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Trainings & Workshops

Back to Basics Series: Pavement Design (webinar)

  • Thursday, September 28 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Flexible pavement design has undergone numerous changes since the AASHO Road Test a half-century ago. This webinar will detail how flexible pavements work to carry traffic and how this impacts design considerations. Some details on mechanistic-empirical design will be covered, too, but the primary purpose of this webinar is to provide a basic understanding of the AASHTO 93 Design Guide and how to apply it.

Cost: Free

For more information view the NAPA Webinars webpage.

Back to Basics Series: Tack Coats

  • Thursday, September 7 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A strong layered pavement system owes much to the bond between layers, and a good tack coat allows two independent pavement layers to act as a single unit. This webinar will outline what materials are available for tack coats, as well as how to recognize and avoid common distresses and problems associated with improper tacking. Participants will also learn how to differentiate between acceptable and poor tack coats.

Cost: Free

For more information view the NAPA Webinars webpage.

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.