A View from the Road—August 2017
David Orr PE, Director, CLRP
I just came back from the 2017 National Local Technical Assistance Program Association meeting in Portsmouth, VA. Lots of great information was shared with our colleagues from around the country. Our Program Manager, Melissa Foley, also attended and we will be using the lessons learned in our plans for 2018 and beyond.
On the way, my wife, Kathy, and I visited an old friend in Kentucky and one of my brothers near Atlanta. My brother took us to a Braves game and I made some cookies for him (and ate a few myself). Such a trip (Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and back to New York State) would not be possible without the work of highway, road, and public works departments all over this country.
We drove on interstates with seven lanes in each direction, single lane roads with a cliff on each side, subdivision streets with kids playing, and the world’s largest bridge-tunnel complex. While I was thinking about who owned and maintained each highway that we drove on (state DOT, rural county, home owners association, and private authority), I realized that most of the time the public does not think about who owns or maintains a stretch of road, they just drive. We all need to work together. As the summer travel season comes to a close, we could all take a few moments to think about, and appreciate, the hard work of all the people who make our roads safe and our travels possible.
Fall Workshop dates are now available and registration is open.
2017 Bridge Conference
Test Your Knowledge
NYSCHSA summer 2017 Conference
The NYSCHSA summer conference will be held August 27th – August 29th in Corning at the Radisson hotel. Registration and conference information available here.
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.
New contest added!
AASHTO Faces of Transportation Photo Contest
The 2017 AASHTO “Faces of Transportation” photo contest is now underway. Submit your photos featuring people engaged in our nation’s transportation systems under
The deadline for entry is August 25th, 2017. Submit your photos today!
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