The site is located at the intersection of two major 4-lane divided highways. US 23, a north-south highway that connects to Columbus, Ohio (where I-70 and I-71 intersect) and Ashville/Huntington WV (I-64). Ohio State Route 32, to the north of this site, connects to Cincinnati, Ohio (I-75) and Parkersburg WV (I-77).
Access to the 80 acres proposed for transfer is limited to the roads internal to the PORTS site, and CR 59, which is adjacent on the east of the subject tract.
The Pike County Airport (4899’ runway) is approximately 13 miles and the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport (5001’ runway) is located approximately 15 miles south of the PORTS site. Ashland Regional Airport is 55 miles to the south. Commercial air service is available from John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, approximately 72 miles to the north. John Glenn provides 141 direct flights to 34 destinations. Air cargo and intermodal services exist at Rickenbacker International Airport, approximately 55 miles to the north.
According to the U.S. DOE/EA 1856, approximately 17 miles of track exist on the site, however, only approximately 1/3 are currently in service.
The on-site rail connects to Norfolk Southern (NS) Heartland Corridor Main Line, which carries, on average, 30 or more trains per week according to Norfolk Southern and can accommodate double-stacked intermodal trains throughout corridor. Further east on this line, the NS Heartland Corridor at Roanoke, VA accommodates 50 to 60 trains per day. To the north, the Rickenbacker Intermodal Campus can handle over 250,000 containers annually. In Chicago 60 NS freight trains per day converge at one Heartland Corridor overpass facility. (www.nssustainability.com)
According to the OU PORTS concept map, a proposed rail line would serve the 80 acre tract at the NW corner of tract 1b. DOE should confirm the schedule and cost estimates for this proposed extension. See comparison maps 2.8 and 2.9.