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Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) News

The Washington State Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) is a partnership between WSDOT's Local Program Division and FHWA, providing training opportunities and a coordinated technology transfer program for local agencies in Washington State. LTAP offers courses directly targeting the training needs of local agencies receiving Federal funding.

Below are News items of interest to our local agencies and partners.

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Finding Communities to Feature in a Virtual Tour of WA's 21st Century Infrastructure

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure ( is developing a Virtual Tour of Washington’s 21st Century Infrastructure projects, a web-based GIS map of shining local examples of infrastructure innovation in water, energy, transportation, and waste systems.

We’d appreciate your help to identify great projects in your part of the state that demonstrate how infrastructure innovation is supporting local economic vitality and quality of life for Washingtonians.

Read more . . . (pdf 80 kb) 1/18

Send Us Your Innovation Ideas

FHWA is looking for game-changing innovations that can have a national impact on the transportation system. FHWA invites transportation stakeholders and the public to help identify proven innovations for deployment in EDC round five (EDC-5) in 2019–2020. FHWA seeks information on technologies and processes with the potential to transform the way the highway community does business by enhancing safety, shortening project delivery time, cutting traffic congestion, or improving environmental sustainability.

See the EDC-5 Call for Ideas web page for information on submitting suggestions and send ideas to by January 18, 2018. Contact Julie Zirlin of the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation with questions.

Read more . . .12/17

Upcoming National and Regional Bridge Conferences

The AASHTO TSP2 program is planning a national conference in Orlando, FL, APRIL 8 – 12, 2018 to discuss, promote and advance the state of the practice of bridge preservation.

Read more . . .11/17

Load Rating and Posting for Specialized Hauling Vehicles (SHVs)

In November of 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a memorandum outlining the requirements regarding the load rating and posting of Specialized Hauling Vehicles (SHV) for bridges contained in the National Bridge Inventory.

Read more . . .9/17

Colorado Demonstrates Self-Driving Work Zone Vehicle

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) demonstrated the world’s first self-driving work zone vehicle on a road striping operation in Fort Collins. The demonstration was part of CDOT’s implementation of smarter work zone technologies to enhance work zone safety. The Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle (AIPV) removes the driver from the impact attenuator, or crash cushion, truck that customarily travels behind mobile work crews to act as a barrier to deflect vehicles that could hit people or equipment. The self-driving technology takes the vehicle driver out of harm’s way while still protecting road workers. For information, contact Amy Ford of CDOT.

Read more . . .8/17

Data-Driven Safety Analysis (DDSA)

In most States, more than half of traffic fatalities occur on local roads. During Every Day Counts round four (EDC-4), the Federal Highway Administration is helping local as well as State agencies become proficient in using data-driven safety analysis (DDSA) tools to reduce crashes. Many local agencies already benefit from DDSA. In Thurston County, WA, the public works department used systemic analysis tools to prioritize projects and better target safety investments. Using FHWA’s Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool allowed the agency to pinpoint at-risk locations on its system and identify appropriate safety countermeasures to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) used systemic DDSA to develop road safety plans for each of its 87 counties. The analysis showed that half of traffic fatalities in the State were on local roads, so MnDOT helped local agencies implement the safety plans by sharing funding with them in proportion to the number of projects on their systems.

Read more . . .6/17

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

Cost-effective countermeasures with known safety benefits can help reduce pedestrian fatalities at uncontrolled crossing locations and un-signalized intersections.

Read more . . .5/17

Washington Releases Corridor Capacity Report

The Washington State Department of Transportation published the 2016 Corridor Capacity Report, a statewide analysis of transportation system capacity and performance. Transit providers, regional planning organizations and other groups partnered with the Washington State DOT on the report, an example of the use of regional models of cooperation.

Read more . . .(pdf 22 kb) 12/16


FHWA, AASHTO Joint Technical Committee on Pavements, and TRB Committee AFD10, Pavement Management Systems, is hosting a series of quarterly webinars. The purpose of the webinars is to provide a forum for education and communication for pavement management practitioners.

Read more . . .(pdf 264 kb) 12/16

Emergency Relief - Top Ten Things You Need to Know

FHWA Washington Division office wants to remind you of the important things to remember if faced with an emergency that your agency has applied to FHWA for Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help recover costs.

Read more . . .(pdf 553 kb) 12/16

WSDOT roadside safety update (December 2016)

Changes were made to the 2016 WSDOT Design Manual and further changes will be made to the January 2017 General Special Provisions (GSP’s) that will affect projects involving aesthetic treatment of w-beam guardrail. Changes relate to how the aesthetic appearance of guardrail will be achieved where this approach is desired or required by agreement.

Read more . . .(pdf 333 kb) 12/16

ADA Pedestrian Facilities Construction Inspection - training.

WSDOT has a helpful online training on ADA Pedestrian Facilities Construction Inspection. This training provides information a field inspector needs to ensure ADA requirements are met during construction.

Read more . . .(pdf 188 kb) 10/16

Have you checked out AASHTO’s Transportation TV yet?

The concept behind it is the regular tracking of transportation related news across the United States, providing news updates and highlighting people “making headlines in the field of transportation”

Read more . . .(pdf 84 kb) 8/16

Innovation Corner

Get Ready for EDC-4: Innovations Announced

Read More . . .8/16

Making our local roads safer through Local Road Safety Planning.

Many state departments of transportation (DOT) have embarked on a comprehensive approach to the development of local road safety plans whereas in other states the local agencies are taking the initiative to develop their own plans and have experienced changes in their road safety programs.

Read more . . .(pdf 281 kb) 7/16

FHWA Announces New Every Day Counts Innovations.

Eleven technologies and practices are on the fourth-round roster of Every Day Counts, the Federal Highway Administration’s state-based initiative to deploy proven innovations to shorten and enhance project delivery.

Read more . . .(pdf 80 kb) 6/16

FREE Complete Streets Workshop coming to Richland in June.

This training will help BUILD a common understanding of the Complete Streets concept & approach, LEARN why jurisdictions should have a complete streets ordinance, and IDENTIFY concrete steps to build a strong complete streets policy for your community. The Department of Health's (DOH) James Kissee, the Transportation Improvement Board's (TIB) Chris Workman, and the Washington State Department of Transportation's (WSDOT) own Charlotte Claybrooke are teaming up to provide a Complete Streets workshop on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Ben Franklin Transit Administration Building located at 1000 Columbia Park Trail in Richland Washington. Space is limited so you'll want to register soon. Register online at .

Read more . . .(pdf 625 kb) 6/16

Innovative Safety Program Announced.

Detailed information about these technologies, the funding program, available resources, and the application process is available on the WSDOT website. Applications are due to WSDOT by July 31, 2016.

Read more . . .(pdf 449 kb) 6/16


The Walkable Washington Symposium & Awards will showcase outstanding projects promoting walking, and provide communities with knowledge to create safe, inviting, and walkable places for everyone.

Read more . . .(pdf 49 kb) 5/16

Comments to the Federal Register for EDC 4 & the MUTCD.

In preparing for the fourth round of Every Day Counts (EDC) initiatives (2017-2018), FWHA has issued a Federal Register Notice requesting input on the list of topics to be developed.

Read more . . .(pdf 529 kb) 1/16

ACEC/WSDOT Structures Team Design Review Services.

The WSDOT/ACEC Structures Sub-Committee is offering its' services to Owners, Local Agencies, State Agencies and Consulting Firms. The committee is offering to review projects at any phase during the development, concerning design and constructability.

Read more . . .(pdf 76 kb) 1/16

Bridge Preventive Maintenance; Or Keeping the Water Out.

Back in the day, before timber preservatives were developed, early bridge builders put a roof over the bridge to keep the water off the untreated timber.

Read more . . .(pdf 1.6 mb) 1/16

Regulating Access on Washington State Highways.

What is access? Access is the ability to enter or leave a public street, roadway or highway from an abutting property or another public street, roadway or highway.

Read more . . .(pdf 596 kb) 1/16