Gravel Roads: When the Dust Settles - Chicopee

Date: 3/22/2023 7:30 AM - 3/22/2023 2:30 PM

Location: UMass Aviation Research and Training Center
27 Lonczak St

Chicopee, Massachusetts




This workshop will present attendees with a basic understanding of gravel and gravel roads. It will provide information on factors affecting the condition of gravel roads and the proper techniques for maintaining a gravel road.

Topics discussed will include
• Crown and slope control
• Proper blade technique
• Grader operations
• The benefits of dust control
• Drainage effects on gravel roads

First Name Affiliation
Jack Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG)
Andrea Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG)
Kate Town of Tolland DPW
Matt Town of Williamstown DPW
Chad Town of Williamstown DPW
Scott Town of Granville
Mark Town of Royalston DPW
Justin Town of Williamstown DPW
Bob Town of Williamstown DPW
Michael Town of Royalston DPW
Jaret Town of Royalston DPW
David Town of Blandford Highway Department
  • Michael Smith
    Technical Training Specialist at UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)

     Michael Smith is the Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist. He was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operation and long range planning for the municipality.

    Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, Massachusetts, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: