2019 June Meeting

Title: Design-Build 48-Hour Replacement of LIRR's Post Avenue Bridge Using SPMT's

Presenter: Vicki Christini, PE, McLaren Engineering Group
Description: McLaren Engineering Group as Engineer-of-Record was awarded this Long Island Rail Road design-build contract in the Village of Westbury, Long Island, NY. The bridge carried LIRR over Post Avenue, a local arterial. The bridge was in need of structural repair and replacement not only due to advanced deterioration, but also due to insufficient vertical clearance under the span. The 12’-10”vertical clearance caused a number of bridge strikes by trucks throughout the years. The existing 63-foot long 104- year old bridge carried 2 tracks supported by steel thru plate girders with a concrete deck, supported on reinforced concrete abutments. To minimize impact to the LIRR Commuters and Community, because this bridge is a critical lifeline to hundreds of thousands of commuters, LIRR had specified that the existing superstructure must be replaced during one 48-hour period beginning at 1:00 a.m. on Saturday and through 1:00 a.m. on Monday on the weekend on October 21st & 22nd, 2017. In the months leading up to this weekend, there were a series of activities which were accomplished in preparation for the bridge replacement. The project used an SPMT to pick up the old bridge and “drive it” down the road, then pick up the new bridge and place it in position. The new bridge had been designed to service a future third track, as well as meet the vertical clearance of 14’- 0” as required by the NYSDOT. This presentation will address the technical, quality and planning challenges of replacing this high-volume LIRR railroad bridge in one weekend.
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2019 Winter Conference

Title: Rebuilding an Urban Roadway in Buffalo, NY using Green Infrastructure

Presenter: Scott M. Rybarczyk, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Wendel Companies
Description: The Buffalo Sewer Authority (BSA) agreed to green infrastructure targets as part of a regulatory decree for their combined sewer system. Working with the City Department of Public Works, they were able to develop a $5 million project on 3 William Street that met the green infrastructure targets while also rebuilding a road in need of repair. Green infrastructure practices including bioretention, impervious area reduction, and porous pavement were used on over 3000 feet of William Street to control runoff from 25 acres.
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Title: Metal Culvert Repair Presented

Presenter: Willy Grimmke, P.E., GPI/GreenmanPedersen, Inc.
Description: This training will discuss common deficiencies identified in metal culverts. The primary deficiencies discussed include damaged coatings, dents and localized damage and corrosion. Further, this training will describe the preventive maintenance of metal culverts. Debris removal, siltation removal, and vegetation removal all presented as a means to increase the service life of the culvert and defer the need for repairs. Basic maintenance of scour undermining protection, revetment or stream bank protection, damaged inverts, and saddle plates is also covered.
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Title: Replacement of County Route 24 over Grasse River

Presenter: Donald Chambers, Superintendent, St. Lawrence County and Bryan Tremblay, P.E., Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C
Description: This session will review the County Route 24 bridge replacement project which was selected under the first round of the Bridge NY program. A few months after the project began, a “red flag” was issued on the structure causing the bridge to be load posted and reduced to a single travel lane. The reduced load posting divided the community in half, requiring school buses, emergency vehicles and other large trucks to utilize long detours to bypass the crossing. In response to the load restriction, the project schedule was accelerated and construction was moved from the 2019 construction season to 2018. The presentation provides an overview of the project development and the numerous obstacles overcome to deliver this $3 million construction project in a compressed time frame.
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Title: Six Keys to Designing a DPW Facility

Presenter: Jeffrey J. Alberti, LEED AP, Weston & Sampson
Description: This presentation covers the practical design aspects as well as selling the new facility to the public and techniques for building community support.
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Title: Should We Post Weight Limits

Presenter: David Orr, P.E., Ph.d, Cornell Local Roads Program
Description: Posting a highway for maximum loads can protect the road and make sure it will survive as long as possible. David will discuss when to post the road and provide details on a new tool that can be used to determine when to post due to spring thaw.
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Title: Rails to Trails Design, Construction, and Environmental Coordination featuring The Ashokan Rail Trail, Ashokan Reservoir, Ulster County, NY

Presenter: Thomas C. Baird, P.E., Barton and Loguidice, D.P.C.
Description: The Ashokan Rail Trail is constructed on the abandoned D&H Railroad bed along 11.5 miles immediately adjacent to the New York City Water Supply Ashokan Reservoir. The property is owned by New York City and leased indefinitely by Ulster County. The project includes the removal of 121,000 feet of train rail and more than 35,000 deteriorated and rotted ties. The 300 foot long Boiceville Trestle bridge that crosses the Esopus Creek was destroyed by Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene in 2011. Two bridges will be replaced as part of the project including a new 360 feet span to replace the Boiceville Bridge and a 75 feet long pre-fabricated trestle to replace and open the stream up where a collapsed 20 feet high concrete culvert located deep in difficult terrain exists today. To avoid the need for wetland mitigation, the project will also include a 500 feet long boardwalk elevated 4 feet above a regulated wetland that will provide bird watching locations and informative panels describing the features of the wetland. Historical markers and information about the villages that were flooded in the early 1900s to create the reservoir, the railroad history and information about the New York City water supply system will also be included along the trail. Engineering elements such as a specific stone gradations, slopes, railings, impact avoidance, structural elements of the bridges, traffic along NYS Route 28, stormwater management will also be discussed. Coordination and permitting requirements from the NYS DEC, the NYC DEP, The US ACOE and FEMA will be discussed as well as strategies to ease the approval process.
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2018 Summer Conference

Title: Roadside Erosion Techniques and Using Compost as a Restoration Stabilization and Storm Water Control Medium

Presenter: Scott Nostrand, Barton & Loguidice, Jean Bonhotal, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Angel Hinickle, Tompkins County Soil & Water District
Description: This program will review the benefits and performance specifications of compost media applied to Highway Projects. It is based on the results of several demonstration and pilot test projects conducted in Tompkins County under the auspices of the County's Soil & Water District and the Cornell Waste Management Institute. These projects evaluated stabilization and water quality improvements by using different application methodologies with compost. The presentation will educate the audience on compost selection, science, erosion control properties, nutrient and agronomic application.
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Title: An Introduction to Hot Pour Mastics

Presenter: Rick Stone, Maxwell Products
Description: Within the pavement preservation industry there is a growing use of hot pour mastics to permanently repair roads and bridges that suffer from everything from wide deep cracks, paving seam and shoulder joint failures, potholes, bridge deck failures, raveled pavements, manholes and culverts and much more.
Hot pour mastics combine the flexibility and adhesion of rubberized asphalt sealants with the strength and load bearing of engineered aggregates that completely fills the repair void.
The result provides a stable, flexible repair that bonds firmly with existing pavements to seal out water, return structural strength, improve ride quality and prevent further damage for years to come.
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Title: Developing and Executing a Bridge and Culvert Capital Improvement Program

Presenter: John Papponetti, P.E., LaBella Associates
Description: The presentation will walk through the steps Orleans County took to create a bridge and culvert infrastructure inventory and database system, how the inventory and database system was used to determine which structures were to be included in the Capital Plan, how the County utilized various sources of funding to accomplish the goals of the plan, and the end results of the plan.
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Title: “Just in Time Design” For a Fully Funded and Constructed County Project

Presenter: Vance Carpenter, P.E., Jefferson County and Gerard J. Sentz, P.E., Foit-Albert Associates
Description: 
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Title: What Would You Do? Ethical Choices

Presenter: David Orr, P.E., Ph.D., Cornell Local Roads Program
Description: When faced with an ethical dilemma, knowing what to do is not always easy or straightforward. This interactive session will review some typical ethical problems for engineers and highway officials. For each scenario, an interactive response will be used to acquire and review the audience’s responses when asked “What would you do?”
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2018 Winter Conference

Title: Improve the Life of Your Pavements Using Asphalt Interlayers with your Rehabilitation or Reconstruction Designs

Presenter: Nicholas Reck, MSC.Eng, Pr.Eng/ Director of Road Maintenance Tensar, US
Description: An overview of the 5 type of interlayers, the 3 functions of interlayers, as defined by FHW, how they are selected for specific functions and distress types, installation best practice, product selection, performing design by function and distress type and developing project specifications and examples of typical applications.


Title: Advances in CIPP (Cured In Place Pipelining) Technology focusing on UV Cured Fiberglass NO-DIG Pipe Lining Systems

Presenter: Mike Ralbovsky, The Precision Group
Description: We demonstrate a safe, strong, and fast method of repairing culverts without the need to dig up the highway.
SAFE….VT AOT tested our system for styrene in the air, soil & water and the results were part per Billion
STRONG…over 2MILLION PSI FLEX Modulus
NYS DOT Approved
FAST…in most cases we curve the culvert with UV light at a rate of over 250’ per hour 
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Title: Full Depth Reclamation

Presenters: Developed by Edward Denehy, P.E. and delivered by Todd Konifka and Fred Wickham, Technical Sales Representatives of the Gorman Group
Description: Municipalities in New York have long been faced with deteriorating road and pavement conditions on their secondary, low volume roads. One widely used technique to rehabilitate lower volume roads is Full Depth Reclamation (FDR). FDR is a pavement rehabilitation process that pulverizes and reuses the existing pavement and sub-base materials to produce a structurally strong pavement base course. FDR will be described and explained and its applicability to existing conditions will also be explored.
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Title: Changing Conditions in the Oil Industry & Its Impacts on the Paving Industry

Presenter: Former EXXON Executive Frank Cawkell, Suit-Kote Corp
Description: The oil industry supply/demand profile is changing, from crude oil quality and sourcing, to oil product production and demand. This is already having an impact on asphalt cement availability and this in term translates into the paving industry, one of the primary users of asphalt cement. In this presentation, we will discuss the trends that are occurring in supply and demand across the oil value chain, from crude oil, refined products and end user industries. We will then discuss what impact this may have in the paving industry.
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Title: We Are All Responsible for Good Roads: An Engineering Review of Good Ideas

Presenter: David P. Orr, PE Cornell Local Roads Program
Description: Review of what makes good roads from state highways to the lowest volume local road. The session will:
Review what makes a good road
Explain the total costs of a highway for the users
Identify low cost solutions applicable for all highways
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2017 Summer Conference

Title: There’s a First Time for Everything GRS-IBS in Broome County | Keuka

Presenter: John Freeman, P.E., Bridge Department Manager, C&S Engineers, Inc.
Description: This session covers the replacement of the River Road (CR 96) bridge over the New York Suquehanna and Western Railway in the Town of Chenango, Broome County, New York. This presentation will discuss the design process and construction of this unique bridge type.


Title: Cracksealing Best Practices and Crack Prevention

Presenter: Alain Cormier, P.E., McAsphalt Industries Ltd., LADA Member
Description: This session covers the following:
• Preventive Maintenance
• Moisture Management
• Failure Mechanisms
• Crack Types
• Crack Prevention and Best Practices
• The Importance of Tack Coat
• Hot Pour Rubberized Cracksealant Types
• Hot Pour Laydown Equipment
• Timing of Operations
• Blow and Go, Rout and Seal, Saw and Seal


Title: Green Alternatives to Rock Rip Rap for Streambank Protection and Shoreline Stabilization

Presenter: Rob Lawson
Description: This session will provide an overview of the various available methods for protecting and stabilizing shorelines subject to wave action, fluctuating water levels or significant water flows. Emphasis will be on alternative solutions to hard armor structures utilizing unique bioengineering solutions and systems that are cost effective and simple to install


Title: Enhancement of Pavement Management Systems Through the Use of the Rolling Wheel Deflectometer

Presenter: Paul W. Wilke, P.E.
Description: This session will describe the innovative Rolling Wheel Deflectometer (the only one of its kind in North America), how it operates, how the data obtained may be used to assess structural strength of roads, and how it can be incorporated into pavement management systems currently used by NY counties.
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2017 Winter Conference

Title: Civil Engineering Applications of Drones (Stonehenge AD)

Presenter: Chris Cornwell, PE, Lead AP- Civil/Highway Department Manager and Casey Knap, Project Manager, Greenman Pedersen, INC. (GPI)
Description: This session will review how drones are an emerging technology and are evolving to play a role in the support of various civil engineering applications ranging from planning and design to construction, maintenance, and general operations. Applications for drones include various surveying tasks, slope monitoring, and inspections of bridges, high mast lighting, sign structures, dams, radio towers, and cell towers to aid in management of these assets. Different technologies such as high-definition imagery, video, thermal imagery and Lidar can be deployed depending on the application to yield desired results. Several applications will be highlighted along with key issues regarding drone deployment and management of data along with future users.
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Title: Thin Surface Treatments for Pavement Preservation (Stonehenge AD)

Presenter: Dane Mello and Chris Dooling, Sales Representatives, The Gorman Group
Description: Agencies have several options on non-structural overlays for pavement preservation. In this presentation, details regarding quick set slurry seal, micro surfacing and paver placed surface treatment will be discussed. The presentation will include detailed specifications, conditions for use, expected service lives and costs.
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Title: Complete Streets and Mobile Mapping–A Case Study in What’s Coming Down the Road (Stonehenge AD)
Presenter: Michael D. Panichelli, PE, M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, PC
Description: As the auto industry works to make autonomous vehicles a commonplace reality in the next decade, the camera and scanning technology that will support that autonomy is currently available to the engineering community for use in design. Using M.J’s Mobile Mapping equipment, roadways in the City of Albany were driven and mapped to collect data set of information that was utilized for the development of a Complete Streets Manual. The presentations will give a brief background on mobile mapping equipment/technology and the end deliverables that can be utilized by the design team and the City to make informed decisions about transportation system enhancements.
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Title: Historical Performance of Salt Storage Facilities (Stonehenge AD)

Presenter: Baron Breisch and Thomas W. Broderick, PE, MClaren Engineering
Description: Deicing salts have been used on roadways since the 1940s. Salt storage facilities have been in use for many decades by municipal agencies in an effort to protect bulk salt from the elements as well as prevent runoff into the environment. Long-term performance of these structures is essential to ensuring that public safety is maintained and municipal investments are protected. The corrosive nature of deicing salts challenges the use of conventional materials of construction.Additionally, these facilities are routinely impacted by heavy equipment (payloaders, etc.) during the normal course of business. This presentation examines the performance of a variety of commercially available salt storage facilities through in-  depth condition investigations and implementation of renovation, retrofit and replacement schemes to extend the performance of these crucial facilities. The audience will learn about options in salt storage facilities, how to maintain and repair them, and, as a last resort, when to replace them.
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Title: Basic Real Estate Compensation for Highway Projects (Stonehenge AD)

Presenter: William R. Beckmann, MAI, CRE
Description: This session will focus on real estate compensation appraisal issues in government acquisitions locally and under FHWA, as well as pitfalls of consummating property acquisitions without condemnation.
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2016 Summer Conference

Title: Concrete Maturity in Cold Weather

Presenter: Steven Moore, PE, Senior Engineer at ATL
Description: This session covers an overview of the five essentials of quality concrete, the potential problems of placing concrete in cold weather, mitigation procedures, and considerations to take before and after placing concrete.

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Title: Geosynthetic Solutions for Paved and Unpaved Applications

Presenter: Doug McCluskey, Assistant Erosion Control & Geoproduct Manager, Everett J. Prescott, Inc.
Description: This session covers the use of pavement reinforcement products to retard reflective cracking in asphalt overlays to add life to the overlay and reduce maintenance costs and paving intervals. Also discussed are Tensar Geogrids in the construction of paved and unpaved roads, parking lots, ect., with an emphasis on subgrade stabilization and pavement optimization. The attendees will leave with a firm understanding of geogrid mechanisms as they relate to the performance of paved and unpaved roads.

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Title: BMP Solutions for Disturbed Areas

Presenter: Steve Zwilling, Profile Products, LLC
Description: This session is a basic review of fundamentals of soils to achieve sustainable vegetation. Stabilization methods, Sod, seeding, straw mulch, hydraulic mulch and blankets. How to pick the right vegetation for your site. Use of slope interruption devices to minimize failures on slopes. Proper use of TRM’s as option to rip rap and installation tips.

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Title: The Present, the Future, (and Annual) Costs

Presenter: David Orr, Director Cornell Local Roads
Description: This session will use engineering economics to compare the costs of different projects or equipment replacement choices, as well as using annual cost formulas to compare choices.

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2016 Winter Conference

Title: Chip Seals – Theory and Best Practices Leading To A Successful Project

Presenter: Edward J. Denehy, P.E.; The Gorman Group
Description: Presentation includes Project Selection, Chip Seal Mix Designs, Recap of Chip Seal Research, Conventional Emulsion Based Single Chip Seal Specifications, Chip Seal Variations

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Title: A Smart Phone App for Work Zones

Presenter: David P. Orr, PE, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
Description: The Cornell Local Roads Program is developing a new Smart Phone app for work zones. This session will review the app and show folks how it can be used to make your work zones more consistent and safer.

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Title: Overview of Innovative Bridge Placement Methods

Presenter – Phillip Pierce, P.E.
Description – while this presentation uses examples from covered bridge projects, it includes discussion of various means of relocating a new/replacement bridge built off-site that can also be relevant to non-covered bridge projects. Re-locations can be accomplished by transverse slides, longitudinal slides, or lifting with cranes.

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Title: Cortland County makes History with Dense Graded Cold Mix Paving

Presenters – Scott Harris, Vice President, Suit-Kote Corporation
Philip Krey, PE, Cortland County Commissioner of Highways
Description – Cortland County Department of Highways worked with NYSDOT and Suit-Kote Corporation Engineers to develop a Dense Graded Cold Mix Paving material that would satisfy detailed engineering properties while adhering to stringent FHWA Federal Aid Pass through project guidelines, allowing the Project to qualify for Federal Aid Dollars.

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Title: Developing and Selling your Budget Program

Presenter: David P. Orr, PE, Director, Cornell Local Roads Program
Description: With budgets tighter than ever, being able to develop a strong budget and communicate that information to the board is more critical than ever. During this session, David will give you some insight from new Cornell Local Roads Program workshop, “Managing the highway department” that can help you manage your system and communicate your department’s needs.

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