The Freight Movement and Intermodal Access in Kentucky Study (SPR 98- 189), undertaken by the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) on behalf of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), has two main objectives: 1) the evaluation of access for trucks between intermodal or other truck generating sites and the National Highway System (NHS) and 2) furthering the understanding of freight commodity flows throughout the state. This report summarizes the access evaluation for one facility located in Graves County in the Purchase Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC Highway District #1. The location of the site is shown in Figure 1. Work on other specific sites as well as the freight commodity flow task are on-going and are documented elsewhere.

The sites to be evaluated were selected from two existing databases (a truck facility survey from 1994 and the intermodal facility inventory) based on ADD and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) planner recommendations, geographic location, distance to the National Highway System, and the number of trucks accessing the site. Consideration was also made for the freight type handled and transportation modes used.

The facility for study is Seaboard Farms, and the initial trip to the site revealed that there were no other significant sources of truck traffic in the vicinity. The site was visited for route videotaping on January 15, 1 998 and data collection on August 3, 1 998. Phone surveys were conducted early into the study process so that facility managers could indicate the truck routes and provide insight into potential access-limiting issues. The phone survey, which is included in Appendix A, indicated that approximately 65 trucks per day (130 one-way trips) are accessing the site. The largest trucks using the access route are 58-foot semi-trailers with 42-foot semi-trailers being the most common.

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