February 2018
Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten the Technology Transfer Program
Memo released January 29, 2018, by Dr. Joe Crabtree, Director, Kentucky Transportation Center
As many of you are already aware, Governor Bevin's proposed state budget (released on January 16) eliminated funding for 70 state programs.  One of the funding lines removed by the Governor is the $290,000 allocation for the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC).  This funding, which supports KTC's Technology Transfer (T2) Program, comes from the Road Fund, so removal of the funding has no impact on the General Fund.

KTC's T2 Program currently delivers more than 300 workshops each year, providing essential training to over 8,000 transportation employees across the Commonwealth.  The programs and courses delivered by T2 include the Roads Scholar and Road Master Training Programs, the Pesticide Continuing Education and Training and Testing Program, the Safety Circuit Rider Program, Traffic Incident Management Training (for first responders), the Work Zone Traffic Control Employee Qualification Program, and the Superpave Asphalt Qualification Program.  Because of the legislative appropriation, KTC is able to offer training at minimal cost and at numerous locations across the state, thus maximizing the accessibility and affordability of the courses for the attendees. Recently, the Center pursued and obtained two federal grants through FHWA's Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP).  These grants support the Highway Safety Academy and the Horizontal Curve Alignment Signing course.  These courses are provided at no cost to county and local governments.  Many of KTC's courses are approved by the Kentucky Department for Local Governments towards the County Elected Officials Training Incentive Program (KRS 64.5275). 

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has designated KTC's T2 Program as a Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).  The state appropriation provides the required match for $150,000 of federal LTAP funding each year.  In addition to the aforementioned training, the T2 program provides information dissemination (newsletter, website, etc.), a transportation library, development and dissemination of training videos, identifying and pursuing federal grant opportunities, and a free equipment loan program for county and local governments. 

The Center's ability to offer high-quality, low-cost training and technical assistance to transportation professionals and decision-makers across the Commonwealth is contingent on continued funding for these vital programs.  We are thankful for your partnership and support as we all work together to provide a safe, efficient, and reliable transportation system.  

For additional information on the effect of the legislative appropriation to the T2 program, download the T2 Information Sheet.  

Upcoming Workshops
8 - Americans with Disabilities Act, Gilbertsville
14 - Grade and Drain Level I, Frankfort
21 - Basic Work Zone and Flagger, Lexington
27 - Communications II, Lexington
28 - Computer Familiarization, Lexington

7 - Grade and Drain Level I, Bowling Green

To register for any of our classes, visit the Event Calendar online.

For a full list of classes, visit the Event Calendar or call us at 800-432-0719.
For a complete list of workshops, conferences and trainings, 
and to check availability, click here .  
2018 Chainsaw Safety Clinic
Storm season in Kentucky begins with snow and ice in February and March and continues through April and May with thunderstorms.  During this time, the Commonwealth can experience a large number of ice storms, severe storms and tornadoes which often leave damage and destruction in their path.  Now is a good time to train your crew on proper chainsaw safety.  

The Chainsaw Safety Training Clinic is a three-day event designed to help prepare participants for tree removal projects and safety conditions.  The training is done in three full-day sessions: 

Day 1: Demonstration Safety TrainingThe Chainsaw Demonstration Safety Training Course covers the basics of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), saw safety features and adjustments; reactive forces, basic directional felling and limbing; and topping. 

Day 2: Hands-On Safety TrainingThe Chainsaw Hands-On Safety Training Course will take place outdoors and will consist of lecture and hands-on activities.  The course will include work on springpoles and wedging; hands-on training in carburetor adjustments, chisel bit and round chain filing, as well as other topics. 

Day 3: Limbing, Bucking and Debris RemovalThis hands-on course will discuss pressures and binds, site information and assessment, recognizing hazard removals, throwline and rope discussions and utilizing springpoles.

March 5-8, 2018: Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
September 17-19, 2018: Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

For additional information or to register online, visit the Chainsaw Safety Training page.  

Registration Update
It looks like 2018 is going to be a busy year.  The training calendar has only been out for a few months and classes are filling up quickly.  

If you plan on completing the Roads Scholar or Road Master program this year, please click here to view our courses and register online.  

If you have questions about which classes you need to graduate, please email Becky Boston at becky.boston@uky.edu.  

For additional questions, contact us at 800-432-0719.
Request from KY LTAP Director

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports several of Kentucky's Technology Transfer (T2) and Local Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP).  Trainings such as the Roads Scholar and Road Master Programs, Traffic and Safety Academy, Horizontal Curve, and Traffic Incident Management would not be possible without FHWA's support.  In addition, they make it possible for KY T2/LTAP to offer free technical assistance through outreach and publications like the Safety Circuit Rider Program, the Link newsletter and this T2 Newsflash

I encourage you to take a few moments to click the link below and complete the online survey, which covers the services provided by KY T2/LTAP.  The survey consists of 37 questions and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.  Your responses will be confidential. 

Thank you for your continued support of the T2/LTAP Program.

Martha Horseman
Technology Transfer Program Manager
LTAP Director

KYTC Two Day Asphalt 
Application Training
March 14 & 15, 2018
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be hosting a two day application training in Frankfort on March 14th and 15th. Pierre Peltier of Terry Asphalt will lead microsurface application training on the 14th and Joe Brandenburg of Valley Slurry Seal will lead chip seal and scrub seal application training on the 15th. 

This training will focus on recommended practices during application to ensure a successful project.  It will include outside demonstrations of equipment calibrations onsite, recommended preconstruction process, hands on time with the mixes and construction inspection practices.
Training will begin in the auditorium of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Central Office Building (200 Mero St. Frankfort, KY 40622) at 8:00 each day and go until about 4:00. 

To register for this training, contact Tracy Nowaczyk at tracy.nowaczyk@ky.gov or 

February 8
Always be Sure to Check Your Surroundings: Driver Performance Research in the Age of Driverless Cars
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

February 13
Primer on the Joint Use of the HSM and the HFG for Road Systems
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

February 14
Gravel Road Maintenance
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

February 16
Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Information Here

February 21
School Zones: A Comprehensive Look at Signs, Markings and Safety Programs
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Information Here

Additional webinars are listed in the News section of our website, www.kyt2.com.  

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