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Specialization in Asphalt Sustainability Implementation

  • September 1, 2016, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

The asphalt pavement industry has long benefited from using recycled materials such as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) to supplement costly virgin materials. When used properly, these recycling practices not only offer economic benefits, but also offer social and environmental benefits without compromising performance. Although RAP is a 100 percent recyclable material, on average the U.S. only uses 20 percent. Partners such as Japan and others around the world have been able to use roughly more than 45 percent RAP. Since the 1980s, the asphalt industry has been using RAS; however, it has only been in the past decade that specifications have significantly progressed.

Learn the latest developments in RAP and RAS best practices and agency specifications in order to produce high-quality pavements and what sustainable benefits can result.

This webinar will cover:
1. The economic benefits of recycling RAP and RAS.
2. How to maximize recycled materials in asphalt mix design while maintaining performance.
3. The social and environmental benefits to using recycled materials.

Speakers: Randy West – Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology & Richard Willis - Director of Pavement Engineering and Innovation, NAPA

Members, DOTS, City/County and Public Works Agencies, SAPAs — FREE (Use Code: Rap)
Non-Members — $129

Register Here

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.

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.