Road School brings thousands to Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Road repairs, event traffic and project funding are all topics being discussed at Purdue Road School by more than 2,000 road officials from across the state.

City, county and state roads are the topic at the Road School held at Purdue. The 100-year old conference highlights ways departments across the state can address problems when it comes to transportation. A hot topic this year repairing road damage caused by the harsh winter weather.

“Generally the winter weather sessions are oriented toward the maintenance folks in terms of best treatment practices, emerging forecasting tools and maintain practices or their vehicles,” said Darcy Bullock with the Joint Transportation Research Program.

Tippecanoe County Highway Department executive director Opal Kuhl said it’s something she’ll be paying close attention to.

‘With the winter we’ve had there’s a lot of repairs that need to be done on the roadways, so there are different sessions on different types of paving, pavement preservation and pavement replacement,” Kuhl said. “Looking at all of those gives us different options on what we can be doing to repair our roadways.”

“Even at Road School we’re talking about construction but we’re also talking about winter operations like best practices and new technologies,” INDOT Spokesperson Nathan Riggs. “It’s not just Indiana that’s here. There are attendees who can share their insights, some things that they might be doing in their state.”

The conference offers more than 160 sessions focused on various topics including bicycle traffic, event traffic and using state funds for projects. Kuhl said it’s also a great opportunity to compare game plans on how to move forward with road repairs and what equipment works best.

“With the other county highway engineers and supervisors we spend a lot of time discussing equipment, trucks, plows and pavers,” Kuhl said. “Those types of things and what’s working for everyone.”

Road School ends Thursday.

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