Minnesota Department of Transportation

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State Aid for Local Transportation

Events & Workshops

Advanced Horizontal and Vertical Alignment and Intersection Applications

  • March 5 - 7, 2019 from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday) and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday - Thursday) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center

This three-day workshop covers horizontal and vertical alignment with more advanced examples and challenges. Attendees learn how the three components of a road plan—plan, profile, and cross section—are integrated to account for intersections, drainage, sight distance, and quantities. Nearly every highway and street design effort involves some elements of intersections. The proper engineering of an intersection can be one of the most challenging tasks in road design. Topics involved in intersection design include general geometric parameters, alignment and grade considerations, intersection sight distance, design vehicle consideration, and pedestrian considerations and design.

Cost: $800

For more details and to register, see the advanced horizontal and vertical alignment registration form (PDF, 180 KB).

Typical Sections, Cross Sections, Roadside Design, Quantities, and Earthwork

  • December 18 - 20, 2018 from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday) and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday - Thursday) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center

This three-day workshop focuses on roadside design and safety. Each day has interactive activities and case-study-based examples/working problems.

Typical and cross sections topics include typical section standards, elements, and development; grades and slopes; developing a typical section using the Road Design Manual and the soils letter; and contours and creating a cross section.

Roadside design topics include explaining how to determine and compute clear zone requirements and how to deal with obstructions, barrier design and placement, horizontal clearance to obstruction, ditch sections, and impacts of design speed on clear zone.

Quantities and earthwork topics include identifying pay items on a plan set, determining the appropriate units, estimating the amount of each item to be paid for as part of the project, preparing tabulations and final quantities, earthwork and mass balances, shrinkage and expansion factors for a variety of soil types, estimating earthwork quantities, and preparing earthwork tables and summaries.

Cost: $800

For more details and to register, see the typical sections registration form (PDF, 180 KB).

Sign Maintenance and Management for Local Agencies

This online distance-learning course was created to provide a concise, cohesive set of sign maintenance and management materials to employees of cities, counties, and municipalities. The development of this course stemmed from the realization that no consistent sign training is available locally and that many key maintenance staff are retiring without transferring their knowledge to younger staff. In addition, it is often challenging for maintenance staff to attend workshops and training in person, since their schedules change frequently and are often weather-dependent.

This course will help maintenance staff better understand sign materials, placement, installation, and retroreflectivity, as well as general maintenance and management practices. In addition, students will learn how to use and navigate the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MN MUTCD) and understand new federal requirements related to sign maintenance and management.

The course consists of 10 lessons, each containing a narrated presentation, video clips, and a quiz. Participants can complete the course, which will take about 10 hours, at their own pace.

Course Lessons

  • General overview
  • Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Sign policy
  • Sign materials
  • Safety
  • Sign placement
  • Sign installation
  • Sign retroreflectivity
  • Sign maintenance and management
  • Addressing and street name signs

Cost: $65 ($75 to register for a Continuing Education Credit)

For further details and to register, visit http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/traffic/onlinesign/index.html.

Superelevation, Drainage, and Vertical Alignment

  • February 19 - 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday) and 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday - Thursday) at the MnDOT Shoreview Training and Conference Center

This three-day workshop builds on the Fundamentals of Roadway Design and Horizontal Alignment Workshop by providing information on basic twolane superelevation and shoulder applications. The workshop reviews several multi-lane and ramp applications and intersection considerations, drainage impacts from superelevation design, and spiral transition curves.

Additionally, this workshop covers the geometry of vertical curves, standards and design considerations, vertical curve sight distance criteria and some related design challenges, interactions of vertical curvature,
superelevation, and drainage.

Cost: $800

For more details and to register, see the superelevation, drainage, and vertical alignment registration form (PDF, 180 KB).

VETA Class #2: Administering Intelligent Compaction and Paver Mounted Thermal Profiling Technologies

This one-day course will cover responsibilities related to administering “(2016) Quality Management – Paver Mounted Thermal Profile (PMTP) Method” and “(2016) Quality Management Special – Intelligent Compaction (IC) Method”. Topics covered: special provision highlights; monetary price adjustments; hands-on computer training on how to review Veta projects and forms submitted by the contractors; and examples of how to identify workmanship issues, in Veta, using measurements from these technologies.

Cost: $50

For more details and to register, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/materials/trainingregistration/vetatraining2018/VETA_Class2.pdf.