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View from the Road - March 2018

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP

Last month I talked about creating a network of contacts. It takes time, but it pays off in the end because we learn from and support each other. Our program manager Melissa Foley and I recently spent two days in Albany meeting with statewide partners and we still could not meet with everyone. We met with the Federal Highway Administration, Association of Towns, the New York Conference of Mayors, NYS Association of Town Superintendents of Highways, Liquid Asphalt Distributors Association, and five programs or bureaus within the main office of New York State Department of Transportation. We shared ideas, learned new things, met new people, and reestablished relationships.

We found speakers for the 2018 Highway School, learned about new folks at the FHWA NY Division and NYSDOT, collaborated on projects such as private and minimum maintenance roads, obtained materials for new Quick Answers and Tech Tips, and shared our 2018 schedule with partners and colleagues. In short, we strengthened our network so our program can better help you maintain the roads and streets across New York State. We are always stronger and more effective together.

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CLRP Build a Better Mousetrap Competition
Deadline March 12th!

Show off you or your team’s creative talents in a statewide competition featuring local innovative solutions to everyday problems faced by highway and public works departments.

  • Deadline for entry is March 12th.
  • Entry form attached to this newsletter or available here.
  • Contest rules, dates, and details available here.

Registration for 2018 Spring Workshops is now open!

Stormwater Management

  • 3/27/18 - Suffolk County
  • 3/28/18 - Putnam County
  • 4/25/18 - St. Lawrence County
  • 4/26/18 - Saratoga County

Running Your Highway Department

  • 4/3/18 - Niagara County
  • 4/4/18 - Ontario County
  • 4/5/18 - Tioga County
  • 5/1/18 - Rockland County
  • 5/2/18 - Montgomery County
  • 5/3/18 - Lewis County

Powers and Duties

  • 4/3/18  -  Orange County
  • 4/4/18  -  Columbia County
  • 5/2/18  -  Livingston County
  • 5/3/18  -  Tompkins County
  • 5/16/18 - Essex County
  • 5/17/18 - Oneida County

Pavement Maintenance

  • 4/24/18 - Chemung County
  • 4/25/18 - Monroe County
  • 4/26/18 - Cattaraugus County
  • 5/22/18 - Dutchess County
  • 5/23/18 - Delaware County
  • 5/24/18 - Herkimer County

Local Roads Done Right

  • 4/10/18 - Clinton County
  • 4/11/18 - Schenectady County
  • 4/12/18 - Ulster County
  • 5/8/18  -  Erie County
  • 5/9/18  -  Seneca County
  • 5/10/18 - Broome County

Register here
Additional Information available here 

2018 Cornell Local Roads Program CAMP Summer Intern Registrations Open

Information on the Cornell Asset Management Program Summer Intern Project, a downloadable brochure and registration form available here.

2018 New York State Association of Transportation Engineers
Annual Conference

The 2018 state conference will be held April 25-27, 2018 at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. Details available on the NYSATE website

2018 APWA Annual Conference

The 2018 state conference will be held April 11th-13th in Buffalo. Details available on the APWA website.

Other Training

  • Upcoming Innovation Exchange Webinars:

High Friction Surface Treatment, March 8th 1pm - 2:30pm EST E-Construction and Partnering, March 22nd 1pm - 2:30pm EST

  • Dig Safety New York hosting nine free Excavator Safety Seminars across New York State.

Schedule and registration information available here.

  • New Hazardous Material Training Series Launched by TC3.

The first two courses in the series are available for free through March 2018
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