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Trip Generation Manual Webinar
SDITE 2013 Promotion
Musical Rumble Strips
Russian Traffic Jam
Most Crooked Street
Weird Signs
Make Way for the ....
Quick Hits
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March 22-23, 2012


Lexington, KY


April 7-10, 2013

SDITE 2013
 Charlotte, NC
April 11-13, 2013
KY Rails to Trails Council's Walk/Bike Summit
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The Changing Face of Transportation



Welcome to December!  mayans


If you believe in the Mayan calendar, you know that December 21 is rapidly approaching.  A lot has been made about 12/21/2012 and it's probably the biggest doomsday prophecy since Y2K.  You do remember Y2K, don't you?


If the 12/21/2012 prophecy holds true, this will be the second to last edition of this e-newsletter.  Therefore, make sure to read every word from top to bottom and soak it in -- you'll be glad you did. 


This newsletter includes: 

  • Trip Generation Manual Webinar
  • Looking Ahead to Charlotte
  • Musical Rumble Strips 
  • Invitation for MATHCOUNTS
  • Russian Traffic Jam
  • Transportation Superlatives IV
  • Weird Signs
  • Make Way for the Highway - 2012 Version
  • Quick Hits 

Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE (deadline is 12/20/2012 on that).


- KYSITE Officers

Trip Generation Manual Webinar 

ITE is hosting a webinar to discuss the changes to the 9thTG_9  Edition of the Trip Generation Manual on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET at a cost of $75 (Member) / $100 (Non-Member).


KYSITE is considering hosting this meeting if we can get 8 people at a location at a cost of $10 / person.  Please take the following survey if you are interested in participating.  


Note:  This survey is not an RSVP. If there is enough interest, we will send a follow-up email via our account.

SDITE 2013 (Charlotte) Promotion 

KYSITE did a lot of things to promote our SDITE / GLDITE Joint Annual Meeting in April.  One thing that we did not do was prepare a rap video.  Thankfully, the folks in North Carolina took the concept and ran with it (and did a nice job with it!).





Musical Rumble Strips?

Ever hit a rumble strip and wished it played a classical tune?  The folks at Honda did a few years back and paid for rumble strips to be installed along a road in Lancaster, California.  For more information on the installation and subsequent removal, please click here.


For a video, check this out below:


Lone Ranger Highway in Lancaster, California
Lone Ranger Highway in Lancaster, California



Thanks to Steve Cummins (LFUCG) for pointing this in our direction!

Help out with MathCounts!

We all know that KYSITE is your favorite professional organization; however, we realize that many of you are active in multiple organizations.  We often like to team up to help each other's where possible.  Therefore, we would like to extend an offer for you to help out with the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) MATHCOUNTS program.  KSPE contacted us about this opportunity to either contribute money or time to the program. 


From KSPE:


"MATHCOUNTS heightens student interest in mathematics by making math achievement as challenging, exciting and prestigious as a school sport. At the beginning of each school year, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation provides a downloadable copy of its School Handbook to every middle school across the country. Teachers and volunteers use these 300 problems and activities to coach student Mathletes®, as part of in-class instruction or as an extracurricular activity."


More information on MATHCOUNTS can be found on their website or by clicking this link for a summary of the history of the program.


If you would like to participate, please let us know by emailing






Traffic Jam
By: Billy Garrison (GRW)



Russia had it's first big snow this weekend. Up to two feet in some locations. The ensuing road closures caused a backup of an estimated 100 miles and 10,000 cars. It lasted for 3 days. Aren't you glad you live in Kentucky? To read more about the traffic jam, click here.

Transportation Superlatives IV:
Most Crooked Street in the U.S.
This is the fourth of a series of 'transportation superlatives' which will highlight roads of the highest order, extreme or degree.  Thanks again to Diane Zimmerman for passing these along!
Lombard Street - San Francisco, CA, USA

The street is famous for a small section near the top of Russian Hill, between Hyde and Leavenworth streets. Here the hill is so steep (27°) that it would be too dangerous for most vehicles, so between 1922 and 1923 this part of Lombard Street was transformed into a switchback with eight sharp turns. Cars can only drive downhill, east-bound towards Leavenworth Street .




The crooked section of the street, which is about 1/4 mile (400 m) long, is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h).

Weird Signs
House in the Middle of Freeway
In a real-life application of the classic Golden Book "Make Way for the Thruway", a highway is being built around an apartment building in China after a couple refused to move out.
Check it out here.
Quick Hits
In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon  

- Holiday Edition

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2012 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor