Daniels to keynote 100th edition of Purdue road conference

February 29, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will be the keynote speaker for the annual Purdue Road School.

The 2012 Road School, the 100th road conference to be held at Purdue, will be March 6 and 7. Daniels will speak during a luncheon on March 7.

Daniels last appeared at Road School in 2006, shortly after he launched Major Moves, a 10-year plan to improve and expand Indiana's highway infrastructure. This year, he will give an update on Major Moves and its impact throughout the state.

"We are fortunate to have Gov. Daniels here to talk about a program that has affected every corner of Indiana," said Darcy M. Bullock, Road School co-chairman and a professor of civil engineering. "It will highlight two days of information vital to Indiana's counties, cities and towns."

Some 1,500 local and state transportation officials from throughout Indiana will participate in the event, sponsored by the Joint Transportation Research Program and the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program, both housed at Purdue; the Purdue School of Civil Engineering; and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Speaking at the Road School opening will be Michael B. Cline, INDOT commissioner; Kirk Steudle, Michigan transportation director and president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; Jon Costas, Valparaiso mayor; and Robert Tally, the Federal Highway Administration's Indiana division administrator.

Road School will offer 124 sessions on 24 topic areas, or tracks, ranging from construction and pavement to the Super Bowl. Three sessions deal with the newly repaired Sherman-Minton Bridge between southern Indiana and Louisville. Other topics on the extensive program include an I-69 update, roundabout design and an introduction to Google apps.

Sessions will be led by state, federal, academic and transportation industry experts.

The conference registration is $50 for private-sector employees. Public-sector employees and private citizens can attend for free, although registration is required. All sessions will be held in Stewart Center. The luncheon is $20, and a ticket is required.

More information on Road School is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/jtrp

To register online, go to http://www.conf.purdue.edu/roadschool

Purdue's Road School traces its origin to January 1913, when W.K. Hatt, head of Purdue's School of Civil Engineering, initiated a civil engineering conference to help county surveyors and city engineers develop and maintain Indiana's roads and streets. At the second conference in 1914, a resolution was passed calling for a yearly school for county road superintendents. In 1915 the conference officially became the Purdue Road School.

Writer:  Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Sources:  Darcy Bullock, 765-494-2226, darcy@purdue.edu
                  John Haddock, Road School co-chairman, 765-496-3996, jhaddock@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists:  Reporters wishing to cover Gov. Daniels' speech are asked to contact Judith Austin, Purdue News Service, at 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu