The Freight Movement and Intermodal Access in Kentucky Study (SPR 98-189) is being conducted on behalf of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). There are two major objectives of the study: 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 Paradise Power Plant facility located in Muhlenberg County in the Pennyrile Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC Highway District # 2. 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 KYTC Highway District 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 Paradise Power Plant was recommended by Highway District #2.

The site was visited two times for data collection and video recording as listed in Appendix A. The major facility in the area is the power plant. Reed Materials is located along KY 176 near Drakesboro. The surrounding area is generally rural.

A phone survey of the facility manager was conducted early in the study process, and it showed about 120 trucks per day accessing the Paradise Power Plant. However, a 24-hour traffic count taken in August 1998 by KYTC recorded 437 trucks on KY 136 so this volume was used. The total traffic volume was 1,943 giving 22.5 percent trucks. The site trucks are generally semi tractor trailers which were five axle coal trucks with a 32-foot trailer. The largest trucks are six axle lowboys. The phone survey information can be found in Appendix B.

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