Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The Morris County Division of Transportation will conduct a second public meeting on its freight infrastructure and land use study Monday, March 7, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Council Chambers in the Roxbury Municipal Building, 1715 Route 46 in Roxbury.

The study is examining the impact and role of the goods movement industry on the county’s transportation network, land use and economy, said Gerald Rohsler, division director, who noted that goods movement plays a critical role in the Morris County economy.

“Countywide, there are more than 63,000 people employed in industries that depend on the delivery of freight,” Rohsler said. “This study will better enable Morris County to make informed and accurate freight recommendations.”

It will also provide tools for improving community relations and a marketing plan that will support future freight-related development and infrastructure improvements, he said.

According to Rohsler, the March 7 meeting will also provide an opportunity for public input.

Once completed, the study will yield a final report that will include recommendations for infrastructure improvements, identification of potential freight-related development locations, an economic impact analysis of the goods movement industry to Morris County, a guide to freight planning for municipalities and a marketing plan to promote economic development and transportation in the county.

The project is being funded through a North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority grant.

More information is available on the Morris County Division of Transportation Web site, www.MorrisDOT.org.