The Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste

A Systematic Basis for Planning and Management at the National, Regional, and Community Levels

Prepared By
Planning Information Corporation
Denver, Colorado
September, 1996

21.   Route Features

The routing and cask shipment results presented in Sections 16 through 20 are in a sense only the first part of the information base required in planning and managing a national campaign for shipment of spent fuel and high-level waste. The second part is information regarding key features on or along the routes identified. The "key features" may include:

  • Features of the route itself容.g., bridges, intersections, grades, road geometry.

  • Route conditions容.g., pavement and bridge conditions, average daily and peak traffic flows, traffic service levels, accident rates.

  • Route segments particularly affected by seasonal traffic, special event traffic, scheduled construction projects, or seasonal weather conditions.

  • Facilities along routes which may require consideration in transportation options容.g., schools, hospitals, sports stadiums, weighing stations, rest areas.

  • Administrative boundaries容.g., state, county, and city boundaries, state patrol and highway maintenance zones.

  • Socioeconomic conditions容.g., resident population, per capita income, workplace employment.

  • Route-segment specific transportation management policies容.g., state-designated routes, rush hour avoidance zones, designated rest or staging areas, safe havens.

    Much of the relevant route-specific information must be assembled from various state and local sources. Other elements may be generated in process, as shippers coordinate with federal, state and local agencies in planning and managing a national shipment campaign. A geographically-referenced information base could help organize information on a complex and evolving array of topics and alternatives in origin and corridor communities, as well as provide a record of segment-specific policies and agreements among relevant stakeholders. The following figure suggests how geographically- referenced information regarding route features might be developed, maintained and shared (in hard-copy or electronic form) among stakeholders in a national shipment campaign.

    Figure 21-1. Oyster Creek Highway Route Features

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