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View from the road - April 2014


Robin perched on a branch

The frost is out of the ground in Ithaca and I saw my first robin of the spring! As you begin to look at the damage from the winter and the work for this year, we are ready to help answer your questions. If you need some help with what to do, one of our engineers or Circuit Riders can come out and look at your highways and provide technical assistance. Even if we cannot get out to your agency, we are available by phone, email, and even the US Postal Service. -David Orr, PE

Watch your mailbox!

Spring's Nuggets & Nibbles coming this month

Cover of the spring 2014 Nuggets and Nibbles newsletter

2014 highway school

This year's highway school (June 2-4) includes two demonstrations (crack repair, and a live line down demo), and presentations covering ethics, emergency stream intervention, dealing with difficult employees, and more.

Plus, this year the Pothole Picnic gets even Pot hole-ier! We will be hosting a second picnic on Tuesday in addition to our regular Monday picnic.

Early registration fee (by May 19) = $100
Late and on-site registration fee = $135
Register now!

April workshops

Highway Department’s Legal Liability
April 29-May 1 - Dutchess, Rensselaer, and Warren County

Roadway & Roadside Drainage
April 22-24 - Albany, Orange, and Chenango County

Stormwater Management
April 8-10 - Chautauqua, Niagara, Steuben County

Work Zone Traffic Control for Local Roads
April 15-16 - Oneida and Schoharie County

May workshops

Basics of a good road
May 13-15 - Erie, Wayne, and Lewis County

Asphalt Paving Principles
May 21-22 - Madison and Schuyler County

Other training events

To see what’s happening in the State, check out our online Calendar.

10 cool national public works week ideas

The Public Works Update scoured the Internet and grilled our sources to assemble this list of activities conducted by public works departments nationwide. Read more.

New York State highway departments in the news

Warrensburg highway chief wins top environmental award. Read more.

Ticonderoga highway crew battling Mother Nature. Read more.

Retiring Bolton highway chief honored for 40+ years of service. Read more.


Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS). See the video.
Source: FHWA Every Day Counts
Read more about GRS-IBS

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