initiative will help with safety, save time, and reduce fuel consumption for truck drivers.
In-pavement sensors that detect trucks will be installed in the pavement of these rest areas to track the amount of available parking spots left at each rest area. The sensors information will be displayed on dynamic signs posted along I-35 and I-94 as well as online on the MnDOT’s 511 traveler information website.
The new technology should be operational at the Lake Lakota, Big Spunk Lake, Enfield, Elm Creek, St. Croix, Heath Creek, and Forest Lake rest areas by January 2019 or earlier.
Minnesota is working with seven other states on the project, the Regional Truck Parking Information and Management System, including Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.