About the Study
This study is designed develop a comprehensive statewide first/final mile roadway inventory to help further an understanding of the locations, their roles in the overall transportation system, and develop better transportation and land use practices to address first/final mile facilities in the State of Delaware.
The project began in October 2020 and is expected to take approximately 9-11 months to complete.
- Working Paper #1: Initial Identification of First/Final Mile Freight Network
- Working Paper #2: Addressing Delaware’s First/Final Mile Freight Needs and Issues
- View the draft first/final network
Project Focus Group Meeting and Materials
Focus Group Meeting #2 (June 2021):
The Project team shared an updated inventory of first/final mile connectons based on stakeholder feedback and institutional needs and issues that affect improvements to these.
Focus Group Meeting #1 (January 2021):
The Project team introduced the definition of first/final mile connections and efforts in developing a draft network for dicsussion.
- Focus Group Meeting #1 (1/7/21) Presentation
- Wikimap Interactive Survey Collection of stakeholder feedback
What is a First/Final Mile Road Network???
First/final mile roadways are critical elements of the freight transportation system because they link freight facilities with major corridors for regional and inter-state travel such as I-95, and US-13. Since first/final mile roadways serve as connectors to major corridors, they are often very short road segments along lower functionally-classified routes that also support multiple users including passenger vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, and may not have been designed to easily accommodate truck traffic.
Some commonly-observed problems on first/final mile routes across the US and Delaware include:
Land Use Conflicts
How important are they to our economy?
The first/final mile freight network is among the most misunderstood portions of transportation networks, even among industry professionals. Overall, these facilities are often lower functionally classified routes (i.e local or collectors) on which freight/passenger vehicle conflicts are more visible and a negative public perception of truck traffic may be much greater. These locations also tend to be near residential areas, so they can create a conflict between freight mobility and other users of the transportation system. These types conflicts can negatively impact the safe and efficient movement of freight.
Other Freight Links
- 2019 Interstate Truck Travel Time Reliability (Interactive Map)
- Delaware Primary Freight Network (PFN) (Interactive Map)
- 2019 Delaware Freight Bottlenecks: (Interactive Map)
- 2019 Freight Bottlenecks and Improvements Summary (PDF: Updated 2/5/20)
- 2017 Delmarva Freight Plan Addendum
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