Since 1981, The Kentucky Transportation Center has remained at the forefront of Kentucky’s interdisciplinary research on transportation-related issues. The Center uses applied research to develop innovative, safe, and effective transportation solutions and to explore a range of questions related to the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
KTC began when the Kentucky Department of Highways transferred its Division of Research to the University of Kentucky’s College of Engineering. In 1988, the University’s federally funded Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) joined the organization to form what is now the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC). Its location within the Department of Civil Engineering allows for adequate laboratory space, expertise from faculty, and a variety of equipment and instrumentation to conduct research. KTC provides services to the transportation community through Research, Technology Transfer, and Education. The Center remains the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s official research arm.
KTC’s researchers work in several program areas, including: Pavements, Bridges, Construction Management, Traffic and Safety, Environmental Analysis, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation Security, Project Management, Finance and Economics, and Freight and Logistics. The Center forms strategic partnerships with FHWA, other transportation organizations, and with stakeholders, which benefits regions across the United States. KTC has a reputation for delivering timely, accurate, innovative research. With talented staff and a proven track record of transportation solutions, KTC will continue to expand its national profile and guarantee its position as a leader in transportation research.