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FHWA Plans 1999 Winter Symposium and Equipment Exposition

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FHWA Plans 1999 Winter Symposium and Equipment Exposition

Federal Highway Administration
August 5, 1999

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 5, 1999
Contact: Jim Pinkelman
Tel.: 202-366-0660
FHWA 54-99

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will join with the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority to host the fourth annual Eastern Winter Road Maintenance Symposium and Equipment Expo Sept. 8-9, 1999, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y.

"Safety and mobility are top priorities at the Federal Highway Administration, and we recognize that snow and freezing rain can play havoc with both," FHWA Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle said. "The Winter Road Maintenance Symposium will provide valuable information and assistance to state and local officials in the region who often must operate and maintain the region’s transportation systems under the most adverse weather conditions."

The symposium will provide a forum for the exchange of information and technologies available to predict and combat the effects of winter on roads, bridges, and other transportation facilities. The symposium also will feature more than 150 exhibitors and the display of 40 new snow fighting vehicles such as snowplows and anti-icing sprayers.

The symposium also will make the latest information available on topics such as snow and ice control, Road Weather Information Systems and forecasting, anti-icing, post-storm clean-up, pavement rehabilitation, and current research, training and educational initiatives. It will give participants the opportunity to compare notes and share experiences with their peers from other states who may have encountered similar circumstances in winters past.

The symposium is free, but those attending must pre-register. For event details and registration forms, visit the website at http://www.ota.fhwa.dot.gov/winter, or call Tim LaCoss at the New York Division of the Federal Highway Administration, 518-431-4125, ext. 260 or contact him by e-mail at Timothy.LaCoss@fhwa.dot.gov.

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