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LTAP NEWS - Roadways Trainings and Articles

February 27, 2023
Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Minnesota LTAP News and Training

February 22, 2023

Roadway Construction Focus Four and
Heat Hazards Workshop

This free four-hour virtual course from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association helps prevent fatalities and injuries in the roadway construction industry. You’ll be trained with the latest information on the main safety hazards for working in hot environments. Sign up to join us on April 12 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Space is limited to 40, so register early!

Management Operations and Maintenance Fundamentals Workshop

This virtual course reviews the delivery of maintenance and operations services to the public, commonly known as public works. It identifies the equipment and personnel resources needed for efficient and effective service delivery. Learn what to consider when deciding to either purchase or lease equipment, in-house vs. contracting out work functions, emergency preparedness planning, and environmental responsibilities. Join us on April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.!

Extending Pavement Life through Pavement Preservation Techniques, Strategies, and Preventative Maintenance Workshop

In this workshop, you'll get an overview of the available technology and tools for implementing a pavement preservation program. Pavement preservation takes the maintenance process one step further by carefully choosing and timing pavement maintenance applications to extend the life of the pavement. Join us this March in Brainerd or Mankato, or log on to participate virtually!

Gravel Road Maintenance and Design Workshop

This workshop helps supervisory personnel and operators better understand the materials, techniques, and equipment needed for maintaining gravel roads, as well as review new techniques and ideas. Slides, videos, and group discussions will help you learn from real-world examples and exchange information with instructors and other attendees. Join us this March or April in Brainerd, Willmar, or Mankato!

Upcoming MnLTAP Training and Events

Minnesota Truck-Weight Education TrainingApril 12, 2023Thief River Falls, MN

Pavement Preservation for HMA Pavements: Crack Sealing, Chip Sealing, and Microsurfacing
April 2023
3 in-person locations

Transitioning into Leadership: Essential Skills for Supervisors
May 4, 2023

Other News, Resources, and Training

Improving Recreational Trail Accessibility with a Volcanic Ash Treatment:
February 23

The NITC webinar will present details of trail conditions, materials, batching, placement, and surface characteristics before and after treatment.

New “Buy America” guidance issued; comments due March 13
The White House Office of Management and Budget has issued new guidance outlining implementation of the “Build America, Buy America Act,” a component of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Sign up for "Sign Truck Show & Tell" session March 13 at ATSSA
"How To" Conference

NDLTAP is seeking participants for a pre-conference session, “Sign Truck Show Offs.” Email dale.heglund@ndsu.edu for information.

Use of Recycling Agents in Asphalt Concrete Mixtures: March 13
This TRB webinar will describe existing practices for use of recycling agents in asphalt mixtures containing recycled asphalt materials.

State-of-the-Art Traffic Signal Simulation Tools and Platforms: March 15
This TRB webinar will present the latest efforts by federal and state agencies in developing traffic signal simulation platforms and tools.

The Jury is Still Out—The Latest on Recycled Plastic Waste in Asphalt:
March 16

This TRB webinar will include up-to-date engineering information pertaining to recycled plastic waste in asphalt pavements.

New Clear Roads synthesis report: Avoiding corrosion of electrical connectors
A recent Clear Roads synthesis project surveyed state DOTs with winter maintenance programs about their best practices for avoiding corrosion of electrical connectors.

LRRB 2022 At-a-Glance report focuses on local agency innovations
Projects developed new knowledge, technologies, and tools to help cities and counties improve their transportation practices and systems.

MnDOT publishes 2022 Research At-a-Glance report
MnDOT's Research At-a-Glance serves as a quick-reference guide to its research program and lists projects active in the last fiscal year.

Classroom full of Demo Day attendees watching a presenter speak

Minnesota LTAP will be offering a mix of
in-person and virtual training opportunities to meet your needs in the coming year. Whether you're pursuing a Roads Scholar certificate or just looking to enhance your skills in AutoCAD, leadership, pavement preservation, or other areas, we've got something on tap for you!

And don't forget to browse our catalog of self-paced online courses, which you can take whenever fits your schedule.

Planned Trainings & Events

Spring 2023

·        Extending Pavement Life through Pavement Preservation: Techniques, Strategies, and Preventative Maintenance (in person and virtual)

·        New! Introduction to Land Surveying and Mapping (in person and virtual)

·        Management Operations and Maintenance Fundamentals (virtual)

·        Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day (in person)

·        Pavement Preservation for HMA Pavements (in person)

·        Transitioning into Leadership: Essential Skills for Supervisors (virtual)

·        Truck-Weight Education Training (in person)

Become a Roads Scholar

We coordinate our training schedule to meet the needs of the students in our Roads Scholar certificate programs. If you're not already participating, consider enrolling in either our Maintenance Operations and Technical Certificate or Leadership, Supervisory, and Operations Management Certificate program.

We'll also be launching a new Civil Engineering Technician Certificate program this fall. Watch your inbox for details!

Training Opportunities from APWA-MN

Looking for more training opportunities to support you or your local agency staff? Consider becoming a member of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

APWA-MN currently includes over 1,000 public works professionals across the state. Membership benefits include education programs and training workshops for all levels of staff, from those working on the front line to superintendents and directors. This year's offerings include:

·        APWA Fall Workshop and Conference

·        Public Works Certificate Program

·        Underground Utilities Construction Inspector School

·        Public Works Executive Fellowship

·        Advanced Human Resources for Public Works

Both group and individual memberships are available. Learn more about APWA-MN membership benefits and training (PDF).


Contact Katherine Stanley at 612-626-1023 or sell0146@umn.edu.