Long-range plan: Truck traffic likely to increase

The Crossroads region is a busy place for freight traffic, and that’s only going to increase, according to the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization’s long-range transportation plan.

“The Brookings Institute’s regional freight flow data indicate that the Hagerstown, Md.-W.Va. region accounts for approximately $25.3 billion in annual trade flows (imports and exports). The region imports $13.5 billion per year in commodities and exports approximately $11.8 billion per year in commodities,” the plan states.

“The (Federal Highway Administration’s) Freight Analysis Framework (FAF) forecasts significant growth in regional daily truck traffic between 2018 and 2045. The FAF estimates that I-81, northwest of Martinsburg, will see an additional 13,800 daily trucks and that I-81, southwest of Hagerstown, will see an additional 8,600 daily trucks. Meanwhile, the FAF anticipates 7,400 additional daily trucks on I-70 in western Washington County.”