The National Center for Rural Road Safety Center is hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar, which will feature information on converting distressed paved roads to engineered unpaved roads. This webinar will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern. This webinar will feature information on how to identify a candidate road for unpaving, how to conduct a road investigation, unpaved road design considerations, and more. Webinar and registration information is available on the Center website.
WTI Research Scientist Laura Fay was interviewed last week by MINNPOST.com on the topic of local road agencies that choose to unpave roads. The discussion focused on Laura’s research sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, in which she surveyed local, state, or federal agencies on how they manage low-volume roads. The survey identified nearly 70 road projects in 27 states in which the road agency chose to convert a road to an unpaved, gravel road instead of re-paving it. The project will also result in a guidebook to help local officials decide if unpaving a road is safe and cost-effective. Read the full article here or go to the WTI website for more information about the research project.