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Every Day Counts Webinar on High Friction Surface Treatments Scheduled for June 26

Posted on 05/09/2014 (4 months, 1 week, 1 day ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Horizontal curves made up only 5 percent of our Nation’s highway miles in 2008. Yet, more than 25 percent of highway fatalities in the United States occur at or near horizontal curves each year. Some of the factors contributing to these crashes include excessive vehicle speed, distracted driving, driver error, and the deterioration of pavement surface friction.

As part of the safety focus area of the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is promoting High Friction Surface Treatments (HFST). HFST are the site-specific application of high-quality, durable aggregates using a polymer binder that restores and maintains pavement friction where the need for a safer pavement surface is the greatest. Transportation agencies that apply HFST to spot treat their problem locations can reduce a high percentage of the Roadway Departure crashes and wet crashes on their roadways.

This EDC Exchange will present information on HFST and how this technology can help you to improve sa

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2014 Massachusetts Pavement Preservation Techniques Showcase

Posted on 04/16/2014 (5 months, 1 day ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Join MassDOT and the Baystate Roads Program for the 2014 Massachusetts Pavement Preservation Techniques Showcase. We are bringing together industry experts and municipal public works professionals to discuss the technical merits of pavement preservation maintenance treatments and to hear about how municipalities in Massachusetts are putting them to work.

Each company will present their technology at times throughout the day. There will also be plenty of time to visit each company’s booth to ask questions and gather information. Companies currently being represented include:

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Designing Pedestrian Facilities for Accessibility Workshop

Posted on 04/11/2014 (5 months, 6 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Do you want to learn how to apply guidelines and policies to public rights-of-way?
This two-day workshop, developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The course will discuss the characteristics, accessibility and design elements of the pedestrian environment. Areas covered will include: driveways and curb ramps, street crossings, overpasses, underpasses, median and islands, intersections and roundabouts. Pedestrian signs and signals, including accessible pedestrian signals (APS) will also be covered.

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MassDOT Highway Division Issues New Engineering Directive

Posted on 03/24/2014 (5 months, 3 weeks, 3 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

The MassDOT Highway Division issued a new Engineering Directive regarding standards for the minimum length of horizontal curves. This directive is dated 3/24/14 and is currently available on the MassDOT website:

E-14-002 – Minimum Length of Horizontal Curves

E-14-002 corrects a portion of Section 4.2 of the Project Development and Design Guide and creates consistency with language and guidance found in the AASHTO Green Book.


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Succeeding as a Foreman V: “Turning Theory Into Action”

Posted on 02/25/2014 (6 months, 2 weeks, 6 days ago)

Authored by Aldo Villani

Previous Succeeding as a Foreman workshops have discussed ways of managing, motivating and communicating with others in your workplace. In those sessions, we analyzed a number of difficult situations you face on a daily basis as well as some tips and techniques for handling them.

Foreman V will concentrate on the actual, specific steps needed to turn problems into solutions. We will investigate the positive attitude, determination and professionalism you will need to deal with troublesome situations. You will leave at the end of the day with two things: a Personal Action Plan for taking initiative and the conviction that you can make changes.

For more information and to register for this workshop please click on the "Workshops" link at the top of the page or call 413-577-2762.

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