Freight Trucks Challenge Highway Planners

CINCINNATI (AP) - Experts say commercial truck traffic is expected to soar over the next 10 years, leading to further highway congestion unless the U.S. greatly improves its infrastructure.

Ohio is trying to take freight traffic off the roads by expanding the use of rail and barge shipping.

The state is using $3.6 million in federal stimulus funds to raise five bridges along a rail line between Cincinnati and Columbus that would allow clearance for double-stacked containers.

In Cincinnati, a group of investors wants to build a $26 million public port on the Ohio River that would take containers off barges and put them directly onto trains.

Mark Policinski, an official with the Cincinnati area's main transportation planning agency, says trucks are never going to go away.

But the state needs to find other alternatives to ship goods.

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