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SDITE Safety Programs
Member Spotlight
SDITE Safety Programs
Interchange Vs. City
Amazing Bridges
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates 

September 2104

KYSITE Fall Meeting



Sept./Oct. 2104

Leadership Training



November 2014 

 KYSITE Annual Meeting


Important ITE Dates 

ITE Annual Meeting 

August 2014
Seattle, WA
2014 Executive Board


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The Changing Face of Transportation





Happy Independence Day KYSITE!


One of the greatest aspects of our democracy is our right to an opinion as well as our right to vote.  Our right to vote enables our leaders to make decisions that are (hopefully) best for the citizens of the United States.


One proposal that is near and dear to all of us in the transportation industry is the proposal of a gas tax increase.  Perhaps somewhat unique in these current times, the proposal was submitted as a bi-partisan initiative.  More information on this topic can be found here.


We would encourage you to reach out to contact your representative to let your voice be heard.


And speaking of voting, don't forget to vote for the International ITE officers if you are an international member.


We wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!


Contact us if you need anything.       


- KYSITE Officers

Leadership Program Opportunity


KYSITE is making plans to hold the Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers' (SDITE) Leadership Program and you are invited to apply.  Through strategic planning and goal setting, SDITE has been focusing on equipping and energizing our members to become leaders in the transportation profession. Specifically, we want to enhance the leadership skills of our members. This includes both the private and public sectors.


The training is extremely cost-effective, conducted by volunteers, seasoned in the transportation profession usually from within SDITE.  A total of some 300 people have now been through the training and the program has now been successfully conducted in six of the eight Sections of SDITE. As an example, the Alabama DOT has embraced the effort, having now sent 56 of their staff through the training.


The training session will be limited to 15 people, since the training is interactive and a small group works best. Additional sessions are expected to follow after this initial offering.  


Here is a link to a two-page description of the training program including an overview of the 14 program modules. We would welcome attendees from the KYTC and other public agencies throughout Kentucky.


The dates are still to be determined, but we are looking at the first date as early as September, with the second session approximately a month later.  The location wll be accessible to the majority of attendee likely to attend.


Please keep your eye open for an email from KYSITE very soon with dates and the application process.


Member Spotlight


Submitted by: Steve De Witte 


Name: Abbie Jones, PE, PLS
Place of Work
Abbie Jones Consulting

Title: President

Degree: BS Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, TN and additional coursework at Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA.

Place of Birth: Murfreesboro, TN

Family: husband, Dr. Seth Jones, professor of Biology at UK

What are your technical interests?: the fieldwork heavy parts of the civil engineering profession. I love helping with the early stages-traffic counts and land surveys, followed by parts of the design, and helping with construction admin/layout/asbuilts to see projects completed.

What are your hobbies?: gardening, hiking, reading historical/biographies

Where is your ideal vacation spot?: out of cell phone range in the quiet mountains of a foreign country.


Color: Blue

TV Show: Taste of History (They cook over a fire in historic locations, using historic recipes.)

Song: anything Ella Fitzgerald 

Five Quick Questions:

A. Coke or Pepsi: Coke. It paid for my husband's PHD at Emory (founded by brother of Coke founder).

B. Dogs or Cats: Cats! Especially those that live at Rupp.

C. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook.

D. iPhone or Android: iphone (and our business uses mac!)

E. Cats or Cards: Cats! We are on the Rupp reno team and would love to see it happen!

What's Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse

By: Adam Mann 


I grew up in Los Angeles, the city by the freeway by the sea. And if there's one thing I've known ever since I could sit up in my car seat, it's that you should expect to run into traffic at any point of the day. Yes, commute hours are the worst, but I've run into dead-stop bumper-to-bumper cars on the 405 at 2 a.m.

 As a kid, I used to ask my parents why they couldn't just build more lanes on the freeway. Maybe transform them all into double-decker highways with cars zooming on the upper and lower levels. Except, as it turns out, that wouldn't work. Because if there's anything that traffic engineers have discovered in the last few decades it's that you can't build your way out of congestion. It's the roads themselves that cause traffic.


The concept is called induced demand, which is economist-speak for when increasing the supply of something (like roads) makes people want that thing even more. Though some traffic engineers made note of this phenomenon at least as early as the 1960s, it is only in recent years that social scientists have collected enough data to show how this happens pretty much every time we build new roads. These findings imply that the ways we traditionally go about trying to mitigate jams are essentially fruitless, and that we'd all be spending a lot less time in traffic if we could just be a little more rational. 


Click here for the full article. 


Lexington Herald-Leader Historic Photos

The photo archives of the Lexington Herald-Leader document some major engineering sites over the years in Kentucky.  Below is a photo of the Clays Ferry Bridge being built 70 years ago.  Check out this link for more cool photos.


The World's Most Amazing Bridges

By:Anne Warnick
This week's amazing bridge is a pedestrian bridge located in Malaysia offering breathtaking views! All content and photos are from
You'll need to take a cable car to the top of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langakawi, an island in the Malaysian state of Kedah, to walk along this curved pedestrian bridge, which meanders around the clouds of the mountain peak. 

Anyone with a fear of heights is probably unlikely to find a cure on the Langkawi Sky Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge that hangs precariously among the treetops near the mountain peaks of Pulau Langkawi, an island in the Langkawi archipelago of Malaysia. Perched more than 2,300 feet above sea level, the bridge offers spectacular views (when the skies are clear) of both the Andaman Sea and Tarutao Island, which lies off the coast of nearby Thailand

Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison 

Quick Hits  

Have You Seen This? 
Sometimes, you see a video that make you want to smile big -- perhaps even one that might make you laugh out loud just a little bit.  This one did that for me -- enjoy!
How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann
How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann
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2014 KYSITE Board; and

Vanessa Fritsch, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor