12th TRB International Conference on Low Volume Roads

Kalispell, Montana
September 15 - 18, 2019



Welcome to the 12th International Low Volume Roads Conference (LVR2019) website. A range of information is provided under the adjacent tabs to familiarize you with what is being planned. The site is being regularly updated, so please visit frequently to get the latest information about paper submission, registration, program, and events.


We look forward to meeting you in beautiful Kalispell and hope that you can take some extra time before or after the conference to enjoy the awesome scenery and activities.

Based on feedback, the last 11 conferences were all very well received and we want to build on these past successes and make LVR2019 the best yet. As the needs of the LVR community change, the planning and deliverables from the conference must also change to address these needs. With this in mind, we are going to do things a little differently from previous conferences. New ideas that we are looking into include, but are not limited to:

  • Two levels of papers instead of one (see the “Call for Papers” tab), accommodating academic research, as well as practice ready experience and case studies
  • A mentor/mentee program to encourage experienced practitioners to bring a younger engineer along
  • Encouraging learning from each other and questioning whether the “other” way of doing things might actually be better (other counties, other agencies, other countries)
  • Getting back to hands-on practical workshops rather than lectures
  • Poster sessions to encourage more interaction and discussion
  • Shorter presentations focused on the take-home message rather than the background
  • Initiatives to inspire the next generation of low volume road engineers
  • Setting resolutions at the end of the conference that the TRB Low Volume Roads Committee and other participating groups can strive to achieve in the four years leading up to LVR2023
  • Pre- and post-conference workshops or training courses
David Jones, PhD
Conference Chair and Chair of the TRB Low Volume Roads Committee (AFB30)

News And Events

April 12, 2019

Conference Registration Site is Open

The TRB Conference Registration is open. Click here to register for the conference and book your accommodation.

April 12, 2019

Workshops and Preliminary Program

Details on the pre-conference workshops and preliminary program can be accessed on the TRB Conference Registration site.

April 12, 2019

LVR Photo Competition

All conference attendees are invited to submit their one favorite low volume road photograph (scenic, good performer, bad performer, ridiculously bad performer, construction, washed away, landslide, etc. etc.) for a competition. All submissions will be displayed at the conference with the photographer’s name. The best photograph judged by the Conference Planning Committee will be awarded a prize at the conference. Please email one photograph at original resolution to David Jones (Conference Chair, djjones@ucdavis.edu) before August 30 for inclusion in the competition. Submissions after August 30 will also be displayed, but not will not be included in the competition.

April 12, 2019

Facebook Page for Spouses to Connect

For conference participants or family members looking for activities or recreation opportunities in the Kalispell area during the conference, please visit and join the “Guests of Montana TRB Conference Low Volume Roads” Facebook page. Activity suggestions, highway information and road closures, and event announcements will be posted here. Participants are encouraged to post inquiries, recommendations, and group activity invites.

April 4, 2018

New pooled fund study for LVR2019

Technology Exchange on Low Volume Road Design, Construction and Maintenance. For more information.

Patrons & Exhibits

Are you interested in becoming a patron? Various levels are available. Sign up on the TRB Conference Registration site.