2018 Roadway Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Roadway Safety Poster Contest!

2018 winner collageEarlier this year the Connecticut Technology Transfer Center asked students from around the state to help promote roadway safety through art. After visiting the PBS Kids’ Ruff Ruffman’s Driving website (a site to access resources including games and surveys to encourage kids to become better passengers and to play an active role in helping their parents to keep their eyes on the road), students in grades K-6 submitted their poster designs depicting how to be safe as a pedestrian, bicyclists, or driver. Submitted entries were reviewed by a panel of roadway safety professionals from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and a winner and honorable mention were selected for three age categories: K-1, 2nd -4th grade, and 5th-6th grade.

2018 honorable mention groupMonday, April 9th, the three winners and three honorable mentions were invited to attend the Connecticut Work Zone Safety Awareness Press Conference, held at the Newington Department of Transportation building. There, the students were presented with ribbons and gift baskets to honor their artistic achievements.

As a special surprise police officers and public works professionals from each of the student’s respective hometowns were invited to attend the press conference and give their congratulations.

Job well done, kids!

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Song Titles Setting the Tone for ‘Faces of Transportation’ Photo/Video Contest

Faces of Transportation

WASHINGTON – The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials annual Faces of Transportation photography and video contest is marking its 13th year with a twist. Song titles will define the four categories used in the photography portion of the competition and social media participation is being strongly encouraged this year.

“Transportation is about people,” said Lloyd Brown, AASHTO communications director. “This competition’s goal is to focus on the people who build, maintain and use the transportation system that serves as the backbone of our strong economy and high quality of life.”

In the song title category “Highway Song” by Blackfoot, the photos should include people using or working on surface transportation, including but not limited to roadways, tunnels, bridges, pedestrian and bike trails. In the song title category “Sailing Away” by Christopher Cross, the photos should include people using or working on ships, boats, ferries and at waterway…

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2018 Annual Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children

2018_Poster_Packet_CoverThe CT Technology Transfer Center and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are joining forces to bring awareness to Roadway Safety in Connecticut!

Help make the Eighth Annual Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children a huge success in 2018!

We want to make roadway safety a priority and are asking the children of Connecticut to help promote safety through art. This poster contest is for children grades K-6. We will have winners in multiple groups: K-1, 2-4 and 5-6. We are looking for creative posters illustrating roadway safety concepts from a child’s point of view.

We are accepting submissions until March 9th. Winners will receive prizes and awards at the Work Zone Safety Press Conference in April 2018. Prizes include: Chromebooks for winners and gift cards and a variety of goodies for runner-ups.

For the 2018 Poster Contest Participant Packet ruffeyesontheroadincluding guidelines and more information about the contest, click on the link below.

Poster Contest Participation Packet 2018 FINAL


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2017 Ceremony Honoring T2 Program Graduates

On November 16, 2017, the Technology Transfer Center staff, guests and Connecticut’s top transportation leaders honored 132 professionals who completed one or more of our six different certificate programs in 2017.


CT Dept. of Transportation – Graduates from All Programs

There were 38 Public Works Academy graduates, 52 Road Master graduates, 19 Road Scholar Graduates, 5 Legal Traffic Authority graduates, 17 Transportation Leadership Program graduates and 1 Road Safety Champion graduate. It is important to note that 48 of our 2017 graduating class were members of the CT Department of Transportation.


1st Ever! CT Road Safety Champion, Luke Arno – CTDOT


Keynote Speakers, Robert Barone – Danbury, Commissioner James P. Redeker – CTDOT and Amy Jackson-Grove – FHWA

The opening remarks of our ceremony were delivered by Dean Kazem Kazerounian from the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Our keynote speakers for the event were Division Administrator Amy Jackson-Grove of FHWA, Commissioner James P. Redeker of CTDOT and one of our graduates – Robert Barone, Assistant Construction Manager with the City of Danbury.

The list of alumni from each graduating class dating from 1996 to the present are posted here.

Congratulations to all our Graduates! 

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Congratulations Graduates! 2017 Graduation Guide

On November 16, 2017 we honored 132 transportation professionals who completed one or more of our six different certificate programs in 2017. If you like to view the 2017 Graduation Guide, please click on the link below.

2017 Grad Guide FINAL 11.13.17

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2017 Northeast Transportation Safety Conference

Don’t Miss It – Sign Up Today! 

This is an incredible opportunity to hear from national and regional experts on what is impacting transportation safety. 2017confpromobanner

Join us to learn about the exceptional work being done in our region to address these issues and to share your insights and challenges.

To access detailed information about the conference – http://t2center.uconn.edu/safetyconference.php

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We hope you can join us! Feel free to share with others who would be interested in attending. Please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Knight regarding any questions you may have at (860) 486-4396 or lisa.knight@uconn.edu.


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Innovation Station: Colorado’s “You Show Us” Contest Winner – Sign Repair Stand

The Colorado LTAP Center hosts a innovative idea contest every year called “You Show Us”. The contest is very similar to the CT T2 Center’s “Creative Solutions” contest. Colorado’s LTAP Program encourages their state and municipal employees to enter “You Show Us” contest, because it is a profitable way to share their innovative ideas with others that may benefit from their concepts. It is also a good way for individuals, crews and departments to get some well earned recognition for their efforts. It’s a real morale booster for everyone!sign.repair.stand2

One of the winners of the “You Show Us” contest had built a mobile Sign Repair Stand. Here is how they did it:

Colorado’s State and Regional “You Show Us” Winner – City of Cherry Hills Village, CO – Sign Repair Stand 

Problem Statement:

Two of the Street Department’s many tasks includes maintaining all of the City’s information and regulatory signage (name signs, speed limits, stops, etc.) and low to the ground right-of-way tree trimming around signage and other structures. Unfortunately the City is not resourced with a vehicle (bucket truck) specifically designed for these duties. As a result, they would end up with somebody standing in the back of a pickup truck or climbing a ladder to these low to the ground maintenance repairs. Climbing a ladder always represents a risk factor, especially on uneven rights-of-way, during all weather conditions. It was also felt that climbing in and out of a pickup bed, while doing repairs was too great a risk for staff members to continue doing. A new truck mounted with the appropriate attachments and safety protection, was not a feasible option. The agency needed a low budget solution that was both practical and safe.


The Street Department is fortunate to have a Crew Leader that is very knowledgeable in a the area of steel fabrication. When faced with the task of building some kind of sign repair stand, it was desired to find a low cost solution that that would fit in the bed of a pickup, be easily installed or removed by two crew members, and provide the safety measures needed for personnel doing repairs. The Crew Leader talked with other crew members and quickly came up with a successful design.

Labor, Equipment, and Materials Used:

The final design required the purchase of square tubing, angle iron, flat bar, chain and clip, grip strut, and black paint with primer. Some of the materials the City already had on hand from previous projects. The cost for all materials totaled around $300. The equipment used for construction of the sing stand included a gas torch, mig weder, metal blade chopsaw, drill press, hand drill, and grinder. The City owns all the power tools that were needed for the construction of the stand, therefore the cost for tools was very minimal, estimated at around $20. Twenty hours were spent manufacturing the stand from the beginning to end. This time frame included purchasing all the materials, sizing and fabrication, priming and painting, and installation of the stand. No overtime was needed to construct the stand, therefore no additional labor costs were incurred. The City did purchased the tailgate ladder online, that mounts to the inside of the tailgate of the truck, at a cost of $60.

Savings and Benefits:

Having knowledgeable manpower, all power tools needed, and budgeted time, the City feels it saved in the neighborhood of $2,000 on this project. Professional welding fees alone could have exceeded these costs. Of far more importance to the City than savings was the tremendous increase in safety for its street personnel. With a tailgate ladder to enter and exit the bed of the truck, nobody has to climb over a tailgate. The sign stand has a railing at just below waist level, allowing a worker to reach beyond the edge of the truck. The grip strut decking allows for sure footing while inside the stand and on the step when entering and leaving. There is a safety chain to close off the entrance to the stand to eliminate accidentally falling out backwards. The stand is bolted to the truck body to prevent it from moving when in use. The stand also elevates the worker an additional two feet from the pickup bed floor, allowing an expanded work area without having to do dangerous reaching for signage or tree limbs.

Total Cost of Sign Repair Stand:




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