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Kentucky Local Technical Assistance Program - July 07, 2021



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The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety in partnership with an Executive Committee of professionals representing the four E’s (engineering, education, emergency services, and enforcement) have developed a series of webinars to bring together best practices, research and innovations to the transportation industry.

These webinars will be offered quarterly from 9 a.m. –

10 a.m. EST. The sessions provide a glimpse of the great sessions you will see at the 2023 Kentucky Lifesavers Conference. Participants will receive one professional development hour (PDH) for each session they attend.

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Doug Kreis Named Director of Kentucky Transportation Center

KTC welcomes Dr. Doug Kreis as its new Director on July 1, 2021. He succeeds Dr. Joseph Crabtree, who retired after serving as the Center’s Director since 2010. For over 20 years at the Center, Dr. Kreis has built up an expansive portfolio of interdisciplinary transportation research. He also brings nearly 15 years of experience in the construction industry.

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View/download our latest Program Book. T2 delivers a one stop resource for information on courses available, services we offer, and resources for all your training needs. Click the program book to view it online!

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Welcome Our New Employee

Brittany Cloyd is from Frankfort, and attended the University of Kentucky for her Psychology degree. She is married with a ten year old daughter and has four cats who keep her busy! Brittany has worked in the public sector for the last decade. Outside of work, Brittany teaches yoga and promotes women’s self-defense and empowerment. She loves reading, writing poetry, hanging out with her family (especially watching anime with her kiddo), and cuddling with her kitties. 

Webinar Wednesday

This month, the KY LTAP is offering two interactive webinars, completely free of cost. Each webinar will be worth one professional development hour, and will be recorded for training purposes.

For more information, visit www.kyt2.com/web and remember to bookmark or download our interactive PDF on the bottom of this newsletter so you can stay up to date on our latest webinars that we have available.

All webinars are held in Eastern Standard Time.

Pavement Preservation - Using RAP

July 14

9:00 am - 10:00 am


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports and promotes the use of recycled materials in pavement construction in an effort to preserve the natural environment, reduce waste, and provide a cost effective material for constructing highways. Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) occurs when asphalt is removed during reconstruction and resurfacing and then is transported to facility for processing and reuse. In this session, we will learn about RAP characteristics to include current practices, early findings, case studies, design properties, findings and recommendations from a recent FHWA report on Using Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement in Pavement-Preservation Treatments that was published in December 2020.

Speaker: Jason Dietz has been with FHWA for 26 years in various field-engineering positions. He has been working with the Pavement and Materials Technical Services Team at the FHWA Resource Center for 8 years where he provides technical assistance. He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada. 

Project Management Basics and the Role of Project Managers

July 28

9:00 am - 10:00 am

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Building your knowledge of project management will help you deliver successful projects. A successful project is one that meets the defined scope with quality solutions and deliverables on schedule and within the budget specified. Improving the success rate of project delivery helps your organization fulfill its mission and enrich the lives of your constituency. This training will you to reflect on your current project management practices and identify areas you believe can be strengthened.

Speaker: Jeff Jasper is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering and from Kentucky State University with a Master’s in Public Administration. He became a Professional Engineer in 1997. In 2013 Jeff retired from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet where he had worked for 20 years in the Division of Highway Design. Jeff finished his career at KYTC as the Director of Highway Design. He now serves as a Research Engineer and Trainer for the University of Kentucky Transportation Center.

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Chainsaw Safety Training

July 28

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Chainsaws are widely used throughout the world. They’re used in wide variety of industries such as commercial, residential, arborist, road maintenance, property maintenance, ground operations, and bucket truck operations. Chainsaws can be very useful, but it is important to remember they can also be very dangerous. Every year, numerous chainsaw operators and bystanders are seriously injured and killed due to chainsaw accidents. A large majority of these statistics could have been prevented by learning and practicing proper chainsaw safety. During this presentation, we will discuss chainsaw maintenance procedures, how to select and properly use personal protective equipment, and how to safely operate the chainsaw to reduce the risk of injury.

Speaker: Christopher Scamahorne is a U.S. Air Force Veteran dedicated to helping create safer work environments. In 2008 he achieved an Associate of Applied Science in Vehicle Maintenance from the Community College of the Air Force. He currently serves as the Safety & Equipment Training Manager for the Louisville Metropolitan Government Public Works Department.

National Heatstroke Awareness


887 children have died due to vehicular heatstroke since 1998. All of these deaths could have been prevented. Sadly, these are the statistics as of July 6, 2021:

  • National average of child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 38
  • Child heatstroke fatalities in 2021: 7
  • Child heatstroke fatalities in 2020: 25
  • Child heatstroke fatalities in 2019: 52
  • Child heatstroke fatalities in 2018: 53

Outside of crashes, heatstroke is the number one vehicle-related killer of children in the United States. That’s why we are teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of vehicular heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2019, there were 52 preventable deaths of children in vehicles, only one child less than in 2018.

More than half (54%) of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused by a child accidentally being left in the car, and 26% are from a child getting into a hot car unsupervised. We want to get the word out to parents and caregivers: please Look Before You Lock.” 

For more information on this campaign, please visit: https://www.noheatstroke.org

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Exhibitor Registration

Competitor Registration

APWA Kentucky Chapter Equipment Show & ROADeo

August 4, 2021

The APWA Kentucky Chapter is sponsoring the 2nd annual APWA Equipment Show & ROADeo, to be held at Bowman Field on August 4th, 2021.

Bowman Field

3345 Roger E. Schupp St.

Louisville, KY 40205

The Equipment Show features some of the region's latest heavy equipment, construction, municipal and highway products & services from top vendors.

Equipment Fair:

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The ROADeo includes over 50 Public Works employees as they demonstrate their skill and knowledge in backhoe, mini-excavator, skid steer, and snow plow contests.


10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

For questions and additional information, please check out our website: www.kentuckyapwa.org or contact:

Dirk Gowin

(502) 574-5925


Kentucky Transportation Center

Research Reports

Since 1981, the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) has been a leader at the state and national levels in multidisciplinary transportation research. The Center uses applied research to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound and fiscally responsible transportation system that delivers economic opportunity and enhances the quality of life in Kentucky. Below, is one of the most recent reports released:

Full-Depth Reclamation of Asphaltic Concrete Pavements


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has used a full-depth reclamation (FDR) process over the past few years to rehabilitate asphalt pavements exhibiting widespread base failures. FDR transforms existing hot-mix asphalt (HMA) pavement and underlying granular materials into a stabilized base layer. The stabilized layer is then overlaid with a new pavement surface layer. Until now, deciding when and how to use the FDR process has not been well specified in Kentucky — the Cabinet has commonly used a Special Note for Cement Stabilized Roadbed as guidance and relied on the contractor for acceptable materials design. Previous research conducted by the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) and funded by KYTC proposed guidelines for FDR pavements and considered various binding compounds including, cement, asphalt emulsion, and foamed asphalt. Guidance also included a process for identifying potential projects for the FDR process and recommendations for examining material sampling, testing, mixture design, structural design parameters, and selection requirements for FDR treatment established through preconstruction planning activities. It also addressed quality control and quality assurance. This report builds on those guidelines by providing a special note for the use of the FDR in Kentucky.

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Vehicle Theft Prevention


July is National Vehicle Prevention Month.

To help vehicle owners keep their cars safe, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is continuing its annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign. In 2019 alone, nearly three quarters of a million motor vehicles were stolen in the United States, costing vehicle owners more than $6 billion. Motor vehicles include passenger cars, trucks, and multipurpose vehicles. Review these 2019 statistics on vehicle theft in the United States and NHTSA’s tips on keeping your vehicle safe.

  • Passenger cars made up more than 50% of all stolen motor vehicles.
  • Only 56.1% of all stolen motor vehicles were recovered.
  • Of all motor vehicles stolen, 74.5% were passenger vehicles.
  • There were 721,885 motor vehicles stolen.
  • A motor vehicle was stolen every 43.8 seconds.

Take action! Here are ways you can help prevent motor vehicle theft.

  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
  • Put away your valuables.
  • Do not leave your keys in your vehicle.
  • Do not leave the area while your vehicle is running. 
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Highway foreman plays key role in picking which roads are paved

Story courtesy of The Anderson News

It’s early on a Friday morning and Glenn Hawkins is on a mission.

Like a hunter stalking a whitetail buck in the peak of the rut, Hawkins, the county’s highway foreman, is scanning Waldridge Barnes Road, looking for his nemesis.

“Right there,” he says, pointing from behind the wheel of his four-wheel drive pickup. “That’s a base failure.”

The words “base failure” are said with a certain amount of disdain and Hawkins, a veteran highwayman who has spent nearly his entire adult life working on and fixing failing roads, seems to take as a personal insult the very notion such a thing exists.“ If this keeps going and we let it keep sinking, we’ll have to dig it out until we hit dry clay, put filter fabric in it and fill it with No. 2s [2-1/2 inch crushed stone].

“This base failure isn’t really bad, but if we let them get really bad, it gets real expensive, real quick.”


Base failures typically occur when an asphalt surface no longer holds its original shape and develops material stress, leading to cracking, potholes, depressions, rutting and upheavals. For those in Hawkins’ line of work, they are a sure-fire sign that the road is failing, and fixing it becomes a high priority.

One solution Hawkins and his team at the county highway barn on Versailles Road uses is to patch them, which only wards off the inevitable need to re-pave the road for so long.

“You can only patch them so much, and we do that by hand,” said Waldridge before his train of thought is interrupted as he continues driving. “You feel that dip? That’s the start of a base failure. This is one of the worst roads in the county right now and if it doesn’t get paved this year, I’ll have to dig out every one of them next year.”

Worst road or not, the decision about which of the county’s roughly 230 miles of roads are paved with the fiscal court’s limited pot of money each year isn’t Hawkins’ to make. The Anderson County Fiscal Court makes the final decision but only after relying on Hawkins’ expertise.

“I rely 110 percent on Glenn’s opinion because he knows his stuff,” said Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton, who often rides shotgun with Hawkins as he inspects the county’s roads. “I think all of the magistrates have the utmost confidence in Glenn and believe 100 percent in what Glenn recommends.

“They respect his opinion as much as I do.”

Pictured above, County highway foreman Glenn Hawkins stands in the middle of Waldridge Barnes Road in western Anderson County while assigning grades to the roads most in need of paving.

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