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A View from the Road—June 2017

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP

Hello and Goodbye

You say goodbye and I say hello
Hello, Goodbye by The Beatles

We say hello to Adam Howell, our new Communications Specialist who started in May. At the same time, we have to say goodbye to Mark Walker who is moving back to New Zealand with his family. We thank Mark for his time with us and wish him well in the future.  

Beatles jumping and waving

We hope to see all of you at the upcoming Highway School on June 12-14. It is a week later than normal, but we still anticipate over 700 folks from all over New York State. When you come to Ithaca please say hello to Adam and welcome him to the Cornell Local Roads Program.

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Highway School

June 12th-14th Ithaca College
737 registered for this year’s Highway School so far. Have you registered yet? 

CLRP Workshops

Engineering Workshops

Design of ADA Curb Ramps and Pedestrian Access Routes

  • June 27—Monroe County
  • June 28—Broome County
  • June 29—Albany County

Geosynthetics in Pavement Systems

  • August 8—Cayuga County
  • August 9—Oneida County
  • August 10—Dutchess County

Engineering registration form

Bridge Conference

Call for seminars. Please read this request for presentations for the 23rd Statewide Conference on Local Bridges.

Other Training

Test Your Knowledge

ARTBA Student Video Contest 2017

We have recently opened ARTBA’s 7th Annual Student Transportation Video Contest. Each year, we ask students of all ages across the country to submit a short video about transportation, and then screen the winning videos at ARTBA’s National Convention in the fall.

NHTSA 4th of July Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

We love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks, but all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. The fact is, this iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

Full-depth reclamation is cost-effective for urban, suburban roads

A new study by University of Minnesota researchers indicates that full-depth reclamation (FDR) of asphalt pavement is a superior method of rehabilitating urban and suburban roadways, outperforming traditional mill-and-overlay in cost and durability over a 35-year period.

Innovation Resources Available; St. James mini-roundabouts

The Federal Highway Administration offers resources to help states and their partners deploy the innovations in Every Day Counts round four (EDC-4). Another resource, the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program, awards funding of up to $1 million for highway projects that use proven innovations in any project phase.

Converting paved roads to unpaved: best practices

A new synthesis from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) summarizes the state-of-the-practice of the road conversion process, tools that can be used to aid in the decision-making process of whether to convert from paved to unpaved, and what has worked and what has not worked for those in the unpaving process.

Interesting Articles

Completed I-85 Collapse Rebuild Time-Lapse
OxBlue Corporation

NY lawmakers consider banning certain guardrails
News 10 Albany, NY

State and Union: Olean receives state Conference of Mayor’s accolade for North Union Street project
Olean Times Herald

Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain
Atlas Obscura


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