Online Training Resources

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are still here to help you advance your agency and develop productive employees through transportation education. Online training opportunities will be added as we receive them. We look forward to the day when we can return to classroom learning, until then we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities during this time.

Online Training with LTAP

LTAP Centers across the country are providing opportunities for online learning at no cost. 

Watch Anytime Webinars

In this presentation we will discuss the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  We will look at the basics of when it applies, why we use it, how to use the manual, and how to control traffic with signage, covering proper installation and usage of signs. Emphasis will be given to understanding and applying the MUTCD.  If you deal with roadway signage at all, or would just like to expand your knowledge, then this workshop is for you.

In this presentation we learn how to improve safety on our roadways by applying a proactive approach to reduce collisions and their severity. The methods discussed address the examination of a​ roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve safety and communicate to the public how they are working toward crash reduction. We will discuss how to conduct a RSA and identify a few of the common safety issues found​ with RSAs.  This workshop is for anyone with a desire to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roads including the street/road crew, the administrative staff, and the engineering staff.

In this presentation we will introduce asset management concepts, key principles of asset management, and discuss why implementing asset management practices will lead to a better way of doing business.  Assets could include the roadway network, signs, culverts, bridges, buildings, equipment, sidewalk ramps, etc.  The information is intended for elected officials, agency administrators, program managers, maintenance superintendents, engineers and others that manage assets for your agency.

Worker and Equipment Safety Training- 2 part Webinar

June 2 & 3 | 10am EST

This course is intended to provide instruction to entry level participants and a refresher for experienced participants on a variety of construction industry safety and health standards. This training effort is aimed at promoting workplace safety and health. Topics will include; An introduction to OSHA and it’s standards, Hazard Communication, Personal Protective Equipment,  Electrical Safety, Scaffolds, Trenching, Fall Protection, and Highway Work Zones. NJ Certified Public Works Managers: 3 Technical, 1 Government Contact Hours

Intended Audience: Individuals who are performing maintenance, construction, or temporary work zones on local roadways including crew foremen, equipment operators, laborers, and supervisors. This course is not geared towards law enforcement.

Highway Plan Reading Course Webinar Series

June 2 & 4 | 9am-10am EST

The two webinar sessions being offered in this Highway Plan Reading Course are designed for participants who seek a basic understanding of how to read and understand both construction and right of way plans.

Part 1: Construction Plans, Title Sheet, Typical Sections, General Notes, Plan and Profile Sheets, and Cross Sections.

Part 2: Right of Way Plans, Legend Sheet, Property Map, Summary of Additional Right of Way, and Detail Right of Way Plan Sheets.

The instructor will be Brett Shearer of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s Office of Real Estate.

Roundabouts Update Webinar

June 2 | 2 – 3:30pm EST

If there were 32 chances for your family member to make a deadly mistake and you were able lower that number to only 8 chances, why wouldn’t you? Roundabouts, as many of us already know, convert a traditional intersection with 32 conflict points into an intersection with only 8 conflict points. (And the 8 conflicts points are generally at MUCH lower speeds.) It is because of this type of safety benefit that many communities in Ohio and around the world are looking to Roundabouts as a key way to improve roadway safety at intersections.

Ohio’s Roundabouts have grown in number and type over recent years and presenter Hillary Isebrands has helped this growth by training many through the National Highway Institute “Modern Roundabouts: Intersections Designed for Safety” course. During this webinar, Engineer Isebrands will provide an update on recent developments and the current state-of-practice for Roundabouts. Early registration is encouraged, as there is no charge for this webinar and due to the popularity of this topic, registration may fill to capacity.

Project Bundling Local Success Stories

June 4 | 1pm -2:30pm EST

Knock out those transportation construction projects in just one round! With Project Bundling, there’s no need to go 12 rounds to save money and time delivering projects on a tight budget.

In this next webinar, hear directly from your peers on how the innovative practice is completing projects and eliminating back logs at the state and local levels quicker, better and at a cost saving. Through Project Bundling, a single contract is awarded for several preservation, rehabilitation or replacement projects!

Registration Process

New Non-Federal DOT Participants

To gain access to FHWA’s webinar system, you must complete the two-step registration process. You can only access the site using IE or Chrome as your browser.

1. Non-Federal-DOT users (anyone without a @dot.gov email address, including state DOT personnel) must create an account with the FHWA External Portal.

2. Open the registration portal and create your account at: https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/Register.aspx

3. Fill out all required fields and create a password. This email address and password will be used for access to all Innovation Exchange webinars. We recommend first time users create an account at least 48 hours before the webinar.

4. Once you’ve successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email from the portal that you have access.

Ethics for Engineers - Jeopardy Style!

June 4 | 2pm-3pm EST

Obeying the law is what we have to do. Behaving ethically is what we ought to do, but not necessarily have to. This leads to a dilemma all engineers must deal with on a daily basis. Ethical decision making is one of the chief responsibilities of leaders in any profession. This presentation, based in part on a well-known television game show, will engage you in an interactive discussion on engineering ethics by utilizing the ethics canons of various engineering professional societies civil engineers often experience. 

Asphalt Roads: Common Maintenance Problems Webinar

June 5 | 8:30am-12:30pm EST

This course provides relevant information to individuals who have to maintain asphalt pavements. The course material reviews the importance of preventive maintenance to the life of an asphalt pavement. The material will help the student identify common asphalt distress, the cause of the distress, and the appropriate treatments. The latest techniques, materials, and equipment will be reviewed with an emphasis on repairing the asphalt distress properly the first time. Current industry standards to properly repair problems such as cracking and potholes will be presented in detail. The basics of treatments such as seal coats, micro surfacing, and overlays will be presented.

The instructor is Nick Vitillo, PhD. Dr. Vitillo has been a pavement engineer for over 40 years, concentrating in Pavement materials, design, construction, pavement management, and research. His work has primarily been at the State level with additional efforts at the County and Municipal level. He acted as the State coordinator for the FHWA Long Term Pavement Performance Program. Dr. Vitillo developed and implemented the Pavement Management System used by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and graduate courses in Pavement Design and Pavement Management at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Intended Audience: Individuals who are involved in the planning and execution of maintenance work on asphalt pavements, including: street superintendents, public works directors, foreman, and select crew members.

Basic Pavement Maintenance

June 9 & 10 | 2pm-4pm EST

Too much pavement repair work and not enough budget?

It can be tricky to prioritize roadway repair projects, especially given public and political pressures. This class will help you determine how to get the most from your maintenance budget and increase the long-term quality of your roadway network.

Key Topics: Deterioration Curves, Inventory & Condition, Distresses & Causes, Treatment Options, Remaining Service Life, Budget Planning & Cases Studies

Who Should Attend: Decision makers, elected officials, street superintendents, road foremen, project coordinators, and crew leaders

Gravel Roads Design and Maintenance Course Webinar Series

June 9, 11, 16, 18 | 2pm-3:30pm EST

This unpaved road workshop is sponsored by Ohio LTAP and will be offered in four, 1 ½ hour sessions through online training to provide this information in a safe, socially-distant environment for your employees.

In Ohio, as in most states west of the Appalachian Mountains, unpaved roads are part of the state’s farm to market transportation system. As traffic size and volume grows on these unpaved roads, the damage and maintenance amounts continue to increase, costing local agencies additional materials, equipment wear and tear, labor, and fuel. Like paved roads, the unpaved road system needs to be managed as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Topics offered during each session are listed below, along with their registration links. Each session will provide unique information and participants must register for all four sessions to complete the entire course.

Part 1: Design and Issues of the Unpaved Roads, by looking at the traffic type and flow of the traffic on the road can identify issues that deteriorated the level of service of the system.

Part 2: Unpaved Roads Materials, the quality of the Gravel will determine the amount of maintenance and the performance of the roadway. During this session, we will look at the type of materials used on an unpaved road and its service life.

Part 3: Maintainer’s effects on the unpaved road. The Motor Grader/ Maintainer is generally used to manage the road surface on these roads. We will discuss the use of this equipment and the ways ensure a longer lasting surface.

Part 4: Stabilization and/or Dust Control, as traffic increases on these unpaved roads, the maintenance costs continue to increase. An organization may look at several different products to reduce the dust coming from the roadway or hold the roadway together. This section will discuss the different families of stabilizers, their installations and impact on the environment.

FoRRRwD on All Public Roads - Systemic Approach: Risk Factors for Roadway Departure

June 16 | 1pm – 3pm EST

Come discover how agencies have used different approaches to identify locations that are at high risk for roadway departure crashes in the future with varied levels of roadway data.

Target Audience: State, local, and tribal agencies.

Presenters:

Data-rich example: Laura Slusher, Indiana LTAP, will present how to complete a systemic analysis and Indiana’s systemic safety approach for counties, and Craig Parks, Boone County Indiana, will provide an overview of their Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) that was developed through this process and how they have implemented the LRSP to reduce roadway departure crashes.

Data-limited example: Adam Kirk, Kentucky LTAP, will demonstrate Kentucky’s approach to identifying risk factors with limited roadway data, and Duane Campbell, Boyle County Kentucky, will provide a local perspective to utilizing the systemic process to identify roadway departure safety projects.

Tribal example: Khaled Ksaibati, Wyoming LTAP, will discuss the five-step process developed by the University of Wyoming, combining crash data and qualitative field observations to identify roadway departure systemic safety risks for development of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe roadway safety improvement program. 

Gravel Roads Webinar Series Session 2: Maintenance Practices

June 17 | 11am – 12pm EST

This free webinar series is based on our most popular and longest running in-person workshop—gravel road maintenance and design. One-hour sessions address specific topics and answer your most pressing issues.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to address potholes, washboards, windrows, disc retrievers, and more. Register to join us for the live broadcast or, if you can’t make it, check our website for the recording after the event.

Who Should Attend: Supervisors, operators, and township officials responsible for maintaining gravel roads and anyone interested in gravel road maintenance.

ADA in Temporary Traffic Control Webinar Series

June 17 & 18 | 10am-11am EST

Roadway construction and maintenance activities can temporarily close sidewalks and crosswalks. Similarly, utility work, sidewalk repairs, building construction and other activities also affect sidewalks and crosswalks. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) state that when a pedestrian circulation path is temporarily closed, an alternate pedestrian access route complying with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) shall be provided. Requirements for pedestrian access will be reviewed in this session. Tools to minimize the impacts of construction, maintenance and utility operations on pedestrians will be discussed, including: phasing of construction, channelizing devices, detectable edging, temporary curb ramps and effective signing/communication.

The presenter will be Ronald Eck, P.E., of West Virginia’s LTAP Center.

Self-Evaluations & Transition Plans and PROWAG Overview Webinar Series

June 24, 25 July 1, 2 | 10am-11:30am EST

With the 30-year anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is critical that local governments recognize their obligation to upgrade streets, sidewalks and facilities for accessibility. ADA requires that public agencies perform self-evaluations and prepare transition plans. The plans were to have been completed by July 26, 1992 and be updated periodically. This webinar series examines the background to, contents of and enforcement of the self-evaluation and transition plan requirements. Several landmark court cases are highlighted. A case study is presented to illustrate these items. Participants will leave the webinar series with a “To Do” list of next steps they need to take and a toolkit of helpful resources.

Current criteria for accessible public rights-of-way including the pedestrian access route, curb ramps and detectable warnings, accessible pedestrian signals, street furniture, on-street parking and temporary traffic control requirements for pedestrians are also reviewed in the webinar.

The instructor will be Ronald Eck, P.E., of the West Virginia LTAP Center.

Participants completing all four sessions will receive credit for completing the Self-Evaluations & Transition Plans and PROWAG Overview course through the Ohio LTAP center. This class does count towards Roads Scholar Training credit as listed on this announcement.

Environmental Awareness for Highway and Street Maintenance Operation

June 23, 24, 25 | 1pm-3pm EST

The concept of going about highway & street maintenance in an environmentally acceptable manner is of great importance to state and local agencies. This webinar series explores how to perform our routine highway maintenance and achieve quality production while being environmentally responsible and compliant.

Topics discussed include: pollution defined, why we should be concerned, general permits, groundwater protection, surface water management, typical highway maintenance operations, work in and around streams, waste management, and spill prevention/response. This course is designed for supervisors and crew members performing maintenance work on the roadway with a desire to be environmental stewards. It is much easier and less expensive to prevent environmental mishaps than it is to clean them up.

Part 1: Pollution Defined, Why it is Important, General Permits and Requirements

Part 2: Typical Highway Maintenance Operations, Work in and around Streams

Part 3: Facility Based Operations, Waste Management, and Spill Prevention/Response

Talent Management Strategies for Agencies in Turbulent Times

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As agencies face unprecedented hurdles in today’s world, employee needs are the top priority for HR and L&D leaders. With the right resources in place, government agencies can continue to provide consistent and transparent communication and uninterrupted employee development and onboarding—further strengthening the agency.

Join us for a conversation with representatives from Collier County, FL Human Resources, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. We will discuss how they have overcome obstacles in their employee onboarding and development to deliver highly effective talent management strategies during turbulent times.

You’ll learn how two distinct agencies have overcome obstacles such as:

  • Training different compositions of their workforce with varying degrees of technological capabilities;
  • Labor and employee relations concerns;
  • Rate of required change; and,
  • Positioning technology as an enabler and not a barrier.

 

During this conversation, we will highlight lessons learned that you may be able to apply in your agency to help cover these or similar obstacles you face.

Road Safety @ Rush Hour Podcast

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Road Safety @ Rush Hour is a monthly podcast series discussing the latest topics and trends in roadway safety technology and innovation. Hosted by Bryan Delaney, Communications Coordinator at the Roadway Safety Foundation, Road Safety @ Rush Hour features conversations with some of the United States’ leaders in transportation innovation, technology, and roadway safety. From cutting edge infrastructure to autonomous vehicles to pedestrian safety and so much more, Road Safety @ Rush Hour will bring light to pressing transportation issues and topics from diverse perspectives.