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): 1) evaluation of the 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 the areas around the Standiford Field Louisville Airport. This includes two large generators off of Fern Valley Road: Ford Motor Company and the United Parcel Service. These sites are located in Jefferson County in the KlPDA Area Development District (ADD) and KYTC Highway District #5. The location of the site and routes is shown in Figure 1. Smaller industries to the west of the airport field along Crittendon Avenue include Akzo Nobel Trucking, General Electric Supply, KT Shannon Lumber Company, Airside Commerce Center, United Catalyst Incorporated, and Rapid Runner Warehousing. Work on other specific sites throughout Kentucky 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.

The site was visited for video recording on November 21, 1998, data collection on September 29, 1998 and intersection traffic counts on December 15, 1998. The facilities are located south of I-264 and west of I-65 in Louisville either on or adjacent to the airport facility. The surrounding area is generally urban and fairly commercial / industrial. A phone survey was conducted with a UPS facility manager early in the study process. The survey found that approximately 150 trucks per day normally access the site with as many as 400 in the peak of the year. The most common truck is a 28-foot drop van but trucks as large as 53-foot semi-trailers also access the site. No traffic congestion problems were raised. Attempts to contact other large truck generators in the area were unsuccessful. The phone survey is in Appendix A.

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