National Public Works Week is May 21-27!

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In 5 days, we will be celebrating public works from all over the country for National Public Works Week!

The American Public Works Association (APWA) will have their annual National Public Works Week on May 21-27, 2017. During this week, APWA will have events planned to thank public works as well as educate the public on how vital of a role they play on everyone’s daily lives.

This year, the hashtag is #NPWW and the theme is #PublicWorksConnectsUs

Additional Advanced Complete Streets 201 scheduled throughout the state!

Did you miss out on the Complete Streets 101 or 201 classes? Or went to Complete Streets 101 and want to learn more?

We have additional Advanced Complete Streets 201 classes scheduled!

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 Street design solution. A brief overview of MassDOT’s Complete Streets Funding Program will be provided at the end of the session. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hard hats and safety vests will be provided by Baystate Roads.

*Please note that each session has a 25 attendee maximum with no walk-ins accepted*

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, Designers and Planners who are interested in developing Complete Streets solutions for municipal roadways

Instructors:

Alan Cloutier, PE, PTOE, Senior Transportation Engineer

Briana Wesigerber, EIT

Eileen Gunn, MassDOT Complete Streets Program Manager

Dates & Locations

June 16, 2017 – Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development (SRPEDD) Office – 88 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780

June 22, 2017 – Spencer Town Hall – 157 Main Street, Spencer, MA 01562

August 9, 2017 – Woburn City Hall – 10 Common Street, Woburn, MA 01801

October 17, 2017 – Becket Town Hall – 577 Main Street, Becket, MA 01223

 

Click here to register!

 

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

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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!