Gravel Roads Design and Maintenance Course Webinar Series

This unpaved road workshop is sponsored by Ohio LTAP and will be offered in four, 1 ½ hour sessions through online training to provide this information in a safe, socially-distant environment for your employees.

In Ohio, as in most states west of the Appalachian Mountains, unpaved roads are part of the state’s farm to market transportation system. As traffic size and volume grows on these unpaved roads, the damage and maintenance amounts continue to increase, costing local agencies additional materials, equipment wear and tear, labor, and fuel. Like paved roads, the unpaved road system needs to be managed as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Topics offered during each session are listed below, along with their registration links. Each session will provide unique information and participants must register for all four sessions to complete the entire course.

Part 1 will cover: Design and Issues of the Unpaved Roads, by looking at the traffic type and flow of the traffic on the road can identify issues that deteriorated the level of service of the system.

Part 2 will cover: Unpaved Roads Materials, the quality of the Gravel will determine the amount of maintenance and the performance of the roadway. During this session, we will look at the type of materials used on an unpaved road and its service life.

Part 3 will cover: Maintainer’s effects on the unpaved road. The Motor Grader/ Maintainer is generally used to manage the road surface on these roads. We will discuss the use of this equipment and the ways ensure a longer lasting surface.

Part 4 will cover: Stabilization and/or Dust Control, as traffic increases on these unpaved roads, the maintenance costs continue to increase. An organization may look at several different products to reduce the dust coming from the roadway or hold the roadway together. This section will discuss the different families of stabilizers, their installations and impact on the environment.

The instructor will be Bruce Drews, P.E., former Director of the Idaho LTAP Center and 29-year veteran of the Idaho Transportation Department.

Participants completing all four sessions will receive credit for completing the Gravel Roads Design and Maintenance Overview course through the Ohio LTAP center. This class does count towards Roads Scholar Training credit as listed on this announcement.

Questions? Please contact Ohio LTAP at ltap@dot.ohio.gov or 614-387-7359.

     Gravel Roads Design & Maintenance - Part 1
     Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 PM CDT

     Gravel Roads Design & Maintenance - Part 2
     Thursday, June 11, 1:00 PM CDT

     Gravel Roads Design & Maintenance - Part 3
     Tuesday, June 16, 1:00 PM CDT

     Gravel Roads Design & Maintenance - Part 4
     Thursday, June 18, 1:00 PM CDT

Ins and Outs of the OH-1 - Ohio’s Crash Reporting Form Webinar

What information is included on Ohio’s crash reporting form? Why would you want to know? The OH-1 is an important key for transportation safety professionals as it provides the data which can be ‘mined’ for information on your roadways – where are crashes happening, what was listed by the responding officer as the primary and any other contributing factors to the crash, and other key facts to be considered when seeking to enhance roadway safety. Also learn the difference between the levels of information which will be made available on an OH-1 based on the crash’s severity.

The presenter will be Derek Troyer, P.E., of ODOT’s Highway Safety Team.

Questions? Please contact Ohio LTAP at ltap@dot.ohio.gov or 614-387-7359.

     Wednesday, June 10, 9:00 AM CDT

Looking for additional training resources? Check out the LTAP eLearning Catalog! Choose from over 250 different courses, including over 25 different Environmental prequalification courses, available at no charge! Depending on the course and topic, some can be considered for PDH/CPD credit if the participant chooses (please refer to the applicable Board of Registration for guidance and specific requirements). Click the link below to view the complete eLearning catalog.

kansas ltap

Kansas LTAP Hosts Free Leadership Webinars 

Now, more than ever, leaders are needed to help their agencies and communities tackle the changing challenges we’re facing in light of COVID-19. Luckily, leadership is a skill that can be developed through learning and practice. KS LTAP is happy to offer free webinar training on Key Leadership Principles developed by the Kansas Leadership Center. This series is recommended for all levels because we’ve learned that leadership is an activity, not a position, and anyone can lead - anytime, anywhere.

All webinars are scheduled on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm CDT.

     Module 9: On the Balcony – Art of the Debrief
     Wednesday, June 10, 11:00 AM CDT


Roadside Safety Basics

This two part webinar will provide an overview and resources for local agencies to understand the importance of roadside safety, to identify areas of safety concern and to determine what safety improvements may be most appropriate. The focus of the workshop is on problem identification, treatments and practical applications of roadside safety. In general, the emphasis will be on low-cost improvements, but other higher cost solutions may be covered.

Note that this course will take place over the course of two days, with each training each day running from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Part 1 will be on June 9 and Part 2 on June 10. Attendance is required at both for a certificate.

Roundabouts Update will be presented by Hillary Isebrands, PE, PhD, of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact David Veneziano at 515-294-5480 or dvenez@iastate.edu or 614-387-7359.

     Roadside Safety Basics - Part 1
     Tuesday, June 9, 8:00 AM CDT

     Topics covered during part 1 include:
          Providing Recovery Area (pavement edge drop off, shoulder widening, sloping and clear zones)
          Drainage (ditches, cross and side drains) and
          Sign Support Basics (support types, applications)

     Roadside Safety Basics - Part 2
     Wednesday, June 10, 8:00 AM CDT

     Topics covered during part 2 include:
          Barrier Basics (flexible barrier, semi-rigid barrier, rigid barrier, end treatments)

Effectiveness of Pavement Preservation

Join us for a pavement preservation webinar to learn about various treatment methods, extending pavement service life, and how to implement pavement preservation into your program. The webinar highlights findings from recent pavement preservation studies and presents future plans for Iowa’s Pavement Preservation Guide. Presented by Dr. Ashley Buss

     Thursday, June 11, 12:00 PM CDT
Arkansas LTAP

Basic Pavement Management for Local Agencies

     Tuesday, June 9, 1:00 PM CDT
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Virtual Traffic Safety Conference

Join us for the 2020 Texas Traffic Safety Virtual Conference. This is the first time that we will be conducting the annual traffic safety conference online. Though we might be restricted to an online environment due to COVID-19, the pandemic won't keep us from meeting together to address traffic safety in Texas.

Sessions will focus on high priority safety issues and innovative solutions to #EndTheStreak of daily fatal crashes in Texas. We will discuss ways to support Texas' new ambitious goal of zero deaths per year on Texas roads. The agenda, interactive activities, and discussions will target engineering, enforcement, education and outreach, emergency responders, and community/stakeholder engagement. We'll also highlight information and strategies relevant to employers.

     Virtual Traffic Safety Conference
     Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 PM CDT


Advancing Regional Cross-Agency Collaboration during Unforeseen Circumstances

The COVID-19 crisis has required traffic management agencies to make major adjustments. Organizations now need to collaborate more than ever (i.e. health services & traffic management agencies for testing sites, etc). How are states coordinating services with differences in directives? Let's explore examples of regional cross-agency collaboration throughout the US.

The audience will learn about use cases and examples of cross-agency collaboration to effectively advance objectives during the COVID-19 pandemic. How is technology playing a role in addressing these needs? How will transition plans be managed, and how will technology fill in the gaps? What could the near future look like?

     Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 PM CDT

Online Learning Resources

This searchable Excel spreadsheet contains online resources that are available to the LTAP community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some partner agencies such as APWA, ITE, NHI, TC3, FHWA, AASHTO, State LTAPs, and others have waived their fees and/or membership requirements in order to make these training resources available and accessible to virtually anyone. This spreadsheet has been made available thans to the Kansas LTAP and the NLTAPA organization.

Tailgate Talks

Tailgate Talks are short briefing sheets that been provided by several LTAP centers. These one-page documents allow you to brief your stakeholders, work crews, and the general public on a variety of topics such as safety, equipment-related tasks, jobsite safety, materials, weather concerns, among others. A full listing of Tailgate Talks can be found on the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association's webpage.

Alabama Transportation Assistance Program
202 Ramsay Hall, Auburn AL 36849
(800) 446-0382     fax (334) 844-5715


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