Need a Refresher on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices? We Have You Covered!

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices Refresher & Updates class!MUTCD2009ditionCOVER

This class will provide a refresher to the 2009 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as well as the Massachusetts Amendments to the MUTCD. You will review pertinent MUTCD sign standards and guidelines, as well as introduce sign management methods municipalities can adopt to meet FHWA requirements for sign standards, including retro reflectivity, which plays a critical role in providing adequate nighttime visibility of traffic signs to motorists. In addition, the workshop will provide information and guidance relative to the recently passed Municipal Modernization Bill regarding changes to Speed Limit Regulations under Chapter 90, Sections 17 and 18. This class will review MassDOT’s requirements for local adoption of these statutes with a goal of creating uniform implementation standards that will optimize effectiveness statewide. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the 2009 MUTCD and information about Speed Limit Regulations that you should know to bring your city or town into compliance with FHWA and MassDOT mandates.

Instructors:

Rich Benevento

Rich is the President of WorldTech Engineering. With 37 years of experience completing transportation infrastructure improvement projects for municipalities and State DOTs, Mr. Benevento has a diverse background in transportation planning, engineering, regulatory permitting and funding programs. Rich currently serves as the Chairman of Parking and Traffic Commission for the City of Beverly, a position he has held since 2008 and is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Policy Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Public Infrastructure.

Michael Pompili

Michael has worked in the field of transportation engineering and planning for over 17 years.  He has made significant contributions to both large and small scale projects for state and municipal clients throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions.  Mr. Pompili manages the Traffic Sign Asset Management Program at WorldTech and has to date included data collection and compliance evaluation of over 100,000 municipal traffic signs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Dates & Locations

May 17, 2017 – Holiday Inn Taunton – 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

May 18, 2017 – DoubleTree by Hilton Bedford-Glen – 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

May 25, 2017 – Courtyard Marriott Marlborough – 75 Felton St., Marlborough, MA 01752

June 6, 2017 – Hadley Farms Meeting House – 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035

June 7, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – 1032 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

To Register Click Here

Basics of a Good Road workshops in June & July!

Basics of a Good Road

Course Description:

Cities and towns spend a lot of tax dollars on their infrastructure, yet many miles of road are in poor condition. It is often the case that roads were not constructed for modern traffic loads and volumes and maintenance has been inadequate, resulting in the deterioration of the riding surface and base.   There are certain essentials to any good road, whether asphalt or gravel, in cities or the country. Many roads could benefit from a simple condition assessment and the application of the basic principles of design, construction, and maintenance. This workshop will give attendees an understanding of what goes into the construction and maintenance of a good road and how they can implement these principals in their community.

Who Should Attend?

All personnel responsible for the efficient and effective management, rehabilitation, and maintenance of roadways should attend this workshop.

Instructors:

Butch Leel

Butch is the Senior Training Instructor for the UNH Technology Transfer Center. He was previously the Maintenance Supervisor for the NHDOT, District 4, and worked with the NHDOT for 32 years. He is a Master Roads Scholar.

Jeff Cathcart

Jeff Cathcart has assisted public works departments, DOTs and private entities with their roadway, pavement, departmental and training needs for over 30 years. He has built, rebuilt, reclaimed, recycled, maintained and preserved roadways and pavements in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Florida. Jeff was previously the Director of the RI LTAP Center.

Dates & Locations:

June 27, 2017 – Pittsfield Hilton Garden Inn – 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

June 28, 2017 – Hadley Farms Meeting House – 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

June 29, 2017 – DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen – 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

July 11, 2017 – Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott – 75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

July 12, 2017 – Holiday Inn Taunton – 700 Myles Standish Boulevard, Taunton, MA 02780

 

 

 

Proud to Announce the Public Works Academy!

Baystate Roads Public Works Academy

The Public Works Academy will provide the basic fundamental technical skills and knowledge for individuals new to the public works profession!

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The Spring 2017 Public Works Academy will run from

March 28, 2017 to May 2, 2017

at the Holiday Inn Taunton – 700 Myles Standish Blvd, Taunton, MA

Courses being offered during the Spring Public Works Academy are:

Basics of a Good Road
Flagger Certification/First Aid
Snow & Ice Operations
Work Zone Safety
OSHA 10
Trenching & Excavation

Each candidate will be required to attend one class each week for six weeks

Sign up today at: www.umasstransportationcenter.org!

Half-Day Work Zone Safety Workshop scheduled in Pittsfield, Taunton & Bedford!

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Make sure you are up-to-date with all the latest in work zone safety with our Work Zone Safety workshop scheduled throughout March!

Just in time for:

National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7, 2017!

Course Description:

There is no room for error when working next to traffic! It is important for personnel to have a solid understanding of work zone safety, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and proper temporary traffic control plans. This workshop will discuss the roles of individuals at the work zone, the elements that create a work zone and will provide an opportunity to set up a practice work zone.

Who Should Attend?

Public Works professionals in both management and operations who are involved in establishing and/or working in a work zone.

Instructor

Tom Boudreau

Tom Boudreau is currently the Highway Surveyor for the Town of Warren. He holds an Associates Degree in Small Business Management and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Reserve Police Academy. Immediately after high school, Tom started and operated a small landscaping business for 15 years. He also has almost 20 years of experience as a CDL Class B driver. Tom has also worked as a district leader in a financial services company and as a grounds man responsible for training new hires for a tree company.

Dates & Locations

March 1, 2017- Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield, 1032 South Street, Routes 7 & 20, Pittsfield, MA 01201

March 22, 2017- Holiday Inn Taunton, 70 Myles Standish Blvd, Taunton, MA 02780

March 29, 2017- DoubleTree, Boston- Bedford Glenn, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

Click here and sign up today!

National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 3-7, 2017)

Each year in the spring, National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Since 1999, FHWA has worked with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) to coordinate and sponsor the event. Over the years, other transportation partners have joined the effort to support NWZAW. In addition to a National event conducted each year, many States host their own NWZAW events

Learn more information about National Work Zone Safety and National Work Zone Awareness Week at:

http://www.atssa.com/events/nationalworkzoneawarenessweek.aspx

Public Works @ MassDOT’s Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange!

At this year’s Innovation & Tech Transfer Exchange, we are incorporating a bigger and BETTER first floor dedicated to municipalities in the Commonwealth!

LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS every 15 minutes!

Can you walk through a work zone without your vision?

Find out at the up-close and personal pedestrian accessibility demonstration.

Do you need Class 2 Hoisting CEU’s?

Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith has you covered via hands on training with Driving Simulators & Heavy Equipment!

See how DRONES may be the missing link you never knew you needed!

The First Floor of Innovation can answer all your questions for one low price of $75!

Click Here to Register Now!

Baystate Roads offering Wood Chipper Training & Safety!

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Course Description:

The Wood Chipper Training & Safety workshop will improve your safety skills and knowledge while operating a chipper. Chipper operator safety depends on the ability to properly maintain and operate equipment, to help avoid serious injury or death.

Hands on training will be provided.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who uses a Chipper in their daily or occasional work to maintain property, storm damage cleanup, right-of-way clearing, etc.

*Participants should bring PPE- Safety Helmet, Eye & Ear Protection

Instructor:

Michael St. Peter, Safety Services for Forest Industries

Michael St. Peter has 39 years experience in the forest products industry. He has developed videos, curriculum and manuals for professional development. Mike has provided loss prevention and risk management services to Maine’s forest products industry. His clients include Maine’s Certified Logging Professionals Program, State of Maine DOT, OSHA, paper mills, sawmills and public utility companies.

Class is limited to 20

Date & Location

March 16 & 17, 2017- Westford DPW, 28 North Street, Westford, MA

Gravel Roads is now open for registration!

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Gravel Road Maintenance: When the Dust Settles with Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith! This hands on course includes a site visit and inspection of a gravel road.

Course Description:

This workshop will present attendees with a basic understanding of gravel and gravel roads. It will provide information on factors affecting the condition of gravel roads and the proper techniques for maintaining a gravel road.

Topics discussed will include:

  • Crown and slope control
  • Proper blade technique
  • Grader operations
  • The benefits of dust control
  • Drainage effects on gravel roads

Audience:

Anyone involved in gravel road maintenance, from DPW Directors to the street level employees

Technical Training Specialist Mike Smith

Mike Smith was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operation and long range planning for the municipality.

Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: mdsmith@umass.edu


Registration can be done on our website:

http://www.umasstransportationcenter.org/umtc/Baystate_Roads.asp

Or you may contact Cindy Schaedig at cschaedig@ecs.umass.edu