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View from the Road – David Orr, PE

March – 2019

Hard to believe, but Road Chatter is 5 years old! Over that time, we have discussed workshops, Highway School, news you can use, and miscellaneous items such as wooden streets and snowfall totals. No matter what we included in the monthly notes, the goal was always the same: we are trying to help you help yourself. Below you will find information on our spring workshops, Build a Better Mousetrap, the Highway School, and some other news and events you may find useful.

In our reviewing of old files we found some pictures including a few from the 1954 dedication of our home: Riley-Robb Hall here at Cornell. See if you can recognize the gentleman on the left. Another is an aerial picture of the Cornell campus before Riley-Robb was built. It reminds us that change is inevitable, but we can make a lasting legacy if we keep working and moving forward.

Register Now for 2019 Spring Workshops!

Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings

Asphalt Paving Principles

Roadway and Roadside Drainage

Identifying and 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 is attached to this email or download here.

There is still time to 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 the 2019 entries will be highlighted at Highway School as well as posted on our website.

The entry deadline is March 15
Entry form is available attached to this email or download here.

74th Annual Highway School – June 3-5, 2019 at Ithaca College

Get your registration in earlier than ever by clicking here

For Information on conference topics, program updates, lodging and more, visit the Cornell Local Roads Program 2019 Highway School webpage 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!


2019 APWA New York Chapter Annual Conference
in Utica, NY March 21 – 22, 2019 – Registration and Additional Information Available Here


Other Training & Resources

Slow Moving Vehicle Symposium March 6, 2019, 8am – 3pm in Syracuse NY
More information available here

Webinar on Advanced Geotechnical Methods - March 7, 2019
More Information Available here 

2019 Highway Data Workshop & Conference March 20-22, Saratoga Springs, NY
More Information Available here

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 contracts 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 by visiting

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