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View from the Road - March 2015

February was the coldest month in Central New York State history! Hope you are thinking warm thoughts. As things slowly get warmer, we are getting ready for our workshop season. Our first scheduled workshops start on March 31 (see below).

In addition, we are busy working on the program for the 2015 Highway School. Here is a list of the topics we have already scheduled with lots more to come. Our website contains more information and the most up-to-date Highway School news.

Administrative topics

  • Legal Panel
  • Right-of-way
  • Procurement Basics
  • Dealing with Emergencies

Technical topics

  • Snow & Ice Control
  • Pavement Preservation
  • Work Zone Safety
  • Vehicle Simulators
Heavy vehicle simulators at the 2013 highway school

Heavy vehicle simulators are coming back!

This year’s Highway School sees the restart of the Roads Scholar Awards. From 1963-1998, these awards provided recognition to those Counties with the highest attendance. We have made some tweaks, but the concept is still the same: the more folks who come from your County (including Towns, Villages, Cities and the County), the better your chances of winning. More details soon! - David Orr, PE.

CLRP workshops

Spring 2015 workshops

Registration form

Pavement management summer intern project (PMSIP)

The PMSIP pairs college students with municipalities to develop a pavement management plan for their highway network. During the ten-week program, the student intern along with someone from the municipal agency develop an inventory, conduct road evaluations, prepare unit costs for maintenance practices, and prepare a final report that outlines a five-year management plan for the local roads and streets.

Only 4 more spaces remain for the 2015 intern program so if you want to participate get in quick. Visit the website for more information or contact Geoff Scott, Technical Assistance engineer at or (607) 255-2806.

Here is a newspaper article about one of this year’s participants.

Other training

  • Full-Depth Reclamation of Asphalt Pavement with Cement Stabilization breakfast seminar
    Bohn’s Restaurant 5256 Clinton Street, Batavia. 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., March 12
  • Developing Effective Practices for Snow Removal: Why is it worth all the effort?
    Free webinar. 2 p.m. – 3.30 p.m., March 5. Register
  • Grantsmanship Training Program
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany.
    March 9- 13.
  • Oneida County Highway Superintendent Association Safety Day
    Town of New Hartford fire department, 4 Oxford Road, New Hartford

New climate change adaptation and resilience case studies series

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be highlighting climate change adaptation and resilience work in the transportation sector through a new case studies series. Over 100 additional case studies will be added in the coming months.

Are we running short of salt or not?

Counties, towns running low on road salt
Source: Register-Star

No Salt Shortage in Local Area
Source: Oneida Daily Dispatch

Test your knowledge

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