September 2017 Vol. 25, No. 3

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CULVERTS

Inspection vehicle improves culvert repair
MnDOT District 6 developed the Hydraulic Inspection Vehicle Explorer (HIVE), a radio-controlled car that takes lights and a camera into culverts and transmits inspection data wirelessly to a tablet.

Enhanced culvert inspections summarized in guidebook
Which culvert inspection technology is right for the job? The Enhanced Culvert Inspections Best Practices Guidebook from MnDOT is a primer on common culvert inspection technologies and applications.

ASSET MANAGEMENT

Asset management peer exchange features local, national leaders
On May 16 and 17, a peer exchange for local agencies on asset management was held in St. Cloud. The meeting focused on the needs and interests of small, rural cities and counties.

ROUNDABOUTS

Strategies to make drivers slow down at roundabouts
An LRRB-sponsored project developed a new resource to help Minnesota local road engineers select appropriate speed reduction measures.

Thinking of building a multilane roundabout?
A four-page brochure, illustrated with photographs and diagrams, provides suggested design modifications and notes a continuing need to educate drivers.

Which vehicle is at fault?
Multi-lane roundabouts tend to see an increase in crashes due to failure to yield and improper lane use violations. Decide which vehicle is at fault in two diagrams.

POLICY

Integrating permitting processes speed up project delivery
Integrating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and permitting processes—a strategy the FHWA is encouraging in Every Day Counts round four—enables concurrent, synchronized environmental and permitting reviews.

Truck-weight classes updated to include new weight allowances
The 2017 Minnesota Legislature passed or amended several laws to allow increased weight on properly configured vehicles.

AWARDS AND HONORS

Congratulations, Minnesota Mousetrap winners!
Congratulations to Clearwater County and Polk County, the recipients of Minnesota's first-ever "Build a Better Mousetrap" awards.

Get ready for next year's Mousetrap competition
Now's the time to start planning for next year's Build a Better Mousetrap Competition.

Steering committee update
Will Elwell is replacing Bert Tracy on the LTAP Steering Committee.

INFORMATION SERVICES

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources

Clear Roads: research round-up
Recent materials from Clear Roads, a national research consortium

WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING

Roads Scholar Program gets a refresh!
Thanks to some minor changes in structure, the Roads Scholar Program certificate can be completed in just two years!

Driver simulator training comes to you!
MnDOT offers on-site simulator training around the state for anyone who operates a snowplow, single-unit truck, or a combination of a truck and trailer.

Minnesota & Nebraska LTAPs partner to deliver motor grader training
Minnesota LTAP partnered with Nebraska LTAP this summer to provide a two-day training course for motor grader operators at four sites in Greater Minnesota.