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KYSITE Annual Meeting
ITE Webinar Opportunities
Crash Analysis Workshop
Member Profile
Amazing Bridges
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates 



LFUCG Phoenix Bldg


Leadership Training 

Sept. 15-16

Oct. 13-14

General Butler State Resort


KYSITE Annual Meeting

November 13, 2014 

6:00 PM 

Hofbrauhaus - Newport

KYSITE Technical Meeting

November 14, 2014

PDS Kenton Co.

Important ITE Dates 


2014 Executive Board


Past President


Section Rep

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The Changing Face of Transportation





In honor of Discovery Channel's Shark Week, I decided to provide some fun facts about these creatures.  

  • Shark species fear tiger sharks. Video in 2014 shows a school of hammerheads and blacktips banning together to defend against tigers.
  • Parasites grab onto the eyes of Greenland sharks. But the pests glow in the dark, attracting shark prey. So both animals benefit.
  • Exactly how a shark comes into the world depends on its species. Horn sharks, for example, hatch from egg cases called "mermaid's purses".
  • A great white shark can fast as long as three months after a big meal.
  • Great whites jump to catch seals. They hit seals with as much force as a car crash, stunning the seals before chowing down.
No matter how you feel about some of the controversy surrounding Shark Week the past few years, (What used to be an educational week about one of nature's most predatory and intelligent creatures has become a sneaky, fictional, sensationalized farce) we can all agree that these animals are amazing and intriguing.  

I find myself ready to set sail on vacation in a tropical land.  I do this at the same time every year, a few weeks after shark week.  You would think I would learn not to watch and then head to the ocean!  I will keep this fact in mind...

  • Sharks whip their prey around in order to break off chunks of meat, so if bitten, latch on to the shark if you want to save your limb.
Disclaimer:  Any opinions expressed above are purely the editor's and do not reflect the KYSITE Board opinion on Shark Week. 


- KYSITE Officers

Save the Date:  KYSITE Annual Meeting November 13-14, 2014

In an effort to make sure we keep things fresh and spread the love around the state, we are taking the Annual Meeting to Northern Kentucky this year!  We are also making it a two part, two-day event.


Thursday November 13th, you are invited to join us at the Hofbrauhaus Newport from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM for our Annual Meeting dinner and events including the silent auction, awards and new officer installation.  


If you decide to extend your stay in Northern Kentucky, we are planning a technical session the next morning (Friday, November 14th) at the Planning and Development Services of Kenton County Office (formerly NKAPC).  We hope to have a session on the importance of collaboration of transportation engineers and planners among agencies.  If you have a presentation you would like to share, we are looking to fill a couple of slots.  Send us a message!

Please stay tuned for more details, registration and recommended lodging if you decide to stay the night in the area and take in all that Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati have to offer. 

ITE Webinar Opportunities


For those of you looking for professional education opportunities this summer, below is a list of  upcoming ITE Webinars. The LFUCG Division of Traffic Engineering is offering the TMC as a location to participate in the webinars at no charge.  Please be aware the room limits the attendees to 20.


3rd Floor Phoenix Building

101 E Vine Street

Lexington KY


Use of Technology and Data for Effective Work Zone Mgt
Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Eastern

Introduction To Transportation Planning Series 

DATE: Thursdays, September 4, 2014 - October 23, 2014
TIME: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern


Asset Management for Signals, Signs and Street Lights

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Eastern


Please contact Steve Cummins to register or with questions.
Crash Analysis Workshop 

Crash Analysis Workshop

September 5th, Lexington, KY - FREE


The Crash Analysis Workshop is a one-day course designed to present the current concepts and approaches in highway safety. The primary focus of the workshop is to provide participants with a basic understanding of the recently developed Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and introduce them to the new safety approaches and evaluations of crashes as recommended in the HSM. In addition to the HSM procedures, the processes of crash data retrieval, presentation in maps and charts, and tabulation techniques will be demonstrated.  The new approaches in evaluating safety and ranking priorities for roadway improvements, as envisioned to be used by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, will also be introduced and discussed. Participants will learn how to apply the new concepts with a series of hands on examples where they will be called upon to utilize the recently acquired knowledge and skills in determining safety needs for roadway segments. Basic familiarity with spreadsheets and basic calculation procedures is desirable.


Contact Megan @ to sign up.  Seating is limited.

Member Profile

Submitted by: Steve De Witte


Name: Tom Springer

Place of Work: Qk4, Inc.

Title: Director: Planning and Environmental Department

Degree: BS in Environmental Science, MPA Urban Planning

Place of Birth: Glendale, KY

Family: Wife: Jami; Kids: Alex (WKU), Hannah (S Oldham)

What are your technical interests?: GIS, mapping, spatial analysis, and iPad apps

What are your hobbies?: exercising, jogging, music, church, and microbreweries


Color: They are all favorites, some are just more favorite at times.

TV Show: House of Cards, Castle, Modern Family, and The Middle

Song: Heaven Right Hear, by Jeb Loy Nichols

Five Quick Questions:

A. Coke or Pepsi: Vanilla Diet Coke

B. Dogs or Cats: Dogs

C. Facebook or Twitter: Twitter

D. iPhone or Android: iPhone & iPad

E. Cats or Cards: Cards! 


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The World's Most Amazing Bridges

By:Anne Warnick
We've finished our countdown of the World's Most Amazing Bridges.  Up next in our superlatives series is The World's Most Beautiful Streets!  Check out the first beautiful street in the next edition of the newsletter.
Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison 


Quick Hits  

Have You Seen This? 
This week's video stays in the sea life theme, but shows a more playful interaction with sea creatures.  Watch this:

Baby Seal Surprises Surfers | Surf Seal of Approval
Baby Seal Surprises Surfers 
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2014 KYSITE Board; and

Vanessa Fritsch, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor