WASHTO Centennial Meeting
Come join us in sunny Texas for the 2022 annual meeting of the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Celebrating its 100th year, the 2022 WASHTO meeting continues the tradition of providing a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas and best practices. We’re “Connecting You With the Past, Present and Future of Transportation” as we tackle the big issues together, build on successes, and learn from each other.
- 6:00 - 9:00
- Opening Reception - "Don't Mess with Texas," presented by HNTB
- Don’t Mess with Texas y’all! For over thirty-five years the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign has taught Texans the real cost of littering. We know that everything is bigger in Texas, but did you know that litter costs Texans $47 million dollars each year? Whether the message appears on a billboard, TV, or a screen, TXDOT is proud of strong advertising and the impact it has had on helping reduce litter in Texas. Join HNTB for WASHTO's Opening Reception and explore a cultural and culinary trip through Texas. Enjoy barbeque done right, play bingo with chickens, take in the mighty Texas longhorns, learn to line dance with an Urban Cowboy, or hold on for dear life (or at least 2.7 seconds) on a mechanical bull named Fumanchu! This is one party you are not going to want to miss.
- 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- Using Technology and Innovation for a Safer Road System, featuring Brian Comer
- In response to the challenge of finding safe and convenient parking areas for commercial vehicles, the I-10 Corridor Coalition (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California) are implementing a Truck Parking Availability System (TPAS) along the I-10 corridor. The I-10 Corridor Coalition will implement the I-10 TPAS at 37 public truck parking locations along the corridor from California to Texas. This system will provide real-time truck parking availability information to assist truck drivers and dispatchers in making informed parking decisions and improve safety, mobility, operational, and environmental elements in the four states.
- 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
- WASHTO Centennial Celebration Dessert Reception, presented by HNTB
- Join us at WASHTO's Centennial Celebration Dessert Reception. We are proud to present an evening by coming together to celebrate WASHTO. Join your friends and colleagues after dinner for a nightcap, satisfy your sweet-tooth, toast to WASHTO's Centennial, and enjoy the sounds of dueling pianos.
- 3:20 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- America's Transportation Awards presented by AASHTO and General Session D presented by HNTB
- From Lanes to Lawns: Why More Urban Areas are Opting for Caps, Lids, and Stitches to Connect Communities: Greenspaces are sprouting new life in urban settings, as the phenomenon of capping highways grows. Caps allow for park-like settings, while keeping highway lanes out of sight. Transportation and urban planners are working together to facilitate options for balancing the need for highway expansion and the desire to remove or disguise mainlanes. Find out how caps, lids and stitches benefit communities and hear lessons learned during planning and construction. America’s Transportation Awards: This competition - sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce–highlights the exceptional projects completed each year by state DOTs that make a difference in the communities in which they exist. State DOTs are utilizing new technologies and ways of doing things, making the most of the transportation systems that already exist for greater efficiency, and delivering new projects to increase mobility for all transportation modes.
Brian ComerAssociate Vice President
Brian Comer is an Associate Vice President and Senior Transportation Project Manager in HNTB’s Kansas City office. Brian has a BA from Creighton University and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Brian has 24 years of experience with corridor management plans, freight plans, land use studies, transit plans, community facilitation and other aspects of transportation planning. He currently serves as the state coordinator for the I-10 Truck Parking Availability (TPAS) project that will implement a regional truck parking availability system along I-10 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Prior to the I-10 TPAS project, Brian served as the state coordinator for a similar project for the Mid-America Association of State Transportation Officials (MAASTO) states to implement a truck parking information system in Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Ohio.