Big-picture traffic plan

Hartford, Conn., made an innovative move when it decided to take a citywide approach to its traffic woes and create a traffic calming master plan for its 14 residential neighborhoods. In Proven Technologies and Strategies for Traffic Calming (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.), representatives from the city and its consultants will lay out their collaborative, ground-up approach to developing the master plan. The team collected data, performed site inspections, solicited input from citizens and other stakeholders, and worked closely with neighborhoods to map out and implement measures to help slow speeders, reduce cut-throughs, and better manage traffic on non-residential streets.

Practical pavement preservation

These two programs discuss ways to keep pavement in tiptop shape. Before the conference kicks off, attendees can sit in on a pre-conference workshop entitled Pavement Preservation—Principles and Practice (Saturday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Larry Galehouse, director of the National Center for Pavement Preservation, and Gerry Eller, executive director of the Foundation for Pavement Preservation, will help you shift from a crisis-response, “repair the worst first” way of thinking and move toward a more proactive philosophy—employing treatments and practices that extend pavement life.

Then, Western Emulsions Inc. representative Bob McRea, along with Pavement Technology Inc. technical consultant John G. Calvert, will present Pavement Preservation Strategies and Techniques (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 3:30 to 5 p.m.). Topics covered include various products and technologies that can help your agency extend pavement life.

Going beyond the surface

Using geosynthetic materials on unpaved and low-volume roads could reduce the amount of aggregate required in construction and significantly reduce construction costs. Road owners, designers, maintenance engineers, and contractors can learn about the concept at Revolutionizing Aggregate-Surfaced Road Design (Monday, Sept. 11, 10 to 10:50 a.m.). This workshop—presented by representatives from Tensar Earth Technologies and Geosynthetica—will cover how the use of geosynthetics and new methods are impacting current and future aggregate-surfaced road design.

More education

Monday, Sept. 11, 2 to 2:50 p.m.

Can You See Me Now? Meeting the new MUTCD Retroflectivity Standards

Learn about a Florida county's field study that assessed the potential impact of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices retroflectivity standards, and the potential cost of compliance.

Tuesday Sept. 12, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Access Management: More Than Moving Driveways

A Missouri community crafted an access management plan that fruitfully balanced the need to limit the number of driveways and cross streets on major thoroughfares, with allowing successful business and development projects to move forward.

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Light the Way to Roadway Safety

A lighting consultant will share best practices for designing lighting assemblies for roadways, parks, subdivisions, and parking lots, including energy-efficient methods to ensure roadway and neighborhood safety.