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Important KYSITE Dates

SDITE Annual Meeting

April 19-22, 2015 

Biloxi, Mississippi

ITE Annual Meeting

August 2-5, 2015

Hollywood, FL 


2015 Executive Board



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Jarrod Stanley

The Changing Face of Transportation





We hope you are reading this in a safe, warm place and hopefully not stuck on the interstate somewhere around the state.  


We're running a bit slow on this edition so we will cut this intro short.  However, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.


What does this one say to you on this cold, snowy day? 



- KYSITE Officers



Advancing GIS in Highway Safety 

FHWA is interested in advancing GIS-based efforts to support traffic safety programs through good practices, development of case studies, and eventually technical support.  KLS Engineering, LLC and the University of Kentucky have been tasked to assist FHWA in this effort.


Case studies that promote "good GIS practices" that support road safety programs will be developed to share with other DOT's who may be interested in advancing their own GIS practice in this area.


If you have any programs and/or case studies that you consider as unique GIS practices for Advancing Highway Safety, please email to


Our team will also host a workshop at the 2015 AASHTO GIS-T conference: "Advancing GIS in Highway Safety".  This workshop will feature presentations from participating agencies that showcase best practices where GIS has helped to advance highway safety.  A facilitated discussion will be conducted, let by the review panel.  Participants will be asked to comment and share strategies used by their agencies to promote highway safety.  The workshop will continue by breaking into groups, each to focus on a different topic area to help identify potential noteworthy practices.  It will be an exciting and very interactive workshop.  Please consider registering or learn more at the site below.

KYSITE Spring Meeting 
The spring meeting has been scheduled for March 31st at the University of Kentucky. Make plans now to be at the school that is going to win the 2015 NCAA Tournament now to experience all of the excitement first hand and get PDH's at the same time.  We are currently working on an exciting schedule of technical presentations for this event.  More details to follow soon.  
AGi32 Training
An AGi32 3-Day Roadway Emphasis Course has been scheduled in Louisville for April 22-24. Space is limited, so if you are interested, go here to register: 
Transportation Comedy

This week's joke comes from long time member Ron Herrington:


A road crew supervisor in Minnesota hired Ole to paint the yellow line down the middle of route 32 heading up toward Bemidji. He was skeptical about hiring him since he didn't have any painting background, but he appeared enthusiastic and told him that he really needed the job. At least his wife Lena told him so.


He explained to Ole that his work day would be to complete 2 miles of centerline on the road. He was set up with brushes and paint and his boss got him started. After the first day, the supervisor was pleased to find that he'd painted 4 miles of road in his 8 hour shift, instead of the two expected of him. He told Ole that he did an excellent job and said how pleased he was with his progress.


On the second day, Ole completed painting just the 2 miles of road that was asked of him. His supervisor was surprised, because on the first day, he had completed twice as much work. But he didn't say anything, since 2 miles of road was the amount that the job required anyway. He decided to just accept it, and to look forward to the next day when he was sure that Ole would pick up the pace again.


On day 3, the supervisor was disappointed to learn that in his 8 hour shift, Ole completed painting only 1 mile of road. Ole was called to the supervisor's office and asked what was the problem.


"On your first day, you completed 4 miles of road, on your second day, 2 miles of road, and now on day 3, you were only able to complete 1 mile of road. What's the problem, Ole?"

"Vell," Ole replied, "I'll tell you vut is da problem, but I tought a smart man like you vould figger it out fer yourself. Every day I get farder and farder avay from da paint can."

Mysterious Old Bridges

This week's Mysterious Old Bridge can be found here in the U.S.! Thanks to Charles Schaub for passing these along.  


Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA



Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison 

(Thanks for the signs Tony Fields)




Quick Hits  

U.S. Driving at Highest Level Since 2007      

Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High in 2014
Expansion of Port Authority in Cincinnati/Northern KY Places it Among Nation's Busiest
Ky. House passes bill to allow P3s
Have You Seen That?

We've said it once and we'll say it again:  Transportation or infrastructure in general in the media isn't always the best thing.  John Oliver takes about 20 minutes in his show to discuss the topic in a very humorous manner.  Check it out.
WARNING:  This video contains language that may not be appropriate for the office or around kids. 
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Infrastructure (HBO)
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2015 KYSITE Board; and

Stuart Sparks, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor