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Integrity. Dedication. Innovation. Efficiency. The Kentucky Transportation Center strives to keep these principles at the foundation of all research tasks. Now is the time for smarter and more rapid infrastructure development, and the Center is committed to providing transformative solutions to the most critical problems facing today’s transportation systems. Growing from a small research division founded in 1941, today The Kentucky Transportation Center is a vibrant hub of applied multidisciplinary transportation research. The Kentucky Transportation Center has built a strong partnership with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet while continuously growing its client base by collaborating with other transportation agencies  across the United States. Spread across 12 program areas housed on the University of Kentucky campus, the Center’s staff enjoys a strong and enduring relationship with the Department of Civil Engineering.  The Kentucky Transportation Center’s multidisciplinary focus allows researchers to touch on every dimension of multimodal transportation. As the Center expands, it will continue to deliver practical solutions and disperse knowledge that will benefit how the public experiences and interacts with complex transportation systems.

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Critical Path

From initial conception to letting, highway design projects typically span several years. KYTC and the Kentucky Transportation Center have developed critical path method (CPM) schedules for KYTC Project Managers. Process flowcharts and Gantt chart templates are meant to assist pre-construction project managers with organizing, sequencing, and scheduling project development activities. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

ADA Technical Infeasibility Evaluation

All State DOTs must guarantee that pedestrian facilities are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). To meet the ADA requirement of providing public facility access to individuals with disabilities, The Kentucky Transportation Center is developing a process to inventory sidewalks and curb ramps across the state. An interactive Statement of Technical Feasibility form will  soon be made available on the KYTC webpage. The form provides rationale and evidence when it is technically infeasible to build the facility to ADA compliance. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Cable Barrier

High-tension cable median barrier (CMB) is a safety innovation in Kentucky, primarily used to prevent crossover crashes. In these crashes, a vehicle leaves the roadway on the left shoulder, crosses the median, and enters opposing lanes of traffic. Inconsistent performance in CMB after a single vehicle hit; specifically, loss of tension in the cables, has been noticed. Ideally, if a second vehicle struck the cable barrier in a different location from the first hit, cable tension would be sufficient to prevent the second vehicle from crossing the median and causing a head-on collision. TRAFFIC & SAFETY

 

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Critical Path

From initial conception to letting, highway design projects typically span several years. KYTC and the Kentucky Transportation Center have developed critical path method (CPM) schedules for KYTC Project Managers. Process flowcharts and Gantt chart templates are meant to assist pre-construction project managers with organizing, sequencing, and scheduling project development activities. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

ADA Technical Infeasibility Evaluation

All State DOTs must guarantee that pedestrian facilities are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). To meet the ADA requirement of providing public facility access to individuals with disabilities, The Kentucky Transportation Center is developing a process to inventory sidewalks and curb ramps across the state. An interactive Statement of Technical Feasibility form will  soon be made available on the KYTC webpage. The form provides rationale and evidence when it is technically infeasible to build the facility to ADA compliance. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Cable Barrier

High-tension cable median barrier (CMB) is a safety innovation in Kentucky, primarily used to prevent crossover crashes. In these crashes, a vehicle leaves the roadway on the left shoulder, crosses the median, and enters opposing lanes of traffic. Inconsistent performance in CMB after a single vehicle hit; specifically, loss of tension in the cables, has been noticed. Ideally, if a second vehicle struck the cable barrier in a different location from the first hit, cable tension would be sufficient to prevent the second vehicle from crossing the median and causing a head-on collision. TRAFFIC & SAFETY

Alternate Technical Concepts

Alternative Technical Concepts, or ATC, is a flexible highway contracting process that enables innovation, reduces project delivery time, and provides cost savings. The ATC process stipulates that contractors receive the information 6 months before the official advertisement during which time a Technical Review committee is organized. A contractor decides where they could provide innovation and technical expertise and at that point, delivers a formal submission of the idea. The ATC is proposed as an alternative to a bid item — this could include design solutions, project specifications, materials, products, or traffic control. A contractor can propose multiple ATCs. CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING & PROJECT MANAGEMENT SPECIAL PROJECTS & INITIATIVES

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