200 new truck parking spaces have been built along I-80 in Laramie, Wyoming, according to Federal Highway Administration Administrator Shailen Bhatt.
The new truck parking spaces will improve safety during winter weather conditions and facilitate the safe and efficient movement of freight on one of the busiest highways in the United States.
Also announced is a new data visualization tool that makes it easier to access localized freight data to help states and local governments plan for freight growth and the movement of goods across the country.
The I-80 Winter Truck Improvement Project in Wyoming includes the construction of approximately 5.5 miles of passing lanes and two truck parking spaces on I-80 between Laramie and Rawlins in southeastern Wyoming, providing 100 truck parking spaces each each end of the project.
Parking areas use advanced intelligent transportation systems to help improve safety and cargo flow, especially during winter weather, which causes heavy traffic jams and serious collisions.
The improvements will provide a safe area for truck parking and will also provide space for snow removal along the highway, allowing operations to resume after snow and ice.
The Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act would allocate $755 million over three years to build parking spaces. According to the text of the bill, no project funded by the bill may include paid parking. All parking must be publicly accessible and free.