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LTAP Spring Events and News

Roadside turfgrass seed mixtures, pollinator habitats, social media tips, and more

LTAP Spring Events and News

Roadside turfgrass seed mixtures, pollinator habitats, social media tips, and more

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Roadside turfgrass seed mixtures, pollinator habitats, social media tips, and more

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

April 5, 2023

Don't miss our new surveying and mapping
hybrid courses

Three new MnLTAP courses will introduce you to land surveying and mapping within the civil engineering design and construction industries! These courses cover surveying and leveling, angles and mapping, and construction staking, and each will include online learning as well as an in-person workshop. These courses will take place in April and May, and all of them are eligible for Roads Scholar credit.

Brush up on management operations and maintenance fundamentals

A crew pours cement on the side of a road.

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.!

Turfgrass varieties identified for Minnesota regions

A view of grass growing alongside a road.

MnDOT recommends turfgrass seed mixes for use statewide, but seed mixture performance depends on weather, climate conditions, and other local variables. In an LRRB-funded project, researchers identified region-specific mixes and created a cost estimation tool to help local agencies choose the right ones for their areas.

Strategies improve pollinator habitat on roadsides, reduce costs

A view of long grass on a roadside.

Agencies revegetate roadsides after construction projects to provide road stability, stormwater filtration, and visual appeal. Revegetation is also a good opportunity to create pollinator-friendly habitat. But with limited resources, which landscapes should be prioritized, and what seeding practices should be used? A recent study provides strategies that agencies can use to support pollinators while reducing costs.

Tips to up your social media game

A man looks at his cell phone.

Whether you’re a social media newbie or a communications guru, there are always new trends, technology, and platforms to learn about communicating online. That’s why the LRRB developed a guidebook for local transportation practitioners. The guidebook is designed to help the average local transportation practitioner communicate about transportation and public works topics more effectively on social media.

Upcoming MnLTAP Training and Events

Pavement Preservation for HMA Pavements: Crack Sealing, Chip Sealing,
and Microsurfacing
April & May 20233 in-person locations Roadway Construction Focus Four and Heat HazardsApril 12, 2023VirtualTransitioning Into Leadership: Essential Skills for SupervisorsMay 4, 2023VirtualMinnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo DayMay 25, 2023Mankato, MN

Other News, Resources, and Training

Asphalt 101—Materials & Mixes: April 13
This two-hour webinar from Arkansas LTAP provides an introduction to asphalt pavements and why they behave the way they do.CEAM webinar on the economic effects of Complete Streets: April 13
This one-hour webinar will explore the economic impacts of Complete Streets projects on main street highways in small cities.

FHWA Leadership Panel on Equity in Roadway Safety: April 17
This is the kickoff event for the Equity in Roadway Safety Webinar Series,
which will feature actions and tools to address disparities in traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Civil Engineering Technology Program: Call for instructors
The Civil Engineering Technology Program at Dakota County Technical College is looking for individuals, firms, or agencies with subject matter expertise for classes beginning in fall 2023. Course needs include CAD, advanced survey, and road design. Contact Jason Wetzel by April 30.

NCHRP Report: Long-Term Vegetation Management Strategies
This report presents information on strategies that control the establishment and growth of roadside vegetation over an extended period, reducing the need for herbicides, mowing, and other mechanical controls.

Innovation Exchange webinars: Nighttime visibility, wildlife crossings, and more
See what’s coming up in the free webinar series from the FHWA’s Center for Local Aid Support.

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