The 2014 Massachusetts Pavement Preservation Techniques Showcase

The 2014 Massachusetts Pavement Preservation Techniques Showcase

Are you wondering what pavement preservation treatments might be best for the roads in your city or town? Wouldn’t it be great to find all of that information in one place, and on the same day!
Now you can!

Join MassDOT and the Baystate Roads Program for the 2014 Massachusetts Pavement Preservation Techniques Showcase. We are bringing together industry experts and municipal public works professionals to discuss the technical merits of pavement preservation maintenance treatments and to hear about how municipalities in Massachusetts are putting them to work.

Each company will present their technology at times throughout the day. There will also be plenty of time to visit each company’s booth to ask questions and gather information. Companies currently being represented include:
• All States Materials Group
• BETA Group, Inc.
• Comer Contracting
• Crafco, Inc.
• Fay, Spofford & Thorndike (FST)
• Felix Marino Company
• Highway Rehabilitation Corp.
• Road Recycling Council
• Sealcoating, Inc.
• Tensar Corporation
• US ECO Products
• Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB)

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about:
• Ultrathin Overlays
• Stress Absorbing Inter-layers (SAMI)
• Slurry Seal
• Hot-in-place recycling
• Polymer Additives
• Paving Mastics
• Pavement Management Systems and more!

The Pavement Preservation Techniques Showcase will be held on June 17, 2014 at the Devens Common Center, 31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA, from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm. For more information on this event please visit the Baystate Roads Program website or call 413-577-2762.

Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Workshop

Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Workshop

Do you want to learn how to apply guidelines and policies to public rights-of-way?
This two-day workshop, developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The course will discuss the characteristics, accessibility and design elements of the pedestrian environment. Areas covered will include: driveways and curb ramps, street crossings, overpasses, underpasses, median and islands, intersections and roundabouts. Pedestrian signs and signals, including accessible pedestrian signals (APS) will also be covered.

The workshop will be taught by Ted Green, P.E. Ted is the engineering manager at the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program (NJ LTAP). He provides Americans with Disabilities Act training as it relates to the public right-of-way and other transportation related subjects. Ted has presented ADA courses with the Federal Highway Administration Resource Center staff and has been a trainer for the FHWA Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Train-the-Trainer.

The workshop will be offered in Northampton, at the Hotel Northampton, on June 3 and 4, and in Marlborough, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, on June 5 and 6. For more information and to register for the workshop, please visit the Baystate Roads Program website at mass.gov/baystateroads.

What size pipe do you need for that project?

What size pipe do you need for that project?

Want to know what size pipe would be needed for your next drainage project?

Our “Basic Drainage” workshop will provide participants with the hydrologic and hydraulic skills and knowledge required to select the proper pipe size for drainage projects.

Through this workshop, participants will be able to identify watershed areas, flow paths, curve numbers, design storms, resulting in the identification of the correct pipe size for drainage projects. Applications include drainage systems in parking lots, roadway reconstruction projects that include catch basin leaders, trunk lines, and cross culverts.

The course is designed for anyone who needs to understand drainage patterns and their impact on pipe selection. From new foremen and inspectors, to the entry level designer, this class provides the fundamentals needed to avoid drainage surcharges in the future.

The class will be taught by Daniel M. Dulaski, Ph.D., P.E. Dr. Dulaski is a licensed professional engineer in Massachusetts. He has worked for private firms in varying capacities and two municipalities. Dr. Dulaski has over 20 years of experience in reviewing, designing, and managing infrastructure improvement projects.

The workshop will be offered at locations throughout the Commonwealth in June and July. For a complete list of dates and locations, and to register for this workshop, visit the Baystate Roads Program’s website at mass.gov/baystateroads or call 413-577-2762.

The MassDOT Highway Division Has Issued a New Engineering Directive

The MassDOT Highway Division Has Issued a New Engineering Directive

The MassDOT Highway Division issued a new Engineering Directive regarding standards for the minimum length of horizontal curves. This directive is dated 3/24/14 and is currently available on the MassDOT website:

E-14-002 – Minimum Length of Horizontal Curves

E-14-002 corrects a portion of Section 4.2 of the Project Development and Design Guide and creates consistency with language and guidance found in the AASHTO Green Book.

Succeeding as a Foreman V: “Turning Theory Into Action”

Succeeding as a Foreman V: “Turning Theory Into Action”

Previous Succeeding as a Foreman workshops have discussed ways of managing, motivating and communicating with others in your workplace. In those sessions, we analyzed a number of difficult situations you face on a daily basis as well as some tips and techniques for handling them.

Foreman V will not rehash the history and backgrounds of those problems. Instead, it will concentrate on the actual, specific steps needed to turn problems into solutions. We will investigate the positive attitude, determination and professionalism you will need to deal with troublesome situations, and you will leave at the end of the day with two things: a Personal Action Plan for taking initiative and the conviction that you can make changes.

The class is open to all foremen and supervisors who are responsible for the day-to-day management of field operations for their towns. Whether you are a veteran foreman or someone who hopes to achieve that position in the future, you will benefit from this class. Although this is the fifth in a series of Succeeding as a Foreman workshops, attendance in any of the previous four sessions is NOT a prerequisite for Foreman V.

For more information on this class please visit the Baystate Roads Program’s website at mass.gov/baystateroads or call Cindy Schaedig at 413-577-2762.

Today’s Technologies for Better Pavement Performance

Today’s Technologies for Better Pavement Performance

Proper pavement treatment selection and technique are critical elements in achieving asphalt performance and longevity. This workshop will instruct individuals on how to choose the right pavement technology for the right circumstance and apply it the right way!

Topics covered will include:
Quality Assurance
Asphalt Mixtures
Superpave Design
Warm Mix
Binders and Joint Compaction

This workshop is beneficial for all public and paving industry pavement managers, engineers, supervisors, foremen, planners and designers who are responsible for planning, designing, project development, specifications, field pavement maintenance and rehabilitation treatment selection including mixture and paving mat quality assurance during construction.

Robert Christman, P.E., will be the instructor for the class. Bob is a professional pavement engineer with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. and has over 42 years experience with asphalt pavements.

For more information on this class please visit the Baystate Roads Program’s website at mass.gov/baystateroads or call Cindy Schaedig at 413-577-2762.

MassDOT Highway Division Issues New Engineering Directive

The MassDOT Highway Division issued a new Engineering Directive dated 2/4/14.  This directive is currently available on the MassDOT website:
This directive contains important information regarding new design criteria for pedestrian and bicycle accommodation to support the Healthy Transportation Policy Directive, P-13-0001.
E-14-001 supersedes E-09-005.  It is effective immediately for all projects not yet advertised for construction.  Projects that have received 25% Project Approval as of 2/4/14 are exempt from meeting the new pedestrian and bicycle accommodation requirements of the directive.  However, Project Managers and Designers are still encouraged to apply all elements of the directive, where practical, to all projects regardless of design status.
Please note also that this directive is issued as an Interim Engineering Directive.  This means that we will closely monitor how it is working during the coming months and will rescind, amend or permanently adopt provisions as appropriate.
Issuance of this directive has also required some changes to our Design Exception procedures for project elements that do not meet minimum design criteria.  New Design Exception Report guidance and a new Design Criteria Workbook are available on our website for immediate use on all projects.