Technology Transfer Newsletter
Volume 19, Number 3 - December 2002

Connecticut Transportation Institute's Technology Transfer Center
University of Connecticut, School of Engineering

PAGE 1 (front cover)

Article Title: Congratulations to Our 2002 Graduates

Article Text:
On September 12th, Connecticut Transportation Institute staff joined friends, family and colleagues in honoring fifty-three graduates of the Connecticut Road Master and Municipal Legal Traffic Authority programs at a ceremony in Storrs.

Technology Transfer Center Director, Donna Shea, and Connecticut Transportation Institute Director, Dr. Christian Davis, made presentations, along with this year's guest speakers: Bradley Keazer, FHWA Division Administrator; Wayne McAlister, ConnDOT District Maintenance Manager; and William Brown, Town of Greenwich Traffic Operations Supervisor.

Connecticut Road Master Program
The following individuals, comprising the seventh graduating class of the Connecticut Road Master Program, successfully completed the program's seven required and two elective workshops:

Burton Blessing, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Brian Brouillard
, Connecticut Department of Transportation
David Buccitti, Town of Ridgefield
Gary Caton, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Michael Choquette, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Theodore Citak, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Leon Clough, Town of South Windsor
Peter Conroy, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Neil Creem, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Peter DeLap, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Ralph DeSanti, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Alan Dutka, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Daniel Esposito, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Evo Falcinelli, Town of Ridgefield
Chris Fortin, Town of South Windsor
Thomas Goclowski, City of Milford
Kenneth Griffin, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Patrick Hackett, Town of New Milford
Robert Heinig, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Kevin Kelly, Town of Colchester
Soweth Kong, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Frank Larubina, Town of Groton
Joseph Martel, Town of Putnam
John Micali, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Ernest Orgera, City of Stamford
Mark Owens, Town of South Windsor
Daniel Pompei, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Glenn Postemski, Town of Pomfret
Edwin Read, Town of Redding
Richard Reagan, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Clarence Rees, Town of Bethel
Sherri Ruiz-Clark, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Ray Segreto, Connecticut Department of Transportation
James Sugden, Town of Redding
Robert Thatcher, Town of Cheshire
Edward Turlis, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Jamie Willis, Connecticut Department of Transportation
John Zdancewicz, Connecticut Department of Transportation

The Connecticut Road Master Program provides highway personnel with a knowledge of the fundamentals of modern road maintenance management procedures and techniques.

Connecticut Municipal Legal Traffic Authority Program
The following individuals, comprising the sixth graduating class of the Connecticut Municipal Legal Traffic Authority Program, completed the program's four required workshops:

Tom Brennan, Easton Police Department
William Brown, Town of Greenwich
Thomas Bruccoleri, City of Stamford
Lee Erdmann, Town of Wethersfield
E. Thomas Field, South Windsor Police Department
Morteza Hayatgheybi, City of Bridgeport
Michael Hudzik, Town of Stratford
John Salvatore, Monroe Police Department
Charles Korn, Jr., Guilford Police Department
Stanley Lofquist, North Haven Police Department
Patrick McLaughlin, Town of Killingly
James Mull, Wethersfield Police Department
Douglas Nadeau, Bristol Police Department
Kevin Prentice, Milford Police Department
Robert Shopey, Torrington Police Department

The Connecticut Municipal Legal Traffic Authority Program is a series of workshops designed to provide municipal legal traffic authorities with a fundamental knowledge of their powers and responsibilities and a background for dealing with related traffic operations problems.

For more information on the Connecticut Road Master Program, the Connecticut Municipal Legal Traffic Authority Program, or any of the other training programs and services available through the Connecticut Transportation Institute's Technology Transfer Center, please call (860) 486-5400.



Article Title: Green Parking Lots at UConn's New Football Stadium

Author: Norman W. Garrick, Associate Professor and Kwesi A. Brown, Graduate Student, University of Connecticut

Article Text:

The "green" parking lots at UConn's Rentschler Field are just the latest and most visible example in Connecticut of developers and municipalities adopting a more environmentally sound approach for paving low trafficked surfaces.

The design used at Rentschler Field was chosen as a cost effective solution for reducing the impacts from a large parking area on the environmentally sensitive wetlands located adjacent to the stadium. This particular combination of turf parking stalls with processed aggregate driveways will produce much less precipitation run-off than would be the case for a conventional asphalt pavement. Less run-off means less pollution discharging to the wetlands and less potential for erosion in the natural drainage system.

An important secondary benefit for football fans is that a grass parking lot provides a much more pleasant ambience for the tailgating picnics that traditionally accompany UConn football games.

The turf parking at the Rentschler Field is noteworthy, not just because of its prominent location and size, but also for its innovative design. Fuss & O'Neill, the design consultants on the project, chose to use a fiber reinforced turf system called Turfgrid. In this system, propylene fibers are embedded into topsoil and laid down to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. The soil is then seeded with grass. Once the grass grows, the root system interlocks with the fibers to provide the strength and integrity needed to support traffic.

The Turfgrid system was attractive for this job because of its low cost. The drawback is that it takes a full growing season to achieve full strength. Of course, this was not a problem at this site since stadium parking will not be needed until the fall of 2003, when UConn inaugurates play at their new home for football. For projects with a shorter construction timeline, the need for a seasoning period would pose a problem. However, there are many other options available for green parking. For example, the overflow parking lot at the Westfarms Mall is also a green pavement but one that is based on a very different technology from that at Rentschler Field. The pavement at the Westfarms Mall uses plastic lattices with grass infill. Other common techniques include open graded paving blocks, open-celled paving grids, porous concrete, porous turf and porous asphalt. These systems all have different costs, strength and permeability characteristics to suit a wide range of paving needs.

Here at UConn in the Civil Engineering Department, we are currently working on developing a guide to help municipalities sort through this array of choices to develop green paving solutions that they can tailor to their needs. This work is sponsored by the Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program at the University of Connecticut.



Article Title: Technology Transfer EXPO 2002: You Came, You Saw, You Learned

Article Text:

Seven hundred people from throughout the state and local region visited the University of Connecticut's Depot Campus on September 18th, to experience the latest innovations in public works equipment, materials and technologies at the 2002 Technology Transfer Expo.

This year's annual event, hosted by the University of Connecticut's Technology Transfer Center and the Connecticut Street Highway Supervisor Association (CHSSA), drew a record crowd and featured more exhibitors than ever before. Seventy-three public service agencies, professional organizations and vendors presented instructive information and interactive demonstrations of their products and services.

Municipal public works employees had the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills at the first annual Expo Challenge. Twenty-eight contestants competed for the best overall score in Backhoe Operation, OSHA Confined Spaces, Road Kill Toss, and Work Zone Safety at stations located throughout the site.

Our congratulations to the top three winners:

1st Place
Cliff LaBrec, Town of Coventry

2nd Place
Barry Walker, Town of Glastonbury

3rd Place
Joe Puccio, City of Bridgeport

Our sincere thanks to the many vendors who generously donated items for the door prize drawings conducted throughout the day:

Bacher Corp of Connecticut ($50 Check)

Carey Wiping Materials Corp. (Car Wash Kit)

C.N. Wood of Connecticut, LLC (Model Elgin Pelican)

Devine Hydraulics, Inc. (2 Tee Shirts, 2 Thirst Aid Kits)

DPP Associates (Tee Shirt)

EMAS Attachments (Gortex High-Visibility Jacket)

Franklin Paint Paint Co., Inc. (Layout Line with Reel)

Gorman Bros., Inc. (Dual Collar Zip Jacket)

J.D. Paving & Sealing (Sweatshirt)

Nutmeg International Trucks (6 Hats)

NY Bituminous Products (Polo Shirt)

Rock Rubber & Supply, Inc. (Hose with Spray Attachment)

Tyler Equipment (High-Visibility Fleece Jacket)

VHB (Polo Shirt and Golf Balls)

To view on-line photo galleries of all the day's action, visit the Connecticut Transportation Institute web site at and the Connecticut Highway Street Supervisor Association site at
We hope you'll join us again next fall for another terrific event!



Article Title: EXPO 2002 Exhibitors

Article Text:

3M Traffic Control Materials Division
A.W. Direct
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
American Fiber Technologies, Inc.
Asphalt Zipper
Atlantic Broom Service, Inc.
Atlantic Detroit Diesel - Allison
Bacher Corp of Connecticut
BART Truck Equipment Co., Inc.
Bear Com
Beta Group
Bobcat of Connecticut, Inc.
C.N. Wood of Connecticut, LLC
Carey Wiping Materials Corp.
Connecticut Construction Industries
Association (CCIA)
Connecticut Highway Street Supervisor
Association (CHSSA)
Concrete Systems, Inc.
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Connecticut Technology Transfer Center
Connecticut Transportation Institute
CUES, Inc.
Dave Grigsby Heating & AC, LLC
Dees Fluid Power
Devine Hydraulics, Inc.
DPP Associates
East Coast Sign & Supply, Inc.
East PBE, Inc.
Eljen Corporation
EMAS Attachments
Federal Highway Administration
Flint Trading
Franklin Paint Co., Inc.
Freightliner of Hartford, Inc.
Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming
Genalco, Inc.
Glimmer Distributing
Gorman Bros., Inc.
H.O. Penn
Hine Bros. International
Hudson Liquid Asphalts, Inc.
Industrial Safety & Supply
J.D. Paving & Sealing
Jamieson Distributors, Inc.
Kahn Tractor & Equipment, Inc.
Nicard Enterprises, LLC
Nutmeg International Trucks
NY Bituminous Products
Occupational Safety & Health
Administration (OSHA)
P.C. Scale
R.W. Thompson Co., Inc.
Reed Systems, Ltd.
Ro-Brand Products
Rock Rubber & Supply, Inc.
S & D Supply, LLC
Scranton Motors, Inc.
Signal 54 Training
Superior Equipment and Supplies
T.T. Technologies, Inc.
Tennant Company
The Jack Farrelly Co., Inc.
The W.I. Clark Company
Traffic Safety and Signs, Inc.
Tri-County Contractors' Supply, Inc.
Tyler Equipment
United Rentals
Vasso Systems, Inc.
Vermeer Northeast
W.H. Rose, Inc.
Welding Equipment & Supply Corp.



Director's Column "By the Way..." by Donna Shea

Topic: Construction Career Day

On October 8 and 9, 2002, the staff of the CT Technology Transfer Center participated in the first Connecticut Construction Career Days. The two days of events were held at the Mountainside Recreational facility in Wallingford. What a rewarding experience! Over 1,100 juniors and seniors joined us from high schools all over Connecticut. Sixty-seven exhibitors set up both hands-on and static displays to provide these local high school students with an awareness of the construction, design and engineering career opportunities that exist for them in the future. With the guidance of construction professionals and outfitted with their own hard hats, safety gloves and safety glasses, the students participated in hands-on activities including backhoe operation, mini-excavator operation, bricklaying, toolbox building, welding, pipefitting and materials testing.

Technology-based careers associated with construction, such as engineering, architecture and surveying were also represented. Students also heard about post-secondary training and schools of engineering and architecture. Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall, Associate Professor from the University of Connecticut was on hand to discuss programs available in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Connecticut. Central Connecticut State University was also in attendance to provide information about their Construction Management program. The Connecticut Highway Street Supervisors Association (CHSSA) provided volunteers to help with the event and they set up hands-on displays to give the students an opportunity to discuss career opportunities in the area of Public Works.

The planning committee received very positive feedback from the students and chaperones; here is some of the feedback we received:

"First class, a wonderful experience for our students...The opportunity to talk and interact with people from the field was a real treat. The concept of having hands-on participation was the hit of the day"
- Suffield High School

"To say that our students both learned from it and enjoyed it is to put it mildly. This is exactly what Technology Education in the public schools need"
- Seymour High School

"We have over the years taken many students on some pretty great field trips, but this was by far the best. We have 50 pictures of students in blue hard hats on a picture wall of the School-to-Career office, the kids have not stopped talking about it"
- Thomaston Public Schools

"We had a great time- it was organized, thought out, informational and inspirational"
- Orville H. Platt High School

"Thank you for putting together such a great career day. There were such a wide variety of "hands-on" activities for everyone to try. The students saw so many different possibilities in construction that they never knew existed - sign us up for next year!
- Pomperaug High School

The Construction Industry is facing a severe shortage of skilled workers. If not addressed, the shortage will increase, affecting quality, safety, and our industry's overall ability to compete in building the infrastructure needed by an ever-growing population. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by the year 2008, the commercial construction industry will need 60,000 additional workers. Connecticut is no exception to the national work shortage of skilled construction workers. The objective of Construction Career Days is simply to create and increase the awareness among youth, of the construction industry as a viable sector in which to pursue a rewarding career.

The Connecticut Technology Transfer Center looks forward to participating, with our partners in industry, government and education, in the planning of the 2003 Connecticut Construction Career Days that are tentatively scheduled for October 7 and 8, 2003.

Special thanks to all fo the sponsors of the Connecticut Construction career Days event:

Connecticut Department of Transportation
Connecticut Construction Industries Association
Federal Highway Administration
Connecticut Technology Transfer Center
Connecticut Department of Education
and various skilled trade unions


Season's Greetings from all of us at the Technology Transfer Center.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy 2003!
From Donna, Mary, Stephanie, Lori, Naomi and Deb

PAGE 8 (back cover)


Infrastructure Asset Management
A Professional Development Workshop
January 28-29 in Hartford

Superpave for Municipalities
A Connecticut Road Master Program Elective Workshop
March 25 in Torrington

Context Sensitive Solutions Training
March 27 in Storrs - June 26 in Storrs - October 9 in Hartford

Effective Communication Skills
A Connecticut Road Master Program Required Workshop
(Replaces Managing, Motivating and Communicating Your Way to Successful Supervision)
April 15 in Hartford - April 16 in New Briatin - April 17 in Storrs

Chainsaw Safety
A Connecticut Road Master Program Elective Workshop
April 28 in Storrs - April 29 in Storrs

For more information on training programs, call the Connecticut Transportation Institute at 860-486-1384.
Please visit our on-line Workshop Schedule information for updates at

Please take advantage of our on-line workshop registration form at:

"Technology Transfer" is published by the Connecticut Transportation Institute's Technology Transfer Center, Phone (860) 486-5400, Fax (860) 486-2399. Supported through a cooperative effort of the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to provide information on the latest transportation technology to Connecticut's state and local government officials.

Director: Donna Shea (
Workshop Coordinator: Mary McCarthy (
Information Services Coordinator/Editor: Stephanie Merrall (

End of "Technology Transfer" Newsletter - Volume 19, Number 3, December 2002


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