New technology gives truck drivers safe places to park in Minnesota

January 09, 2019 06:49 PM

Minnesota is now one of eight states with new technology meant to help truckers find a safe and legal place to park.

According to MnDOT, truck drivers often spend an hour or more looking for a parking spot, just to end up on a ramp or shoulder. 

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The new technology collects and broadcasts real-time information to message signs along Interstates 35 and 94 about the number of available truck parking spaces at rest areas ahead.


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 "For truckers, it's very important that (they) can find safe spots and get the tired truckers off the road," MnDOT's Dan Rowe said. 

The system is being used at six rest areas across Minnesota.

"I like it a lot, it should help tremendously," trucker Mike Borgerding said. "It is something that is needed, as much truck traffic that there is out there."

The project cost more than $1 million and was paid for mostly by federal grants. 

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