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A View from the Road—March 2016

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”
Benjamin Franklin

We have a frost tube in the ground here in Ithaca that allows us to track the progress of the winter freezing and spring thaw. Normally we would expect to see the frost come out about the time we start our Spring workshop season. This year there has been very little frost and the ground was thawed as of last weekend (February 22). While this winter has been a bit off cycle, our Spring workshop season is still on schedule.

Person checking a frost tube in the middle of a road lane

The Spring workshop season starts on March 29th with Powers and Duties in Wyoming County and ends with the Highway School on June 6-8 here in Ithaca. We have scheduled 25 regular workshops, the CAMP–RS Summer Intern training, plus an engineering level workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act (April 28th in Jamestown). We will be holding two more sessions of the ADA workshop this fall in Oneida and Rockland Counties. More details for those sessions and the fall workshops will be coming over the summer.

See below for a listing of all of the workshops between now and Highway School. Space is limited so sign up soon.

David Orr PE, Director, CLRP

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CLRP training opportunities

Spring workshops

Here are our offerings for the spring workshop series. (County in ())

  • Pavement Maintenance
    May 10, Hudson (Columbia) / May 11, Fonda (Montgomery) / May 12, Lowville (Lewis)
    May 24, Lockport (Niagara) / May 25, Canandaigua (Ontario) / May 26, Cortland (Cortland)
  • Powers and Duties of Local Highway Officials
    March 29, Warsaw (Wyoming) / March 30, Penn Yan (Yates)
    April 13, Warrensburg (Warren) / April 14, Cooperstown (Otsego)
  • Running Your Highway Department
    April 5, Owego (Tioga) / April 6, Belmont (Allegany) / April 7, Churchville (Monroe)
    April 26, Malone (Franklin) / April 27, Schuylerville (Saratoga) / April 28, Oriskany (Onieda)
    May 17, Riverhead (Suffolk) / May 18, Millbrook (Dutchess) / May 19, Delhi (Delaware)
  • Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings
    April 19, Liberty (Sullivan) / April 20, Thiells (Rockland) / April 21, Great Neck (Nassau)
    May 3, Westport (Essex) / May 4, Liverpool (Onondaga) / May 5, Montour Falls (Schuyler)


Engineering workshop

Details are on our website.

CAMP Summer Intern Project

In the CAMP intern project, CLRP partners engineering students with municipalities to create a pavement management plan. There is still space in this year’s session. See the website or contact Geoffrey Scott, Technical Assistance Engineer, at (607) 255-2806 or for more information.

Highway School

6-8 June, Ithaca College
Selected topics:

  • Americans with Disability Act
  • Legal Panel
  • New Superintendent’s Big Picture
  • Piggybacking & Purchasing
  • Pavement Preservation
  • Guiderail and Roadside Safety
  • CHIPS–Local Funds
  • Snow & Ice Control

Other training

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Gravel guide giveaway

We still have free copies of the 2015 Gravel Roads Construction & Maintenance Guide. Contact us (607-255-8033 or for your copy or download it from the FHWA website.


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