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Title:Implementing Non-Radioactive Hazardous Material Transportation Routes
Authors:Mark Lofgren
University:North Dakota State University
Publication Date:May 2010
Report #:MPC-10-221
TRID #:01164241
Keywords:disaster preparedness, hazardous materials, implementation, rural areas, security, truck routes


Since September 11, 2001, and subsequent threats to the transportation system, large urban area planners have become increasingly aware of the importance of alternative routing for hazardous materials movements by trucks. Transportation planners and engineers have developed security relationships with other disciplines such as police; fire and rescue; and other emergency management and response personnel to meet the challenges of safely and efficiently moving hazardous materials. Crashes involving trucks carrying hazardous materials are, in most cases, disastrous to both the highway system and surrounding environment. Although security and hazardous route planning has taken place in urban settings, a significant number of outlying smaller cities and municipalities have not established the same criteria. Transporting hazardous materials through rural communities may pose unique challenges because vehicles move through various environments and there are a limited number of available transportation networks.

Note that this document was not peer reviewed by technical experts so it's only available upon request by emailing ndsu.ugpti@ndsu.edu.

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