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Paper published about ethanol industry’s impact on roads

“Impacts of ethanol plants on highway networks” was published in the spring issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use. It was written by Alan Dybing and Denver Tolliver, both of Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, and Subhro MItra, formerly of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and now at the University of North Texas at Dallas.

The paper describes the impacts of the ethanol industry on existing highway infrastructure in the vicinity of an ethanol production plant. Based on existing pavement condition and the incremental traffic changes, the funds required to maintain the affected roads at their present service levels are quantified. 

The article can be found at The journal is housed at the University of Minnesota and sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies.


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