Governor to give keynote at Purdue Road School

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Gov. Mike Pence will give the keynote address during the 100th annual Purdue Road School.

The 2014 Road School, designed for Indiana local and state transportation officials, will be March 11 through March 13. Pence will speak during a luncheon on March 12.

About 2,400 transportation officials from throughout Indiana will participate in Road School, which is sponsored by the Joint Transportation Research Program and the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program, both housed at Purdue — the Purdue School of Civil Engineering and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Speaking at the opening session will be INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and Delphi Mayor Randy Strasser.

Road School will offer 160 technical sessions on topics ranging from road construction, maintenance and safety to bike trails and ports.

Purdue Road School traces its origin to January 1913, when W.K. Hatt, head of Purdue’s School of Civil Engineering, initiated a conference to help county surveyors and city engineers develop and maintain Indiana’s roads and streets. At the 1914 conference, a resolution was passed calling for a yearly school for county road superintendents. In 1915 the conference officially became known as Purdue Road School.

Among the topics being discussed this year:

  •  Lessons learned from the closure of the Interstate 65-Interstate 70 south split in Indianapolis.
  •  Bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Bridge design, construction and inspection.
  •  Urban and rural traffic safety, event traffic management, and emergency response planning.

For more information on Road School, including the full schedule, click here.

Purdue University’s Libraries and Special Collections is commemorating 100 years of Purdue Road School with a special exhibit focusing on Indiana transportation.

“The Crossroads of America: Indiana Transportation in the Early 20th Century”, is on display through March 13 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center.

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