September 2018 Vol. 26, No. 3

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Report recommends ways to reduce snowplow operator fatigue
A Clear Roads project identifies factors that cause driver fatigue in snowplow operators and recommends cost-effective solutions to help reduce it.

Brush up on your winter skills with free online modules
A comprehensive snowplow operator and supervisor training program is available online from Clear Roads.

Treatments help pedestrians cross the road
The Every Day Counts program has developed tech sheets and a video about cost-effective pedestrian safety countermeasures.

LRRB guidebook looks at uncontrolled crossings
A 2014 guidebook from the LRRB focuses specifically on uncontrolled pedestrian crossings, which aren’t controlled by a stop sign, yield sign, or traffic signal.


Congratulations, Minnesota Mousetrap winners!
Congratulations to Otter Tail County and the City of Rochester, the recipients of Minnesota's 2018 Build a Better Mousetrap awards!

Submit your ideas for the 2019 Mousetrap competition!
Show off your creativity and enter your ideas in next year's Build a Better Mousetrap Competition!

Minnesota LTAP welcomes new coordinator
A big welcome to Katherine Stanley, who has joined Minnesota LTAP as a program coordinator!

Steering Committee membership changes
Minnesota LTAP announced membership changes to our steering committee.

Nominate an environmental leader
The Freshwater Society is looking for nominations for the environmental leadership awards.


Bridge approach transition curb adapted for retrofits
The Jackson County Public Works Department developed a bridge approach transition curb that protects the area immediately behind the wing walls by reducing the intensity of stormwater runoff and gradually channeling it further away from the structure to a less erosion-prone area.

County tests methods to improve roadside pollinator habitats
Washington County public works staff, in collaboration with the Washington Conservation District, are testing four different methods of site preparation and seeding to determine which is the most effective and efficient way to increase floral resources for pollinators along roadsides.

Guidebook helps cities, counties choose tools for managing fleets
In a recent project from the LRRB’s Research Implementation Committee, researchers identified the fleet management needs of city and county agencies and reviewed various cost-effective tools that could help these agencies make fleet management decisions.


Historic local bridges: What you need to know
A former county engineer discusses what you need to know and where you can turn for help.


Minnesota LTAP brings Demo Day to the Great North Woods
Public works staff from around the state ventured to the Great North Woods for the seventh annual Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day.

Hail to thee, graduates!
Congratulations to the 2017 graduates of the Roads Scholar Program!

Roads Scholars: Where are they now?
Nearly 170 students have received a Roads Scholar certificate since the program’s inception in 2005. What are they doing now? We hear from Chris Petree, a 2007 grad.


New prep course for remote pilot exam
A new online course is geared toward individuals who wish to earn their FAA Remote (drone) Pilot Certification.

ADA training online
If you weren't able to attend the Accessible Design in the Public Right‐of‐Way training in person, you can watch video recordings of the workshop sessions and view presentation slides on the Minnesota LTAP website.

Don’t be asleep at the wheel!
According to a Clear Roads report, which tools reduce snowplow operator fatigue?


MnROAD construction update
The 2017 construction season at MnROAD saw construction of 35 new and unique pavement test sections. A MnDOT report details the development, design, and construction of each research project and the test sections supporting them.

Website has tools to control blowing snow
The Blowing Snow Control Tools website is the home for tools and resources that can help you keep your state and local roads clear of blowing and drifting snow and ice.

AASHTO TC3 library provides online training
The FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) finalized an agreement that provides local and tribal transportation professionals access to the AASHTO TC3 library.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources