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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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Regular Contributors
Guest Contributors
Jarrod Stanley

The Changing Face of Transportation




Struggling with Time Management?  I sure am and I doubt that I'm alone.  Here are some facts and figures about time management from the website     


-The average working person spends less than 2 minutes per day in meaningful communication with their spouse or "significant other".

-The average working person spends less than 30 seconds a day in meaningful communication with their children.


-The average person uses 13 different methods to control and manage their time. 


-By taking 1 hour per day for independent study, 7 hours per week, 365 hours in a year, one can learn at the rate of a full-time student. In 3-5 years, the average person can become an expert in the topic of their choice, by spending only one hour per day.  


-9 out of 10 people daydream in meetings.  


-95% of the things we fear will occur, do not occur.  

Don't forget to slow down and I'll try to take my own advice. 


- KYSITE Officers


Kentucky freezes gas tax at 26 cents per gallon
Below is an excerpt from the Lexington Herald-Leader website.

State lawmakers agreed to effectively halt a scheduled 5.1 cents-per-gallon decrease in the state gas tax because it would have meant a $150 million cut to the state's road fund on top of a $129 million cut from a similar decline in January.

Kentucky's gas tax is tied to the wholesale price of fuel.  The current tax is 26.1 cents per gallon.  It had been scheduled to fall to 22.1 cents per gallon on April 1.  Instead, lawmakers agreed to drop it to 26 cents per gallon and freeze it so it would never fall below that.

State transportation officials warned the road fund would run out of money by 2016 if lawmakers did not freeze the tax. 

KYSITE Spring Meeting 
The spring meeting has been rescheduled for Monday April 27th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the University of Kentucky in the University Student Center, Room 230.  This allowed us to secure Li Zhang, PhD, PE, F.ASCE, F.ITE, Associate Professor at Mississippi State University to present for us on Signal Phasing and Timing (SPAT) Application Development.  This initiative is a major V2I component within US DOT's future Connected Vehicle architecture.  The price will be $15 for members and $25 for non-members and will provide 1.5 PDH's.  Attendees are encouraged to park in Structure #5 (right next to Kennedy's Bookstore).  This will be a great meeting.  Don't miss it!!!

Member Spotlight


Submitted By: Steve De Witte


Today we feature our fearless KYSITE President, Stuart Sparks. Apparently he really likes bacon. 


Name: Stuart Sparks           

Place of Work: Louisville Metro Public Works

Title: Engineering Supervisor Signs and Markings

Degree: U of L, Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering, Minor in Mathematics

Place of Birth: Louisville, KY

Family: Wife, Tiffany and 3 children Seth (he just got his driver's permit), Nolan and Rayleigh

What are your technical interests?: Signals, lighting, signs and markings, MOT (pretty much anything related to Traffic Engineering and doing more with less)

What are your hobbies?: sand volleyball, landscaping, tree trimming, small engine repair, car mechanic, home improvements


Color: Green


Music: anything but punk and hardcore rock

Breakfast Food: BACON

Sport/Team: Steelers

Five Quick Questions:

A. Coke or Pepsi: neither

B. Dogs or Cats: Dogs

C. Facebook or Twitter: neither

D. iPhone or Android: Android

E. Cats or Cards: Cats

Three interesting facts about you:

1. I enjoy hiking/camping and/or fishing

2. Not a fan of winter (except when it snows)

3. I enjoy vacationing with the family in Gatlinburg, TN

If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming newsletter, please contact me at!
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: 

Mysterious Old Bridges


This week's bridge is located in the mountains of Greece. Thanks to Charles Schaub sending these along.


Pindos Mountains, Greece


Weird Signs
Submitted by: Billy Garrison 

Quick Hits  
Kentucky freezes gas tax at 26 cents per gallon

Older Drivers At Peak Levels

Pizza Shop's Logo or Garden State Parkway Sign

Maryland traffic fatalities at lowest level since 1948

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2015

Have You Seen That?
Have you ever been on a game show?  I haven't but I do admit that it would be fun.  How would you react?  Hopefully, you wouldn't break anything like this guy did.


Contestant breaks the big wheel on The Price Is Right
Contestant breaks the big wheel on The Price Is Right

Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2015 KYSITE Board; and

Stuart Sparks, Editor
Scott Walker, Editor