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 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 Ballard County in the Purchase Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet) 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 intennodal facility inventory) based on ADD and KYTC 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 facility for study is the Westvaco paper factory in Wickliffe, 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 videotaping on April 18, 1998 and the site visit for data collection was on July 7, 1998. Early into the study process, phone surveys were conducted so that facility managers could identify the truck routes and provide insight into potential access-limiting issues. The phone survey completed on the facility, which is located in Appendix A, found that approximately 90 trucks per day (180 one-way trips) are accessing the facility. The most common size truck is a 53 foot semi-trailer.

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