2019 Annual Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children

2019_poster_packet_cover The CT Technology Transfer Center, with the support from agencies and organizations around the state is bringing awareness to roadway safety in Connecticut!

Help make the Ninth Annual Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children a huge success 2019!

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 8th. Winners will receive prizes and awards at the Work Zone Safety Press Conference in April 2019. Prizes include: Chromebooks for winners and gift cards and a variety of goodies for runner-ups.

For the 2019 Poster Contest Participant Packet including guidelines and more information about the contest, click on the link below.

2019 Roadway Safety Poster Contest Participant Packet


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Signal Spotlights: Greenwich Adaptive Control Signal Technology Project

traffic_signal_spotlights_logo The Arch Street corridor in Greenwich experiences heavy congestion due to commuter traffic associated with I-95 as well as the train station and downtown central business district. This congestion results in excess delay and queues that extend onto the I-95 Exit 3 ramp.


The town plans to alleviate some of this congestion by using an adaptive control system to allocate appropriate green time to the highest volume approach based on existing conditions on the road at that time.

The following intersections will be placed under adaptive control:

  • Greenwich Avenue/Railroad Avenue/Steamboat Road/Bruce Park Drive
  • Steamboat Road/Arch Street/Museum Drive
  • Arch Street at Island Beach crossing
  • Arch Street at I-95 North Exit 3
  • Arch Street at I-95 South Exit 3
  • Arch Street at Horseneck Lane
  • Arch Street at Railroad Avenue

By adapting to the traffic conditions in real time, it is anticipated that the signal system could create better traffic flow, decreasing queuing that occurs on the I-95 Exit 3 ramp, decreasing idling times at red lights and minimizing congestion along the corridor.

This corridor will be a test area and if successful, future long-term signal planning would include ASCT at other locations in town. Traffic data obtained on the effectiveness of the ASCT would be shared with FHWA to aid in making ASCT a mainstream tool through the Every Day Counts ASCT initiative.


For more information on adaptive signal control technologies, visit the Every Day Counts page: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/everydaycounts/edc-1/asct.cfm


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INFO TO GO: Flexible Pavement Preservation Treatments

info.to.go.logoGet ready for paving season by learning more about the different treatments available to help you keep your roads in good shape. In this issue of INFO TO GO, we focus on the online Flexible Pavement Preservation Treatments Training Courses, available free to state and local highway agencies through AASHTO’s Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) website.

Share Your Experience: Please let us know if you have taken a class and what you think of this type of learning. Email Mary McCarthy at mary.c.mccarthy@uconn.edu.



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2018 Connecticut Creative Solutions Award Winners

Winter Operations Pre-wetting System Backflush Apparatus

Town of Cheshire

Problem Statement:  If pre-wetting system on the truck is not flushed between storms and at the end of the season, harsh snow fighting chemicals can damage the system and the filter pump can seize.cheshire.csw.1.2

Solution:  A valve and coupler was installed on each system to isolate the pump and filter and allow fleet personnel to flush system with water to clean harsh chemicals out and also add an RV antifreeze with lubricant to the system for seasonal storage and maintenance.

Cost Estimate: Approximately $50 for valve, fitting and hose and one hour of labor to install.

Benefit:  Over the last few seasons, at least 5 pumps needed to be replaced or repaired to make the wetting system work.  These repairs took an average of two hours and cost $300-500 per pump in addition to having the equipment out of service.

Contact: Rich Kaczer, Fleet Manager, Town of Cheshire, rkaczer@cheshirect.org, 203-699-9404

Undercarriage Washing System

Town of South Windsor

Problem Statement:  Harsh snow fighting chemicals collect on winter operations equipment, causing corrosion and damage and make it difficult for mechanics to maintain the equipment.  Washing and rinsing is helpful but is especially difficult to do for the undercarriage of vehicles.

Solution:  A drive over flushing system was designed using Pressure treated 4x4s were connected using metal strapping and screws to create protection for PVC pipe.  Quarter inch holes were drilled into the pipe to provide a low pressure mash flush capability.  Fleet vehicles drive over the system, flushing the chlorides off the equipment and creating a welcome environment for maintenance and repair.  The entire system is connected to a two inch water service using a section of fire hose.

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Cost estimate:  $300-400 in materials

Benefit:  The system has gone through well over 1000 cycles and continues to provide excellent service for the 30+ fleet vehicles during each winter operations activity.  Keeping the fleet clean allows for timely service and extension of service life of the equipment.

Contact: Leon Clough, Fleet Manager, Town of South Windsor, leon.clough@southwindsor.org, 860-648-6366

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Signal Spotlights: CTDOT Traffic Signal Management Plan Workshop

traffic_signal_spotlights_logoThe Connecticut Department of Transportation held a two-day workshop November 8 and 9, 2018 focused on creating a statewide Traffic Signal Management Plan.

dec.2018.ss.graphic.1Staff involved in the design, maintenance and operations of the state’s traffic signal system participated in the workshop. These participants included design engineers, signal maintainers, highway maintainers, and operations staff who manage the state’s network of connected signals and cameras. Mary McCarthy, Tony Lorenzetti and Tess Schwartz from the UConn T2 Center took part in the event to represent the interests of Connecticut municipalities. Participants learned about what a traffic signal management plan (TSMP) is, the benefits of creating a TSMP and the process CTDOT will use to develop one.

Prior to the event, CTDOT’s consultant divided attendees into diverse groups that don’t work together on a daily basis. At various points during the workshop, these groups broke out to discuss their experiences and CTDOT’s current process for managing traffic signals. Workshop participants then shared these experiences to create lists of what is being done well and what can be improved.

dec.2018.ss.graphic.2Facilitators from FHWA walked participants through the “GCOST” process of determining goals, context, objectives, strategies and tactics and how performance measures can be used to assess the success of the program. A planned Berlin Turnpike project served as an example for participants to practice developing signal timings that meet stated goals and objectives.

dec.2018.ss.graphic3The next stage of developing the TSMP will involve small-group stakeholder interviews to gather role-specific knowledge and information on CTDOT processes from workshop participants. The consultant will then work with CTDOT staff to develop the goals, objectives, strategies and tactics that will guide the maintenance and operations of the state’s signal systems. CTDOT’s TSMP is expected to be complete in approximately six to eight months.

For more information on Traffic Signal Management Plans:

T2 Center’s Traffic Signal Brief: Developing a Traffic Signal Management Plan

Traffic Signal Management Plans: An Objectives- and Performance-Based Approach (FHWA)

Improving Traffic Signal Management and Operations: A Basic Service Model (FHWA)

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INFO TO GO: Winter Operations

info.to.go.logoIn this issue of INFO TO GO: Dec. 2018_ Winter Operations, we focus on the online Winter Operations Training Courses developed by the Snow and Ice Pooled Fund Cooperative Program, and available for free to state and local highway agencies through AASHTO’s Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) website.  These courses are great opportunities to stay engaged in professional development over the winter and contain useful resources for digging into the different aspects of Winter Operations, including best practices and examples of how others have found success.

Share Your Experience. When you have a chance to participate in a module, please let us know what you think of this type of learning; e-mail Mary McCarthy at mary.c.mccarthy@uconn.edu.


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2018 Ceremony Honoring T2 Program Graduates


CT Dept. of Transportation – Graduates from All Programs

On November 15, 2018, the Technology Transfer Center staff, guests and Connecticut’s top transportation leaders honored 114 professionals who completed one or more of our six different certificate programs in 2018.

There were 49 Public Works Academy graduates, 27 Road Master graduates, 14 Road Scholar graduates, 11 Legal Traffic Authority graduates, 8 Transportation Leadership graduates and 8 Safety Champion graduates. It is important to note that 24 of our 2018 graduating class were members of the CT Department of Transportation.


Keynote Speakers – Paul Mozzicato, Carl J. Gandza, Amy Jackson-Grove, James P. Redeker and Michael Gantick

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 the Federal Highway Administration, Commissioner James P. Redeker of the CT Department of Transportation; and three of our 2018 graduates, Michael Gantick, Director of Pubic Works for the Town of South Windsor, Carl J. Gandza, Engineering Project Manager for the City of New Britain and Paul Mozzicato, Transportation Maintenance Planner for the CT Department of Transportation.

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

2018.grad.guideTo view the view the 2018 Graduation Guide, please click on the link below.

2018 Grad Guide FINAL

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