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. These objectives include the evaluation of 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 one facility located in Warren County in the Barren River Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC Highway District #3. The location of the site is shown in Figure 1 while Figure 2 illustrates an aerial view of the area. 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.

This particular site was visited for data collection on May 13, 1998 and video recording on January 8, 1998. The truck generating facility at this site is Medusa Aggregates, and the initial trip to the site revealed that there were no other significant sources of truck traffic in the vicinity. The phone survey completed on the facility found that approximately 50 trucks per day (100 one-way trips) are accessing the site. Truck sizes range from four-axle single unit dump trucks to five-axle semi trailers. The complete phone survey is in Appendix A.

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