Winter 2015 Vol. 23, No. 1

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Signage

Sign retroreflectivity requirements: Is your agency ready?
Effective June 2014, all highway agencies are required to establish a sign assessment or management method that assures sign retroreflectivity levels are at or above minimum levels required in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. At the fall conference of the American Public Works Association–Minnesota Chapter, Howard Preston discussed these minimums and how local agencies can meet them.

Top 5 Sign to-do list
Last fall Minnesota LTAP held its Best Practices for Traffic Sign Maintenance and Management workshops. The instructor, Howard Preston, shares his top-five to-do list from the class.

New report helps agencies set sign management policies
The Minnesota LRRB has published a report with best practices that local agencies can use to establish sign management protocols as mandated by the FHWA.

LRRB Update

OPERA spotlight: Back-up sensors for snowplows
Stearns County installed Precise View back-up systems on three tandem dump trucks in 2013. The county then tested the systems to determine how effectively they alerted drivers to any obstacles while backing up the trucks in many different weather conditions and scenarios encountered during the year.

Communications

Using Facebook to engage the motoring public
This is the second of a two-part series about how road agencies are using Facebook. It looks at attracting and engaging an audience, responding to user posts, and legal questions.

Before you respond: Three tips for communicating effectively on Facebook
Responding through Facebook requires a bit of thought. The following guidelines will help avoid misunderstanding and make responses as informative and productive as possible.

Social media resources for Minnesota public agencies
Minnesota LTAP’s librarian compiled a list of Minnesota policies and regulations related to public access.

Pavements

Study sheds light on use of recycled asphalt pavement in cold climates
As part of a recent MnDOT project studying the performance of high-RAP asphalt mixtures on Minnesota county roads, University of Minnesota researchers performed laboratory testing and analyses on several asphalt mixtures with RAP percentages higher than what is currently allowed in specification to determine cracking resistance at low temperatures.

Honors

Farewell thoughts from our chair, Julie Skallman
Julie Skallman, chair of the Minnesota LTAP Steering Committee since 1999, retired in December. She shares her thoughts and advice.

Staff, committee, and Goldy Gopher thank Julie Skallman
At the November Minnesota LTAP Steering Committee meeting, staff, committee members, and a surprise guest expressed their gratitude to retiring chair Julie Skallman.

Build a Better Mousetrap Awards: mower flap, tube bender, and much more
The Build a Better Mousetrap National Competition highlights innovative solutions to everyday problems and issues that local and county transportation workers and other LTAP/TTAP clients encounter. The 2014 National Entry Booklet is online with all the entries.

Workshops and Training

HELP WANTED: ‘Retirees’ to teach LTAP classes
As more and more baby boomers retire in the next few years, Minnesota LTAP is looking for workers will consider becoming instructors for our training programs.

Demo Day in Rosemount May 13
The Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day will be held this year on May 13 at the Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount. 

Training tools and templates available for supervisors
Minnesota LTAP has added training tools and templates for public works and local agency supervisors and training coordinators.

Fun with apostrophes...Take the test!
Take a quick test of your punctuation skills.

Information Services

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

‘Anatomy of a Winter Storm’ video
“Don’t crowd the cloud” is one of the key messages in a nine-minute video from MnDOT.