By Brad Sant, senior vice president of education and safety, ARTBA

The 2018 National Work Zone Management Conference, Sept. 11-13, in Herndon, Virginia, will combine four events in one location.

The biennial conference, hosted by the ARTBA Foundation-managed National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse, is packed with unprecedented information and educational opportunities.

Three other events have been added to this year’s agenda:

  • a one-day workshop on Work Zone Activity Data;
  • the Transportation Research Board’s AHB55 Work Zone Traffic Control Mid-Year Meeting; and
  • a Work Zone Innovations sessions featuring the latest products designed to improve work zone safety and traffic management.

These complimentary events will provide attendees with a wide variety of educational opportunities, from technical data management techniques, to new products and industry innovations, broad policy discussions, and numerous workshops highlighting state-of-the-art work zone practices.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Commissioner Stephen C. Brich will open the conference. VDOT is one of the nation’s third largest state highway agencies, with a $5.4 billion annual budget and 7,700 employees.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) highway engineer Menna Yassin will deliver the Sept. 12 Keynote Address. She will provide insight on the highly-anticipated implementation of MASH crash-test standards.

More information on all the conference sessions is available at www.workzonesafetyconference.org, or through the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.

The deadline to book your room at the discounted $149 rate at the Crowne Plaza Dulles Airport is Aug. 20.