September 2022Vol. 30, No. 3

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Minnesota Mousetrap: Everyday innovations
Kudos to Minnesota’s 2022 Build a Better Mousetrap award recipients, who came up with creative innovations to solve everyday transportation challenges!

Submit your ideas for the 2023 Build a Better Mousetrap competition!
As you work on projects throughout the year, please keep the 2023 contest in mind.

Steering committee update
Three members completed their service, and new members joined our committee.


Motivating personnel: Listen, support, recognize
Delaware LTAP offers ideas to attract and keep creative and innovative people.

Civil Engineering Technician Certificate series to launch this fall
The series, part of MnLTAP’s Roads Scholar Program, is designed to help local agencies advance their current employees into hard-to-fill civil engineering technician positions.

Fill out your training roadmap!
The Training Roadmap for Civil Engineering Technicians is a spreadsheet that supervisors and employees can use to identify and plan training needed for civil engineering technician positions.

Report identifies strategies to recruit and retain workers
A new report aims to help agencies identify recruitment and retention challenges and uncover noteworthy and effective solutions.

Local agency staff discuss public works careers at youth summer camps
MnLTAP coordinated participation by local agency representatives in two youth summer camps.


Automated vehicles: What should local agencies expect?
The Minnesota Local Road Research Board developed an interactive resource guide to help local agencies prepare.

MnDOT launches CAV demo projects
Two new MnDOT connected and automated vehicle (CAV) projects will be under way in the months ahead.

Metal arrow stencil helps mark pavement—and makes drainage easier
To make snow removal easier and maintain adequate drainage, Concord General Services in Durham, New Hampshire, paints arrows toward roadway drains.

Every Day Counts: Hundreds of homegrown innovations
Innovations developed and deployed by state and local agencies across the country could help solve challenges in your area.

Addendum: Automobile engine removal device
In our June 2022 issue, we shared a story about an automobile engine removal device developed by Northern Illinois University (NIU). Proper credit for the device should go to Erick Koenig, who led the NIU development team. Koenig was also completing a mechanical engineering degree at NIU.


Before the winter: Review policies, plan routes, and calibrate
Take some time before the season to learn your agency’s plowing policy and plan your routes.

‘Otter Claw’ featured at Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day
The Otter Tail County Highway Department hosted this year’s Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day—and it demonstrated its claw tool for removing beaver dams from culverts.


Get ready for winter with snow and ice handbook
The updated Minnesota Snow and Ice Control Handbook for Snowplow Operators promotes understanding of the tools, best practices, and limitations for snow and ice control.

Strategies to help elected officials, public see risks of delaying road repair
Researchers created strategies to help local governments promote a common under­standing among elected officials and the public about the risks of delaying road repair.

The Shelf
Recent publications from various sources.

New from Clear Roads
Reports on liquid deicer application, tow plows and wing plows, and snowplow route optimization.

Adding rejuvenators in asphalt mixtures
A National Road Research Alliance project explored three methods and determined their impacts on high-reclaimed asphalt pavement mixtures.


MnLTAP to offer two new courses in 2023
Two new offerings are among the mix of virtual and in-person training opportunities.

Considering virtual training? Try these tips!
Here are some valuable tips for participating in virtual trainings.

Training opportunities from APWA–MN
Membership benefits include education programs and training workshops for all levels of staff.

Submissions open this fall for 2023 internships
The Local Agency Transportation Internship Program connects local agency employers across Minnesota with current students pursuing careers in the field of transportation.