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Cayuga County Hires New Highway Department Leader

For the first time since 2017, Cayuga County has a permanent highway superintendent.
The county Legislature on Tuesday voted to appoint Brian Soper to the position with a four-year term, filling a vacancy that dates back to the start of 2018 and includes a period when the job was essentially eliminated. Soper has served as the elected highway superintendent for the town of Sterling since 2012. He's been with the town's roads department since 2001 when he started as a motor equipment operator. Read More >>

A Year Later, Herkimer County 'Still Trying to Pick Up the Pieces' After Halloween Floods

The new Gray-Wilmurt Road Bridge over Black Creek opened in early September, roughly 10 months after the old bridge was washed out in the storm. Motorists had to take alternate routes around the site until the new bridge opened; Herkimer County Highway Superintendent Mark Nagele said the new bridge is designed to eliminate the potential for collapse in the event of another storm of similar magnitude. Read More >>

Sand Versus Salt — Difficult Decisions

There has been much discussion on whether to use sand and other abrasives or salt to treat slippery roads during winter. This is not an easy decision to make. There are pluses and minuses for both. More recently there is significant opposition to salt, but sand and abrasives also have a negative impact on the environment. Read More >>

A Response: 
An Alternative to Sand and Salt

A great topic for public discussion and needed conversation to maintain and rescue water quality of New York state. There is an alternative to sand or salt. The 3rd option, widely used in European winter countries, is a form of sharp-edged fractured rock about the size of a pea. Read More >>

National News

The U.S. Election Could Bring About a Surge in Infrastructure Spending. 

Tuesday’s election could usher in a new era for the U.S. infrastructure industry, boosting stocks as varied as new-age energy plays and historic construction companies. The combination of a dwindling highway trust fund, high unemployment, and Democrats’ desire for more green energy initiatives has created an expectation of large-scale government spending. Read More >>

Election Alone Won’t Fix Trucking’s Infrastructure Needs

“It doesn't matter whether it's Trump or Biden, our nation needs infrastructure—it’s literally crumbling in places,” said Don Lefeve, president and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA). In its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the U.S. infrastructure a D+, a grade. The 2013 grade was the same. This groups several different categories, from drinking water to aviation to schools. Regarding surface infrastructure, bridges scored a C+ and roads a D. Read More >>

Legislative News

County Highway Superintendents Tell Lawmakers About Challenges to Keep Up with Road and Bridge Maintenance in Age of COVID-19

Todd Gadd, who is NYSCHSA President and Wyoming County Highway Superintendent, pointed to the impacts of budget cuts and funding delays have had, not only on the road, bridge, and culvert conditions but also on the vitality of local contractors, engineers and equipment and material suppliers, employment and the local economies. 
“Infrastructure is a municipality’s greatest asset and vitally important to the public and the economy of the State. The repair, rehabilitation, efficient operations, and strategic replacement of existing transportation infrastructure are required for safety, mobility, and for the State to remain economically competitive,” Gadd stressed. Read More >>

In Remembrance

Richard L. Wilson
1938 - 2020

On October 15th, Richard Wilson of Putnam Station passed away. Dick Wilson served as Highway Superintendent for Hamilton, Essex, and Washington Counties throughout his career.
Dick will always be remembered for his cheerful smile, high toast, and storytelling with friends. He set an example in the construction world helping many young men pursue their careers. He believed everyone should be treated on the same level, having the same opportunities for a better life. If we all could live the life of Dick Wilson; it would be a life well-lived. 

Our most sincere condolences go out to Dick's children and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Springfield Shriners Hospital. Read More >>

A Note from the Membership & Outreach Committee:


As I have commented over the years at past gatherings, it's important that our membership be kept aware of happenings within our very special family.  

I would ask that you do your part to communicate with myself and Membership & Outreach Committee Co-Chair Kathleen Ellis, Commissioner, Cattaraugus County DPW.  Now that I am reliant on a personal email address, I assume there will be glitches.  I ask that you follow up emails with a quick text as a heads up.

Thank you, and please stay healthy and safe.

Don Higgins, Co-Chair.
Membership & Outreach Committee
Call/Text:  (585) 739-6798

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