Summer 2016 Vol. 24, No. 3

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Demo Day

Demo Day: hands-on learning and more!
A small army of public works personnel from around the state and beyond converged upon Camp Ripley for the fifth annual Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day.

Well-maintained ditches essential to good roads
Ditches serve an important function in drainage systems and are essential for the proper design, installation, and maintenance of good roads and roadsides, said retired Crow Wing county engineer Duane Blanck, one of the instructors at Demo Day.

Safety

Training available for oil and hazardous substance spills
Training includes discussion of current issues, regulations, response considerations, tactics, and environmental concerns.

Maintenance

Winter maintenance assessment tool helps reduce salt use
The web‐based Winter Maintenance Assessment tool (WMAt) can help maintenance organizations find opportunities to improve practices, reduce salt use, and track progress.

Putting lawns to bed for the winter
Tips from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Prepping your gravel roads for winter
Sections in the updated Gravel Roads Construction & Maintenance Guide focus on construction, drainage, surface gravel, and stabilization.

Environment

Partnerships for pollinator habitat
A new Transportation Research Synthesis from MnDOT—Partnerships for Promoting Pollinator Habitat—gives findings from a survey of selected state DOTs and Minnesota counties.

LRRB spotlight

Rural, urban guidebooks help agencies choose work-zone layouts
The LRRB has published two supplemental guidebooks to help local agencies identify the appropriate work-zone layout for low-volume urban and rural roadways.

Technology alternatives improve safety at rural intersections
A new guidebook from the LRRB and MnDOT explains the use and effect of flashing LED stop signs and gives several options for ICWS deployment. A shorter, quick reference version is also available.

Skid loader attachment flatbed for hook truck
The City of Golden Valley purchased and fabricated a flatbed hook body that utilizes the SwapLoader system to transport the skid steer and all of the attachments at one time.

Honors

Congratulations to the 2015 Roads Scholars!

Steering committee welcomes new members
The Minnesota LTAP Steering Committee welcomed three new members in recent months.

Minnesota county engineer wins a national award
Andrew Witter was named the National Association of County Engineers 2015 Program/Project Manager of the Year.

Workshops and Training

Fall Expo Oct. 5–6: sharpen your skills and power your mind
This year’s Fall Maintenance Expo includes sessions on winter maintenance by speakers from the Clear Roads program, plus Powermind™ training by Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer.

Chainsaw safety videos
Visit Minnesota OSHA’s website to watch chainsaw safety videos.

NHI training available in Minnesota
The National Highway Institute is offering online training—Highway Hydrology: Basic Concepts and Methods.

Summer crossword puzzle
When you finish our summer puzzle, the letters in the shaded boxes, moving from top to bottom, will identify a famous Minnesotan who wondered about wind-blown materials.

Information Services

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

More word fun!