2018 Iowa Streets and Roads Conference


This year’s conference is sure to be one you won’t want to miss! Along with a slate of several relevant presentations, you can look forward to “mousetraps and gadgets” and roundtable discussions. Attendees will have ample time to meet with their peers and many exhibitors.

Note: Attendance at the workshop on September 18, 2018 is not necessary to participate in the annual conference.

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Who Should Attend?

All public employees are invited to attend. Secondary road and street maintenance supervisors and staff will especially benefit.

Scholarship Opportunity

We are offering a limited number of scholarships for first time attendees. Please contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or brich@iastate.edu for more information.

Conference Credits

Attendance at this conference will provide contact hours toward the Iowa Roads Scholar program.


Rooms are available at the Quality Inn and Suites (515-232-9260) for $93 plus tax. Mention “Streets & Roads” to get the special rate. The block will be released on August 31, 2018.

Mousetraps and Gadgets

Do you have an innovative idea or invention that has reduced costs or improved efficiency in your agency? Let us know about it! A prize will be given for the best mousetrap or gadget! Contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or brich@iastate.edu.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

8:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m.

8:45 a.m.
How Do You Want to be Remembered? (Keynote Speaker)

9:45 a.m.
Reclamation of Seal Coat and Gravel Stabilization

10:15 a.m.
Break / Vendor Time

10:45 a.m.
Service Bureau Update

11:30 a.m.
Granular Road Stabilization with Recycled Asphalt Shingles

12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Load Securement

2:15 p.m.
Introduction to the New Silica Standard

2:40 p.m.
Break / Vendor Time

3:10 p.m.
Bridge Preservation: Deck Epoxy Injection to Extend Service Life

3:40 p.m.
Temporary Rumble Strips in Work Zones

4:00 p.m.
Drone Usage in Public Works

4:30 p.m.
Award Presentations

4:45 p.m.
Door Prizes

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Vendor Time / Social Gathering


Thursday, September 20, 2018

8:00 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions and Reports

9:30 a.m.
Business Meeting / Elections

9:35 a.m.
Mousetraps and Gadgets

10:00 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
Verbal Defense and Influence

11:45 a.m.
Door Prizes

For More Information

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Beth Richards at 515-294-2869 or brich@iastate.edu.



The Iowa Streets and Roads Annual Conference will provide vendors with the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their products. Attendees will primarily be maintenance supervisors and others responsible for maintaining streets and roadways, procuring related equipment and materials, and managing administrative functions. See above for the agenda.

Display and Setup Information

The display areas consist of an 8′ x 10′ indoor space, with an 8′ table and two chairs plus electricity and wireless internet. Outdoor areas for large equipment are also available. Vendors can set up after 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18 or before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19.


Rooms are available at the Quality Inn and Suites (515-232-9260) for $93 plus tax. Mention “Streets & Roads” to get the special rate. The block will be released on August 31, 2018.


Location assignment in the vendor space is based on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited, so register early! We appreciate and encourage online registration. If you cannot register online, a downloadable registration form is also available.

Donations and Drawings

Door prizes will be given out at the end of the day. To encourage more vendor-to-participant interaction, we will be asking the participants to have the vendors sign a card to be eligible for a door prize. There will be a door prize donation table by the registration table at the conference if you are interested in making a donation.

Become a Reception Sponsor

Vendor sponsorship of the evening reception is encouraged. The bronze sponsorship is $250, silver is $500, and gold is $1,000. Please note your desire to be a sponsor when registering, and we will provide you with additional information. Thank you for your donation!