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New Signs Mark Borders of Delaware River Watershed

According to the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, the watershed includes 2,390 square miles of New York, including most of Sullivan and Delaware counties; portions of western Orange and Ulster and eastern Broome counties and small parts of Greene, Schoharie and Chenango counties. The watershed is home to eight million residents and provides drinking water to 13.3 million people in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Read More >>

National News

Rhode Island, Oklahoma Rank Worst in National Road Study

America's road infrastructure is in bad shape. It's one of the very few things that everyone seems to agree on, but because of the massive scale of the problem and the costs involved in fixing it, not much is being done, and the problem is getting worse. Read More >>

North Dakota's County to seek $81,000 from CARES Act funding for COVID-19 expenses

Williams County has applied for reimbursement of $81,765 in expenses related to COVID-19 from Federal Cares Act funding, but it is just a portion of what the county has spent to date. Finance Officer Kristi Hanson told commissioners during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 5, that the amount submitted was what could be documented at this time. Receipts are still outstanding for some of the devices the county has purchased for employees to work remotely. Read More >>

Coronavirus is cutting local transportation funding, putting major road and bridge projects on hold across US

One of the many side effects of stay-at-home orders under the coronavirus pandemic is a catastrophic decline in state and local transportation funding, which officials say threatens to bring road and bridge construction to a screeching halt for the next year and a half. “It’s a very large concern,” Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, said of a projected 30% decline in transportation revenue nationwide. “This is a pressing, immediate issue.” Read More >>

Save the Date!

JUNE 2, 2020- Annual June NYSCHSA Virtual Business Meeting 

The New York State County Highway Superintendents' annual June business meeting and gathering during the Cornell Highway School has been canceled. The business meeting is still scheduled and will be held virtualy for regular members. 

Cornell Local Roads Program
Webinars & Online Training

* More webinars will be worth PDH credit as presentations are reviewed.

  • Why has My Road Failed Already? (PDH)
    5/5/20, 2pm - 3pm EST 

    Presented by David Orr, PE

    Most roads and streets in New York State are relatively low volume and were never actually designed. This webinar will discuss how pavements fail and how they work structurally. David will provide a review of different ways to design the road to handle the load.

    Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
    • Explain why a pavement failed prematurely
    • Distinguish how pavements fail structurally
    • List the design methods used to design the thickness of a road
    Register Here
  • Town Hall: Summer Plans with COVID-19 Projects
    5/6/20, 10am - 11am EST

    Panelists TBD
    Register Here 
  • Defusing Stressful Encounters: Basic Human Communication Techniques
    5/7/20, 2pm - 3pm EST 

    Presented by Jonathan Anderson / Lieutenant Onondaga County Sheriff's Office / Supervisor Facilities Security Unit / 35 years of Service / Author topic related articles: (1) "Defusing Stressful Encounters: Basic Human Communication" - American Jails Magazine July / August 2007 Issue (2) "Developing Situational Awareness as a Community Engagement Initiative" F.B.I. Bulletin July 2018 Issue.

    This presentation focuses on basic human communication techniques to defuse stressful encounters. The technique is trained and practiced in NYS Correctional facilities, but is applicable in all Public Service business environments. The technique is used to defuse encounters at the communication level before they turn into aggressive behavior. 

    Register Here

  • Running Your Highway Department
    5/12/20, 2pm - 3pm EST 

    Presented by David Orr, PE

    This presentation will provide some basics for running your highway department efficiently and effectively and review the basic duties and responsibilities of a highway department leader.   
    Register Here

  • Virtual Highway School Legal Panel
    5/13/20, 10am - 11am EST 

    Moderated by Cornell Local Roads Program Director David Orr, PE

    Lori Mithen-Demasi, Counsel, Association of Towns
    of the State of New York (AOT)
    John Mancini, Counsel, New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM)

    Join us for a chance to have your legal questions answered by panelists John Mancini and Lori Mithen. You can ask your questions live or send them to us ahead of time at

    Those of you who look forward our Highway School legal panel every year won't want to miss this!
    Register Here
  • Soils and Your Roads and Streets
    5/14/20, 2pm - 3pm EST

    Presented by Willy Grimmke, PE, CLRP circuit rider.
    Register Here
  • Common Pavement Maintenance Techniques
    5/19/20, 2pm - 3pm EST

    Presented by David Orr, PE 
    Register Here
  • Preparing an Asset Management Plan for your Pavements
    5/21/20, 2pm – 3pm EST

    Presented by Cornell Local Roads Program Technical Assistance Engineer
    Geoffrey R. Scott, PE

    Having a plan in place is a valuable way to determine the how and where to make critical investments when maintaining and improving a municipality’s assets. This webinar will discuss the information necessary for a good inventory, including a means of assessing your pavements, evaluating the results, and using that information to develop a plan to best manage the limited funding available while maintaining and improving your roadway network.
    Register Here
  • Be Careful Out There: Keeping Everyone Safe in the Work Zone
    5/26/20, 2pm - 3pm EST

    Presented by David Orr, PE

    Work zones are dangerous places for everyone. To make them safer, good communications is the key. David will provide information on developing good work zone habits to keep everyone safe.
    Register Here
  • Budget Basics
    5/28/20, 2pm - 3pm EST

    Presented by Tim Hunt & Guy James

    Developing your budget has never been more important. Join Tim and Guy as they discuss the basics of developing a budget and how to be ready for change.
    Register Here

Certificates of completion will be issued following the webinar for participants who attend the entire session. Certificates will be emailed out a day or two after the webinar. 

Sessions with the PDH symbol are approved for engineering Professional Development Hours (PDH) In New York State. 

Each webinar is worth 1 PDH. To obtain a PDH, please email a copy of your certificate to Barbara Lockwood at

Webinars may be livestreamed on the CLRP Facebook Page but viewers will not be eligible for PDH credits or certificates of completion.

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