Research Report: Guidance on Mitigating Impacts of Large Distribution Centers on Texas Highways

Numerous distribution centers (DCs) have been built in Texas over the past 20 years. They serve retail, grocery, oil, motor vehicle, manufacturer, and other types of business. These DCs vary in size and truck traffic. Depending on the type of DC and roads providing access, a DC will have some level of traffic operations, safety, and pavement wear impact on those roads. DC site selection often involves the DC site selector/owner/operator/developer negotiating with local agencies, including economic development agencies, to identify potential sites and obtain the best incentives. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is typically brought into the process very late and is then asked to accommodate local agency and DC owner requests without having prior input. This project assessed the DC site selection and development process as it affects TxDOT. The project also developed tools, guidelines, and strategies for gaining early collaboration with DC owners and local agencies in planning and engineering the DCs and their access and funding improvements to state highways. This project analyzed obstacles resulting in TxDOT not being involved earlier in the DC site selection process. Research products included in this report summarize the research performed and present a handbook containing tools and recommendations for working with proposed DC site selectors, developers, and others.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research Project Title: Guidance on Mitigating the Impacts of Large Distribution Centers on Texas Highways. Report Date: September 2009; Published: January 2010.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Implementation Office, P.O. Box 5080
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5080

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bochner, Brian S
    • Higgins, Laura
    • Frawley, William E
    • Cheu, Ruey Long
  • Publication Date: 2010-1


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Technical Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 156p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154199
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-10/0-5335-1, Report 0-5335-1
  • Contract Numbers: Project 0-5335
  • Created Date: Apr 8 2010 2:25PM