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KYSITE Fall Meeting
Transportation Perspectives
Mileage-Based User Fees
The Best Roads
Amazing Roads VIII
Weird Signs
Member Profile #22
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
A New Addition
Important KYSITE Dates 

September 30, 2013

KYSITE Fall Meeting
November 2013
KYSITE Annual Meeting
Important ITE Dates 

International ITE Annual Meeting

August 4-7, 2013

Boston, MA

ITE Technical Conference & Exhibit 
March 9-12, 2014
Miami, FL
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Ashley McLain
Paul Slone
Guest Contributors
Brad Johnson 
Jarrod Stanley

The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 

summer activities
What did you do this summer?


Summer is here.  Don't believe us?  Step outside, read this on your smartphone, and then let us know if you believe us.


Your friends at KYSITE are here to help you cope with the heat.  Some tips for you:


- Drink plenty of water

- Wear sunscreen

- Watch the replay of Sharknado indoors

- Stay inside by working all weekend

- Train a hummingbird to be your loyal friend and face-fanner

- Put your pillow and sheets in freezer before you go to sleep


Stay cool and let us know if you need anything from KYSITE!


- KYSITE Officers

Save the Date: KYSITE Fall Meeting
 save date   
The KYSITE Fall Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 30th from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the University of Club at the University of Louisville.  Breakfast will be provided. 
Please add it to your calendar and make plans to attend. 
More information will be provided soon.
Transportation Perspectives
By: Paul Slone
We've all seen significant amounts of pavement rehabilitation throughout the Commonwealth.  Concrete slab replacement, diamond grinding, deep milling with base repairs and overlays are always needed, but have been an area of emphasis in the last few years; especially on our interstates.  It's very disruptive and costly process, but certainly more cost effective and provides a better driving surface than simple pothole patching.
As we look to the future, could we imagine pavements that repair themselves?  Take a look.
US First Mileage-Based User Fee
vmt tax                     

Fuel efficient cars and decreased driving has led to less fuel tax being collected, and therefore, less money in transportation funding. 


The state of Oregon has become the first state in the United States to pass a mileage-based user fee.  For more information, please click here.


Is this the start of a new trend?  Who will be the next state to follow?


Thanks to Paul Slone for passing this along.

The Best Roads
By: Billy Garrison
The Reason Foundation recently came out with it's annual rankings of state road conditions. Kentucky came in above average with a ranking of 14. Alaska was ranked 50 and North Dakota took the top spot. To read how they determined the ranking and to see the list, click here.          
Amazing Roads X
By: Anne Warnick
Up this week on the Weather Channel's 15 most amazing roads list is number 10, a crazy little mountain road in South American. All images and descriptions all come straight from
The World's 15 Most Amazing Roads
Los Caracoles Pass, Andes Mountains, Chile/Argentina


Straddling the border between Chile and Argentina high up in the Andes Mountains is the Los Caracoles Pass, which translated into English means "Snails' Pass." Drivers find out why when they begin the climb up its winding hairpin turns, many of which line up one after the other, like the metal coils on the rear of a refrigerator. While the ascent from the Argentina side is said to be fairly gentle, the Chilean side offers up much steeper terrain, forcing traffic to inch slowly up the slope.


Despite its lack of guard rails and many tight switchbacks, the Los Caracoles Pass hasn't had the accident record one might expect -- though that may also be true because it's closed for much of the year due to snow, and open only for a short window of time in the summer.

Weird Signs
Member Profile #22:
By: Ashley McLain
Name: Nithin Agarwal
Place of Work: Kentucky Transportation Center   
Title: Research Engineer
Degree: Ph.D. (UK, 2011)
Place of Birth: Bangalore, India
Family: Wife (Neeharika)
What are your technical interests?   
In general, traffic engineering (operations and safety) but specifically Micro simulation, traffic signal controllers (adaptive and non-adaptive) and signal timings interests me.
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, swimming, and listening to music.
How have you helped to serve ITE in the past?
From 2007 to 2011, I served as the president of the student chapter of ITE at UK.  I organized meetings, invited guest speakers from various transportation engineering backgrounds and hosted the most popular contest of the Engineer's day - the newspaper bridge contest.  I also participated in the traffic bowl contest for three years and made it to the finals once at the SDITE.  Upon graduating, I have been a member of the KYSITE.  I have assisted the technical committee during the SDITE 2012 meeting which was hosted in Lexington.
Color: Blue
Movie: Fight Club, Fast and Furious, Lord of the Rings, Inception, and tons more...
Music: It depends and varies widely - Prodigy, Tool, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, System of a Down, Iron Maiden, Hindi/Indian music
Five Quick Questions:
A. Coke or Pepsi: Coke
B. Dogs or Cats: Dogs
C. Telephone or Email: Email
D. Pen or Pencil: Pen
E. Cats or Cards: C.A.T.S 
Quick Hits


Colorado DOT Adds Signs Asking Drivers to Merge Late


Missouri Gets a 'Spring Cleaning' During No MOre Trash! Bash


Smart Lanes Have Twin Cities Drivers Guessing 

Have You Seen This?

Here's a video considerated one of the Top 50 Youtube videos of all time.  It's simple, but it's hard to turn off.  So if you need a smile, take a look.



Skateboarding Dog
Skateboarding Dog




A New Addition

A special welcome to the newest transportation / traffic engineer-in-training -- and special guest editor:  Samuel James Walker born on July 17, 2013 @ 11:30 AM.





Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor