July 29, 2010

Safety Conference to be held in Rhode Island in September of 2010

Rhode Island is hosting a first of its kind Safety Conference in September of 2010 in conjunction with FHWA & NHTSA, bringing together the hard and soft side of Highway Safety together at a national conference for the first time.

Follow this link for an informational flyer about this event:
save the date 6-28-10.pdf

Or visit www.dot.ri.gov/safety2010

July 26, 2010

2010 Midwest Rural Assembly August 16-17

An Invitation to the 2010 Midwest Rural Assembly

Growing Rural Prosperity

August 16-17 • Marina Inn Conference Center • South Sioux City, Nebraska

Your voice is important to us and to the future of the rural Midwest.

The Midwest Rural Assembly brings together community leaders and local, regional and national policy makers from a multi-state area to work toward a sustainable, healthy and wealthy rural Midwest through regional cooperation and policy development. Assembly participants will take action on education, natural resources, health care and investment, with a focus on: green jobs; clean energy solutions; attracting and retaining medical professionals, teachers and entrepreneurs; developing local food systems; connecting immigrants to economic opportunities; successful community development; and addressing infrastructure needs.

Rural America is in transition.

Increasing demand for local food, renewable energy and bio-based products are providing new opportunities for rural areas. Expansion of broadband and other technologies and an increasingly diverse population are eliminating many obstacles that formerly hindered rural development.

At the 2010 Midwest Rural Assembly participants will:

Meet other rural leaders from throughout the region and welcome • new voices.

Share effective community solutions and inform supportive public • policies.

Take action to move their rural development priorities forward.•

Help build an effective regional network committed to building • rural prosperity.

What we learned last year

The 2009 Assembly highlighted many innovative approaches for building rural prosperity. And we brought together community leaders working to turn creative ideas into concrete action. For example, one group that emerged from last year's MRA started a new rural teacher education program. We will see more partnerships launched this year.

The 2010 Midwest Rural Assembly will be held at the Marina Inn Conference Center, centrally located in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Rooms are being held at the special Assembly rate of $75 per night through August 2, 2010. Contact the Marina Inn (marina-inn.com) toll-free at (800) 798-7980 to book lodging.

Register and learn more at www.midwestruralassembly.org

or email midwestruralassembly@iatp.org or call 612 870-3429

Follow this link for more information:
Midwest Rural Assembly Invite.pdf

May 25, 2010

Showcase Hosted by Highways for LIFE and Caltrans

Highways for LIFE and Caltrans are hosting a Showcase in Ontario, CA on June 22 and 23, 2010. The Showcase will highlight the Precast Concrete Pavement Systems, Road Safety Audit, and analytical software used on the I-15 ONT FIX project. Anyone is welcome to attend and we encourage you to send this invitation to any local, state, or private agencies you think might be interested in attending.

There is a $25 fee that will cover the transportation to visit the construction site at night to view the pre-cast panels being placed.

For more information, follow the link below or visit the Showcase website at http://www.pdshowcase.org/home/showcase/25.

CA Showcase Invitation.pdf

2010 Rail Corridor Safety Conference

Next month, the California LTAP Center is co-sponsoring the 2010 Rail
Corridor Safety Conference with the Federal Railroad Administration. The
three-day conference will take place June 22-24 in Tacoma, Washington.
The conference focuses on rail corridor safety, particularly
highway-rail grade crossing safety improvements and local agency
planning and construction near railroad tracks. It offers attendees
critical updates on policies and best practices for improving safety
along the rails, and provides ample opportunities for inter-agency
networking and collaboration.

The conference will feature speakers from the National Transportation
Safety Board, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the Washington
State Department of Transportation, and many other agencies, railroad
operators, and private firms that are vitally involved with every aspect
of rail crossing safety.

More information about the conference, a full preliminary program, and
registration details are posted at www.techtransfer.berkeley.edu/railroad.

Or follow the link below for the full brochure.

2010 Rail Safety Conference.pdf

February 23, 2010


Date(s): February 11, 2010
8:00a - 10:00a Pacific
9:00a - 11:00a Mountain 10:00a - 12:00p Central
11:00a - 1:00p Eastern

Location: Audio/Web Broadcast
Cost: Members: $175.00 per site
Non Members: $225.00 per site
Register by: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Speaker: Matheu J. Carter, P.E.

T2 Engineer and Municipal Circuit Rider
Delaware Center for Transportation's T2 Center
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Matt Carter is a civil and environmental engineer, licensed in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. His 20+ year professional background includes transportation, stormwater, water/wastewater, solid waste, hazardous waste, and fleet management in the arenas of heavy construction, design consulting, litigation support, regulatory oversight, and public and private sector administration. In addition to his prior work in construction and private consulting, Matt was Director of Public Works and Capital Facilities Administrator for Cecil County, Maryland. currently the T2 Engineer and Municipal Circuit Rider for the Delaware Center for Transportation's T2 Center at the University of Delaware.

Speaker: Dr. Ron Eck, P.E.

Senior Advisor
West Virginia LTAP
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV

Ron is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at West Virginia University where he currently serves as Senior Advisor with the West Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP).

He has B.S.C.E. and Ph.D. degrees from Clemson University and is a registered professional engineer. His experience and interests are in the areas of traffic engineering, traffic safety and forensic engineering.

He teaches Tort Liability/Risk Management and Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity courses for LTAP centers across the country. He is active in the technical committees of the Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is past chair of the Expert Witness Council of ITE and authored the text Handbook of Accident Reconstruction. He has testified as an expert witness in roadway-related matters in over twenty states.

Speaker: MODERATOR: Paul Plotas, P.E., PTOE

Senior Traffic Engineer
Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineers & Architects
Kansas City, MO
Registration Questions: Raye La Violet
800 848 2792 (phone)
Content Questions: Christina Davis
800 848 2792 (phone)
Technology Questions: Christina Davis
800 848 2792 (phone)
Day of the Program Questions: Courtney Thompson
800 848 2792 (phone)

**This is an edited rebroadcast of the original program that aired on October 15, 2009. It is offered again due to popular demand, in case you were not able to attend. This event will be streamed to you and will require use of your computer's speakers.


Retroreflectivity is a measure of a sign's ability to be read by sensitive driving populations during nighttime and other non-optimal conditions.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) enacted changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) that require new retroreflectivity maintenance standards for signs. By January 2012, local jurisdictions must establish and implement a sign assessment or management method and all regulatory, warning, and ground mounted signs must be in compliance by January 2015.

Local and state governments must begin preparing for compliance within their jurisdictions.

Developing a plan for compliance begins with an understanding that retroreflectivity (where light is reflected directly back to the source) is not the same thing as reflectivity (where light bounces off at an angle, as in a mirror) and this webinar will by demystifying this cumbersome word. Nighttime visibility challenges will also be examined.

Will both legitimate and illegitimate civil cases be brought against local governments when someone has an accident and could this expose those agencies to considerable judgments? Based on past experience, this seems very likely.

Hence, a local government should establish policies, procedures, and documentation of effective implementation that will provide an affirmative defense, should it be needed.

This program will help you understand the requirements, legal implications and importance of having a plan. There is a second session on retroreflectivity on November 19th that will show how other agencies have implemented their plan and focuses on best management practices.

After viewing this program, participants will be better able to:

* Explain the difference between retroreflectivity and reflectivity
* Discuss the origins and reasons for the new retroreflectivity standards in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
* Facilitate planning processes within their agencies that will result in effective policies and procedures for compliance with the new MUTCD retroreflectivity standards

This program has been approved for .2 CEUs or 2 PDHs. The form to request these credits is included in the handouts for this program. Please note there is a $5 fee per individual requesting CEUs.

For more information, please visit the CEU Information Page.

Fax registration form:
Retroreflectivity Part 1 REBROADCAST Fax Form.PDF

September 23, 2009

Construction Contracting Subpart J Training Workshop

Date: October 28-29, 2009 - In conjunction with the USET 2009 Meeting
Duration: 12 Hours (One and one-half Days)
Training Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida

This course will cover Construction Contracting under Pub. Law 93-638, as amended, and 25 CFR, Chapter V, Part 900, Subpart J. It will include coverage on the preparation, negotiation, and award of construction contracts using the authority of Pub. Law 93-638, as amended. The course involves lecture and group discussion

Please register online at http://www.ttap.mtu.edu
For more information, please contact 1-888-230-0688 or via email at ttap@mtu.edu

August 28, 2009

NHTSA Released 2008 FARS Data

NHTSA has released the 2008 FARS Data. There were only 720 fatalities in work zones in 2008 (comprised of drivers, pedestrians and workers). The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse has added work zone fatalities info. to our site. Let's work towards ZERO!

More information, please visit http://www.workzonesafety.org/crash_data/workzone_fatalities/2008

August 24, 2009

FREE: Accelerated Bridge Construction

Date: September 29, 2009
Location:East Montpelier, Vermont

The intent of the US 2 project is to reduce a bridge to its most basic components and to incorporate high quality, durable materials in construction. This design approach will maximize the life of the bridge and provide a structure that is virtually maintenance free. By eliminating the membrane and pavement and by moving traffic (840 ADT) on a two way temporary bridge during construction, VTrans will be able to build the new bridge in a shorter time frame than through a traditional approach and reduce disruptions and impacts to the traveling public.

To register, please visit http://www.pdshowcase.org/home/showcase/22 and click on the registration form. Check-in for the workshop is tentatively scheduled to begin at
8:30am on the 29th .

August 19, 2009

Low Cost Treatment for Horizontal Curves

This webinar will present low cost treatments for horizontal curves to improve safety. It will include a summary of countermeasures as well as several examples of programs have been implemented to address curves and resources that are available.

Date/Time: 9/15/2009 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Presenters: Dick Albin - FHWA Resource Center, Safety & Design Team
Jerry Roche - FHWA, Iowa Division
Howard Preston - CH2M Hill

For registration, please visit http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webConfID=17799

July 20, 2009

Midwestern States In-Place Recycling Conference

The In-Place Recycling Conference is a Midwestern States regional forum of pavement professionals representing States Agencies, Contractors, Suppliers, Consultants, Academia, Local, MPOs, and Federal Officials all working together to take advantage of the synergy to be gain from sharing information and identifying common issues for further investigation.The conference will provide the forum to share and publicize information describing improvements in research, design, specifications, materials and construction practices and to promote the cost benefit of In-Place Recycling through education and application.

Date: August 11-13, 2009
Location: Minneapolis Airport Marriott, Bloomington, Minnesota
For more information, please visit http://www.pavementpreservation.org/recyclingworkshop/

Gravel Road Video for Download

Now available for download, Minnesota LTAP's instructional DVD "Gravel Road Maintenance:Meeting the Challenge" may be found at http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/Publications/Videos/GravelRoadMaintenance/index.html

The videos toolkit provides instruction on proper gravel road maintenance techniques, either as a stand-alone tutorial or as an instructor's tool to introduce the topics. The toolkit consists of a six-part DVD and two PDF instructional resources.

July 13, 2009

New ATSSA Courses:Urban Work Zone Design-Grant Course

This course addresses "urban" work zones, particularly the enhancements and considerations ("substantive safety") necessary to address work zones in urban environments. These environments may involve restricted spaces, lack of space for buffer spaces, parking issues, limited sight distance, business access and pedestrians and bicyclist considerations, etc. The course will address instances when standards cannot be met and how to address these situations. Freeways will not be covered in this course. This course is intended for work zone designers and traffic control supervisors who may work in urban environments.


Free- Federal Employees
$25.00 Public Officials
$50.00 Other

For more information and class schedule, please visit http://www.atssa.com/cs/root/education_certification/course_information/urban_work_zone_designgrant_course

New ATSSA Courses:Traffic Control Design Specialist-Grant Course

This course is for individuals charged with the evaluation, development and implementation of a traffic control plan (TCP). The intended audiences are engineers and/or anyone responsible for designing a TCP. Previous work zone experience is not required. Topics include introduction to work zone safety, applicable standards and guidelines, fundamental principles of temporary traffic control, human factors, the component parts of a traffic control zone, traffic control devices, constructability, and development of a transportation management plan (TMP). Students will breakout into small groups for hands-on exercises. A certification program is available for this course


Free- Federal Employees
$25.00 Public Officials
$50.00 Other

For more information and class schedule, please visit http://www.atssa.com/cs/root/education_certification/course_information/traffic_control_design_specialistgrant_course

June 29, 2009

Star Tribune's Roadguy takes on roundabouts (video)

The Star Tribune's Roadguy Jim Foti interviews drivers and demonstrates how to navigate the Twin Cities' roundabouts in this short video. Watch video (Length: 02:15)

June 26, 2009

Advancing Traffic Signal Management Programs through Regional Collaboration

Date: July 23, 2009
Time: 1:00-2:30 P.M. ET
Cost: All T3s are free of charge

This T3 webinar will explore Regional Traffic Signal Management Programs from an intuitional and organizational perspective. Over the last decade, Regional Traffic Signal Management Programs have developed in many metropolitan areas with the primary objective of improving traffic signal timing. How successful have these programs been at achieving and sustaining this objective? What types of organizational structures, funding, and technology facilitate the operation of the system? There are many approaches to starting, organizing, and sustaining regional programs; a cross section of these, will be explored from the perspective of State DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Local Agencies. The activities, funding sources and champions that sustain regional programs are as diverse as the regions themselves; exploring and discussing these is an important step in improving and advancing traffic signal operations nationally.

To register, please visit http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/res_t3_register.asp?EventID=090723_Signal
For more information, please visit http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s090701_signal.asp