PIKEVILLE – Two veteran maintenance specialists with Highway District 12 of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are now certified by the University of Kentucky College of Engineering as either a Road Master or a Road Scholar.
Adam Brown, Superintendent I at D-12’s Minnie Maintenance garage, earned the Road Master certification. Lee Little, HEO IV at Minnie Maintenance, completed his Road Scholar certification; he earned the Road Master designation last year.
The Road Scholar program, part of the UK Transportation Center, a division of the university’s College of Engineering, requires courses in work zone management, drainage, safety improvements, traffic management through signals, signs, and markings; managing people, and risk management. Students also take courses in hot-mix asphalt highway construction, construction of concrete and cement, communications, and customer service.
The Road Master program requires classes in snow and ice removal, environmental awareness, leadership skills, and advanced communications. Students also choose three electives from AAA’s Defensive Driving class, road construction and drainage plan reading, computer skills, erosion and sediment control, hazard materials awareness, roadside/vegetation management, and small bridges construction and maintenance.
In a ceremony held at The Corbin Center, this year’s graduates heard from Deputy State Highway Engineer Bob Lewis. Chief District Engineer Mary Westfall-Holbrook was on hand to personally congratulate Brown and Little, as were Cathy Dye, program coordinator for the district; and Karen Parsons, Administrative Specialist to the CDE.
“These men have proved that they are committed to excellence in their work,” Chief Westfall-Holbrook said. “Safety is our number one priority, and the additional education that these men have chosen to pursue shows that they care about doing a good job for the district, the Cabinet, and the taxpayers – who are their family members, friends, and neighbors.”
Highway District 12’s seven counties are Lawrence, Johnson, Martin, Floyd, Knott, Pike, and Letcher. The district headquarters is in Pikeville. Section offices, each managed by a licensed professional engineer, are located in Whitesburg, Pikeville, Prestonsburg, and Staffordsville.