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Registration for KYSITE Annual Meeting
The ABCs of Designing RCUTs
Beautiful Streets
Weird Signs
Quick Hits
Do You Remember This?
Have You Seen This?
Important KYSITE Dates



LFUCG Phoenix Bldg


Leadership Training 

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





Happy Autumn / Fall!  Are you enjoying the weather, including those cool, brisk mornings?


Let's take a minute or two to learn about how the names 'fall' and 'autumn' came about.  Thanks to our friends at Mental Floss for the information.


"The origin of "fall" as a name for a season isn't perfectly clear, though it's thought that it probably came from the idea of leaves falling from trees (particularly the contraction of the English saying "fall of the leaf"). It first popped up as a name for a season in late-16th century England and became particularly popular during the 17th century, at which point it made its way over to North America. "Autumn," meanwhile, came to English via the Old French autompne, from the Latin autumnus. From here, things get murky, but it's thought autumnus probably came from an Etruscan word and is possibly related to the Latin augere, meaning "to increase."


Calling the season autumn first occurred in English in the 12th century, though was a rarity until around the 14th century. It then began to pick up steam and became common in the 16th century-about the same time "fall" popped up as the name for the season. Before the season was autumn or fall in English, though, it was called "harvest."


Hopefully, you learned something.  Considering the information above includes a reference to a word with Latin routes, you know it has to be good.


Now, go rake a big pile of leaves to jump in!  And sign up for the KYSITE Annual Meeting. 



- KYSITE Officers

Registration is Open for KYSITE Annual Meeting and Technical Session 
Nov. 13-14, 2014


The program is shaping up nicely for our Annual Meeting November 13th and Technical session on November 14th in northern Kentucky.  Registration is open for both events at this link. Information on times, locations and presenters is also included with registration. 

If you decide to stay overnight in the northern Kentucky area, we suggest checking out the Embassy Suites in Covington.  Click here to book your stay!

The ABCs of Designing RCUTs

by Wei Zhang and Nopadon Kronprasert 


Today's traffic volumes and travel demands can lead to safety problems that are too complex for conventional junction designs to handle properly. Take, for example, traditional two-way STOP-controlled intersections on rural multilane divided expressways. Generally, these intersections feature two lanes of expressway traffic in each direction, with a minor road intersecting them at STOP signs.


These intersections are among the deadliest types of roadway junctions in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's crash database, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), more than 70 percent of crashes at these intersections involve fatalities and injuries. What's more, nearly 80 percent of these types of crashes occur in the lane farthest from the STOP sign; that is, when a driver on the minor road, attempting to make a left turn, crosses over the first pair of lanes to the median and then is struck by a vehicle traveling in the outside lane of the second pair of lanes. Engineers refer to this type of incident as a far-side angle crash.


Read the full FHWA article here.

Most Beautiful Streets in the World

This week's installment of The Most Beautiful Streets in the World is here in the Old Town of Lijiang - China.    



This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an ancient city from the 13th century that brings land and water together on many of its streets. According to UNESCO, there are 354 bridges in the city, and the water is used to supply every house in town and to wash the streets. The houses add to the town's beauty and are built in the traditional Naxi style with adobe bricks and wood. But the unique canal system and traditional lifestyle of the Naxi might be under threat from the tourists who pour into the city every year, the New York Times reported. 


All photos and descriptions come from

Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison 

Quick Hits  
Do You Remember This?:  Office Space Part 3
This week's Office Space quote! 
"Well, see, they wrote all this bank software, and, uh, to save space, they used two digits for the date instead of four. So, like, 98 instead of 1998? Uh, so I go through these thousands of lines of code and, doesn't really matter. I, uh, I don't like my job, and, uh, I don't think I'm gonna go anymore.'' -Peter (Ron Livingston) 
Have You Seen That? 
For those of you with kids, one of the greatest excitements for a child is the first time they get to ride in the front seat.  This video is only 4 seconds long, and made me laugh a little.  Then I thought more about it.  After watching, take a look at the lessons learned below.


Do you like sitting in front without a seat belt??
Do you like sitting in front without a seat belt??


Lessons Learned: 

  • Make sure your kids are ready to sit up front.  There are plenty of rules / laws about what you are legally obligated to do.
  • Don't text or take pictures/videos while driving.  IT IS NOT SAFE!
  • There are probably better ways to teach your kid a lesson.
  • Assuming the kid was ok, it's probably alright to chuckle a bit.


Disclaimer:  KYSITE / ITE do not support any activity in this video and it is for entertainment purposes only.
Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2014 KYSITE Board; and

Vanessa Fritsch, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor