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View from the Road – David Orr, PE

February 2019

The shortest month of the year has a lot of holidays: Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, and Washington’s Birthday …. Some even think of Super Bowl Sunday as a holiday. For most of us, February is the month where we get ready for the upcoming construction season.

Here, at the Cornell Local Roads Program, we are getting ready for not just the spring training season, but Highway School, the fall training season, and even 2020. Like you, we look beyond the spring to plan for the future. Please sign up for our spring workshops, but also put the Highway School, Bridge Conference, and even fall training on your calendar (our fall workshop schedule will be available soon). If you don’t see a workshop that fills your training needs, please let us know. We can bring any of our workshops to you and maybe develop something new. We need your ideas to help us help you.

Register now for 2019 CLRP Spring Workshops!


Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings

Asphalt Paving Principles

Roadway & Roadside Drainage

Identifying & Reducing Legal Liability


3/26 Herkimer County

4/23 Franklin County

4/23 Orleans County

4/16 Suffolk County

5/7 Wyoming County

3/27 Greene County

4/24 Saratoga County

4/24 Seneca County

4/17 Dutchess County

5/8 Tioga

3/28 Putnam County

4/25 Ulster County

4/25 Broome County

4/18 Delaware County

5/9 Sullivan County

4/2 Cortland County

5/14 Oswego County

5/14 Schoharie County



4/3 Steuben County

5/15 Yates County

5/15 Washington County



4/4 Niagara County

5/16 Erie

5/16 St. Lawrence County



Click on the workshop title for more information about the class and class locations.

Registration form attached to this email or can be downloaded here.

Enter the 2019 Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

This year’s state competition winners will be presented with their award on stage at the June 2019 Highway School in front of over 700 of their peers!

State winners will be featured in our Summer Nuggets & Nibbles newsletter and automatically be entered into a national competition. All of the 2019 entries will be highlighted at Highway School and featured on our website.

The entry deadline is March 15
Entry form is attached to this email or can be downloaded here.

Cornell Local Roads Program 2019 CAMP Summer Intern Project.

More information, including training session dates, available here

Questions? Contact:
Geoffrey Scott, PE

Mark Your Calendar!

AOT 2019 Annual Conference and
Training School

New York Marriott Marquis, February 17 - 20, 2019 - More information Available Here

2019 APWA New York Chapter Annual Conference in Utica, NY
March 21 – 22, 2019

Registration and Additional Information Available Here

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

New Training Resource - Over 80 free TC3 courses are available from the Ohio LTAP eLearning system.

Details on how to access these courses are available here

New Law Change in Effect for 2019 Requires Training

Excavators that work for a local government and their hired contractors, as well as excavators that work for an operator and their hired contractors, will be required to receive training and education as regulated by the NYS Public Service Commission.

Those working on municipal contract have 180 days, until Saturday, May 4, 2019, to fulfill the new requirement.

Dig Safely New York’s Certified Excavator Program in Safe Digging Best Practices qualifies as an educational opportunity that fulfills the requirements of the amendment to the law. To assist those impacted excavators, Dig Safely New York has increased its number of open registration Certified Excavator Program classes.

All classes and events can be viewed and respectively registered into by visiting

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