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In This Issue
2012 Registration Reminder
Special Public Agency Registration
Sherman Minton Bridge Reopens
Quick Hits
Member Profile #17
Is Kentucky Unhappy?
Important Dates 
March 16, 2012: 
Last Day to Guarantee Hotel Room for District Meeting
April 15 - 18, 2012:
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Happy Leap Week!


We're sure you've heard these by now, but just in case, here are some random leap day facts:


1) February 29 came to be regarded as the leap day when the Roman system of numbering days was replaced by sequential numbering in the late Middle Ages.QuantumLeap

2) The only notable person known to have both been born and died on February 29 was Sir James Wilson (1812-1880), Premier of Tasmania.

3) February 29, 1960: Family Circus makes its debut.


In this edition:


- 2012 Meeting Registration

- Transportation Articles

- Member Profile #17: Stuart Sparks


Leap on over to to register for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting. 


Contact us at with any questions or comments!  


- KYSITE Officers




Early Bird Registration Ends / Ended on March 1! 2012 Banner


Depending on when you read this, early bird registration for the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting is about to end or has already ended.  Even if you miss the early bird deadline, you can still register for the meeting and it will still be quite the bargain considering that you'll be getting the best in transportation / traffic engineering offered in the state this year. 


For this and more, go to and share with your friends!!!

Reminder: Special Kentucky Public Agency Registration 


Please note that if you're a public agency employee inspecial_offer Kentucky, we are offering a reduced registration rate for public agency / government employees to attend the 2012 SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting.  This has not been an option in previous District ITE Meetings and we are very excited to offer this to you.


Please contact Scott Walker for more details if you haven't already received information on this special opportunity.


Transportation Haiku Returns Next Month 


There is no transportation haiku this week since:ski


Anne Warnick not here

Gone skiing for a few days

New haiku next month


If you have a haiku you would like to share, please send it to us!

Sherman Minton Bridge Reopens
Provided by: Billy Garrison (GRW)



The original schedule for the repair of The Sherman Minton Bridge estimated it would take six months to complete. The bridge recently reopened two months earlier than the original schedule and twelve days earlier than the last revised schedule. To read more about this accomplishment click here.



Quick Hits


Here are links to a few articles that we ran across that you might find interesting:


Kentucky Governor Declares State of Emergency, Seeks FHWA Funds for Eggners Ferry BridgePunchout


The Hidden Truths of a Gas Tax Holiday


Look, No Hands! The Driverless Future of Driving is Here


Why Does Our Infrastructure Resemble a Third World Country's?


Top 25 Transportation Sources to Follow on Twitter

Member Profile #17: Stuart Sparks 
Prepared by: Rebecca Franke (UK)


This week's Meet Your Fellow Member profile is another new officer for SDITE this year. Stuart Sparks is currently serving as our section secretary.  


Name: Stuart Sparks     stuart


Place of Work: Gresham, Smith and Partners


Title: Traffic Engineer  


Degree(s): B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics, University of Louisville


Other Certifications: PE- KY, NASSCO's PAC Program Certified    


Place of Birth: Louisville, KY   


Family: Wife (Tiffany), Children (Seth, Nolan, and Rayleigh) 


What do you do day-to-day?  Whatever needs to be done. 



a. Hobbies? playing sports, camping, skiing  

a. Favorite Color? green

b. Favorite Movie? Fight Club 


In what capacity have you served KYSITE in the past?

Current KYSITE Secretary  


Five Questions:

a. Coke or Pepsi?  coke 

b. Dogs or Cats?  DOGS 

c. Telephone or Email?  face to face   

d. Pen or Pencil?  pencil   

e. Cats or Cards?  cats 


Other interesting information? 

I enjoy long walks on the beach, and playing in the rain.  

Is Kentucky Unhappy? 

A new map based on the Gallup-Healthways charts theHappyGroup levels of happiness across states.  Kentucky didn't fair so well. 


With that in mind, take a few minutes this week to turn that frown upside down and smile a little bit. 


Thanks to Sam Hu at the Lexingon Area MPO for sending this to me.

      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- More on the April Meeting

- Another Member Profile

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2012 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor