The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Virginia and its partner agencies in the Mid-Atlantic region are hosting the 17th Road Management Conference in October. The conference, once a mainstay for road and highway infrastructure professionals, returns to the region after a 10-year hiatus. It will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, Pa.

The conference is being organized through a collaboration among the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Technology Transfer Centers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia and the Local Technical Assistance Programs ― known as LTAPs ― in each of the states. UVA’s Center for Transportation Studies administers Virginia’s LTAP program.

The Road Management Conference is designed for practitioners who manage, construct and maintain state, county and municipal roads and streets. The agenda will cover a range of topics, from using social media for communications to “Curves and Stop Signs” to managing pavement contractors. There will also be product displays and demonstrations, along with opportunities to exchange ideas with peers and vendors. The program is recommended for elected and appointed officials, managers, engineers, technicians, supervisors and contractors.

UVA’s Center for Transportation Studies is one of the principal organizers of the conference and is providing expertise in areas such as financial oversight, program event planning and marketing communications. As the Federal Highway Administration-designated LTAP administrator for Virginia, the center acts as part of the commonwealth’s training and professional development arm of the Department of Transportation. Annually, CTS serves more than 2,000 transportation professionals in Virginia and will serve an additional 5,000 nationally, offering “boots-on-the ground” training for every phase of road and highway building, maintenance and administration.

Beth O’Donnell, director of the Virginia LTAP, said the Road Management Conference in Pennsylvania follows other regional collaborations, including a Safety Data Analysis Peer Exchange in Delaware in June. The Mid-Atlantic partners also hosted the National LTAP/TTAP Conference in Norfolk in 2017.

“We’ve had several experiences recently that have solidified our relationships,” O’Donnell said. “Being able to bring back a valued event from the past with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and collaboration is very motivating.”

“When you have a group of people who are balanced in their skill sets and respect for each other, the product that we’re able to deliver to meet our customers’ needs is elevated.”

For more information or to register, visit the Road Management Conference page.