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Highway Gateways Used by Port Trucks

Highway Gateways Used by Port Trucks

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:

  • Newport News Marine Terminal (NNMT)- Newport News
  • Norfolk International Terminals (NIT)- Norfolk
  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT)- Portsmouth
  • Virginia International Gateway (VIG)- Portsmouth

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.

 Map Depicting the 12 Highway Gateways for Hampton Roads from the 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.

Map depicting destinations of trucks from Port-Related Distribution Centers, Jul’16-Jun’17

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:

  • I-64 on the Peninsula
  • US 460
  • US 58

Pie Chart Depicting Usage of Gateways by Hampton Roads Port-Related Distribution Centers

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:

  • as input for scoring candidate projects using the HRPTO Project Prioritization Tool
  • as input for major regional studies currently being conducted by HRTPO and VDOT
  • as support for applications for state and federal funding for related highway projects.

 

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