May 2016                       Issue 24
In This Issue
T2 Staff Support the Largest Snow Conference in North America
City of Danbury Public Works Awareness Day Event
Canton's Department of Public Works Celebrates Earth Day
Tips from Tony
Challenges and Opportunities: Women in Transportation
T2 Staff Support the Largest Snow Conference in North America

The North American Snow Conference hosted by the New England American Public Works Association (NEAPWA) was held May 22nd - May 25th. The show provided great educational opportunities for public works snow fighters and those that support them. There were 40 educational sessions, technical tours and the largest group of exhibitors in the history of the Show for Snow.  


Mary McCarthy, of our T2 Staff, did a wonderful job coordinating all of the volunteers for the event and the rest of the T2 staff was there to assist anywhere needed.


Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to help make this event great! 


City of Danbury Public Works Awareness Day Event

The City of Danbury held its 10th Annual Public Works Awareness Day Event. Every year the Public Works Complex opens up to the public and invites the entire second grade classes from two schools.
Besides the team building theme, the event is geared to bring an awareness to the resources that exist in the City of Danbury Public Works, the staff that makes it all happen and career opportunities that the Public Works industry can provide to young men and women.
Canton's Department of Public Works Celebrates Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day the Canton Department of Public Works worked with local schools and community volunteer groups to clean-up roadsides, walking trails and parks. The department provided bags for cleanup and collected and disposed of the bags after the event concluded. 


This was a great event that brought the Public Works crew together with the community in which everyone 

"Served the Community with Pride".

Tips from Tony
For this month's Tip, I wanted to share a new retroreflective traffic signal backplate that is being installed by CTDOT on signal projects. The yellow retroreflective strips make a traffic signal much more visible to drivers. Retroreflective signal backplates are a proven safety countermeasure that have been found to provide a 15% reduction in vehicular crashes, a 37% reduction in injury crashes and a 50% reduction in late-night and early morning crashes in red light running crashes at signalized intersections.
If you are responsible for traffic signals, consider using them. For more information click here.
If your municipality already using these backplates, send a photo to me at: [email protected] and I can add it to our list of Connecticut Safety Best Practices.
If you have roadway safety questions please contact:
Anthony Lorenzetti P.E. - Safety Circuit Rider
860-486-5847 or [email protected] 
Challenges and Opportunities: Women in Transportation - by Amy Rothman


In a 21st century workforce, we examine the best ways to recruit, retain, and mentor this key demographic. 
Opportunities for women in transportation range from blue collar jobs to jobs requiring a professional degree; even with this wide variety , women are significantly underrepresented in the field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, women comprised 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force in 2010, and are projected to account for 51 percent by 2018. In transportation and material moving occupations, however, women make up 15 percent of the workforce. Private firms and public agencies are identifying the issues that prevent women from working in transportation, and are planning to correct this imbalance. 
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