Baystate Roads is excited to announce a new workshop series: Effective Presentation Skills!

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Course Description:

This dynamic, hands-on course is designed to help improve each participant’s ability to deliver formal and informal presentations to select boards and other persons in authority. Included will be strategies for learning and practicing techniques on how to present information in a clear and confident manner, managing stress, understanding and engaging the audience, and developing your question response skills.

This course is open to anyone who would like to refine their presentation skill in both formal and informal speaking situations.

Speaker: Kristen Baumann

Kristen is president of Kristen Baumann & Associates.  She creates and presents customized training presentations to numerous public and private organizations on topics such as customer service, supervisory skills, and communication skills.  She has also presented numerous leadership skills and management programs for the Connecticut Transportation Institute and MassDOT on Managing in the Municipal Environment.


September 20, 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

September 22, 2016, Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Boulevard, Taunton, MA 02780

October 4, 2016, Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road., Sturbridge, MA 01566

October 6, 2016, LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104

October 13, 2016, Hilton Garden Inn, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Baystate Roads offers Trenching & Excavating Safety: Competent Person workshops in September!


What does it mean to be a “Competent Person” in Trenching and Excavation Safety?

The OSHA excavation standard states that a competent person is: “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.”

OSHA states that you must have specific training in and knowledge to perform soil analyses, determine the protective system to be used in excavations and conduct daily inspections.
This seminar will present individuals with training in the following areas:

  •  Conducting site inspections
  •  Establishing proper access & egress
  •  Identifying potential environmental hazards
  •  Determining soil composition & classification
  •  Implementing protective systems (sloping, shoring, shielding


Butch Leel is retired from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation after 32 years of service. He is currently the Senior Training Instructor for the Technology Transfer Center at the University of New Hampshire.


September 8, 2016, Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott, 75 Felton., Marlborough, MA 01752

September 15, 2016, Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

September 16, 2016, Crowne Plaza, 15 Middlesex Canal Park Road, Woburn, MA 01801

September 27, 2016, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035



2A/4A Hoisting CEU classes scheduled for August & September!


This course will provide the required CEUs for any Class 2 and Class 4 Hoisting License.

Topics covered are all MGLs and CMRs as required by the Department of Public Safety as well as operational guides for hoisting machinery. Although this is a CEU class, it is also an excellent way to prepare for the Massachusetts hoisting exam.

Who Should Attend?

Municipal workers who operate Class 2 and Class 4 hoisting machinery and are required to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew the Hoisting Machinery License.

Note: this workshop is open to municipal employees only.


Michael Smith

Mike is a Department of Public Safety certified instructor for Class 2 and Class 4. He is the owner of Chainsaw Strategies and a 25-year veteran firefighter. His teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction.

This course will take place in the following locations:

August 16, 2016, Hilton Garden Inn, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

August 23, 2016, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

August 30, 2016, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Leominster, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453

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




Moving Together scheduled for September 29!


MassDOT’s Annual Statewide Healthy Transportation Conference Will Be Held on September 29 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Don’t miss the conference that brings together state and local leaders, advocates, consultants and citizens who are involved in advancing healthy transportation in Massachusetts.

A Full Schedule of Activities
Individuals attending this year’s conference will have a full schedule of activities to choose from including 4 site visits and 3 “Mega Sessions”.

Other topics on the agenda include:

  • Open Streets – Across the nation and the Commonwealth, Open Streets events are gaining in popularity
  • Innovative Technology: Improving Bicycling, Walking and Transit
  • Multimodal Bridge Redesign
  • Regional Planning Agencies Long-range Bike/Ped Plans
  • Interactive Session for MassDOT’s Statewide Pedestrian Plan Update
  • Active Transportation-based Tourism
  • and Many More!

This is the one conference you don’t want to miss.

Register today at!

Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA.

MT16 is a MassDOT/GreenDOT event. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability policy that helps promote the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.


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.