Penn State road research center earns state training excellence award


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies has been honored with the 2016 Leadership Training Excellence Award, presented by the State Conservation Commission. The center is part of Penn State’s Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute.

This annual award is given to recognize outstanding commitment to Pennsylvania’s conservation partnership leadership development and technical training efforts. The center manages the Dirt and Gravel, Low Volume Roads programs.

The award was presented by Karl G. Brown, executive secretary for the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission, at the Joint Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and the State Conservation Commission awards luncheon, held on July 27 during the Joint Annual Conference of the PACD and the State Conservation Commission.

“The excellent educational and technical support services provided by the Penn State Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies,” said Brown, “are the foundation for the success of more than 3,400 road and stream improvement projects completed in Pennsylvania since 1998. In 2014 and 2015, Center staff trained a total of 1,880 municipal road maintenance personnel and conservation district staff in Environmentally Sensitive Road Maintenance techniques, providing them the knowledge and tools to improve both the quality of local roads and protect our health of our streams and other natural resources.”       

For more information on the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies, visit

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Michael Casper



The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891