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Post Earthquake Investigation Field Manual for the State of Kentucky

Ann G. Sardo, Thomas E. Sardo & Issam E. Harik
The rapid assessment of a bridge structure’s safety and functionality is an essential component to restoring vital lifeline routes after a major earthquake. Appropriate posting categories are used to assure the safety of the traveling public. The objective of this manual is to provide a rapid and efficient method of inspecting bridge structures after an earthquake. The primary users of this manual are intended to be the initial Kentucky Transportation Cabinet personnel who will initially...

Traffic Control Procedures for Emergency Responders

Jennifer Walton, Kenneth R. Agent & Jerry G. Pigman
The objective of this study was to develop a training course and handbook to guide on-scene emergency responders responsible for controlling traffic during a roadway crash and subsequent clearance. Traffic control is an essential component of incident response in order to move road users safely and expeditiously past or around a traffic incident, and to reduce the likelihood of secondary crashes. Emergency responders, with the exception of law enforcement, are provided limited or no training...

Evaluation of the Eastern Kentucky Rural Highway Information Project 511 Tourism Service

Juita-Elena Wie Yusuf, Candice Y. Wallace & Steven D. Kreis
The purpose of this study is to provide an evaluation of the Eastern Kentucky Rural Highway Information Project, involving the establishment of a 511 Premium Tourism Service Package. Kentucky is only the second state to offer tourism related services through its 511 Travel System, placing the state in a position to offer insights gained from the project to other states considering the implementation of a similar program. Lessons learned from Kentucky’s experience with launching and...

Socio-economic Analysis of Fatal Crash Trends (Final Report)

Adam Kirk, Jerry G. Pigman & Kenneth R. Agent
This report describes the analysis of fatal crash patterns and explores the impact of socioeconomic factors and safety regulations on statewide crash rates. This analysis separated statewide crash rates between 2002 and 2004 into two samples, 1) those with crash rates 25 percent greater than the average national rate and 2) those with crash rates lower than this threshold. Safety regulations and socioeconomic factors were identified as having a significant effect on crash rates, with...

Jurisdiction Size and Director Compensation in Connecticut Local Health Departments

Nicole Lorenzo & Rexford E. Santerre
Objective: To examine if the compensation of local public health directors responds to organizational size in the same manner found for other types of for-profit, not-for-profit, and public managers. Design: Panel data ordinary least squares with fixed effects for the local health department and time period. Control variables include median household income, the unemployment rate, and the part-time versus full-time and independent versus district status of the local public health department. Setting: Sample of Connecticut...

Enhancing Kentucky’s Transportation Funding Capacity

Merl Hackbart, , Michael J. Moody & Candice Y. Wallace
Kentucky faces several challenges in meeting the funding needs for its transportation infrastructure. The state currently relies on a revenue stream based on road user taxes and fees. However, the structure of these taxes and fees are such that revenues have not kept up with the growth in the number of licensed drivers and motor vehicle travel. In addition, inflationary pressures, coupled with the Road Fund’s low growth rate, have diminished the purchasing power of...

Truck Route Access Evaluation

Brian Aldridge, Kenneth R. Agent, Lisa Aultman-Hall, David Cain, Nikiforos Stamatiadis & Joel Weber
The Freight Movement and Intermodal Access in Kentucky Study (SPR 98-189), undertaken by the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) on behalf of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), has two main objectives. These objectives include the evaluation of access for trucks between intermodal or other truck generating sites and the National Highway System (NHS) and furthering the understanding of freight commodity flows throughout the state. This report summarizes the access evaluation for one cluster of facilities located...

ARTIMIS Telephone Travel Information Service

Lisa Aultman-Hall
This report summarizes the results of a random telephone survey of households in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Area. The objective was to determine awareness of the traffic management center and its telephone travel information service. A secondary objective was to determine the public's preference for dialing and recalling phone numbers for travel information. The survey found that 39% were aware of a traffic management center while 55% were aware of a telephone traffic...

Recognizing and Serving Low-Income Students in Higher Education (review)

Michael Peabody
In a time of decreasing appropriations from state and federal agencies, institutions of higher education are making changes to the services they provide. In this book Adrianna Kezar (ed.) examines the policies and practices that negatively affect low-income students and utilizes a post-structuralist lens to provide a framework for institutions to think differently about the services they provide.

2009 Safety Belt Usage Survey in Kentucky

Kenneth R. Agent & Eric R. Green
The objective of this study was to establish 2009 safety belt and child safety seat usage rates in Kentucky. The 2009 survey continues to document the results after enactment of the original “secondary enforcement” statewide mandatory safety belt law in 1994 and the subsequent change to “primary enforcement” which was enacted in 2006. Data were collected at 160 randomly selected sites in 18 counties across Kentucky. Data from the individual sites were combined into a...

Evaluation of the Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule

Kenneth R. Agent & Jerry G. Pigman
The Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule (Rule) was published in the Federal Register in September 2004 indicating that all state and local governments receiving Federal-aid funding were required to comply with provisions of the Rule no later than October 2007. Kentucky received an extension to October 2008. The objectives of this study were to review the requirements of the Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule and provide recommendations for implementation of the Rule to...

Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Plan

Joseph D. Crabtree, Ted H. Grossardt, Donald G. Hartman, Jerry G. Pigman, Jennifer R. Walton, Joel M. Weber &
This interim report on an Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic (ITS) Plan has been developed as documentation of the process of offering a vision for ITS and recommending an outline for organizational structure, infrastructure, and long-term planning for ITS in Kentucky. This plan provides an overview of the broad scope of ITS and relationships between various Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems (IVHS) functional areas and ITS user service areas. Three of the functional areas of ITS have...

Evaluation of Corrugated Steel Pipe Culverts on KY 61, Cumberland County

L. John Fleckenstein, David L. Allen & Brad W. Rister
In February of 1998, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requested that the Kentucky Transportation Center investigate three corrugated metal pipe culverts on the relocation project of KY 61. The pipes were installed in June and July of 1997. The embankments over the three pipes were completed In October of 1997. Based on the information that was gathered, it appears that the pipes were manufactured according to specifications. The gage of the pipe is on the lower...

Evaluation of SHRP Work Zone Safety Devices

Kenneth R. Agent & John O. Hibbs
The objective of this study was to use and evaluate various SHRP work zone devices. Experience with the use of these devices was obtained through trial use by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and various city, county, and private agencies. The devices included in the study included: Flashing Stop/Slow Paddle All-Terrain Sign and Stand Portable Rumble Strip Opposing Traffic Lane Divider Intrusion Alarm The experience with the flashing stop/slow paddles was very positive indicating the potential...

A Proposed Method of Calibration and Correlation of Weigh-in-Motion Systems

David L. Allen & Jerry G. Pigman
There are various types of weigh-in-motion systems currently in use by agencies that collect weight data. These include load cells, bending plate, capacitance pads, piezoelectric cables, and bridge WIM's. The response and behavior of these systems differs from one type to another. Most states calibrate these systems by one of two methods. The first is to calibrate by running a truck or trucks of known weights across the scales a number of times. The second...

The Motor Fuel Tax Evasion Issue in Kentucky

Dwight V. Denison & Merl M. Hackbart
Tax evasion is an elusive and burgeoning problem. Methods of tax evasion are continually changing and adapting to new methods of tax enforcement. However, there are strategies that can reduce the potential loss due to fuel tax evasion. This study of fuel tax evasion in Kentucky and the southeastern states provides additional information regarding the causes and nature of the road fund tax evasion problem, and identifies state and federal/state efforts to mitigate the tax...

Development of an Alternate Methodology for Identifying Heavy/Coal Trucks and Calculating ESAL’s/Axle and Axles/Truck

Jack A. Harison, David L. Allen & Jerry G. Pigman

Pavement Distresses at Intersections

David Q. Hunsucker & Bobby W. Meade
Asphaltic concrete pavements at intersections and their approaches, where traffic is required to stop and start, exhibit several types of distress. Among the more prominent forms of these distresses are deep rutting, pushing and shoving, and severe wash boarding. Prior research in this area has shown the leading causes of pavement failures at these locations are primarily materials related. Meaningful amounts of funds allocated for maintenance operations are exhausted each year to rehabilitate intersection pavements...

Use of Class AA Concrete Modified with a High-Range Water Reducing Admixture in a Full-Depth Bridge Deck Slab US 127, Lincoln County

David Q. Hunsucker & Michael D. Stone
Because it is desirable for bridge deck concrete to be strong and durable, the Kentucky Department of Highways chose to use a high-range water reducer to modify the properties of a conventional Class AA concrete mixture to be placed in a full-depth concrete bridge deck on US 127 in Lincoln County. A high-range water reducer is a chemical admixture that when added to low-to-normal slump concrete produces a high slump to flowing concrete. The higher...

Toward Determining Minimal/Optimal Transportation Department Resource Requirements

Douglas J. Olberding
The purpose of this project was to conduct a preliminary analysis of employment and privatization trends in state transportation departments. This project involved a review of recent literature on public sector privatization efforts, an analysis of all state transportation departments in order to locate a sample of states with transportation system characteristics similar to those of Kentucky, and a survey of the sample states· to determine privatization trends in the functional areas of administration, maintenance,...

Preliminary Evaluation, Artimis Reference Point Signs

Jerry G. Pigman
The objectives of the preliminary evaluation were to determine if the installation of reference signs at intervals more frequent than one-mile increments would improve the ability of emergency personnel to respond to incidents or accidents on the freeway system in the Cincinnati-northem Kentucky area. A short-term evaluation was conducted of white on blue and white on green reference signs on a three-mile section of 1-275 in Cincinnati. Based on field observations and supplemented with subjective...

Equivalent Single Axleload Computer Program Enhancements

Jerry G. Pigman, David L. Allen, Jack A. Harison, Neil Tollner & David H. Cain
The objectives of the study were to review and modify previously used Equivalent Single Axleload (ESAL) prediction procedures and to develop a more efficient procedure. As part of the effort to simplify the procedure, a subtask was undertaken to reduce the number of highway functional classes being used to process data for the ESAL estimation procedure. Another objective was to develop a more definitive and accurate method for reflecting the effects of coal or heavy...

Best Practices for Commercial Vehicle Monitoring Facilities Design

Nikiforos Stamatiadis, R. Clark Graves & John E. Schmidt
The great technological advances that were made over the last decade in monitoring traffic and the increased emphasis on highway safety for truck traffic have prompted a need to determine more effective ways to monitor and inspect truck traffic. Commercial Vehicle Monitoring (CVM) facilities provide the highway community with the means of supervising truck traffic. However, in an era with limited funds and space for roadway expansion. some consideration must be given to the types...

Analysis of Traffic Crash Data in Kentucky (2003 – 2007)

Eric R. Green, Kenneth R. Agent & Jerry G. Pigman
This report documents an analysis of traffic crash data in Kentucky for the years of 2003 through 2007. A primary objective of this study was to determine average crash statistics for Kentucky highways. Average and critical numbers and rates of crashes were calculated for various types of highways in rural and urban areas. These data can be used in Kentucky’s procedure to identify locations that have abnormal rates or numbers of crashes. The other primary...

Detailed Seismic Evaluation of Bridges on and over the Parkways In Western Kentucky

Jian Xie, Issam E. Harik & Tong Zhao
This report outlines a rating system and details an evaluation procedure for the seismic evaluation of highway bridges. These processes are later used to investigate the structural integrity of selected highway bridges on and over the parkways in Western Kentucky. A total of 349 bridges were rated with the bridge ranking system, and 17 were selected for detailed seismic evaluation. The capacity/demand ratio method developed by the Federal Highway Administration is employed for the detailed...

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