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May 18, 2023

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Minnesota LTAP News and Training

May 17, 2023

Roadway Construction Focus Four and Heat Hazards

A construction worker wearing a hard hat drinks from a water bottle.

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. Join us on June 15 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Minnesota Truck-Weight Education for Road Authority and Enforcement Staff

A semi truck drives down a highway.

This free course features many elements of the traditional truck-weight course , as well as more specific information needed for successful prosecution of violators. It includes explanations of specific statutes governing road weight and a weighing demonstration with portable scale weighing guidance. Hope to see you June 13 in St. Cloud!

The latest OPERA-funded project saves time, improves safety during culvert cleanouts

A skid steer attachment clears debris from a culvert.

Culvert cleaning crews in Otter Tail County have spent many hours manually shoveling out clogged culverts, which can be a dirty, dangerous, and labor-intensive job. The department’s skid steer attachment—the Otter Claw—has changed all that. The county received funding from the Local Operational Research Assistance (OPERA) Program to enhance the device, and an OPERA video is now available.

Other News, Resources, and Training

Watch the "Beat the Heat" videoThis five-minute video from Nevada LTAP gets you ready for summer!

Registration opens for APWA-MN 2023-2024 education courses
You can now sign up for the Public Works Certificate Program, the Leadership Academy, and the Underground Utilities Construction Inspectors School. Register soon—programs fill fast!

Identifying Discretionary Grant Opportunities: May 22
Learn how to identify and respond to federal transportation grant opportunities in this USDOT webinar.

Designing and Operating Roads for the Aging Population: May 24
This webinar from Ohio LTAP provides an overview of recommendations for designing and operating roads to better meet the aging population’s needs.

Electrification of Municipal Public Works Fleets and Equipment: May 25
This free webinar will introduce the Local Government Electrification Playbook, which contains recommendations for how cities and towns can leverage federal investments in electric vehicle infrastructure. Presented by the Connecticut LTAP and T2 Center and the New England Chapter of APWA.

Sneak Peek—Rural Road Safety Awareness Week 2023: May 25
The National Center for Rural Road Safety and NLTAPA Safety Work Group are co-hosting this free one-hour online webinar. This year’s theme is speed.

Transportation and Climate Action: May 31
This CTS webinar will showcase the Greenhouse Gas Scenario Planning Tool, a collaborative project developed by the Metropolitan Council along with researchers from multiple academic institutions, including the U of M. The tool is designed to provide technical assistance to local governments in greenhouse gas mitigation planning.

Are Your Ponds Serving Their Water Quality Function?: June 1
This CEAM webinar looks at stormwater best management practices to retain phosphorous. U of M researchers will discuss recent work.

13th TRB International Low Volume Roads Conference: July 23-27
Prices increase after June 23 for this global forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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