The HRTPO Board has long recognized the importance of the Port of Virginia, not only to the economy of Hampton Roads, but to that of the rest of Virginia and the nation. To help ensure the success of the Port, the HRTPO evaluates and plans for the movement of freight along the Region’s roadway network. This study analyzed the routes used by trucks associated with the four state-owned ports in Hampton Roads:
For many years, the HRTPO has used general truck counts to help determine routes used most heavily by trucks, but we have not known specifically which highways are used by port-related trucks. Therefore, to assist the Board in planning roadway improvements for port-related trucks, HRTPO staff identified those highway routes port-related trucks use to enter and exit Hampton Roads in the Highway Gateways Used by Port Trucks study.
12 Highway Gateways for Hampton Roads
(Source: HRTPO staff via insight.streetlightdata.com)
To measure port-related trucks, HRTPO staff used the StreetLight travel analysis software which tracks the travel of 12% of commercial truck trips in the U.S. via GPS-based fleet management data.
Destinations of Trucks from Port-Related Distribution Centers, Jul’16-Jun’17
(Source: HRTPO staff- mapping (via ESRI) of trips processed via Streetlight.)
By using StreetLight to estimate the number of daily trips between local port-related distribution centers and their customers outside Hampton Roads, HRTPO staff found that the most-used highway gateways for these import-based port-related trucks are:
Usage of Gateways by Hampton Roads Port-Related Distribution Centers
(Source: HRTPO staff processing of StreetLight data, July’16 thru June’17)
HRTPO staff plans to use the study results: