December 2017 Vol. 25, No. 4

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New from Clear Roads: plow operator and supervisor training modules

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While every winter-weather state provides training for its winter maintenance crews, each program has its own strengths and focus areas. This Clear Roads project developed a comprehensive snowplow operator and supervisor training program that provides flexibility for states to modify or update the content as needed. The 22-module program covers equipment, materials, techniques, and procedures.

Jim Grothaus, Minnesota LTAP's former director, served as the principal investigator and local project manager. He was joined on the research team by Ann Johnson, project coordinator and author, and Connie Fortin, technical writer and content developer.

Through more than two years’ work, the research team developed a comprehensive training program for entry-level and experienced snowplow operators and supervisors. Each module is designed to be presented by an instructor, and includes a PowerPoint file with teaching notes and aids, and an instructor’s guide with detailed directions, notes, resources, references, and suggested activities. A set of pre- and post-assessment tests is also included. The 22 modules contain 1,300 presentation slides and provide more than 42 hours of training materials.

For more information, or for access to the training materials for non-member agencies, please contact Clear Roads Administrator Greg Waidley at 608-490- 0552 or

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