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KYSITE Annual Meeting
SDITE 2014 Meeting
SDITE Newsletter
Distracted Drivers
Amazing Bridges
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Have You Seen This? - Bonus
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November 14, 2013

KYSITE Annual Meeting
June 2014
KYSITE / Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee Meeting
Important ITE Dates 

ITE Technical Conference & Exhibit 

March 9-12, 2014
Miami, FL
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The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 


Over the past few years, the bourbon industry in Kentucky has skyrocketed and the offerings / varieties have grown exponentially (or that seems to be the case).  


Have you taken a tour on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail yet? If not, next Thursday is your chance to knock Woodford Reserve off the list.  It's not an option -- it's a requirement if you live in the Commonwealth. 


Bourbon Requirements (some trivia for your friends):


- Produced in the United States

- Made from a grain mixture that isat least 51% corn

- Aged in new, charred-oak barrels

- Distilled to no more than 160 (U.S.) proof (80% alcohol by volume)

- Enter the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof (62.5% alcohol by volume)

- Be bottled (like other whiskeys) at 80 proof or more (40% alcohol by volume).


Drink responsibly and we'll see you next Thursday!


Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE! 


- KYSITE Officers

Register by November 7th!
KYSITE Annual Meeting 
Today (if you're reading this on Thursday) is the deadline to  register for this year's Annual Meeting and Silent Auction.  As previously noted, it will be held on Thursday, November 14.  The location will be Woodford Reserve Distillery.
A tour of the distillery will begin at 5:00 PM with the meeting starting at 6:00 PM.
Also remember to bring your checkbook / money to bid on a wide array of auction items donated to support our student scholarship fund (items in red are new this year -- with hyperlinks!).

6 tickets to Chakeres Theaters

6 admissions + programs to Churchill Downs

2 tickets to Holiday World

4 reserved grand stand seats to Keeneland

2 tickets to the Kentucky Derby Museum

2 Tickets to the Kentucky Theatre

2 Tickets to the Lexington Children's Theatre

4 Club seats and Kentucky Ale Tap Room passes for the Lexington Legends

2 Tickets to the Lexington Philharmonic

2 Tickets to the Louisville Ballet's Nutcracker

2 Tickets to the Louisville Bats

2 Cave Tours at Marengo Caves

4 tickets to the National Corvette Museum

4 Tramway vouchers at Ober Gatlinburg

2 $50 gift cards to Red River Gorge Zipline

2 Tickets to Stephen Foster the Musical

Private tasting for up to 20 guests at Talon Winery

2 Tickets to the UK vs. Tennessee football game

$70 gift card and painting from Painting with a Twist

1 Free Soccer or Basketball season from I am Third

Gift basket from Buffalo Trace

4 View Level or 2 Terrace Level Tickets to the Cincinnati Reds

2 Admissions to Dollywood

1 Round of Golf for 2 plus a cart at Rising Star Casino

*2 Admissions to the Louisville Zoo

*2 Admissions to Perfect North

*2 Admissions to Newport Aquarium

*Indianapolis Colts Gear


* --Just Added

We would also like to take the opportunity now to thank our meeting sponsors:
Looking forward to seeing everyone out there!
KYSITE Elections 2014
It is time to elect your KYSITE officers for 2014. Members should have received an email yesterday with voting information. If you did not receive that email, please contact Ashley Sells.

SDITE 2014 Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts

The Georgia Section of ITE is currently accepting abstracts for the 2014 Southern District ITE Annual Meeting to be held March 30 - April 2, 2014 at Reynolds Plantation in Lake Oconee, GA. Presenting at the 2014 SDITE Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge, expertise, and innovations with your peers.


We are working to develop an interesting and diverse technical program and will consider presentations addressing topics of interest to our members. Some suggested topics are listed below:

  • Congestion Pricing
  • Managed Lanes - HOV/HOT Lanes
  • Transportation and Land Use Policies
  • Safety
  • Pedestrian/Bicycle Planning and Design
  • Transit Planning, Design, and Operations
  • Parking Operations and Management
  • Managing Transportation in Challenging Economic Times
  • Traffic Signals, Traffic Operations and Management
  • Travel Models and Microsimulation
  • Training and Mentoring the Next Generation 

Student Paper Presentations are highly encouraged.


Abstracts should contain the following information: 

  • Title of presentation
  • Brief abstract/summary explaining the presentation (250 words or less)
  • Preferred presentation format (e.g., presentation, poster, workshop, etc.)
  • Name and contact information of presenter

Please submit your abstract in PDF format via email by January 15, 2014 to


Should you have any questions, you may reach Bayne E. Smith, P.E., Technical Committee Chair at or (770) 532-5526.

New SDITE Newsletter
The Southern District of ITE has launched a new electronic newsletter that will be distributed monthly.  If you want to learn more about what's going on in the South with respect to traffic / transportation engieering, contact Scott Walker to be added to that mailing list.
Also, SDITE is on Facebook and Twitter -- friend or follow today!
A New Tool To Catch Distracted Drivers
By: Billy Garrison
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has recently adopted a new technique to catch distracted drivers. THP has deployed a Semi truck as a police officer. Being higher up enables the officer to be able to see into to cars to catch people texting. Even though it has lights and THP markings most people fail to realize it's the police when they pull up beside one. To read more, click here.
The World's Most Amazing Bridges
By: Anne Warnick
Up this week, on the World's Most Amazing Bridges, is an iconic American bridge. All images and descriptions come straight from
The World's 20 Most Amazing Bridges
#18 Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, New York
Since it opened in 1883, after 13 years of construction, the Brooklyn Bridge has become an icon of New York City and is often featured in the backdrop of movies ranging from 1971's The French Connection to 2012's The Dark Knight Rises

For most Americans, New York's Brooklyn Bridge - like San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge - is one of those iconic landmarks that requires no introduction. It's been a national historic landmark since 1964 and featured in countless books and movies, and every day thousands of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists cross it into and out of Manhattan.


Less well known today, perhaps, is the challenge its engineers faced during its construction back in the 1870s and 1880s, when many similar bridges collapsed after sometimes only several years of use. Nearly 30 people died during the 13-year-long construction, including its original architect John A. Roebling.


In 1884, a year after the bridge opened, P.T. Barnum helped to ease the public's fear about the bridge's sturdiness when he led a parade of his prized circus elephants over its nearly 6,000-ft-long span.

Weird Signs


Quick Hits           
Have You Seen This?

Here's a video of thousands of Bangladeshis cramming in ferries and trains, leaving Dhaka on Thursday to return to their home villages and celebrate Eid al-fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


End of Ramadan (Or Rush-Hour in Bangladesh)
End of Ramadan (Or Rush-Hour in Bangladesh)


Thanks to Bill Cline for passing this along! 

Have You Seen This? - Bonus

I heard about this on the radio this morning and had to add it.  This is completely unrelated to anything.  But we think you like that sometimes -- so, please enjoy!


Elk on a Trampoline
Elk on a Trampoline


Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2013 KYSITE Board; and

Scott Walker, Editor