Spring 2016 Vol. 24, No. 2

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Safety

New outreach materials encourage elected officials to focus on safety
To encourage local elected officials to make road safety a priority in their communities, the FHWA Local Rural Roads Program developed two new videos and accompanying brochures: Local Elected Officials: Leading the Way in Local Road Safety, a call to action for local elected officials, and Communicating about Local Road Safety with Local Elected Officials, techniques for local agency practitioners to use when making the case for safety improvements to their elected officials.

Run, hide, or fight? Learn how to respond to a workplace shooter
MnDOT has added a new training module on active shooter incidents to its workplace violence prevention program. The goal of this new training component is to help employees recognize indicators of potential violence by an employee or coworker, learn what to do to help prevent a violent incident, and build skills that increase their chances of surviving an active shooter event should one occur.

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Be sun-safe and block out UV rays
There are no safe UV rays or safe suntans. Follow these steps for sun safety.

Environment

Make your roadsides a refuge for pollinators
Pollinating insects depend on flowering plants for their food and need undisturbed ground and vegetation for shelter. Transportation agencies can help reduce the threat to pollinators by making roadsides and other rights-of-way a refuge for them. Several organizations have developed best practices and tips that transportation agencies can use to help save our pollinators.

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Right from the source: Read how the champions reduce salt use
The Freshwater Society announced its Environmental Leadership Awards at the 15th Annual Road Salt Symposium. This year’s champions share how they reduced their road salt while providing excellent customer service and protecting our waters.

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LRRB Spotlight

Asphalt tailgate extension
The Cottonwood County Highway Department designed a covered “gate” for the hot-mix truck that controls the amount of material being distributed and prevents the mix from losing heat.

Awards

Association awards
Annual awards from the American Public Works Association – Minnesota Chapter, the Minnesota County Engineers Association, and the City Engineers Association of Minnesota

Build a Better Mousetrap: solutions to everyday problems
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.

Workshops and Training

Spring crossword puzzle
When you finish our winter puzzle, the letters in the shaded boxes, moving from top to bottom, will spell out an all-American dessert that wouldn’t be possible without pollinators.

NHI training available in Minnesota
The National Highway Institute has scheduled a training session in Minnesota: 130102 Engineering for Structural Stability in Bridge Construction.

Information Services

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

More word fun!
Who’s afraid of a little deer tick?