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View from the Road – David Orr, PE

May - 2019

Picture of a group of people attending the annual meeting of the Natonal Association of County Engineers

Last Month I visited my 45th state when I was in Wichita, Kansas attending the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Annual Meeting. In New York State, the NACE Affiliate is the New York State County Highway Superintendents Association. Tim Hens from Genesee County was installed as the NACE President for 2019-2020 at the end of the conference. Congratulations to Tim!

I have been reading a book "Leaders Eat Last," by Simon Sinek. The title comes from a concept of the US Marine Corps; the most senior members of a team get their meal after everyone else has been served. The book is dedicated to the men and women of the US Air Force (Tim graduated from the Air Force Academy). Tim did not become a leader the day he became President. Like all of us, leadership is not a title. Leadership is an understanding that we need to be looking to tomorrow and knowing that change is inevitable, but improvement only comes when everyone is on the same page working together.


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

*Early Registration Rate Ends May 17th

Join hundreds of local transportation professionals from across New York State for three days of training, education, and much more!

Online registration available here

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


2019 Engineering Workshops are Open for Registration!

PDH Credits Available for each class


Design and Maintenance of Slopes Using Geosynthetics
8 PDHs

Hydraulic Design of Culverts

7 PDHs

ADA in the Public Right-of-Way
7 PDHs


Low-Volume Road Pavement Design
7 PDHs


Ontario County

Steuben County

Saratoga County

Genesee County


Oneida County

Schoharie County

Dutchess County

Tompkins County


Westchester County


Suffolk County

Rockland County


We still have open spaces for several of our 2019 Spring Workshops being held in May. Sign Up Today!


Asphalt Paving Principles



Oswego County

Schoharie County

Wyoming County

Yates County

Washington County

Tioga County

Erie County

St. Lawrence County

Sullivan County

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

The Registration form is attached to this email or download here.


Mark Your Calendar!

NYCOM Annual Meeting and
Training School
May 5-7, 2019 Cooperstown, NY

Click Here for more information

Association of Towns Finance School
Saratoga May 9-10
Ellicottville - May 16-17

Information and online registration available here


Other Training & Resources

Free FHWA Office of Safety Webinar: Taking Action to Reduce Rural Roadway Departures Systemically -
May 16, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Registration: Participants must register in advance at Space is limited. Please register as soon as possible.

Note: Non-USDOT employees must have an FHWA external collaboration account to register. If you do not already have an account please visit to request one.

New Training Resource - Over 80 free TC3 courses are available
New updated instructions 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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