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View from the Road - January 2015

As we start 2015, Lori Budd (below left) and Donna Simons (below right) are both retiring. Donna may be back to help us with the transition, but both will be missed. Also, Lynne Irwin has received emeritus from Cornell University. Congratulations to Lynne. Thank you to all of three of them for their many years helping make the Cornell Local Roads Program what we are today.

Lori Budd Donna Simons

Lynne Irwin in 1979

Professor emeritus Lynne Irwin in 1979

We are looking for folks who would like to help us facilitate workshops and some of the other activities of the Program. If you are interested, please email or call ( or 607-255-8465) - David Orr, PE.

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Spring 2015 workshops

We will be holding the following workshops next spring:

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Fall 2015 workshops

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FHWA issues climate change and extreme weather resilience order

FHWA Order 5520, Transportation System Preparedness and Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, was signed on December 15, 2014 and states that it is FHWA policy to integrate consideration of climate and extreme weather risks into its planning, operations, policies and programs. Over the past decade FHWA has been a recognized leader in developing methods and tools to assist transportation agencies in assessing the vulnerabilities and risks of their transportation systems to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather. This new Order formalizes FHWA’s commitment to this issue, guides the agencies’ implementation of relevant MAP-21 provisions and recent Executive Orders, and identifies how the agency intends to continue to lead the transportation industry in making the nation’s highways more resilient.

CLRP in the news

Caledon OPP say winter tires make a big difference
Caledon Enterprise


Interesting Video

Using automatic flagging machines in the work zone (video)
Minnesota Department of Transportation

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