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Cooper Bowers, Transportation Planner III (302) 760-2153

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Delaware Freight Overview

Our transportation system is used to move people from one place to another and the commodities that we need in our everyday lives. Trucks, ships, and rail lines are used to transport goods to and from stores, factories, and other locations. This has a significant impact on our transportation system. In 2020, approximately 68.7 million tons of freight worth $101.3 billion moved to, from, or within Delaware.

Delaware Freight Plan 2022

The state freight plan update has been completed. The plan has:

  1. Met all current federal freight planning guidelines
  2. Provided a complete overview of current freight trends in Delaware
  3. Utilized the latest supply chain/technology to further express the impact of freight in Delaware
  4. Identified policy needs and strategies to ensure the efficient movement of freight in Delaware
  5. Identified key freight projects and related investment plans (TIP/CTP) for a five-year forecast period
  6. Further developed and amplified collaborative efforts among freight stakeholders, as well as regional, state, and local partners

The Delaware Freight Plan was most recently updated to comply with the federal freight planning requirements introduced in November 2021 by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The draft Plan was developed from summer 2021 to fall 2022, and the Federal Highway Administration approved the Plan in December 2022.

  • Public Engagement

    2022 Delaware Freight Plan Open House

    The public comment period for the Draft 2022 Delaware Freight Plan has ended. Thank you for your comments. They have been reviewed and addressed as part of the final draft version of the Plan. The invitation to the Delaware Freight Plan Open House held as part of this outreach is available here.


    Summer 2023

    The Summer 2023 Delmarva Freight Summit was held in person on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, and included the following presentations and display boards:

    Winter 2022

    The Winter 2022 Delmarva Freight Summit was held in person on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, and included the following presentations:

    Summer 2022

    The Summer 2022 Delmarva Freight Summit was held virtually on Friday, June 10th, 2022.


    The Summit featured:

    • Discussion of the draft 2022 Delaware Freight Plan Update;
    • A presentation on freight and port infrastructure funding opportunities by Amanda Rutherford, Gateway Director Mid-Atlantic with the Maritime Administration of USDOT (MARAD); and
    • A keynote conversation on the trucking industry's short- and long-term operational challenges with Rachel Premack, FreightWaves editorial director, and Dr. Steve Viscelli, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream.

    Summit Documents:

    Summit Recording: Listen Here

    Use the following links to jump to individual segments of the recording:



    2017 Delaware Freight Plan

    2015 Delaware Freight Plan

    Freight Inventory and Trend Assessments

    Ongoing Freight Studies

    Current Freight Conditions in Delaware

    View an updated inventory of Delaware's existing freight network with displays of traffic conditions, truck parking, truck bottleneck's, etc.

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