Purdue Road School

100th Purdue Road School in 2014

Final details and exhibitor registration are underway for the 100th Purdue Road School taking place on March 11-13, 2014.  With the distinct honor of celebrating 100 years, participants will experience the rich history of Indiana transportation through some exciting events to be revealed soon. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will deliver the keynote address at the Wednesday luncheon.

Be sure to follow along and stay connected by following us on Twitter @JTRP1937 and @PurdueRdSchool.  December 1st kicked off the 100-Day Countdown with each day bringing you historical facts on Indiana transportation and Road School, as well as details about this year's event. 

Watch here and in your e-mail for registration in late January!

About Road School

Purdue Road School is co-sponsored by JTRP and the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and attracts over 2,000 Indiana local and state officials, consultants, and suppliers each year. Important updates on pertinent transportation issues, as well as sessions on topics of general interest, are provided in the two-day conference. Road School also hosts regional meetings of several affiliated professional groups, such as the County Surveyors Association and the Indiana Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Beginning in 2011, session presentations have been archived online, hosted by Purdue Libraries.  Over 300 presentations are available for download.  Visit the Purdue Online Library for Purdue Road School online content.

The History

In January 1913, W. K. Hatt, head of the School of Civil Engineering issued a call for a Civil Engineering Conference to cover the needs of county surveyors and city engineers. Roads and streets were heavily involved. A similar conference was held in 1914 at which a resolution was passed which called for a provision in the laws of Indiana that there be a yearly School of Good Roads. In 1915, the name of the Civil Engineering Conference was changed to the Purdue Road School.

12th Purdue Road School, 1924
12th Purdue Road School, 1924

18th Purdue Road School, 1932
18th Purdue Road School, 1932, Courtesy of Purdue Archives

Details from Past Events:

Presentation Archives

Future Dates

  • 101st Purdue Road School:  March 10-12, 2015
  • 102nd Purdue Road School:  March 8-10, 2016