Winter 2013 Vol. 21, No. 1

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Winter Maintenance

Salt storage and handling getting renewed attention
Many people are aware that salt is our best tool for keeping the roads safe during winter months, but now more attention is being given to how road salt is handled and stored.

Congratulations, roadeo winners!
One of the highlights of the annual Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo is the snowplow “roadeo.”

Snow & ice control handbook updated
Minnesota LTAP and MnDOT have updated the Minnesota Snow and Ice Control: Field Handbook for Snowplow Operators.


Think like a first responder
Public works professionals can play a key role as first responders at emergencies, such as when a road is closed during a fire.

Toward Zero Deaths conference: automated speed enforcement and much more
One of the topics on the program of the 2012 Minnesota TZD Conference was automated speed enforcement. A record-setting 955 people attended the conference

Traffic Control

All about roundabouts
At the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter fall conference in November, Washington County traffic engineer Joe Gustafson shared some lessons learned and offered insights for other communities considering multilane roundabouts.

Roundabouts in Minnesota
Roundabouts in Brainerd; U of M research findings

More roundabout resources
Resources from the Michigan DOT and the FHWA

Leadership Skills

Preparing for leadership and supervisory roles
Mike Colestock, an instructor with Hennepin Technical College, presented “Leadership Skills for New and Upcoming Supervisors” during a general session at the 2012 Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo.

The eight pillars of trust
Trust is the one element that is unique to the greatest leaders and the most successful organizations, according to David Horsager, business strategist and author of The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line.

LRRB Update

OPERA spotlight: Implementation of an Anti-Icing Calibration Unit
The City of Golden Valley purchased an anti-icing calibration unit so its trucks could be calibrated for consistent salt and sand application.

New resources from the LRRB and MnDOT
New materials include a report on salt brine blending.

TERRA fact sheet: next generation concrete surface
A new fact sheet about NGCS—Quiet, Safe, and Smooth Concrete Pavements—provides an overview of the innovative technology, complete with a list of benefits and resources for road-building and restoration programs.

Information Services

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

Truck-weight compliance resources
The Truck-Weight Education Program promotes voluntary compliance to reduce damage to public roads and highways from overweight vehicles.

Training and Education

Work-zone online tutorial coming this spring!
To provide affordable and convenient training for you and your workers, Minnesota LTAP is launching an online tutorial on the fundamentals of work-zone safety and the basic concepts of the work-zone area.

Demo Day in Rochester this year
The Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day will be held this year on May 1 at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds in Rochester.

Supervisory and management training options
Options from APWA-Minnesota, the U of M, and Hennepin Technical College.

Gravel road training online
Minnesota LTAP’s offers an online course on Gravel Road Maintenance and Design.

Heads-up: National Rural ITS conference in St. Cloud
The 2013 National Rural Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Conference will be held August 25-28 in St. Cloud.

Steering committee news
New member; member receives award