March 2022Vol. 30, No. 1

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Snow and ice control handbook updated
An updated version of the Minnesota Snow and Ice Control Handbook for Snowplow Operators is available on Minnesota LTAP’s website.

Manholes and catch basins: Guidebook helps select materials, methods
A new guidebook provides foundational information for municipal engineers about catch basins and manholes.


Pandemic traffic drop-off prompts more speeding and fatal crashes
A study of the pandemic’s impact found that both total speeding-related crashes and speeding-related fatal crashes were up in 2020.

New ‘Work-Zone Safety Orientation’ online course replaces tutorial
Minnesota LTAP has revamped our Work-Zone Safety Tutorial into a five-module online course with new content and a more visual format.

Barrel truck protects crews in high-traffic work zones
Staff in Marathon County, Wisconsin, used a barrel truck to reduce worker exposure to live traffic while lowering costs by decreasing crew size.

Accommodating pedestrians through work zones
A new MnDOT document provides guidance to road designers for projects that affect pedestrians during construction.


Congratulations, Roads Scholar Class of 2021!
Seventeen standouts earned Roads Scholar certificates in 2021.


Public engagement, visionary planning features of top projects
Congratulations to the recipients of 2021 project awards from the Minnesota County Engineers Association, City Engineers Association of Minnesota, and American Public Works Association – Minnesota Chapter.

Steering committee update
Mike Flaagan has completed his service; Will Manchester joins the committee.

Happy 30th anniversary to us!
This year is Minnesota LTAP’s 30th anniversary!

Celebrating 40 years of technical assistance programs
On December 23, 1981, a bill was signed into law that established the Rural Technical Assistance Program, the precursor to national LTAP.

Submit your ideas for the 2022 Mousetrap recognition!
We want to hear about your agency’s creative solutions, and submissions are welcome at any time.


Guidance for fish-friendly culverts in a changing climate
University of Minnesota research supports culvert design practices that mimic the structure of the natural streambed.

MnLTAP culvert design training now online
Minnesota LTAP’s Culvert Design for Stream Connectivity and Aquatic Organism Passage training is now available for free as a self-paced online course.

Excavator extension prevents bridge erosion
The bridge crew in Crawford County, Iowa, developed a highly effective device for placing riprap under a bridge using equipment situated on the top or deck portion of the structure.


Outreach toolkit to help develop construction workforce
The Federal Highway Administration has created a toolkit of communication assets that are free to download, customize, and use in your communities.

Tips and tools for strategic workforce planning
A MnLTAP webinar on strategic workforce planning is available for free on our website.

Clear Roads report recommends succession programs and mentoring
According to a recent Clear Roads report, agencies face losing an “astronomical amount of experience and knowledge” as the baby boomer generation retires from the workforce.


Native flowering plants can improve bumble bee habitat
U of M researchers studied roadsides in the Twin Cities metro and developed a way to characterize bumble bee populations and distribution.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources.


Minnesota Roadway and Maintenance Demo Day will be in Fergus Falls
Minnesota LTAP is bringing our annual event to Otter Tail County.

CDL training available from Clear Roads, schools
New resources are available to help agencies comply with new CDL requirements.