Pavement Management Boot Camp: Paving the Way to a Successful Maintenance Program

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Cities/Towns are faced with difficult decisions on how to best maintain their most valuable asset; their roadway network. Tough winters, utility coordination, public perception and political bias make it nearly impossible for decision-makers to step back and look at the big picture when deciding which roadways to prioritize for repairs.

This one-day training workshop has been designed to step participants through the process of developing a pavement management program.

Participants will move step by step through the process of developing a pavement management program, from the different types of pavement management programs to forecasting future roadway conditions, and everything in between. Attendees will participate in hands on workshops which will include rating roadways in the field to help further understand what pavement inspectors are looking for when they are assessing roadway conditions.

This workshop is designed for those municipal staff responsible for maintaining a City/Town roadway network. Public Works Directors, City/Town Engineers, and Highway Superintendents are encouraged to attend.

The speakers at this workshop will be:

Conrad Leger, Asset Management Coordinator for BETA Group, Inc., Conrad works with more than 50 communities throughout New England  in developing and maintaining their Pavement Management Program. His experience working in a variety of communities has helped him understand that each community faces different challenges in maintaining their roadway networks. His experience includes assessing roadway conditions, selecting candidates for pavement maintenance and developing short and long term Capital Improvement Plans.

Art Baker, Regional Manager of SealCoating Inc. Art has over 15 years of experience in municipal public works management and is passionate about pavement preservation and applying its concepts to municipal budgets to maximize the useful life of pavements while reducing life cycle costs.

The workshops will take place:

October 1, 2015

Leominster Public Library

30 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453

(Rain date October 2)

October 21, 2015

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA 01301

Lower level conference room

(Rain date October 23)

For more information and to register, visit the Baystate Roads website at mass.gov/baystateroads

“Creating a Revenue Stream for Stormwater Management” workshop will assist municipalities in developing dedicated funds for stormwater management

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Municipalities subject to the EPA stormwater permit (MS4) are responsible for managing stormwater so it does not pollute nearby rivers, streams, and coastal waters.

However, unlike wastewater and water supply, stormwater has historically lacked “customers” willing to pay for it, and finding adequate funding for this service has long been a challenge for the Commonwealth’s towns.  EPA’s new stormwater permit is expected out within the year, yet municipal budgets offer little flexibility to absorb new costs. With demand for services growing faster than revenue, how can communities tackle stormwater?

The good news is there are options. This workshop is specifically designed to assist municipalities meet the challenge of developing dedicated funds for stormwater management. Topics covered include changes in the draft permit, why stormwater management matters, guidance on how to design a stormwater utility, and case studies from municipalities who have successfully funded their program (or a piece of it).  We will also include tools for community outreach.

Experts will cover the following topics:

  • Why stormwater management matters
  • MS4 NPDES (stormwater) permit update and time-line
  • Stormwater financing
  • Case studies
  • Working with your community

This workshop is designed for individuals involved in planning, conservation, public works, administration and finance, and stormwater officials and consultants.

Dates and Locations:

October 15, 2015

Holiday Inn & Suites Marlborough, 265 Lakeside Ave, Marlborough, MA 01752

October 20, 2015

Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St, Hadley, MA 01035

October 22, 2015

Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA  02780

For more information and to register visit the Baystate Roads Workshops Page.

Showcase Your Company or Organization at the 2015 Moving Together Conference

Moving Together is MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference

November 4, 2015, 7:45am-4:00pm, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

When you sponsor or exhibit at the 2015 Moving Together Conference, your company or organization will have the opportunity to:

  • Be visited by over 600 professionals involved in planning, design, construction, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement and education.
  • Meet with the key decision makers and advocates involved in pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation.
  • Take advantage of several opportunities to promote your company or organization through special sponsorship opportunities.

Join us in the newly redesigned Boston Park plaza Hotel. Exhibitor and booth locations will be located throughout the mezzanine and ballroom areas to maximize your opportunity to be seen and visited by over 600 attendees!!

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For more information on being a Sponsor or Exhibitor see our Exhibitor Package.

This year’s 2015 Moving Together Conference will feature Mega Sessions on MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program and the MBTA’s 25-Year Capital Plan, along with Informative and Innovative Breakout Sessions and Site Visits!

Check out the latest agenda at www.MovingTogetherMA.org.

Join This Year’s Gold Level Sponsors!

Join This Year’s Silver Level Sponsors!

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Comments from past Moving Together Conferences…

“I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. In particular, I think it’s great that MassDOT provides an opportunity where people from government, private and non-profit sectors can mingle. There should be more events like this.”

“Informal discussion and interaction with pedestrian, bike, transit, health and safety experts at all levels – from tiny community groups to high level officials – in a physical setting that is comfortable and beautiful.”

“It was great to see that innovative projects are happening around the state, and to learn what the challenges and opportunities are for promoting mode shift across the state.”

 MT14 is a MassDOT GreenDOT event. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability policy that promotes the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.

Don’t Miss This Year’s Moving Together Conference!

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Featured Speakers:

Stephanie Pollack, Secretary, MassDOT

Jay Ash, Secretary, Housing and Economic Development

Session topics include:

  • Vision Zero
  • Advancing Active Transportation at MassDOT
  • Focus 40 – the MBTA’s 25-year Capital Plan
  • Innovative Technology: Improving Bicycling, Walking and Transit
  • Federal Panel – Mainstreaming Bike/Ped Safety into all Projects
  • MassDOT’s Complete Streets Program: Funding
  • Site Visits, and Much More!

See our latest agenda at www.MovingTogetherMA.org.

REGISTER TODAY!!

MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference!

November 4, 2015, 7:45am-4:00pm, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA

Join This Year’s Gold Level Sponsors!

Join This Year’s Silver Level Sponsors!

GPINew

 

 

bealsthomas

 

 

 

 

Check out our sponsor/exhibitor package.

Comments from past Moving Together Conferences…
“I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with other professionals in the field. In particular, I think it’s great that MassDOT provides an opportunity where people from government, private and non-profit sectors can mingle. There should be more events like this.”

“Informal discussion and interaction with pedestrian, bike, transit, health and safety experts at all levels – from tiny community groups to high level officials – in a physical setting that is comfortable and beautiful.”

“It was great to see that innovative projects are happening around the state, and to learn what the challenges and opportunities are for promoting mode shift across the state.”

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MT15 is a MassDOT GreenDOT event. GreenDOT is MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability policy that promotes the healthy transportation modes of walking, bicycling and transit.

Welcome Mike Smith, Technical Training Specialist!

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Help us welcome Mike Smith to the Baystate Roads Program. Mike is our new Technical Training Specialist. That means he is available to come to your town to provide specific training classes in areas such as:

  • Chainsaw safety & operation
  • Spreader calibration
  • Hoisting CEUs
  • Gravel roads
  • Grader operation
  • Heavy equipment operation & safety
  • Work zone safety
  • Paving operations

and much more!

For those of you who don’t already know Mike, he is a certified instructor for Class 2, and Class 4 Hoisting. He is the owner of Chainsaw Strategies and a 25 year veteran firefighter. Mike has over 20 years experience as a private contractor and municipal highway superintendent. Most importantly he is a Baystate Roads Master Roads Scholar. His teaching style includes a healthy dose of humor and student interaction.

If your department is in need of specialized training or if you have questions, contact Mike today!

Mike Smith

Technical Training Specialist

Baystate Roads

mdsmith@umass.edu

413-834-3975

Succeeding as a Foreman Series Presents: Communicating with Customers in Difficult Situations

 

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Interacting with residents, vendors and other outside customers can sometimes be challenging and time-consuming. How do you deal with difficult situations—and people—while giving excellent customer service? This workshop offers tips and techniques to help you deal successfully with tricky issues that occur frequently.

The program is open to all foremen or 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 program.

The speaker for this series will be Rockie Blunt Ed.D. Rockie Blunt is president of Blunt Consulting Group, a West Boylston-based firm that offers management and organizational communications training and consulting services to companies and organizations throughout New England. He has worked extensively with municipal and state agencies, and has built a reputation as a lively speaker who delivers informative seminars.

Dates and Locations:

August 4, 2015

Crowne Plaza, 15 Middlesex Canal Park Rd., Woburn, MA 01801

August 5, 2015

Holiday Inn Taunton, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA  02780

August 12, 2015

Marlborough Embassy Suites, 123 Boston Post Rd. W, Marlborough, MA 01752

August 19, 2015

Hotel Northampton, 36 King St., Northampton, MA 01060

August 20, 2015

Cranwell Resort, 55 Lee Rd.,  Lenox, MA 01240

(Meadowview Meeting Room located across the street)

For more information and to register visit the Baystate Roads Program Workshops Page.

Study Tour of Model Pedestrian & Bicycle Infrastructure

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What does good pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure look like? What is considered state-of-the-art in pedestrian and bicycle facility construction? How do communities get this infrastructure built? How can we evaluate success?

Municipalities throughout Massachusetts are exploring ways to provide for walkers and cyclists and are establishing new facilities for these active modes that improve safety and attract new users.

This one-day tour will present participants with training in the following areas:

  • Review of basic pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to establish a common vocabulary
  • On-site examination of pedestrian and bicycle facilities that encourage safe walking and bicycling while benefiting all users of the same street corridor.
  • Summary of pedestrian/bicycle improvement implementation process for each facility, including average improvement costs for pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Identification of successful designs and discussion of reasons for their success

The study tour will showcase examples of both bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure at each of stop along the tour. MassBike and WalkBoston, along with the project designer or city staff project manager responsible for the infrastructure improvement, will describe the ped/bike improvement and take questions.

The tour will include bus transportation, a light breakfast and lunch.

The tour size is limited to 20 individuals per tour*

*Public Employees Only

Please be aware that this tour will involve walking outdoors and at distances up to a mile at a time.

Tour Dates:

June 4, 2015 and June 8, 2015

Tours will begin and end at Assembly Square in Somerville.

For more information and to register for this tour, please visit the Baystate Roads Program’s Workshops Page or call 413-577-2762.