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Using GIS to Identify Possible Improvements for Eastern Kentucky Roadways

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Matthew WittmanFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Graduate

Major

Geoscience

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Dr. Robin Zhang

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Poster Presentation

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GIS Analysis of Road Connectivity of Eastern Kentucky Cities

Matthew Wittman, Robin Zhang

Department of Geosciences, Murray State University

Keywords: GIS, Eastern Kentucky, Roadway Efficiency

Eastern Kentucky is one of the poorest regions in the United States. This stems, in part, from the topography of the region; sinuous Appalachians trending Northeast-Southwest serve as a barrier between east and west, and result in overly-complicated road systems that are unattractive as trade routes. This analysis looks at this issue via the application of GIS techniques to spatial and temporal characteristics of the roadways of the region. For each county, the most efficient possible route from the largest settlement in that county to Lexington, KY will be calculated. Road efficiency (defined as the Euclidean distance between the endpoints of a roadway divided by the driving distance of that roadway) will then be calculated for each route to determine which cities in the region are most isolated from Lexington.

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Using GIS to Identify Possible Improvements for Eastern Kentucky Roadways

GIS Analysis of Road Connectivity of Eastern Kentucky Cities

Matthew Wittman, Robin Zhang

Department of Geosciences, Murray State University

Keywords: GIS, Eastern Kentucky, Roadway Efficiency

Eastern Kentucky is one of the poorest regions in the United States. This stems, in part, from the topography of the region; sinuous Appalachians trending Northeast-Southwest serve as a barrier between east and west, and result in overly-complicated road systems that are unattractive as trade routes. This analysis looks at this issue via the application of GIS techniques to spatial and temporal characteristics of the roadways of the region. For each county, the most efficient possible route from the largest settlement in that county to Lexington, KY will be calculated. Road efficiency (defined as the Euclidean distance between the endpoints of a roadway divided by the driving distance of that roadway) will then be calculated for each route to determine which cities in the region are most isolated from Lexington.