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Welcome to the Year 2013!
We made it! We're still here! We have survived:
- The Mayan Apocalypse: Silly Mayans. For reference, the next predicted apocalypse(s) are listed here:
- The Fiscal Cliff: We survived. We think.
- Sports in the Commonwealth: A special commentary (one that was hard to write) can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.
This newsletter includes:
- Leftover Auction Items
- SDITE: Call for Award Nominations
- Musical Rumble Strips
- Odd Laws of 2013
- Transportation Superlatives V
- Weird Signs
- Quick Hits
- Special Sports Commentary
Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE!
- KYSITE Officers
Leftover Auction Items
Still need a deal on a holiday gift you forgot to buy? Or do you want to think ahead about something fun to do in the New Year? Then we're here to help.
We had a few items that didn't sell at the Silent Auction back in November. These include:
- 6 Passes to Chakeres Theaters in Frankfort
- 4 Passes to the National Corvette Museum
- 2 Tickets to the Stephen Foster Story
- 2 Admissions to a 2013 production at the Lincoln Amphitheater
If interested in any of these items, send Anne Warnick a note with your bid. Top bid wins!
Thanks again to Anne on all of her hard work with the Student Scholarship Auction.
SDITE: Call for Awards Nominations
The SDITE Awards Committee requests nominations for the
following five prestigious
- Herman J. Hoose Distinguished Service Award
- Marble J. Hensley Outstanding Individual Activity Award
- Joseph M. Thomas Young Member Award
- John F. Exnicios Public Employee Service Award,
- Excellence in Transportation Engineering Education Award.
The Awards Committee is responsible for choosing recipients for the above awards from a pool of nominees. Nominations received by February 1, 2013 will be considered for this year's awards. Any nominations received after that date will not be considered. The recipients for the awards listed above will be announced at the SDITE Annual Meeting.
If you have any questions about these awards or the nomination procedure, please contact Jim Westmoreland, PE, 2013 SDITE Awards Committee Chair and Deputy City Manager for the City of Greensboro, NC, at Jim.Westmoreland@greensboro-nc.gov or (336) 373-2002.
Click here for the Nominations Submission Form.
The Odd Laws Of 2013
By: Billy Garrison (GRW)
There are many new laws set to take effect in 2013. In Illinois, you can no longer pop a wheelie on your motorcycle but you can run red lights. In Kentucky, you can't release pigs into the wild. To read about some of these laws, click
Transportation Superlatives V:
The Steepest Street in the World.
This is the fifth 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!
Baldwin Street - New Zealand
Baldwin Street in a suburban part of New Zealand's southern city of Dunedin, is considered the world's steepest residential street. It is located in the suburb of North East Valley, 3.5 kilometers (2.2 mi) northeast of Dunedin's city centre.
A short, straight street a little under 350 metres (1,150 ft) long, Baldwin Street runs east from the valley of the Lindsay Creek up the side of Signal Hill towards Opoho, rising from 30 m (98 ft) above sea level at its junction with North Road to 100 m (330 ft) above sea level at the top, an average slope of slightly more than 1:5. Its lower reaches are only moderately steep, and the surface is asphalt, but the upper reaches of this cul-de-sac are far steeper, and surfaced in concrete (200 m (660 ft) long), for ease of maintenance and for safety in Dunedin's frosty winters. At its maximum, the slope of Baldwin Street is about 1:2.86 (19° or 35%) - that is, for every 2.86 metres travelled horizontally, the elevation rises by 1 metre.
Sports in the Commonwealth
By: Scott Walker (Editor)
Based on feedback I've received over the past couple of years, the readers of this newsletter know that I bleed blue. In fact, a few of the newsletters have had a blue tint to them.
Against my better judgment and at risk of having my UK basketball and football season tickets taken away next year by UKAA, I would like to offer congratulations to the University of Louisville Cardinals for their basketball win in the Dream Game. I thought the Cards were going to run away with it up 17 points in the second half. However, my Cats made a nice run only to be stopped by the better team that day. Nice win by the #4 team in the US.
Perhaps, more surprising, I must congratulate the University of Louisville football team on their unpredictable stomping of Florida last night in the Sugar Bowl. I didn't see that coming. I don't think most people did either considering the point spread. I have nothing to say other than 'nice job!'
Enjoy the wins for now. March Madness is still a couple of months away and #9 would look nice next to #8. And if I still have my tickets next year, come visit me at Commonwealth Stadium or Rupp Arena -- we can scream "Go Big Blue" together.
In the Next Edition...
- More on 2013
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!
2013 KYSITE Board; and
Scott Walker, Editor