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A View from the Road—August 2017

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP

No road is long with good company. – Turkish Proverb

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.

 Thank you.

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CLRP Workshops

Fall Workshop dates are now available and registration is open.

Register here

2017 Bridge Conference


  • Training Session – October 24th
  • Conference Dates October 25th – October 26th


  • Call for seminars. Please read this request for presentations for the 23rd Statewide Conference on Local Bridges.
  • Information on submitting photos for the Local Bridge Calendar and the poster session
    can be found here.
  • Poster specifications are also available online.  

Other Training

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!
ARTBA’s Women Leaders Council:  Student Video Contest to Promote Importance of U.S. Transportation Design & Construction Careers. Video Submission Deadline:  August 15th, 2017

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
one of several categories.

The deadline for entry is August 25th, 2017. Submit your photos today!

FHA Center for Accelerating Innovation UHPC Webinars

Ultra-High Performance Concrete Series Webinars

  • Register here for the August 15th webinar topic “Pulaski Skyway – Owner’s Perspective.”

FHA Center for Local Aid Support Webinars

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

  • Register here: Discussions on countermeasures to keep pedestrians safe at uncontrolled crossing locations

Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

  • Register here for Part II: Attendees will bridge TIM Program actions and strategies with training by learning about the National Responder Training Program taught throughout the country.

Interesting Articles

N.Y. leads nation in roadway fatalities countermeasures
Rochester Business Journal

FHWA: Highway construction costs up 67% since 2003
Better Roads

House Panel Approves Transportation Spending Measure Washington Newsline

Americans Say They Back Higher Gas Tax to Fix Crumbling RoadsBloomberg Politics


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