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May 4, 2023

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

May 3, 2023

Minnesota LTAP Online Training

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Our online training offerings—includingself-paced courses, webinars, and videos—can be taken anytime and anywhere. Many are eligible for Roads Scholar Program credit, PDHs, and other professional development credits. Browse our online training library at your convenience!

Stabilizers compared for full-depth reclamation

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Beltrami and Hubbard counties planned pavement rehabilitation on a shared road, presenting a unique opportunity to directly compare two stabilizers: engineered emulsion and Base One®, a proprietary mix. After work was completed, both road segments met design values for pavement strength, according to an LRRB-funded study.

Thermal camera scans for people in encampments

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Encampments along roadsides in public rights-of-way (ROWs) create significant safety hazards for the people living in them. Agency staff members working in or near these ROWs also face safety risks. A MnDOT-funded project tested a thermal imaging tool that can help detect people inside tents orother shelters.

Retention ponds help prevent phosphorous pollution

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Retention ponds are an important tool for stormwater treatment. When they work, they sequester pollutants that would otherwise be washed into Minnesota’s waterways. However, these ponds lose functionality over time if they aren’t maintained properly. University of Minnesota researchers developed a powerful tool for cities and counties to manage retention ponds more cost-effectively.

Upcoming MnLTAP Training and Events

Transitioning Into Leadership: Essential Skills for SupervisorsMay 4, 2023VirtualIntroduction to Construction StakingMay 16, 2023HybridMinnesota Truck-Weight Education for Road Authority and Enforcement StaffJune 13, 2023St. Cloud, MN

Other News, Resources, and Training

Guide helps agencies choose culvert typesMinnesota transportation agencies commonly use three culvert types: concrete, corrugated steel pipe, or plas­tic. An LRRB synthesis helps you decide which one is right for your project.

Reference guide offers basics for choosing, using intelligent warning devices
This LRRB guide includes information about four active warning signs, installation protocols, alternative countermeasures, and
maintenance considerations.

Future of Mobility: Transportation needs to include low-tech modes—with a modern, high-tech twist
Imagine a future where instead of measuring the performance of an intersection based on motor vehicle congestion, we measure it based on its level of
physical activity.

Call for Presentations: 2024 North American Snow Conference
Organizers are looking for new perspectives, best practices, or innovative twists. The deadline to submit presentation proposals is August 18, 2023.

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