March 2017 Vol. 25, No. 1

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Gravel roads: surface stabilization
Several counties in recent years have used a Minnesota proprietary product to stabilize gravel road surfaces. This article explores their experiences and offers some guidance for usage.

Road tours: Know your roads for good maintenance
Spring is an excellent time to conduct a road tour to observe and record the overall conditions of your roads and to identify needed maintenance to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare regarding the use of public roads.

Plans & Documents

e-Construction delivers—smarter and faster
Through round four of Every Day Counts, the Federal Highway Administration is promoting e-Construction to help deliver transportation improvements smarter and faster.

Guidelines help local agencies modernize documents
A recent project developed guidelines to help local agencies incorporate 3-D modeling and electronic document management into their design, bidding, and construction processes.


New technology for back-up alarms
One alternative technology to the traditional backup beeper is the broadband beeper, which has the same cadence but broadcasts a “white-noise” whooshing sound.

LRRB Spotlight

Local OPERA Project: Ultra-thin bonded wearing course over micro-milling
McLeod County surfaced a highway with a 5/8-inch-thick ultra-thin bonded bituminous wearing course in lieu of a traditional seal coat.

Interactive guide helps local agencies address funding gaps
A new interactive guide will help local agencies evaluate their transportation network preservation needs, communicate these needs to elected officials and the public, and select and implement strategies to address funding gaps.


Submit an entry for ‘Mousetrap’ competition
Have you or one of your co-workers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? Now is the time to show off your creativity and help other agencies solve problems by submitting an entry to the Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

Build a Better Mousetrap: 2016 national winners
The Build a Better Mousetrap National Competition highlights innovative solutions to everyday problems. Highlights of the top three projects from 2016 are below.

Association awards
The City Engineers Association of Minnesota, Minnesota County Engineers Association, and American Public Works Association – Minnesota Chapter presented their annual awards.

Information Services

Video encourages compliance with load limits
The Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program offers free workshops statewide that encourage voluntary compliance with truck-weight laws and regulations. A new video promoting the training is now available.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

LTAP website goes mobile!
The site now adapts to fit on desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

Workshops & Training

Demo Day: May 18 in Marshall
The Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day will be held May 18 at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Webinar offers tools, techniques for succession planning
In webinar held last year by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, a former HR director presented tools, techniques, and tips to allow viewers to begin succession planning efforts immediately.

Puzzles: Road trip and mousetrap
A word finder puzzle has roadway elements to inspect on a spring road tour, and a maze shows the way for a mouse to help with the work.