November 2014                      Issue 7
In This Issue
Congratulations 2014 Graduates!
2014 Creative Solutions Award Winners
A Round of Applause for Fall Public Works Academy!
You Could Win Big!
T2 Center Hosts New England APWA
T2 Center Signs Alliance with ConnOSHA
How to Avoid Highway Work Zone Injuries and Deaths
Info To Go: Winter Operations
Don't Wreck the Holidays Campaign

The T2 Center is working hard to plan the training calendar for 2015. Make sure to check the calendar periodically for new additions by clicking here

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  Will YOU Be This Month's Winner?
The first person to take our Snow Plow Safety Quiz (featured right) and email us with the correct answers will win a free spot in a T2 Training of their choice and be featured here in next month's newsletter! 

Answers to Last Month's Quiz
Last month we featured a quiz about basics of a good road and offered a free training to the person who sent back all the correct answers first. Although there was not winner, we will continue to offer a free training each month to whoever completes our game first. Click here for last month's answers and make sure to try our quiz this month to win a free training!
Congratulations to our 2014 Graduates!


Keynote Speakers

On October 23rd, 102 professionals graduated from five T2 Center programs at the Student Union Ballroom at the University of Connecticut. Participants graduated from our Public Works Academy, Road Master Program, Road Scholar Program, Legal Traffic Authority Program and Transportation Leadership Program. Keynote speakers included Dr. Kazem Kazerounian, Dean of the School of Engineering, Amy Jackson-Grove, Division Administrator for Federal Highway Administration, James P. Redeker, Commissioner of the CT Department of Transportation and two graduates- Joseph Bragaw, Public Works Director of the Town of East Lyme and Morgan Kennerson, Maintenance Training Coordinator at the CT Department of Transportation. From all of us at the T2 Center- Congratulations! We are truly proud of you and your accomplishments!

First Graduating Class of the Transportation Leadership Program
Winners of the 2014 Creative Solutions Award
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Creative Solutions Award! Winners of this award were recognized at the T2 Graduation ceremony and presented their award-winning ideas to their peers. For a full description of their solutions, click here.

Wheel Hub Strap
Town of East Lyme

One-Man Plow Installation Tool
Town of Monroe

Brake Drum Remover and Installer
Town of Cheshire

A Round of Applause for the Fall Public Works Academy!
Congratulations to everyone who completed the Fall session of our Public Works Academy! Participants completed six weeks of rigorous training on topics like professionalism in public works, storm clean up, chainsaw and snow plow operation, road fundamentals and work zone safety. For more pictures of our Fall Public Works Academy participants hard at work, visit our Flickr page.
You Could WIN BIG!
Did you know that 40% of people who read this newsletter open our monthly quiz? The first person to submit the correct answers to our monthly quiz will win a free spot in the T2 Training of their choice for themselves or a person of their choosing. Click here to take this month's quiz on snow plow safety and click here to see the answers to last month's quiz on basics of a good road.
Make sure you email this month's quiz answers by Friday 11/14 to Nicole Creaturo at [email protected]!
T2 Center Volunteers to Host New England APWA Chapter Strategic Planning Meeting

On October 29th, the New England Chapter of APWA (NEAPWA) met at the T2 Center for their annual strategic planning meeting. T2 Center Director Donna Shea volunteered to facilitate the meeting and the staff at the T2 Center were happy to host. Many excellent ideas and a lot of hard work came out of the meeting, and we are excited to see what NEAPWA does in this upcoming year! For more information on NEAPWA and how you can get involved, visit their website.
T2 Center Signs Alliance with ConnOSHA

Jeff Saltus, ConnOSHA's Occupational Safety Compliance Officer, joined us at our September Technology Transfer Center Advisory Committee meeting for the signing of the 2015 Training Alliance between the  T2 Center and ConnOSHA. Each year we sign a formal agreement to partner on educational outreach programs and briefings for the Connecticut Transportation Community. This year we look forward to working together on timely worker safety briefs that can be used for your safety meetings/toolbox talks.

How to Avoid Highway Work Zone Injuries and Deaths
Serious injury and death is becoming an all-too-common occurrence for highway construction workers. Although workers aren't always at fault, there are several preventable measures that can be taken to help reduce the risk of such a horrible and tragic accident. Check out this article from
Better Roads for tips and resources about preventing work zone injuries.

Info To Go: Winter Operations
T2 INFO TO GO is a regular feature of the Connecticut Technology Transfer printed newsletter that highlights how to access selected materials and resources you'd like to take away with you. As winter is right around the corner, we thought we'd share an Info to Go in this issue, focusing on Winter Operations.
NHTSA Releases Materials for "Don't Wreck the Holidays" Campaign

The holiday season is right around the corner. As we prepare for festivities with family and friends, NHTSA wants to remind all drivers that it's dangerous to drive after drinking. Want to improve awareness about drunk driving in your town? Click here to access NHTSA's Don't Wreck the Holidays campaign materials including posters, banners and videos and help put an end to drinking and driving in your town.


If you have any ideas or suggestions for future Connecticut Crossroads topics, please feel free to email the designer Nicole Creaturo at [email protected].