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In this four-hour comprehensive workshop, attendees will learn key elements required for temporary traffic control, safety, and flagging. Working next to traffic can be dangerous and errors can cause accidents, so it is important for personnel to have a solid understanding of roles, responsibilities, and liability. Safety is incorporated into every aspect of this training. Group exercises and open discussion will keep attendees engaged and enhance learning. In recognition of the high percentage of injuries that happen to employees, refresher courses and continual education is highly recommended.

Date & Location

This class is available on-demand at your location. To schedule a session, contact Kathleen Schaefer, CTAP instructor, at 651-366-3575 or kathleen.schaef

Topics Covered

  • Overview of standards and specifications, including general responsibilities, liability, channelizing devices, and installation of traffic control zones
  • Changes to the Minnesota Field Manual
  • How to use the Minnesota Field Manual, including a review of stationary and mobile work zones, tapers, device spacing, and reading charts
  • Overview of layouts in two-lane, two-way and multilane sections
  • Quality standards
  • Key elements of flagging, including clothing, equipment, position, and flagging situations

Who Should Attend

County or city maintenance staff or staff who have responsibility for managing work-zone safety.

Course Instructor

Kathleen Schaefer has been the circuit trainer with Minnesota LTAP since 2002. Prior to that, she was a maintenance worker with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. As circuit trainer, Kathleen conducts a wide variety of classes for city, county, and state maintenance workers across Minnesota.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.