March Dinner Meeting - March 16, 2017 - Truck Size and Weight Limit Study

Please join us on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Blu Stone Bistro, 254 Wolf Rd, Latham, NY 12110 at 5:45pm for our March Dinner Meeting. This month, Mr. James A. Walrath, PE and Mr. Ariaey-Nejad will present a Truck Size and Weight Limit Study.

The challenge for DOT and other transportation agencies is to develop plans and budgets for the most effective and cost beneficial management of their infrastructure while maintaining their bridges in a  safe and serviceable condition. Policy makers must set size and weight limits for trucks and must fund the cost of maintaining their infrastructure. These tasks must be accomplished in light of the fact that average truck sizes are on the rise, the national highway infrastructure condition continues to deteriorate and the needs and demands of all highway users must be recognized. One of the key cost relationships which these agencies need to acknowledge is that between: truck size, weight and axle configurations; and the related bridge damage costs. This presentation, and the research study upon which it is based, are intended to shed some light on the topic and to present a methodology for the data driven analysis of this relationship between heavy trucks and related bridge damage.

This program is eligible for 1.0 PDH. For additional information regarding costs and payment options, please see the Meeting Announcement. If you're interested in attending, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 9, 2017.

Letter from the ABCDENY President

2012Cooper photoAnnual ABCD Membership Dues for calendar year 2017 are due and payable by March 31, 2017. A copy of our Membership Renewal Form will be mailed to each member. The annual membership dues are $30, payable to "Eastern New York ABCD." Please review, update and return the Renewal Form so that we may keep your records up to date.

Increased Community Involvement

The annual dues are used to maintain our support for the engineering community events that our members have consistently participated in over the past 20+ years. These events include Engineer's Week and the model bridge competition we co-sponsor with ASCE/SEI; the Capital District Future City Competition for middle school students interested in the engineering profession; and the Statewide Conference on Local Bridges. With our support, these events continue to advance the profession of bridge engineering and construction.

Corporate Sponsorship

In 2017 we will be asking for your organization’s financial support by becoming a sponsor of the ABCD Eastern NY Chapter to help us sustain and expand the mission of our organization, promote our industry to the local community as a whole, as well as future generations of Engineers, Contractors and Suppliers.
By becoming a sponsor, your organization’s name will be included in all correspondence issued by the ABCD Eastern NY Chapter. Supporting members will be listed on the left side margin of all flyers, letters, and on each page of our website. To find specific details and benefits of the two levels of sponsorship available to your organization please click here.

Membership Recruitment Drive

This year again the Board of Directors has also renewed the Special Membership Recruitment drive. Members that recruit one new member in 2017 will receive a $10 credit towards their 2018 membership dues. If a member recruits two new members in 2017, they will receive free membership in 2018. In order to receive credit for your recruiting efforts, please distribute copies of the Special Membership Recruitment Form to potential new members with your name printed under the "Nominating Member" section.

Why be involved in ABCD?

"ABCD is a community of bridge owners, designers, constructors, and suppliers devoted to improving and encouraging the science of bridge design and construction by providing a forum for members to exchange and develop new ideas and techniques".

The Eastern NY Chapter has a range of members with varied experience in all facets of bridge engineering and construction. In line with our Mission Statement, our technical programs are selected so that members from all aspects of our industry can come together to share knowledge and ideas for the betterment of our New York State infrastructure. We will continue to offer a program consisting of project case studies, technical seminars, training, and site tours on topics of interest to our membership. With your support, the Eastern New York Chapter of ABCD will continue to serve the Capital District bridge community and provide an outlet for sharing industry knowledge.

Feel free to contact any of our committee chairmen or Directors if you have questions.  For all that we can do together; we urge you to maintain your membership and continue to invite your co-workers and associates to join ABCD.


C. Michael Cooper, P.E.

President, Eastern New York Chapter of ABCD