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A View from the Road—January 2017

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP

Happy New Year! The calendar year starts on January 1st, but this has not always been true. In the distant past, the spring equinox was the traditional start of a new year. Other cultures and countries still start the year at different times. Even our own calendar has changed. For instance, George Washington was born on February 11, but when the Gregorian calendar was adopted, February 11, 1731 became February 22, 1731. Budget years vary as well. While counties and towns in New York State start their fiscal year on January 1, most villages start on June 1, the state starts on April 1, and the federal budget year starts on October 1!

Cartoon of penguin with  a "Happy New Year" sign

For the Cornell Local Roads Program, January is a good time to start the year and we are gearing up for the 2017 workshop season. The spring workshops start the last week of March and go to just before the Highway School. The fall season starts just after Labor Day and ends just before the Bridge Conference. While we are still working out the final details, here are the current plans for the 2017 workshop season. We are working with NYSDOT to add more workshops and you can always request a workshop. More details will be available in the first issue of Nuggets & Nibbles for 2017 and on our website. 

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CLRP Workshops

New Workshops!

Local Roads Done Right


  • What makes a good local road or street
  • Drainage including culverts and ditches
  • Investigating and fixing highway problems
  • Pavement management, maintenance, and preservation

Train the Trainer: Instructor Training for Work Zone Traffic Control


  • Work zone traffic control review
  • Communication principles
  • Your presentation style
  • Presentation site and equipment
  • Practicing what you teach

Spring Workshops

Registration form

A Highway Department’s Legal Liabilities

  • April 18—Saratoga County
    April 19—Ulster County
  • May 24—Oswego County
    May 25—Livingston County

Asphalt Paving Principles

  • April 11—Erie County
    April 12—Yates County
    April 13—Oneida County
  • May 9—Putnam County
    May 10—Delaware County
    May 11—Warren County

Local Roads Done Right

  • May 2—Suffolk County
    May 3—Orange County
    May 4—Columbia County
  • May 16—Genesee County
    May 17—Wayne County
    May 18—Jefferson County

Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

  • March 28—Cayuga County
    March 29—Allegany County

Fall Workshops

Local Roads Done Right

  • Sept 5—Franklin County
    Sept 6—Washington County
    Sept 7—Schoharie County
  • Oct 3—Cattaraugus County
    Oct 4—Steuben County
    Oct 5—Madison County

Snow and Ice Control

  • Sept 12—Albany County
    Sept 13—Cortland County
    Sept 14—Ontario County

Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

  • Oct 17—Hamilton County
    Oct 18—Dutchess County

Other Training

ARTBA 6th Annual Student Transportation Video Contest


General Transportation Category

Safety Category


Snow & Ice Control Guidebook. Minnesota LTAP

Helpful Safety Resources. Connecticut Technology Transfer Center

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