June 2020Vol. 28, No. 2

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COVID-19 safety practices: every day, everywhere
Several organizations have compiled COVID-19 guidance for what you should do in vehicles, work zones, and elsewhere.

Vehicles and other equipment
A “Tailgate Talks” fact sheet describes what to do at the end of a shift to make sure department vehicles are clean and disinfected.

Work zones
A video from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association provides guidance for stopping the spread of infectious diseases in work zones.

The CDC and AGC Minnesota offer practices for cleaning buildings, including lunch and break areas.


A new view for traffic analysis
One of the emerging uses of drones is in traffic analysis, where an aerial vantage point can help agencies monitor traffic patterns, gain insight on driver behavior, and collect traffic data.


‘Road Workers Are Sitting Ducks’ safety campaign
A Minnesota-specific version of the National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week campaign is hitting the airwaves this summer. It features an attention-grabber—Ben Afquack.


Roadside turfgrass: new resources for installers, homeowners
Researchers studied ways to water new roadside installations more efficiently so that turfgrasses, especially new salt-tolerant mixes, establish more successfully without wasting water.

OPERA-funded project tests turfgrass irrigation system
The City of Edina Engineering Department received a grant through the LRRB's OPERA Program to adapt and test a temporary roadside turf irrigation system designed by U of M researchers.


Are you maintaining your ditches properly?
Ditches are designed to drain water away from the road, so their proper maintenance is essential for preserving the roadway structure and keeping harmful runoff out of our waters.

Managing stormwater runoff: ditch checks, bioswales, sediment control logs
Projects by University of Minnesota researchers have led to new guidance for ditch checks, bioslopes and bioswales, and sediment control logs.

Goat grazing helps control buckthorn growth
U of M research shows that goat grazing is an effective way to destroy buckthorn seeds.


OPERA project: side-dumping plow truck
Nicollet County Public Works staff adapted a Mack Super Truck from its usual winter snowplow configuration so that it can also haul a much larger side-dumping trailer in summer.

Local OPERA funding available: Send us your ideas!
If you or your staff have an idea—perhaps a new tool, process, or design—and you need funding to develop it, please see the OPERA webpage.

Asset management guide addresses needs of local agencies
The LRRB has published a new guidebook to help local agencies get started on developing a consolidated asset management system.

GIS tools and apps—integration with asset management
Three case studies offer recommendations for agencies at different stages in the use of GIS for asset management.


Livestream demonstrations during physical distancing
Information exchanges were transitioned from in-person to virtual using into two separate parts: a web-based meeting and a high-definition livestreamed demonstration with equipment that can fit in a computer backpack.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources


Congratulations, Roads Scholars!
Thank you, Class of 2019, for your hard work and continued dedication to improving your knowledge and skills!

Webinars and virtual events
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Minnesota LTAP has suspended all in-person activities until further notice. In the meantime, we invite you to participate in webinars and virtual events.

Quiz: Lightning can strike twice
What do you know about lightning?