Robert Clay (Bob) Lewis, PE, provided over 40 years of service to the residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky through his dedication to transportation at a local, state, and national level. A second generation KYTC employee, Bob began his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as a KYTC scholarship student while pursuing a Civil Engineering degree at the University of Kentucky (1976).
Following his graduation, Bob worked in the Resident Engineering section in Franklin County where he was instrumental in guiding several key projects including the East West Connector, Capital Plaza Connector, US 127 reconstruction and various bridges and projects in Franklin, Shelby, Spencer, and Anderson Counties. From 1991 until his retirement from KYTC in 2015, Bob served in various roles at the Central Office, including Liaison Engineer for Districts 8 and 11, Assistant Director for Construction, Assistant State Highway Engineer, Deputy State Highway Engineer, and Acting State Highway Engineer.
In his leadership roles, he led software implementation, reviewed and awarded construction projects, reviewed Design/Build projects, reviewed construction change orders, and oversaw research projects. Bob played a key role in implementing valuable software for revolutionizing the construction management approach in KYTC. He guided KYTC through technological transformations that led to efficient, timely monitoring of construction projects, proposals, change orders, and lettings. Bob influenced the efficient spending of taxpayer dollars to move people and goods around the state.
At a national level, Bob represented the state of Kentucky on the AASHTOware Project Task force that provided direction for the AASHTOware Project software modules. This Task Force deployed software to other states and showcased Kentucky’s experience nationally. As a practicing engineer, Bob was active in ASCE, KATE, & PAIKY. He often shared his knowledge at conferences, and he continues to teach classes in the KTC Transportation Technology Transfer section.
After retiring from the state of Kentucky, Bob continues to give back to transportation in the state through his research with the Kentucky Transportation Center. Locally, he stays involved in transportation through volunteering with Walk Bike Frankfort and the Bluegrass Cycling Club. In 2020, he moved to Oregon to be closer to his family where he continues to advocate for safe cycling.