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Th’ Center be a national leader in multidisciplinary transportation research. Its talented staff publish thar findin’s in leadin’ research journals, help agencies around th’ country implement thar recommendations, develop new trainin’ courses, present thar work at prestigious conferences, ‘n even host conferences. Th’ Center’s unparalleled ability t’ develop ‘n perform applied research ‘n t’ communicate findin’s has meant that a wide range o’ stakeholders  includin’ th’ Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Federal Highway Administration, ‘n a number o’ government agencies ‘n transportation organizations ‘ave benefitted from KTC’s work. Keep tuned t’ this page fer th’ latest research findin’s ‘n reports, details o’ projects that are in progress, accolades, ‘n more.


 

Cap’n Nan Bonny Albright receives th’ 2018 Government Civil Engineer o’ th’ Year Award Mate Arrrr

Ahoy! Cap’n Nan Bonny All Bright, fresh off her conquest o’ th’ Sea o’ Bitumen ‘n th’ 12 Uncharted Aliquot Seas ‘n recoverin’ from a bout o’ scurvy, has careened t’ shore ‘n’ received a most prestigious award from her scallywags ‘n’ compatriots at th’ American Society o’ Civil Engineers. Th’ honor represents Nan’s 25 years o’ service as a transportation engineer among her jolly band o’ privateers at th’ Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) ‘n her continued service wit’ th’ Kentucky Transportation Center. Th’ award will be presented in October at th’ ASCE National Convention in Denver, Colorado. Armed only wit ‘er trusty cutlass, Cap’n Nan has been a hand o’ ASCE since 1991, servin’ as State President, Frankfort Branch cap’n, ‘n on th’ Awards Committee. Currently, she be Chair o’ th’ Scholarship Committee fer th’ Kentucky Section. She began her career wit’ KYTC as a landlubber of a transportation scholarship student, ‘n earned Bachelor’s ‘n Master’s degrees in Civil Engineerin’ from th’ University o’ Kentucky.  Never one to hornswaggle ye, the good cap’n gave all ‘er work the old heave ho, in partic’lar th’ Cabinet’s scholarship ‘n mentorin’ programs. Congratulations t’ the good Cap’n fer never hadving t’ walk the plank. Shiver me timbers when the rascals at ASCE hand ‘er that golden treasure! Arrr…


 

Bridge End Settlement Evaluation ‘n Prediction

A bridge approach be usually built t’ provide a smooth ‘n safe transition fer vehicles from th’ roadway pavement t’ th’ bridge structure. However, differential settlement between th’ roadway pavement restin’ on embankment fill ‘n th’ bridge abutment often creates a bump in th’ roadway. KTC examined historic

Improvin’ O’erweight/O’er-Dimensional Logistics ‘n Ship Routin’ Procedures

Movin’ o’erweight or o’er-dimensional loads through Kentucky requires access t’ reliable data about bridge clearances, construction schedules, detour routes,weight limits, limited lane widths,

data on maintenance ‘n inspection from a wide range o’ Kentucky roads t’ find methods fer predictin’ settlement severity. Th’ important factors that influenced settlement were: geographic regions, approach age, average daily traffic (ADT), th’ use o’ approach slabs, ‘n th’ foundation soil depth. Researchers developed two models based on those factors that shall predict th’ approach settlement level fer a new bridge or an existin’ bridge. Prediction o’ bridge approach settlement plays an important role in selectin’ proper design, construction, ‘n maintenance techniques ‘n measures.

bridge classifications, ‘n local restrictions. Movin’ these loads safely ‘n efficiently presents a challenge t’ th’ Division o’ Motor Carriers (DMC). No real-time data on OW/OD routes exists ‘n th’ attempts t’ mine outmoded data t’ develop an automated routin’ system ‘ave failed. KTC examined Kentucky’s current permittin’ ‘n routin’ processes, looked t’ other state’s best practices, ‘n determined th’ relationship between crash rates ‘n improper truck routin’. Th’ findin’s will improve th’ safety ‘n economics o’ OW/OD logistics ‘n will expand th’ information available fer truck routin’.factors that influenced settlement were: geographic regions, approach age, average daily traffic (ADT), th’ use o’ approach slabs, ‘n th’ foundation soil depth. Researchers developed two models based on those factors that shall predict th’ approach settlement level fer a new bridge or an existin’ bridge. Prediction o’ bridge approach settlement plays an important role in selectin’ proper design, construction, ‘n maintenance techniques ‘n measures.

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