November 2018
Build a Better Mousetrap Competition
Those involved in the transportation industry often find better ways to do their jobs. Whether it is a new gadget that improves the quality and safety of a project, or an innovative process that reduces costs and improves efficiency, it is typically the people on the front lines who discover the latest and best practices.

Kentucky’s Build a Better Mousetrap Competition provides a great opportunity to share those new ideas with others! We are looking for submissions from employees of local agencies that have created different solutions to problems or found better ways of doing things. The purpose of this competition is to collect and disseminate real-world examples of best practices, tips from the field, and assist in the transfer of technology.

Mt. Sterling Public Works previously submitted an entry that placed second nationally. Their item was an under body and frame pressure washer that would remove the salt from underneath truck frames and dump beds after a snow event. 

The city of Bowling Green previously placed first nationally with their discharge control door for mowers. It assisted with controlling discharge from mowers which provided a safer environment around the mowing area.

Judging criteria will be based on a five point scale used at both the state and national levels:
• Cost
• Savings/Benefits to the Community
• Ingenuity
• Ease of Transference to Others
• Effectiveness

Based on these criteria, a state winner will be selected from all of the local public agency entries, and that entry will be elevated to the National Build a Better Mousetrap Competition! This competition is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration’s Local Technical Assistance Program and Tribal Technical Assistance Program. National winners will be announced at the annual National LTAP/TTAP Conference in July 2019.

The deadline to submit your entry is June 1, 2019 .

For additional information on the competition or to download an entry form, visit the Kentucky Build a Better Mousetrap Competition page.
Upcoming Workshops

14 - Grade & Drain Level II , Lexington
14 - Pesticide Continuing Education, Jenny Wiley SRP
15 - Pesticide Continuing Education, Jenny Wiley SRP
27 - Pesticide Continuing Education, Barren River SRP
28 - Pesticide Continuing Education, Barren River SRP
29 - Pesticide Continuing Education, Barren River SRP NEW DATE ADDED!


To see a full list of classes or to register for a class online,
visit the Event Calendar online.
For a complete list of workshops, conferences, and trainings,
or to check availability, visit us at .
New Appointments to the Kentucky Transportation Center Advisory Board

On October 4, 2018, Governor Matthew G. Bevin appointed three new members to the KTC Advisory Board. These new members included:

Obrey Hollis Gritton, County Judge/Executive for Anderson County
Kellie C. Baker, Lake Cumberland Regional Airport
Christopher Cusick, Bray Trucking, Inc.

The KTC Advisory Board was established by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1984. The Board's purpose is to assist with policy formation and to provide direction to the Center. Additional members of the board include:

Greg Thomas, Secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Andy Barber, State Highway Engineer, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Rudolph G. Buchheit, Dean, UK College of Engineering
Joseph McClung, President, Bluegrass Telephone Company
Gary W. Moore, County Judge/Executive for Boone County
Billy Joe Phelps, Mayor, City of Morgantown

For additional information about the KTC Advisory Board, visit .
Roadside Safety Improvements for Rural Roads
For Local Government Agencies
The Roadside Safety Improvements for Rural Roads course is designed for local governments to reduce roadway departures and fatalities. Speakers include subject experts from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and local governments within Kentucky. The program is a two-day training event which includes seven of the FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures and a review of Kentucky's Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The following additional topics requested by local governments will also be addressed: High Friction Service Treatments, Shoulder Maintenance and Shoulder Drop Off, Signs Supports, and Guardrails.

November 7 & 8   - James E. Bruce Convention Center, Hopkinsville
December 12 & 13  - Riegler Blacktop, Florence
January 23 & 24 - Center for Rural Development, Somerset
(Click on a date to register)

This training is provided FREE to  local governments  through the Accelerating Safety Activities Program (ASAP).

Space is limited so register early.  

DLG Training Hours
This training is worth 9.75 DLG hours for both days. 

If you are interested in learning more about this class, visit our website  here  or contact April Shenk at  or 1-800-432-0719.
Louisville Equipment Operators Shine at National Competition
Two Louisville Metro Public Works employees proved themselves to be among the best equipment operators in the United States. Crew leader Greg Hicks II and senior equipment operator Damon Kinney competed August 28 in the American Public Works Association National Equipment Roadeo in Kansas City, MO. Both earned their way to this year's national event by winning top honors locally and statewide in Kentucky.

Vying against other state winners from across the country in the Backhoe Mini Excavator event, Hicks brought home the third place buckle seen above, and Kinney placed fourth. While Roadeo is a fun event, it is also a serious demonstration of expert skill in handling the heavy equipment used to build and maintain Louisville's roadways. 

Congratulations to these Louisville Metro Public Works employees!

Article previously printed in The Works Week , Louisville Metro Public Works News.
Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame

The Kentucky Transportation Center is currently accepting nominations for the Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame. If you would like to nominate an individual for induction into the Hall of Fame, please visit the Hall of Fame webpage . There you will find background on the Hall of Fame, the criteria for selection, a list of prior inductees, and a link to the nomination page. 

The nomination deadline for this year is Monday, November 26th .
Do You Need Chainsaw Safety Training?

If you are interested in attending a three day Chainsaw Safety Clinic, please contact our office at 800-432-0719 or email Becky Boston at . For additional information about the training, visit the Chainsaw Safety Training website.
2018 Roads Scholar &
Road Master Graduates

We are in the process of finalizing the graduation information, however if you are a member of a local government agency and think you are on track to complete the Roads Scholar or Road Master Program this year, contact Becky Boston at 800-432-0719 or . Becky can run your transcript and verify your graduation status.
Safety is always the number one priority on a highway project. This month, TC3 is offering two of the safety courses at no cost through November 2018: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and High-visibility Garments.

Additionally, with the winter maintenance season right around the corner, they want to ensure highway crews are able to respond to any weather conditions at any time. Knowing that these preparations begin well before the season begins, they want to spotlight the winter maintenance training series which includes Blowing Snow Mitigation, Deicing, Proper Plowing Techniques, and several others. 

All of these courses are available for no registration fee! 

To learn more or to register online, visit the TC3 Prep for the Winter Season page.
T2 Out and About
We will be exhibiting at the KACo conference on November 14 & 15 at the Lexington Convention Center. Stop by booth 100 to learn more about our program and register for a prize!
National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week Kick-Off Webinar

The FHWA Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program Team invites TIM responders and champions as well as public affairs offices and media to participate in a webinar to kick-off National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week (NTIRAW). The webinar is being held on Tuesday, November 13, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT and will highlight efforts throughout our nation that focus the spotlight on the dangers emergency responders face at traffic incidents. The webinar will also highlight the state of practice among State and regional TIM programs, and provide an overview of broader national efforts in TIM.

Webinar Agenda:
  • Introduction – Mark Kehrli, FHWA, Director Office of Transportation Operations
  • Overview of the NTIRAW Mall Event – Jim Austrich, FHWA 
  • National Program Update: Paul Jodoin and Jim Austrich, FHWA
  • 2018 TIM Self-Assessment Results: Rebecca Brewster, American Transportation Research Institute
  • National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week Activities – Chuck York, Gannett Fleming
  • Question and Answer/ Open Discussion   

Additional information and online registration is available here .