December 2018 Vol. 26, No. 4

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PERMITTING

Roadmap created for Unified Permitting Process
The second phase is nearing completion of a project aimed at creating a Unified Permitting Process for oversize/overweight vehicles in Minnesota. One outcome of this phase is a roadmap that will define steps for future phases, including statewide implementation.

Report synthesizes permit fee policies for oversize/overweight vehicles
A Transportation Research Synthesis from MnDOT presents findings from a survey of selected state departments of transportation and other state agencies with experience in oversize/overweight permitting.

Truck-weight calculator in development
A truck-weight calculator for Minnesota is under development. It will be a custom version adapted from the one currently in use by the North Dakota DOT.

LRRB SPOTLIGHT

Personal protective equipment: new resources for Minnesota local agencies
A project sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board has created a set of materials to raise awareness of workplace hazards and encourage the proper use of personal protective equipment. The materials are customized for Minnesota and targeted to local transportation agencies.

LRRB guidebook receives national APWA award
The Addressing Citizen Requests for Traffic Safety Concerns guidebook received the 2018 Exceptional Performance in Journalism Award from the American Public Works Association.

Why some popular warning signs are ineffective
A new video produced by the Minnesota LRRB is designed to help city and county engineers respond to common requests for specialty warning signs, such as children at play and deer crossings.

Local OPERA project: Project management with BrightWork
Carver County Public Works purchased, installed, and tested BrightWork, a project management add-on for Microsoft SharePoint.

Funding is available — please send us your ideas!
FY19 funding is still available from the Local OPERA Program.

HONORS

Rich Sanders receives TZD Star award
Rich Sanders, a member of the Minnesota LTAP Steering Committee, received the Engineering Star Award at the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths Conference in October.

Steering Committee welcomes new member
Minnesota LTAP added a new member to our steering committee.

BRIDGES

A sustainable local bridge program: what would it take?
A former county engineer discusses the annual cost of sustaining a safe, adequate system of local bridges and the amount currently being invested in these bridges.

ROADS SCHOLARS

Roads Scholars: Where are they now?
In this issue we hear from Troy Walsh, a 2014 grad.

Roads Scholars honored at maintenance expo
At a ceremony held as part of the Minnesota Fall Maintenance Expo, LTAP presented certificates to maintenance workers who completed Roads Scholar training requirements.

INFORMATION SERVICES

New from Clear Roads: guides, videos
New materials for winter maintenance.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources.

WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING

ADA training for local agencies: construction
The third and final course of LRRB-sponsored training on the federal American with Disabilities Act has been scheduled for this spring.

Every Day Counts launches round 5
The Federal Highway Administration will promote 10 technologies and practices in the fifth two-year round of Every Day Counts.

Brush up on your winter skills with Clear Roads online training modules
A 22-module program covers equipment, materials, techniques, and procedures.