AN ASSESSMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF COAL MOVEMENT ON THE HIGHWAYS IN THE APPALACHIAN REGION

The study examines the Appalachian area road system and determines the number of tons of coal hauled by truck for eight coal producing states of Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky and Pennsylvania during the 1974 year. Also estimated are the miles of roads impacted by coal haulage and the frequency (truck/day) of such haulage. Movement patterns as well as the coal truck characteristics are described. Estimates of 1980 coal production under two sets of assumptions are made. A generalized adequacy assessment is made of the impacted roads. Over 14,300 miles were impacted. Some 6,880 miles were estimated to be inadequate to meet 1974 coal traffic volumes. An estimated $5-6 billion would be needed to upgrade roads, replace bridges and provide adequate maintenance at 1980 production levels. State resources were considered inadequate to meet this need and several national programs options were explored.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with North Carolina Univ. at Raleigh.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Research Triangle Institute

    P.O. Box 12194
    Research Triangle Pk, NC  USA  27709

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh

    Highway Research Program, P.O. Box 5993
    Raleigh, NC  USA  27607

    Appalachian Regional Commission

    1666 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20235
  • Authors:
    • Lema, J E
    • WEST, L B
    • Griffith, W
    • Babcock, W
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 448 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00175131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ARC-76-172-NC-5214 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: ARC-76-172/NC-5214
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM