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Safety Improvements on High Risk Rural Roads

by Matt Cate, P.E.

On October 31, 2014, the staff of the Center for Transportation Research gathered to send Linda Capps off into a new chapter in her life. After 27 years with the University of Tennessee and 15 years with CTR, Linda has retired. Many of you know Linda as the friendly face who helped many cities and counties in her role as TTAP's field technician (and goodwill ambassador). Over the years Linda has worked to perform sign inventories and inspections through TDOT's Traffic Sign Grant program, gather traffic counts through TTAP's technical assistance program, make roadside observations of seat belt usage for the annual statewide survey conducted for the Governor's Highway Safety Office, and even spent two years gathering pavement marking retroreflectivity data for a TDOT-sponsored research project. Linda will soon begin to volunteer 4 days a week at Peaceful Paws Springs, a non-profit, nokill animal shelter in Ravenna, KY. We wish Linda nothing but the best in her future endeavors!

While we miss seeing Linda on a daily basis, we are pleased to introduce the newest member of the TTAP family. Daniel Herman joined us in a full-time staff position at the beginning of November after working with us for several years on a parttime basis. Daniel has stepped in as TTAP's field technician, a role which will have him out and about across the state to perform traffic counts and gather additional field data. Daniel will also assist in the facilitation of CTR continuing education classes. Finally, he will lead CTR's charge to collect its first nighttime seat belt usage data as part of a research project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please join us in welcoming Daniel to TTAP!


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