Summer 2012 Vol. 20, No. 3

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Training and Demo Day

Maintenance Training & Demo Day a big hit!
Held April 10 in St. Paul, the new event focused on education and technology exchange through classroom sessions and outdoor demonstrations.

Carry that weight—securely
At the Training and Demo Day, veteran driver, now instructor, Phil Maus of Hennepin Technical College discussed some of the general rules for commercial vehicle load securement.

Tree maintenance: borers, blight, and pruning
In this session, Dan Gullickson of MnDOT’s Office of Environmental Stewardship discussed a wide range of tree and plant maintenance-related issues including updates on the emerald ash borer (EAB) and bur oak blight in Minnesota, tree pruning basics, and options for avoiding contact with poisonous plants.

Commercial driver’s license rules & regulations
In this session, Brian R. Barott of MnDOT reviewed some of the recent federal and state regulation changes affecting commercial motor vehicle license holders.

Pavement failures and maintenance techniques
Mark Watson of MnDOT discussed some of the various types of pavement failures and likely causes of each. Al Brooker, technical services manager with Fahrner Asphalt Sealers, LLC, discussed fixes.

Outdoor demonstrations
The Training and Demo Day concluded with live demonstrations covering each of the three classroom topics.

LRRB Update

OPERA SPOTLIGHT: Catch Basin Maintenance/Repair Trailer
The City of Lakeville’s trailer is designed for storm sewer catch basin maintenance and repairs, but its equipment and supplies make it an asset for other work.

Synthesis describes social media use by local agencies
The LRRB has published a synthesis titled Use of Social Media by Cities and Counties.

Website redesigned
The goal is to keep local engineers up-to-date with the latest practices and technologies for designing safer, longer-lasting local roads.

Communications

Communicating effectively during critical moments in your workplace
Josh Lego, a communications consultant and St. Paul Police Department sergeant, works with fellow officers to help them think about interactions with citizens as “customer service.” He shared tips in his presentation at the 2011 American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter Fall Conference.

Context sensitive solutions: strategies for success
In a webinar offered as part of MnDOT’s context-sensitive solutions (CSS) initiative, Wayne Sandberg highlighted strategies for success.

Safety

Safety strategies on highways and local roads
MnDOT has developed a resource to help agencies better understand the best practices of various traffic safety strategies and implement a policy for each strategy.

Local road safety planning and implementation
ATSSA and NACE have partnered to develop a guide for local officials that will serve as an easy-to-read resource on roadway infrastructure safety.

Emergency guidebook for airport managers
The Emergency Guidebook for General Aviation Airports: A Guidebook for Municipal Airport Managers provides information to help municipal airport managers prepare for emergencies.

Information Services

Concrete flatwork specs created; training this fall
A new product from the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and Minnesota LTAP—Minnesota Concrete Flatwork Specifications—is now available from the Minnesota LTAP publications page.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

Training and Education

News from our coordinator
Flooding resources, steering committee news, and more

Online gravel road training: students from Alaska to Botswana
Minnesota LTAP’s first online distance-learning course has only been open for registration for a few months, but it’s already a hit with students from Alaska to Botswana.

Fall maintenance expo: October 3–4
Mark your calendars for the Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo, held at the St. Cloud Public Works Facility.

Awards and Committee News

County engineer awards
Sue Miller and Dave Robley received awards.

Steering committee news
Minnesota LTAP welcomed a new member to the steering committee and said farewell to two others.