Minnesota Department of Transportation

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April 2015

Advanced Flexibility in Design Workshop

  • April 21 - 23 at U of M Continuing Education and Conference Center in St. Paul from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday), 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Thursday) and 8 a.m. - noon (Friday)

This interactive workshop is designed for transportation professionals who would like to enhance their understanding, capabilities, and approaches in applying flexibility in design for more successful and cost-effective project development outcomes. While the workshop is valuable for all transportation professionals, this year's event specifically encourages participation by traffic engineering and bridge design practitioners.

Presentation and discussion modules will be followed by individual and group exercises to practice lessons learned. A field walk addressing accommodations of all users will be included on Day 1 of the workshop, weather permitting (bring appropriate attire).

Cost: No cost

To register, contact Norm Plasch at 651-366-3301.

Signal & Lighting Certification

This two-day course includes review of contract documents, Gopher One Call procedures, staking traffic signals, installation of Traffic Signal and Lighting components above and underground, final inspection of electrical systems, activating Traffic Signals and Roadway Lighting Systems, as-built plans. This course is designed to educate participants on MnDOT standard procedures for Traffic Signal and Lighting system inspection and construction. This class comes with 12 PDH (Professional Development Hours), 16 IMSA (International Municipal Signal Association) credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits. The course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 90 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70 percent is required for certification.

Cost: $250

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Certification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Signal & Lighting Recertification

This one-day course includes the latest changes in technology, signal and lighting hardware, specifications and procedures. This class comes with 6 Professional Development Hours, 8 International Municipal Signal Association credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits. This course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 60 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70 percent is required for recertification.

Cost: $150

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Recertification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

May 2015

Bridge Maintenance Academy I

Participants will receive a classroom introduction to the fundamentals required to perform bridge maintenance effectively including bridge mechanics, bridge design concepts, plan reading, concrete, bridge safety, timber and bridge preservation. In addition, a full day tour of bridge construction projects or manufacturing facilities will expose participants to various aspects of bridge maintenance fundamentals.

Cost: $75

To register, complete the Bridge Maintenance Academy I registration form (Word, 115 KB) and mail check payment to:

Norm Plasch
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 200
St. Paul, MN 55155

Trunk Highway 24 Concrete Overlay Project Open House

  • Thursday, May 21st at the Dassel City Hall from 10 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

This is the final event in the TERRA–STIC educational series on BCOA–Bonded Concrete Overlay on Asphalt (whitetopping) technology. On May 21st between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., an Open House showcasing a 15 mile long 4” thick BCOA project completed last year on Trunk Highway 24 near Litchfield. The primary goals are to share the lessons learned during the construction of the project, and to visit the project to review its performance after its first winter of service.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up prior to May 1st (helps with sizing the bus and food quantities). Please fill out the TH 24 registration form (PDF, 305 KB). Lunch is being provided courtesy of the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota.

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June 2015

Traffic Signal Timing & Coordination

  • June 2 - 4 at the Eagan Education Center from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This is a three day class. Participants will learn how to develop and analyze traffic signal timing and coordination. The class begins with general theory and data collection, and progresses with the development of isolated signal timing and coordinated signal timing plans using Synchro version 9. Basic signal timing calculations and practices are discussed. Timing is developed in a usable form for entry into a controller. The coordination example will follow a recently completed coordination plan, highlighting new techniques and theories. Students will NOT receive a copy of the software, but will receive information on how to order Synchro. Each participant will receive a course manual and a CD copy of the manual.

Cost: $300 (local, county and state employees) or $400 (all others)

To register, complete Traffic Signal Timing & Coordination registration form (Word, 45 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Guide Sign Design

This 2 day course is designed for MnDOT, county, city, and consultant engineering personnel who need to acquire guide sign design skills. Participants will acquire the basic design skills needed in order to design traffic guide signs using the SignCAD software.

SignCAD will be used to demonstrate basic sign design elements for as many traffic guide sign examples as time permits. All participants will receive a MnDOT Traffic Guide Sign manual, but will NOT receive a copy of the SignCAD software or user manual.

Cost: $200 MnDOT/government employees, $300 for all others

To register, complete Guide Sign Design registration form (Word, 45 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155