Purdue Road School

Celebrating 100 Years

The 100th Purdue Road School was held March 11-13 2014. Civil Engineering Professors Darcy Bullock and John Haddock served as co-chairs of the conference that included 160 sessions attended by approximately 2,330 transportation professionals. This year’s attendance resulted in record registration for Purdue Road School. Presentations from the 2014 Purdue Road School are available at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/roadschool/2014/.

The Tuesday Opening Session featured Randy Strasser, Mayor of Delphi; Karl Browning, Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner; Jeff Jasper, Former Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; and Rick Marquis, FHWA Indiana Division Administrator.

Immediately following the opening session, participants had an opportunity to meet with vendors and visit student poster sessions. Many enjoyed the weather by eating lunch outside and again gathered at the conclusion of Tuesday’s technical sessions.

On Wednesday, March 12th, Purdue President Mitch Daniels introduced Governor Mike Pence who delivered the keynote address at the 2014 Road School Luncheon. Be sure and view the album for all the highlights!

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2014 Purdue Road School Communication Links:

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Beginning in 2011, session presentations have been archived online, hosted by Purdue Libraries.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