Full Depth Reclamation with Asphalt Stablization workshop on July 27th!

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Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) with Injected Asphalt Stabilization is an engineered road rehabilitation process used much like traditional full depth reclamation. The difference between the processes is that by combining injected asphalt emulsion with the reclaimed pavement and base materials, a homogeneous and bound base layer is created. This creates a flexible base with increased structural capacity and greater fatigue resistance compared to an unstabilized reclaimed base. When planning for a potential reclamation project, FDR with Injected Asphalt Stabilization may provide a cost-effective alternative for improving the structure of the road base and increasing the life expectancy of the road.

This course will review the FDR with Injected Asphalt Stabilization process and its benefits, discuss the importance of lab testing for all reclamation projects, and will look at a variety of treatment options that can be placed over a road that has been reclaimed with stabilization. Additionally, the course will include a site visit to an active FDR with Injected Asphalt Stabilization project.

Presenters at this workshop will be:

Rod Birdsall, President of the Foundation for Pavement Preservation (FP2) and Consultant to All States Materials Group. Rod holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, is a licensed P.E. in the State of New York, and has over 40 years of experience in asphalt and highway materials and construction.

Mark Gabriel, Vice-President of Quality Control/ Quality Assurance and Liquid Asphalt/Emulsions Production for All States Materials Group.  Mark holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, and has 40 years of experience in liquid asphalt and emulsions production and quality control.

Date and Location:

July 27, 2016Becket Town Hall, 557 Main Street, Becket, MA 01223

*Date is subject to change due to construction restraints and weather. Attendees will be notified by email if the class is rescheduled. Please make sure your email address is up to date!

To register, visit Baystate Roads’ Course Listings Page.





Baystate Roads offers Strategic Municipal ADA Planning

Dennis, Upper County Road Bridge

Planning by communities to develop effective Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plans requires team effort, strategic approaches in thinking and resource use, and a will for sustained implementation.  This workshop entitled “Strategic Municipal ADA Planning” will demystify the challenge of building a program of access for people with disabilities, and provide critical resources to support municipal compliance activities through a federal and state focus on the public right-of-way.

The following topic areas will be covered in the workshop:

  • The structure of state and federal disability access oversight
  • Current issues and trends in enforcement of ADA and related state law
  • Key disability nondiscrimination principles that apply to cities and towns
  • The public participation mandate
  • The outline of transition plans and procedural requirements
  • Effective self evaluation and data collection strategies
  • Schemes for prioritizing remediation
  • Methods for altering existing facilities
  • Budgeting for transition planning
  • Technical and policy considerations across curb ramps, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals, determination of maximum extent feasible, and more
  • Adoption resources and funding opportunities

Speakers at this workshop will be:

David Chandler, Civil Rights Specialist, Federal Highway Administration.

Joshua Grzegorzewski, Field Operations Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration.

John Lozada, Manager of Federal Programs (ADA and Title VI), MassDOT-Office of Diversity and Civil Rights.

August 11, 2016, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035

To register, visit the Baystate Roads’ Workshop Page.


Concrete Sidewalk Installation workshop on July 13!

A man smoothing the wet concrete surface of a path

Have you ever thought about repairing or installing your own concrete sidewalks?  Does your department have the skills, knowledge and tools required to do so?

Join us on July 13th (rain date July 14th) for a Hands On Concrete Workshop.

The class will begin at the Westfield Water Department in the second floor conference room with a discussion of the properties and benefits of concrete.  We will then move to Kane Brothers Street where the Westfield DPW has prepared sections of sidewalk for the class to pour and finish. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This workshop is designed for anyone interested in learning how to pour and finish concrete.

Instructors at this workshop will be:

Craig Dauphinais, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association

Eric Demers, Quality Control Technician for Construction Service

Class size is limited to 15 individuals Public Sector Employees Only

For more information and to register, visit the Baystate Roads’ “Workshops” page or call 413-577-2762.


Inaugural Massachusetts Driver Skills & Safety Event Scheduled for July 12!


The Massachusetts Highway Association is pleased to announce the inaugural statewide 2016  Massachusetts Driver Skills and Safety Training Event. This event is designed to demonstrate teamwork, safety awareness, and vehicle operating skills in a competitive, fun setting. This event is open to all cities and towns without having to pre-qualify at a county event. In addition to trucks, this inaugural training event will also include a wheel loader event.

The event is open to any employee of a highway or public works department of a city or town in Massachusetts who is in possession of a valid CDL license (and 2B hoisting license for the loader event). Registration is limited to no more than two (2) teams from each city or town. A team consists of two (2) eligible registrants.

MIIA member cities and towns are eligible for insurance credits for participation in driver skills events.

July 12, 2016, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, 499 Mountain Rd., Princeton, MA 01541

Maximum Loader event size is 60 participants

Maximum Snow Plow event size is 60 teams

For more information and to register, please visit the Baystate Roads workshops page!

Baystate Roads offers Interpersonal Leadership workshops with Rockie Blunt


Baystate Roads’ new program for municipal public works departments and MassDOT personnel—“Leadership At All Levels” by Rockie Blunt—consists of four sessions: “Personal Leadership,” “Interpersonal Leadership,” “Group Leadership” and “Organizational Leadership.” Each session builds on the previous one in a progressive approach to skills building.

In “Interpersonal Leadership” (Session 2), participants examine ways that they can apply their leadership potential to their daily interactions with colleagues and coworkers.

The program is open to all current foremen or supervisors, as well as to crew members who aspire to future leadership positions and individuals who are being considered for those positions.

August 2, 2016, Hilton Garden Inn, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

August 5, 2016, Courtyard Marriott, 75 Felton St., Marlborough, MA 01752

August 12, 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

September 7, 2016, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035

September 9, 2016, Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA  02780

To register, visit the Baystate Roads’ Course Page.


EDC Webinar – Smarter Work Zones


Join the Federal Highway Administration, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and Baystate Roads for a presentation on Smarter Work Zones via a live webinar on June 23, 2016.

Local subject matter experts will include Jim Hoyle, FHWA and Neil Boudreau, MassDOT.Work zones are responsible for over 130 injuries, one fatality, and 10 percent of all congestion each day.  One option for addressing these issues is to implement Smarter Work Zones (SWZs).  SWZs utilize innovative strategies to better coordinate construction projects and/or deploy innovative technology applications to dynamically manage and minimize work zone safety and mobility impacts.  SWZ techniques can improve safety and mobility for travelers, reduce schedule delays due to conflicts between projects, reduce overall operating costs to agencies, and increase the satisfaction of the traveling public, business owners, nearby residences, and politicians.

Examples of ways in which local and tribal agencies can benefit from SWZs include:
• Developing a process to better track when and where all projects that impact travel in a region are occurring, regardless of whether they are due to work by the local agency, utility company, or private developer;
• Implementing work zone intelligent transportation systems (ITS) such as those that monitor and disseminate travel times along routes approaching work zones, allowing motorists to better choose alternate routes.

FHWA has collected and developed a number of example policies, practices, and tools to help agencies implement SWZs.  This EDC Exchange will present success stories from local agencies using SWZ project coordination and technology application strategies to improve safety and mobility in and around work zones within their jurisdictions.  It will also include discussions on planning and implementing SWZ within your region.  This Exchange will be of interest to local and tribal agencies involved with or interested in implementing SWZ.

Come join us on June 23 beginning at Noon followed by the Webinar from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CMRPC Training Room, Union Station, 2 Washington Square, Worcester, MA 01604

To register, visit the Baystate Roads workshops page or call 413-577-2762.

Baystate Roads offers Effective Roadway Lighting Class


Baystate Roads announces a 3 day class on Effective Roadway Lighting that will take place June 21-23. This course will present important concepts for roadway lighting design and show how to design effective lighting installations for real-world projects.

At this course attendees will: 

  • Review the basics of lighting design
  • Learn about changes in the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) RP-8-14 Recommended Practice for Roadway Lighting, which makes luminance design the primary design method
  • Discuss important considerations in specifying and selecting lighting components and designing electrical circuits and electrical controls
  • Learn how to design lighting that serves the needs of all users of your roadways
  • Benefit from an emphasis on sustainable, constructible, and maintainable design

This course will also provide attendees with the latest knowledge and skills to:

  • Implent the luminance Design Methods – the primary Method in the new RP-08-14
  • Use Mesopic Multipliers in street lighting designs
  • Evaluate LED, Induction, and High Intensity Discharge light sources and select the best choice for your application
  • Make more energy-efficient, sustainable lighting design choices
  • Integrate lighting with the other aspects of your project
  • Improve the operation and maintenance of your lighting systems

This class is appropriate for  individuals involved in design, operation, and maintenance of roadway lighting including: Engineering consultants ; State D.O.T. engineers; Municipal engineers; Public works directors and superintendents; Lighting designers, architects; Electric utility engineers; Lighting manufacturers and suppliers.

The course will take place at:

The Hilton Garden Inn, 59 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA

June 21-23, 2016

For more information and to register please visit the Baystate Roads website.