View from the Road - David Orr, PE
On the Road Again
Song by Johnny Cash
and Willie Nelson
In the second verse of the song On the Road Again, Willie and Johnny celebrate being on the road. While I like going places that I have not been before, I am always glad to be going home. When I am traveling, I also try to look for “things that I may never see again.” This year I have been traveling all over New York State and even the United States which has given me opportunities to see many new things. Before the end of the year I will have traveled to eleven different states, the District of Columbia, and over 35 counties across NY. These travels are still only counting the places where I have had meetings, workshops, or a field visit.
Why do I travel? Mostly it is for work, but weirdly I think it is fun (to a point). While on the road, I am always trying to learn something new I can share with you. Examples I have picked up in 2018 include new initiatives from FHWA’s Every Day Counts 5, an exercise we may incorporate into a new communications workshop we will be developing in 2019, sources of funds to help fund a RAP chip seal at next year’s Highway School, and new scenarios for our ethics presentation.
Meanwhile, back home is a great staff (and wonderful wife) who allow me to get out there to extend the University beyond Ithaca. We were just honored by the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with an award for outstanding extension work. The real honor belongs to the staff, my wife, and you. The staff earned the award because they help our Program run smoothly. You helped us achieve this award because of your participation and suggestions to help make the Program better. Please stay involved, attend schools and workshops, share ideas, and say hello when one of us stops by. I will be glad to visit you so you can help the travelers 'goin’ places they never been.'
Applications are still being accepted for Free Work Zone Packages from CLRP
Remember - Priority is given to departments who lost equipment due to theft or incidental damage but anyone can apply!
Information on what is included and how to apply Available Here or just fill out the application attached to this newsletter.
The due date for these applications is December 14, 2018.
Congratulations to the Town of Oswego Highway Department for their APWA NY Central Branch Project Award.
Details on the award banquet can be found Here
Fall 2018 Edition of Nuggets and Nibbles is now available!
In this edition:
- The Washington County Safety Days
- Beacon Highway Department Wins National Build a Better Mousetrap Award
- And Much More!
Download a Digital Copy Today Here
Mark Your Calendar!
- November 11 - 17 is National Traffic Incident
More information available Here
- ABCD Fall Conference November 16th, 2018 - Registration and Additional Information Available Here
- New York State County Highway Superintendent’s
Association 2019 Winter Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY
January 22-24, 2019 - Registration and Additional Information
- Registration is Open for Free 2019 Dig Safely NYS
Excavator Safety Seminars
Additional information about seminar dates, locations, and registration Available Here
Other Training & Resources
- Free NHI Incident Management Responder Training (Web-Based)
Course Information and details on how to register Available Here
- New Asphalt Academy Training Course
Tues., Dec. 11 - Thurs., Dec. 13
Suit-Kote Tully, New York - Registration and Additional
Information Available Here
Test Your Knowledge
- Everyday Safety Tailgate Talk - Hazards of Solvents
- Everyday Safety Tailgate Talk - Combustible Dust Safety
- A Short History of the Crosswalk
- New York State Hiring Hundreds of Highway Workers for Winter
Rockville Center Patch
- VIDEO: Foam injections help NCDOT reopen 1-95 after flooding from Hurricane Florence