Now offering Alternative Intersections & Interchanges: Concepts and Applications!

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Course Description:

Signalized intersections are one of the most common forms of intersection control in urban and suburban areas in the US, and have traditionally worked reasonably well to control vehicular movements. However, many conventional signalized intersections are plagued by poor safety performance, operational challenges, or both.

Over the past decade, alternative intersection and interchange concepts have seen increasing use across many state and local agencies, and with strategic support from FHWA are becoming a more commonplace alternative to traditional signalized intersections.

This course provides an overview of alternative intersection and interchange concepts, and the performance and design concepts that result in their operational and safety benefits over traditional signals. The course will then introduce the most common forms of alternative intersections, and discuss tradeoffs and areas of application for each.

The instructors for this one-day course will cover these topics:

  • Alternative Intersection and Interchange concepts
  • Overview of most common types of alternative designs
  • HWA’s Every Day Counts Initiative and focus on alternative designs
  • FHWA Alternative Intersection and Interchange Guides Overview (2014)
  • Multimodal accommodations at alternative designs
  • Operations, safety, and design principles
  • Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) Intersections
  • Median U-Turn (MUT) Intersections
  • Displaced Left Turn (DLT) Intersections
  • Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDI)

Who Should Attend?

This course is appropriate for planners, engineers, and public officials responsible for planning, design, and operating signalized intersections.

Dates and Locations:

December 6, 2016 – Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

December 7, 2016 – Clark University Southborough Satellite Campus, Southborough Business Complex, 333 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772

Instructor:

Bastian Schroeder, PhD, PE

Bastian Schroeder is a Principal Engineer with Kittelson and Associates in North Carolina. He served as Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI on over 25 funded projects, for sponsors including FHWA, NCHRP, SHRP2, ITE, NCDOT and others. Dr. Schroeder served as chief editor for the 2nd edition ITE Manual of Transportation Studies, was lead author on the new FHWA Diverging Diamond Interchange Informational Guide, and oversaw the development of all freeway chapters in the 6th Edition of Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) expected in 2016. Dr. Schroeder has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, and has given numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Seven of his papers were recognized with Best Paper Awards, including the 2010 D. Grant Mickle Award by TRB. He is a certified instructor with the FHWA National Highway Institute (NHI) and PTV America. He is a member of the TRB Committee on Highway Capacity and Quality of Service, the TRB committee on roundabouts, the newly-formed TRB Simulation Task Force, and he chairs the North Carolina Simulation and Capacity Model users Group (SimCap) for ITE.

 

Snow and Ice Operations is filling up quick!

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This course will teach planning for winter weather and cover:

  •  The proper use of salt and liquid anti-icers and the environmental impacts
  •  Pre wetting and pre-treating
  •  Anti-icing vs. De-icing
  •  The use of sand and it’s environmental impact
  •  Equipment calibration, usage specification and technology
  •  Snow and ice policy for public review
  •  Cost benefit analysis of salt vs. sand

Who Should Attend?

All drivers, foreman, supervisors, and anyone who will be responsible for snow and ice removal. Finance committee members, selectmen and mayors are also encouraged to attend.

Instructor:

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is the Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist. He 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

Dates and Locations:

October 25, 2016 – Hilton Garden Inn, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

November 1, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

November 2, 2016, Crowne Plaza Boston – Woburn, 15 Middlesex Canal Park, Woburn, MA 01801

November 3, 2016 – Concord Colonial Inn, 8 Monument Square, Concord, MA 01742

November 16, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

December 14, 2016 – Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

 

Rockie Blunt’s Team Leadership workshops scheduled for November!

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Course Description:

Baystate Roads’ new program —“Leadership At All Levels”—consists of four modules: “Personal Leadership,” “Interpersonal Leadership,” “Team Leadership” and “Organizational Leadership.” Each module builds on the previous one in a progressive approach to skills building.

Module 3, “Team Leadership,” examines how teams operate and how they can be strengthened to keep team members empowered, engaged and productive.

Who Should Attend?

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.

Speaker:

Rockie Blunt, Ed.D.

Rockie Blunt is president of Blunt Consulting Group, a West Boylston firm that offers management and organizational communications training and consulting services to companies and organizations throughout New England. In his extensive work with municipal and state agencies, he has built a reputation as a lively speaker who delivers informative workshops.

Dates and Locations:

November 4, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

November 8, 2016 – Hilton Garden Inn Lenox/Pittsfield, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

November 9, 2016 – La Quinta Inn & Suites Springfield, 100 Congress Street, Springfield, MA  01104

November 15, 2016 – Courtyard Marriott, 75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA 01752

November 29, 2016 – DoubleTree by Hilton Boston-Bedford Glen, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

 

 

October schedule for Advanced Complete Streets 201 is now available!

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Course Description:

This training will provide an in-depth technical review of various Complete Streets infrastructure design elements. Attendees will learn how to select and design improvements based on multi-modal considerations and applicable design guidance. Application of these elements will be demonstrated during a Complete Streets design exercise that will include a site visit (weather permitting) to a local street or intersection that is in need of a Complete Streets makeover. Attendees will return to the classroom and develop a Complete Streets design solution. A brief overview of MassDOT’s Complete Streets fundamentals and Funding Program requirements covered in Complete Streets 101.

Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hard hats and safety vests will be provided by Baystate Roads. Each session has a 20 attendee maximum with no walk-ins accepted.

Who Should Attend:

The workshop is intended for Engineers, Designers, and Planners who are interested in developing Complete Streets solutions for municipal roadways.

Training Team:

Alan Cloutier, PE, PTOE

Aleece D’Onofrio, PE

Douglas Prentiss, PE, PTOE

Eileen Gunn, MassDOT, Complete Streets Program Manager

MassDOT District and Highway Engineers

Dates and Locations:

October 5, 2016 – Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, 34-44 Charles River Ave., Boston, MA 02129

October 6, 2016 – Coonamessett Inn, 311 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540

October 11, 2016 – Chocksett Inn, 59 Laurelwood Road, Sterling, MA 01564

October 13, 2016 – UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01854

October 14, 2016 – La Quinta Inn & Suites, 100 Congress Street, Springfield, MA 01104

October 17, 2016 – Franklin Regional Council of Government, 12 Oliver Street, Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301

October 18, 2016 – Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA 02494

October 19, 2016 – DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 01608

October 25, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

October 26, 2016 – DoubleTree Leominster, 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453

October 27, 2016 – Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot Street, Needham, MA 02494

October 31, 2016 – Crowne Plaza Pittsfield- Berkshires, 1 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

*additional dates in November and December to follow

Sign up at the New UMass Transportation Center website!

Baystate Roads offers Small Bridge Program!

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Course Description:

MassDOT has established a Municipal Small Bridge Program to provide financial support to cities and towns for replacement, preservation and rehabilitation projects on small bridges known as BRI’s. This workshop will provide an opportunity to obtain information about the program, including the application and reimbursement process, program requirements and schedule, guidance on the MassDOT program review and design review process and a review of Frequently Asking Questions.

Who Should Attend:

This course is appropriate for planners, engineers, and public officials responsible for planning, design, maintenance or replacement of municipally owned small bridges.

Instructors:

Thomas Donald, MassDOT

Alexander Bardow, MassDOT

Dates and Locations:

October 4, 2016 – Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street, Hadley, MA 01035

October 5, 2016 – Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

October 7, 2016 – Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01604

October 11, 2016 – Hilton Garden Inn, 1032 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

October 14, 2016 – Courtyard Boston Downtown, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Sign up today!

 

 

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.

Locations:

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!

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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

Instructor

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.

Locations

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