Winter 2012 Vol. 20, No. 1

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Fall Expo: keeping motorists safe on winter roads

Following are some highlights from the 2011 Fall Maintenance Expo, held October 5–6 in St. Cloud. Sponsors were MnDOT, Minnesota LTAP, the Minnesota Street Superintendents Association, and APWA–Minnesota.

Salt brine blending to improve deicing and anti-icing performance
Researchers at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU Mankato) are studying various types and blends of deicing chemicals.

Pre- and post-trip inspections: Why go through the hassle?
Vehicle inspections are an important part of the overall safe operation of commercial motor vehicles, MnDOT training specialist Brian Barott explained in his opening remarks at the Minnesota Fall 2011 Maintenance Expo.

Snowplow simulator provides realistic training
Andrew Kubista, MnDOT simulation training program manager, discussed some of the agency’s driver training programs.

Congratulations, roadeo winners!
The expo’s snowplow “roadeo” allows drivers to compete on a closed course

LRRB Update

OPERA spotlight: Implementation of a Scale-Tec Calibration Scale
Since the completion of calibration on all 17 vehicles, Olmstead County has saved money by using less salt during the past two winters.

Report offers tips for public engagement
Researchers at the U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs recently completed a study aimed at increasing and improving public engagement in transportation policymaking.

Asset management packages: more options
Read an updated list of packages.

MnDOT publishes ‘Hear Every Voice’ case studies
MnDOT has published 24 case studies under its “Hear Every Voice” public participation program.

APWA-Minnesota Conference

Preventive maintenance for recreational trails
Mike Marti from SRF Consulting Group provided an overview of the resulting LRRB synthesis of best preventive maintenance treatments for recreational trails.

ADA-Accessibility—what responsibilities do you have to comply?
Julee Quarve-Peterson discussed the 2010 ADA accessibility requirements.

Communicating effectively during those critical moments in your workplace
A communications consultant offered advice for developing helpful communication skills and diffusing confrontation with the public.

Safety

The sound of silence: noise complaints and rumble stripes
At this year’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Conference, three experts discussed the public relations challenges of rumble strips/stripes and some of the strategies used to address citizen complaints.

New online game teaches risks of distracted driving
The Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute has launched a new online game designed to help teens and young adults understand the risks of distracted driving.

Training and Education

Coming soon: Gravel Road Maintenance and Design online training
We’re launching our first online distance-learning course: Gravel Road Maintenance and Design.

Spring expo has new name, format, location
The Spring Maintenance Training Expo is being replaced by a new one-day event—the Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day, on April 10 in St. Paul.

New training options: simulator and online course
A personal look from our coordinator about new training options.

Information Services

The Shelf
New reports & materials

Snow & ice control manual: update on the way
Minnesota LTAP is in the process of updating the Minnesota Snow and Ice Control: Field Handbook for Snowplow Operators.

Miscellaneous

Welcome, new steering committee members
Minnesota LTAP welcomes two new members to the steering committee: Rick West and Tim Anderson.