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Seeking SDITE Nominees
ORB Price Tag Slash
J-turn Intersection
Smart Plows
Amazing Bridges
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates 

March 5-7, 2014

AGi32 Training

Louisville, KY




KYSITE Spring Meeting


March 30 - April 2

SDITE 2014

Lake Oconee, GA 


June 2014 

 KYSITE / Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee Meeting




KYSITE Golf Outing

Important ITE Dates 

ITE Technical Conference & Exhibit 

March 9-12, 2014
Miami, FL
2014 Executive Board


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Vanessa Fritsch

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Brad Johnson 
Jarrod Stanley
 Ashley McLain
Paul Slone

The Changing Face of Transportation



Hello KYSITE! 


The Super Bowl is typically the largest television viewing event every year and we suspect that many of you will be tuning it to see Denver and Seattle battle for the Lombardi trophy.


Here are a couple of random facts about each city:



  • In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state Voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver. 
  • Denver, lays claim to the invention of the cheeseburger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.  (Kaelin's Restaurant in Louisville would disagree)
  • Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous street in America


  • Seattle is home to the first revolving restaurant, 1961.
  • Washington is the birthplace of both Jimi Hendrix (Seattle) and Bing Crosby (Tacoma).
  • During World War II, Seattle was the point of departure for many soldiers in the Pacific, a number of which were quartered at Golden Gardens Park.

Let us know if you need anything from KYSITE! 


- KYSITE Officers

Seeking SDITE Awards Nominations

With the SDITE Annual Meeting just around the corner, the KYSITE Board would like your help in nominating members from KYSITE to be honored at the District level. 


5 individuals in the District will be recognized for outstanding contribution to the organization.  Please click Awards Descriptions for more on the individual awards. 


Nominations can be submitted to Vanessa Fritsch.  The deadline for submissions is February 4th.

Ohio River Bridges Price Tag Slashed by $240 Million

The price tag for the Ohio River Bridges Project has dropped from an estimated $2.58 billion to $2.34 billion - a $240 million cut - largely because of efficiencies in design and construction for the downtown and East End crossings, according to a new financial report from Indiana and Kentucky officials.


Read more from the Courier-Journal article here

J-turn Intersection Design

Submitted by: Jarrod Stanley (KYTC) 


From TRB:  "The Missouri Department of Transportation has released a report that evaluates the effectiveness of J-turn intersection designs by reviewing field studies, a public survey, crash analyses, and traffic conflict analyses."


Check it out here


While not currently in Kentucky, these could be considered another tool in the toolbox when considering the future of a roadway. 

Smart Plows

Submitted by: Billy Garrison



With all the inclement weather lately everyone knows how dangerous roads can become. Four states have started implementing a new plow that will help identify dangerous areas. These plows are equipped with a new digital intelligence system that constantly measures road and weather conditions. To read more, click here.

The World's Most Amazing Bridges
By: Anne Warnick
This week's amazing bridge was visited in person by yours truly this past summer, which means I have an original photo to contribute this week. The description still comes straight from
The World's 20 Most Amazing Bridges
#13 Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

The oldest and most famous of the four bridges that span Venice's Grand Canal - it's one of the city's most visited tourist attractions - the Rialto Bridge was designed from a blueprint submitted by the architect Antonio da Ponte, whose nephew Antonio Contino would later design the Bridge of Sighs, another of Venice's best-known architectural gems.


Until the 1400s, Venetians traveled around the city's many small islands by way of wooden planks laid over the channels that separated them. This solved the problem of crossing narrow waterways, but wooden bridges often collapsed, especially when built over wider channels. The Rialto Bridge helped the city link neighborhoods and districts, especially around the Grand Canal, that until then were connected only by boat.

Weird / Cluttered Signs
This sign was submitted to us by SDITE Vice-President and KYSITE Past President Bill Seymour.  It's not a silly sign, but described as a 'cluttered signs'.
Send us any signs that you'd like to add.  We'll always take content from our members!
 Quick Hits  
Have You Seen This?

By now you have probably seen the original NFL Bad Lip Reading.  In the spirit of Super Bowl Week, check out the latest edition.  Whether you're cheering for the Seahawks or the Broncos (or DVR-ing to watch all the commercials), enjoy!

"MORE NFL" A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL


Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2014 KYSITE Board; and

Vanessa Fritsch, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor