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View from the Road - September 2017

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP


At the end of September, the NYSDOT and FHWA will be hosting an Innovation Day in Albany. Speakers include the NYSDOT Chief Engineer and the FHWA Division Administrator. Attendees from many local agencies will be present. If you are interested in participating, please let me know and I will see if there is still space.

I have been asked to speak on innovation from a local perspective,
and plan to highlight innovations from town, county, city and village highway and public works agencies across New York State. I would
like a few more examples so please send me your best innovation.
My email is

Some of the ideas I already have include:

  • GRS-IBS bridges
  • Warm mix asphalt
  • Fibers in concrete replacing wire mesh
  • Inexpensive retroreflectivity kit for sign inspection
  • Local Design Services Agreement (LDSA)
    Program for bridge work

I will share the best ideas with the other attendees. If you suggest an idea it will be added to a drawing for a free CLRP workshop certificate for one person from your agency.

An innovation can be a thing, a process, or even a way to communicate. It may come from FHWA or NYSDOT, or it may come from your crew in the field. Remember, an innovation does not have to be new. Tony Furst, Director, FHWA Office of Innovative Program Delivery describes innovation as “new to you, market ready, and proven.” Let’s share some ideas and innovations to help each other.

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2017 Bridge Conference


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


  • Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool
    441 Electronics Pkwy
    Liverpool, New York 13088
    Phone (315) 457-1122
  • Special room rate available here.


Other Training

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New York 2017 Strategic Highway Safety Plan

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