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View from the Road - February 2015

100 years ago in February 1915, the Cornell University College of Civil Engineering hosted 280 visitors to the 1st Good Roads Week. In his welcome, University President Jacob Gould Schurman spoke of how the University “has endeavored to carry knowledge throughout the bounds of the state.” If possible, he felt the University would have provided the same outreach for highways that it already was providing for agriculture.

2015 Good Roads meeting attendees
Figure 1 - Group of Good Roads Week Visitors

Additional conferences were held starting in 1916 and 1923. Eventually, representatives from the Association of Towns and New York State County and Town Highway Superintendents Associations worked with representatives from Cornell to start the Annual School for Highway Superintendents in 1938. While a few years were skipped during World War II, this annual Highway School is holding its 70th incarnation this June 1-3 with an expected attendance of over 700. We hope to see you there. - David Orr, PE.

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Is this the new official handicapped pictogram?

Unoffocial handicapped pictogram

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Speed Management for Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety webinar

Thursday February 26, 2015, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST

Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to traffic crashes, and according to NHTSA, is a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes. It is a cross-cutting safety issue that impacts safety areas such as Roadway departure, Intersection, and pedestrian/bicycle safety.  As the first of a series of webinars on speed management for improving the safety of all roadway users offered by FHWA, together with the member agencies of USDOT Speed Management Team, this webinar will highlight case studies and examples related to managing speed to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

This webinar is free and open to everyone. However, advance registration is required. Register for this web conference.

Local Government Financial Toolbox

We used to recommend the Financial Information for Town Highway Superintendents as one of our documents all Town Highway Superintendents should have in their library. It has been subsumed into the State of New York Comptroller document, Information for Town Officials in 2013. While you are there take a look at the Local Government Financial Toolbox.

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Does a smooth bore pipe have more capacity to carry water than a corrugated pipe?
Do municipal trucks need to have fire extinguishers? 
Who set speed limits on local highways?

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Is this the new official handicapped pictogram?

Answer: At this stage, the only approved symbol is the current one. The new “action” version is not approved and should not be used.


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