2020 Winter Conference Sessions


Title: The New "Little Greenbook" and Local Highway Geometric Standards
Presenter: David Orr, Cornell Local Roads
Description: AASHTO just released the next version of the “Little Greenbook” which now includes roads up to 2,000 vehicles per day. David will review the new guide and the local highway standards developed by Cornell which can be used for most local roads and streets in New York State.

Title: Permitting Stream-Sized Culverts
Presenters: James Woidt, PE & Mallory Smith, Shumaker 
Description: This presentation will address the design of a stream sized culvert replacement in compliance with the 1.25 bankfull width requirement of the USACE.  The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the design & permitting requirements necessary to permit a culvert replacement in compliance with the Section 401 Blanket Water Quality Certification (USACE Nationwide Permits & the Regional Conditions issued by the USACEs New York and Buffalo District).  The presentation will provide an overview of the design process including geomorphic assessment to determine bankfull width, hydrologic & hydraulic analyses, considerations for habitat, and integration of specific permit requirements with site constraints.  Other topics include; exemptions to stream-sized culverts and the benefits of a stream-sized culvert to the permittee as well as the environment. 

Title: Streamlining County Highway Operations with Real-time, Enterprise GIS Solutions, Erie County, NY
Presenters: William Geary, Jr., Erie County Commissioner & Vijay Sambandhan, Bergmann
Description: Erie County Highway Department over the years had established a disconnected set of systems, part computerized part paper, to support their daily operations as well as for management of Buffalo’s infamous snow events. Disconnected workflows existed to manage road closures, plan daily work activities, public complaints, asset management, and so on, with each system offering a different assortment of procedures and redundant datasets. Also, asset management, constituent response, and proactive planning were all inefficient due to the lack of consistent, updated and accurate information. In this talk, we will illustrate how starting in 2016 the Highway Department began integrating its operations one by one into a central Enterprise GIS (Geographic Information System) solution. Beginning with establishing a single repository for the department’s highways and other assets, to setting up a suite of interconnected Web, Mobile and Desktop applications to replace/enhance each workflow within the department to make it more efficient and part of a larger information management system. We will demonstrate how the work above enabled the Department to establish a Common Operating Picture of real-time data for the District Engineers, Crew Chiefs, DPW Management and the County Executive. The web-based dashboard brings together numerous datasets derived from multiple sources, including AVL feeds, traffic cameras, 511 data, weather radar, road closures, road construction activities, public complaints, weather event emails, and more. Depending upon the user accessing the Dashboard relevant summary information will be shown on a thematic map, lists, and charts. Finally, we will talk about the various technical and institutional challenges which were overcome while executing this project, how the effort was ultimately a success because of all the people involved and the excellent coordination between multiple teams including, DPW, County IT, County GIS, and the consultant. The collaboration with end-users throughout the process helped modernize and streamline DPW operations and communications, leading to better and more efficient department for County residents.  

Title: Environmental Benefits of Cold In Place Recycling of Bituminous Concrete
Presenter: Dane Mellon, The Gorman Group
Description: The cost effectiveness and long term performance of Cold In Place Recycling of Bituminous Concrete are well known.  In fact, a presentation on those specific attributes of Cold Recycling was delivered to the County Highway Superintendents Association in the recent past.  What has not been adequately addressed are the Environmental Benefits of Cold Recycling.  There have been several published and peer reviewed studies that illustrate the Environmental Benefits of Cold Recycling compared to conventional pavement rehabilitation methods.  These studies will be analyzed and presented in order to enable County Highway Superintendents to confidently specify an Environmentally friendly pavement rehabilitation alternative.  Also, County Highway Superintendents will be able to adequately explain to their Boards and to the traveling public another compelling reason to specify Cold Recycling.

Title: North Main Street Cultural Connector, Elmira, New York
Presenters: Andrew P. Avery, PE, Chemung County Commissioner & Dennis Judson, Fisher Associates
Description: The project is located along North Main Street in the City of Elmira, Chemung County, New York and involved the reconstruction of North Main Street and Second Street including the construction of a modern roundabout at the 5 legged intersection of North Main Street/Park Place/Third Street.  The project involved significant collaboration with the community and design team regarding the creation of the gateway features.