This is a study undertaken by the Kentucky Transportation Center 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 Millard Processing located in Pike County in the Big Sandy Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC Highway District #12. The location of the site is shown in Figure 1. Work on other specific sites as well as the freight commodity flow task is ongoing and 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. A second facility using part of the same route is located on KY 1441 east of KY 1789.

The site was visited for video recording on March 5, 1998, and the field data were collected on August 25, 1998. The facility is located on Nelse Hill Road west of US 460/K.Y 80, which is part of the NHS. The surrounding area is generally rural. A phone survey was conducted with facility managers early in the study process. The survey with Millard Processing found that approximately 200 trucks per day normally access the site. The trucks are generally triaxles or 36-foot semitrailers. The primary freight handled at this facility is coal. The survey respondent did not indicate any problems along the route. The survey can be found in Appendix A.

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