Significant damage to a portion of Route 2 in Western Mass. due to flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

The Baystate Roads program is sponsoring a series of free Rivers and Roads Tier 2 workshops around the state in November.

The goal of the Rivers and Roads training program is to advance an understanding of river shape and form in the landscape across the transportation sector, to ultimately develop and implement projects that improve the resiliency of the Commonwealth’s transportation network. This knowledge helps with the design of culverts, bridges and roadways that are more resilient to severe precipitation events.

The one-day classroom session includes interactive exercises and trainings on a model river flume table. As a prerequisite, participants are required to complete the Tier 1 online introductory training on rivers and the fundamentals of fluvial geomorphology.

The target audience is anyone who manages, plans, designs or builds roadway infrastructure around rivers and streams.

Classes will be held on the following dates, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
• Nov. 13, Middleborough Town Hall, 10 Nickerson St.
• Nov. 14, Westford Highway Department, 28 North St.
• Nov. 19, Massachusetts Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough
• Nov. 20, Scanlon Hall, Banquet Room C, Westfield State University, 577 Western Ave., Westfield (parking permits will be provided)
• Nov. 21, Skyline Country Club, 405 S. Main St., Lanesborough

For more information and to register, visit

For questions, contact Tim Dexter at