IIAM to Facilitate Green Freight Workshop for Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC)
IIAM is pleased to announce our selection as facilitator for the: “Freight & Fuels: Planning for Green Goods Movement” conference on April 24, 2013 at the Albany International Airport.
This conference will highlight efforts by both the public and private sectors to save money and fuel and improve air quality while moving goods efficiently through the Capital Region and beyond. In addition to presentations, there will be an hour long workshop lead by IIAM to collect feedback from industry professionals about current and future freight and alternative fuel infrastructure in the region. ~Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC)
Here’s to livability and sustainability in this new year!
All things created by man will eventually fail. It is only a matter of when. As our infrastructure ages, and the demands placed upon it continue to increase, our greatest challenge will be to maintain the built environment in such a way as to provide a level of livability standards that we have become accustomed to.
We all face the challenges of aging infrastructure, new weather patterns due to global warming, increased energy demands, and environmental concerns. May we work together in the coming year to develop solutions and systems to effectively manage the performance of the roads, bridges, utilities, transportation and energy sectors that provide for the livability of our global community.
Pros, cons of development weighed
LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald, December 14, 2012
JOHNSTOWN- Municipal leaders and transportation officials assembled Thursday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College to discuss issues caused by industrial growth and economic development along the Route 30A corridor and Thruway Exit 28.
The forum was hosted by The Institute for Infrastructure Asset Management, and discussion was lead by IIAM Executive Director Dimitri Grivas. The focus was balancing economic growth with livability and sustainability of the communities it is meant to benefit.
“Everybody should be winning with development,” Grivas said…
Different sides of the coin: Counties urged to view all effects of development across the region
JOHNSTOWN — Local officials gathered at Fulton-Montgomery Community College Thursday afternoon to take part in a roundtable discussion on the myriad ways in which regional economic and industrial development efforts can impact local municipalities.
Hosted by The Institute for Infrastructure Asset Management (IIAM) and lead by IIAM Executive Director Dimitri Grivas, the forum focused on the “paradox” created when the economic growth threatens to negatively impact the “livability and sustainability” of the communities…
Learning More: The Paradox of Industrial and Economic Growth vs Local Livability and Sustainability
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT CREATES BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES.
As we work to increase industrial development as part of economic growth initiatives, unexpected challenges arise, particularly in rural locations. Yes, there are more jobs, and tax revenues increase as money begins to flow, enhancing employment and economic opportunities.
However, traffic patterns inevitably change as a result of development. Workers must commute to and from the sites for their new jobs. Large trucks carrying freight and perhaps heavy construction materials pass through small towns on their way to and from their destination.
What are some of the unexpected effects of the traffic changes? Traffic congestion creates 20-minute waits to make a left turn in towns like Towanda, PA. Broken water, sewer and gas pipelines in small villages like Fonda, NY, who must also deal with the challenges of aging utility infrastructures that cannot tolerate the added stresses. Roadway infrastructures such as pavement, bridges, and overpasses that were not built to withstand the volume or weight of the vehicles now passing over them are damaged. With more traffic, air and water quality may decrease, and noise may increase. Populations may decline as families move away to avoid traffic on Main Street where trucks move through towns on route to their destinations.
Even as we plan for development, we must also plan for the sustainability of our towns and continue to provide the livability and quality of life that the residents deserve.
ASSESSING IMPACTS TO MUNICIPALITIES AND TRANSPORTATION RESULTING FROM INDUSTRIAL GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Institute for Infrastructure Asset Management (IIAM), will host a special open Roundtable forum intended to address transportation and livability challenges in the Fulton and Montgomery County regions related to industrial and economic developments (e.g., on Rt. 30A corridor, Thruway Exit 28, etc.).
Current traffic data and mobility information (e.g., NYS Rt 30A corridor and Thruway Exit 28)
Potential damage to infrastructure and underground utilities
Community livability impacts, including noise and air quality
Permitting, safety and congestion concerns
Impacts and possible transportation barriers to future development, planning and policy making
Discussion of candidate solutions, including road protection planning and traffic management options
The Roundtable, scheduled to coincide with the national Critical Infrastructure Month, is the first event within IIAM’s initiative on the paradox of economic growth vs local livability and sustainability of various infrastructure assets (e.g roadways, bridges, utilities, etc.). IIAM’s work in this area includes the development of alternative transportation solutions and intelligent routing, and addressing environmental issues. The intent of this initiative is to develop cross-agency solutions to the effects of “frequent and often heavy loads on local roads” due to industrial and economic development. Such issues are expected to be raised by gas drilling and hydro-fracturing operations, heavy construction, mining, development activities (e.g., wind farm development) and other increased industrial operations requiring increased freight traffic.
Economic and industrial development, while bringing much-needed jobs and net revenues to the regions where it takes place, also creates a variety of unexpected consequences. Many of the issues are related to the increase in traffic, particularly freight traffic, which often must pass on municipal roadways that are not designed to tolerate the traffic volume or weight of this type of loads. The increased traffic also causes a variety of livability issues, including safety hazards, congestion, noise and air pollution.
Many of these types of issues have been reported from the towns located along the Rt 30A corridor from Thruway Exit 28 to the Johnstown Industrial Park in Fulton County, NY (in which major tenants include: Walmart Distribution Center and the Fage Yogurt enterprise). While several solutions have been suggested, including a possible bypass road, the purpose of this Roundtable event is to accurately determine exactly what the issues are and to define the actual scope of the problem(s) prior to offering solutions. As industrial growth shows more welcome increases, including the growth of the Fage yogurt facility, the stresses on the region’s infrastructure are expected to increase as well.
The attendees (local mayors, economic development groups, transportation agencies, and other leaders) have been carefully selected to cross municipal (town and county) agencies, economic development groups and municipal boundaries in an attempt to bring together all stakeholders in a non-partisan, collegiate environment whereby real progress may be made. As a non-profit, independent, industry-neutral organization, IIAM is uniquely qualified to facilitate these dialogs and promote sustainable solutions to the identified problems.
IIAM will serve as organizer of the event and facilitator of the discussion, including the following topics on this issue that pertain specifically to the Rt 30A corridor:
Parties interested in attending the event may request an invitation by contacting us at: