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In this four-hour comprehensive workshop, attendees will learn key elements required for temporary traffic control, safety, and flagging. Working next to traffic can be dangerous and errors can cause accidents, so it is important for personnel to have a solid understanding of roles, responsibilities, and liability. Safety is incorporated into every aspect of this training. Group exercises and open discussion will keep attendees engaged and enhance learning. In recognition of the high percentage of injuries that happen to employees, refresher courses and continual education is highly recommended. We recommend having the Minnesota Temporary Traffic Control Field Manual available to follow along during the training. Manuals can be ordered or downloaded from the MnDOT website.

Date & Time

We're hosting four virtual sessions of this popular workshop from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021

This workshop will not be recorded, so sign up for the session that best fits your schedule!


Topics Covered

  • Overview of standards and specifications, including general responsibilities, liability, channelizing devices, and installation of traffic control zones
  • How to use the Minnesota Field Manual, including a review of stationary and mobile work zones, tapers, device spacing, and reading charts
  • Overview of layouts in two-lane, two-way and multilane sections
  • Quality standards
  • Key elements of flagging, including clothing, equipment, position, and flagging situations

Who Should Attend

County or city maintenance staff or staff who have responsibility for managing work-zone safety.

Course Instructor

Kathleen Schaefer has been the circuit trainer with Minnesota LTAP since 2002. Prior to that, she was a maintenance worker with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. As circuit trainer, Kathleen conducts a wide variety of classes for city, county, and state maintenance workers across Minnesota.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.