This is a study undertaken on behalf of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). There are two main objectives of the Freight Movement and Intermodal Access in Kentucky Study (SPR 98-189): evaluation of the access for trucks between intermodal or other truck generating sites and the National Highway System (NHS); and furthering the understanding of freight commodity flows throughout the state. This report summarizes the access evaluation for the Cook Family Foods facility located in Carter county in the FIVCO Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC Highway District #9. 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 in .this study were selected from two existing databases (a truck facility survey from 1994 and the intermodal facility inventory) based on ADD and KYTC Highway District planner recommendations, geographic location, distance to the NHS, and the number of trucks accessing the site. Consideration was also made for the freight type handled and transportation modes used.

The site was visited for video recording and data collection as listed in Appendix A. The facility is located at the end of CW Stevens Boulevard approximately 0.5 miles east of KY 1/KY 7, which is part of the National Highway System. The surrounding area is currently being developed. A phone survey was conducted with facility managers early in the study process. The phone survey found that approximately 50 trucks per day access the site. The trucks are generally semi tractor trailers with a maximum length of 53 feet. The freight handled at this facility is primarily meat products. The survey indicated that the traffic signal at the intersection of CW Stevens Boulevard and KY 1/KY 7 is slow, and that the exit ramp from I-64 eastbound does not have a traffic signal. The phone survey information can be found in Appendix B.

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