The Impacts of Extended Interstate Closures to Regional Freight Logistics: A Case Study of the 2011 Interstate 29 Closure
GIS Seminar Presentation
Tracy Troutner, GIS certificate candidate, community and regional planning
Adviser: Konstantina Gkritza, collaborator associate professor, civil, construction and environmental engineering
This research utilized empirical Freight Performance Measure (FPM) data to localize and quantify the impacts of an interstate closure. The utilization of FPM data allows for a contemporary analysis beyond traditional theoretical modeling and simulations. Specifically, this research examined the localized changes in regional freight flows between the areas of Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas and of Omaha, Nebraska/Council Bluffs, Iowa as a result of the Missouri River flooding in 2011, which caused 49 miles of Interstate 29 to be closed for 115 days.
Based on this analysis, the primary basis for the localized regional freight route selection during this extended detour was found to be travel time when compared with driver costs, vehicle costs, travel distance and safety considerations. The impacts of the Interstate 29 closure to localized freight movements were quantified and include vehicle and driver costs, time, distance and safety.
The analysis of the FPM data revealed changes in route selection to three primary alternate routes, which increased total transportation costs for regional freight between Kansas City and Omaha by 10.1 percent during the interstate closure.
Finally, this research analyzed if there was a progression of route selection over the four months of the interstate closure.