Kentucky Truck Parking


A rest area in Kentucky with a full lot of semi trucks parked for the evening

2022 Truck Parking Assessment and Action Plan 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet completed a statewide Truck Parking Assessment and Action Plan with the following goals achieved in the process:

  • Identify truck parking supply, demand, and needs
  • Focus on the safety of truck drivers and the general motoring public
  • Leverage existing KYTC Right-of-Way to develop low-cost and high-impact innovative solutions that increase truck parking capacity
  • Complete preliminary conceptual designs of new/upgraded parking facilities  

Current Trends

  • Increased trucking demand: over the past decade, overall tonnage carried by trucks has increased 24%
  • Truck driver shortage: the long-haul trucking industry has difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified and insurable drivers
  • Hours of service: there has been an increase in limitations on the number of consecutive hours a truck driver can drive
  • Electronic logging devices: recent changes in federal law have​ required ​trucking operations to shift from paper to electonic logbooks
  • Productivity expectations: ​truck drivers are under more pressure due to customer expectations for shorter delivery times and an increasingly competitive marketplace

Key Takeaways

  • Parked Trucks: each weekday night, there are approximately 9,000 trucks parked in Kentucky for 4+ hours
  • Parking Spots: there are 7,196 truck parking spots in Kentucky (as of 2021)
  • Busiest Night: the busiest night for truck parking is Wednesday
  • Parking Spot Owners: 82% of truck parking spots are provided by private sector truck stops
  • Parking Locations: 18% of parking provided by KYTC is located at rest areas and weigh stations​

View/download the Full ​Assessment and Action Plan, Executive Summary, Report Portion, and Individual Appendices

Action Plan Items by Highway District

The interactive dashboard below shows recent truck parking volume and duration trends. This is a snapshot of data from ​2019-2021, it is not real-time.


The interactive map below depicts truck parking supply and areas of unmet truck parking demand. The data used for this map is from 2021.


Truck Parking Facility Inventory (Public and Private)
Statewide map of Kentucky showing truck parking locations along major roadways

2022 FHWA Kentucky Truck Parking Workshop

Additional Studies

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