October 2019 Vol. 7, No. 7

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APWA webinars: succession planning, hydraulic modeling

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The American Public Works Association (APWA) is offering two webinars this month in its Click, Listen & Learn series: Succession Planning and Servant Leadership, and Addressing Drainage Concerns with 2D Hydraulic Modeling.

The Succession Planning webinar will be held October 10. Presenters from multiple generations and roles in public works will share their experiences and describe their vision of effective succession planning. Having a clear plan in place to identify and develop future leaders who can fill their roles is critical to the success of any public works agency. The last day to register is October 9.

The Addressing Drainage Concerns webinar will be held October 24. The program will provide a high-level discussion on the development and utilization of 2D hydraulic modeling to address drainage issues utilizing a real-world example. In addition, the program will cover public engagement for the project using outputs from the model.

Webinars are held from 10 to 11 a.m. central time. They are free for APWA members and cost $99 for nonmembers. Recordings of the programs will be available through the Members’ Library within one week of the live program.

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Trading cards teach rural roadway safety

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Are you looking to enhance your training materials for rural road safety? A new set of 18 trading cards illustrate rural roadway departure crash types, countermeasures, and tools. Transportation agencies are encouraged to use them in their own meetings to educate staff on various approaches to reduce rural roadway crashes and save lives.

The popular cards were published under Every Day Counts round 5. They are available in three print-ready versions:

  • Professional printing. With printer’s marks and color codes. Just send the file to your local print shop.
  • An Avery™ template. Use the perforated template in a desktop printer for easy separation.
  • For desktop printers. Print to normal 8.5" x 11" paper and cut cards out manually.

These printable trading cards are a great way to explain and visualize rural roadway departure crash types, countermeasures, and tools. Print them, collect them, trade them!

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Free roadway lighting training online

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Roadway lighting training from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is now available as an on-demand, web-based training program. The free training is based on a combination of guidance from an FHWA handbook as well as a series of in-person workshops, and other, more recent technical advancements on roadway lighting design.

The FHWA Lighting Handbook provides guidance to designers and state, city, and town officials concerning the application of roadway lighting. FHWA developed the training to assist in using the handbook.

The training consists of four modules, each about 90 and 120 minutes long, designed to be viewed in order:

  • Roadway Lighting and Design Overview
  • Lighting Hardware and Light Source Considerations for Roadway Lighting
  • Street and Roadway Lighting Design
  • Other Roadway Lighting Topics

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Plan your Mousetrap entries for 2020 competition

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As you work on projects throughout the year, please keep the 2020 Build a Better Mousetrap contest in mind. We want to hear about your agency’s creative solutions, and submissions are welcome at any time.

To enter, just complete an entry form and submit it by May 31, 2020. You're also encouraged (but not required) to submit photos and short video clips showcasing your project along with your entry form.

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Reminder: Professional ethics training offered in November

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On November 19, the Center for Transportation Studies is offering a course focused on commonly encountered ethical dilemmas that engineers and planners may face in their work.

The course will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the St. Paul Student Center Theater on the U of M’s St. Paul campus. It provides the 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) dedicated to professional ethics that are required for engineers to renew their license in Minnesota, and the 1.5 Certification Maintenance (CM) credits required for planners to renew their certification.

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Rural ITS Toolkit compiles solutions, lessons, guidance

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The Rural ITS Toolkit is a series of 42 critical-need fact sheets on a variety of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) applications. Areas include crash countermeasures, traffic management, operations and maintenance, emergency services, surface transportation and weather, rural transit and mobility, and tourism and travel information.

Released by the National Center for Rural Road Safety, the 2018 toolkit updates and expands on a 1997 document. Combining fact sheets into one toolkit makes it easier for practitioners to learn about recent advancements in ITS technologies as well as successful deployment across the country.

Downloadable fact sheets for specific applications—ranging from animal collision warnings to automatic vehicle location for rural transit vehicles to dynamic message signs—describe what each application is, how it is applicable, what the key components are, brief implementation examples, considerations for implementation, a cost range, and more.

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Deicing chemicals and additives on Qualified Products List


The Qualified Products List (QPL) identifies deicing chemicals and additives that meet established standards for corrosiveness and impact on the environment. Clear Roads is now overseeing the product testing and administration for the list.

The list, now called the Clear Roads QPL, was maintained for many years by the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Association as a resource for agencies across the country. The purpose of the list is to “strive to serve the traveling public by evaluating and establishing specifications for products used in winter maintenance that emphasize safety, environmental preservation, infrastructure protection, cost-effectiveness and performance.”

Vendors interested in submitting products for inclusion on the QPL need to first have the products tested by an independent laboratory.

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