District Outstanding Technical Paper Award Announcement

The Western District announced a new Outstanding Technical Paper Award that will be awarded starting this year. They previously had a paper award (called the Wayne T. & Patricia VanWagoner Award) for which only papers published in the ITE Journal were eligible. The Western District Board and District Technical Committee, decided recently to transition the award to broaden the eligibility requirements to allow more papers to be submitted for consideration.

The award seeks to recognize papers published during the previous calendar year (Jan 1st to Dec 31st) with a special emphasis placed on papers that are application centric or “practice ready.” Submissions are due to Western District Technical Chair Patrick Marnell via email by March 1st.


Please visit their website for more information on this new award.

Training Opportunity

ITE Oregon Section Hosting Series of Virtual Meetings about Diversity and Inclusion

Voices of Diversity & Inclusion – How it Relates with the Transportation Profession

What does diversity & inclusion mean to you in your day-to-day work? Why is it important? What have folks been doing to improve transportation by considering diversity and inclusion? Come join the ITE Oregon Section who is hosting a series of four virtual Section lunchtime meetings from February until April. A fifth student-specific session will also be hosted on the topic. These sessions are open to all ITE members (as a Joint Sections Meeting through the support of WesternITE) and conveniently placed in the lunchtime hour (Pacific). 

Sessions are free to ITE members by registering at the WesternITE website. Proceeds from non-member fees will be contributed with the WesternITE Student Endowment Fund.

Save the Dates:

  • February 17th – Voices of Thought Leaders
  • February 24th – Business Voices in Transportation
  • March 3rd – Agency Voices in Transportation
  • March 31st – Voices of Professional Societies you may not know of
  • April 7th – Voices of Students

February 2, 2021 Meeting Recap

US 101 Pismo Congestion Relief Pilot Project

Speaker:

Paul Valadao, PE

Caltrans Project Manager

Paul’s excellent presentation was about the US 101 Pismo Congestion Relief Pilot Project. The project includes widening the southbound shoulder of US 101, widening four existing bridges, construction of a Park-and-Ride lot at Mattie Road and Price Street, and the construction of a retaining wall between US 101 and Price Street at the Pismo Rock.

Paul’s presentation can be reviewed here