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View from the Road - July 2014

Our friend, and Program Circuit Rider, Dewey Amsler passed away on June 18th. He taught our Snow and Ice Control workshops since 2000 and answered questions from anyone who asked, many times on his own dime. While he worked for us, he was our friend first and always wanted to help anyone. His attitude and willingness to help is something we should all strive for. Remember a friend and mentor in your own life and share it forward. Thank you Dewey! - David Orr, PE

Dewey Amsler teaches a snow and Ice workshop in Acra, NY October 2013

Fall workshops

Just a reminder that our 2014 fall workshops will be by request only. We require a minimum of 15 people for a workshop, but if you are unable to get quite enough together for a workshop please contact us and we may be able to help you get more people. Here is more information about how to request a workshop. We will be looking for attendees for Powers and Duties, Pavement Maintenance and Work Zone Safety workshops and will post details in next month’s Road Chatter.

Intersection Safety workshop

CLRP, in partnership with the NY Division Office FHWA, NYSDOT, and NHI, are giving an engineering level workshop this July. The Intersection Safety workshop aims to reduce the incidence of intersection crashes through application of design and operations best practices. 5.75 professional development hour (PDH) credits will be available. More details can be found on the CLRP website.


July 29th – Monroe County

July 30th – Oneida

July 31st – Albany County

Statewide Conference on Local Bridges

Call for photos! Photos are needed for the Bridge Conference calendar. If you have a great photo of a bridge project you have been involved in consider submitting a photo to Erica Westhuis Specification for entrants can be found on the Bridge conference webpage.

In addition, the poster session will be held again this year. If you are interested details can be found on the Bridge conference webpage or Poster specifications (pdf)

Interesting articles

How to resolve employee conflicts

Source: Better Roads

Like your toys?

22 concept trucks we wish had been built. Source: Equipment World

Be careful out there

Two highway workers die in Texas work zone crash. Source: Better Roads

How to Perform a Curve Speed Study

Source: The Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program Center

New Safety Performance Function Guides Issued

SPF Decision Guide
SPF Development Guide
Source: FHWA

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