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.

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Innovation Exchange Webinar: Data Safety Mining to Support your Roadway Safety Plan

Federal Highway Administration - Center for Local-aid Support Innovation Exchange Webinar Presents:
Data Safety Mining to Support your Roadway Safety Plan

What is it?

Data mining is the process for finding anomalies, patterns and correlations within large data sets to predict outcomes. Using a broad range of techniques to minimize safety risks, cut costs, and more.

Why Do it?

Data Mining to Improve roadway safety has been creating new opportunities to explore and investigate new sources of data for the purpose of improving safety planning.

There’s more out there than you think…

To find out how your agency can use data mining techniques, sign up to participate in the upcoming webinar and learn how to define systemic safety, identify low cost roadway safety solutions, and become aware of the numerous amounts of safety data types and their relevance to roadway safety.

Topic: Data Safety Mining

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm [EST]

Target Audience: Local Agencies, Tribes, and Federal Land Management Agencies

Get your hard hats and tools ready, because we are going mining—Mining for Data!!

To join the webinar, participants must register to participate in the meeting room. Wherever possible, we encourage you to attend from a conference room where everyone can gather as a group.   2/19

Register for this webinar


STIC Incentive Funds Help Make Innovations Everyday Practice

When transportation agencies need a boost to make innovations standard practice, they can turn to the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) Incentive program.

The program offers funding of up to $100,000 a year per STIC to cover some of the costs of standardizing innovative practices by a State transportation agency or other public-sector STIC stakeholder. STIC Incentive funds may be used to develop technical guidance and standards, implement process changes, organize peer exchanges, or offset the cost of innovation deployment or other activities that support a STIC’s strategic needs.

STIC Incentive funds helped the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) implement a traffic operations open data service. The Iowa DOT uses the data feeds in project prioritization, lane-closure planning, and Traffic Management Center (TMC) applications. A work zone alert feed, for example, identifies work zones where traffic has slowed or stopped for the TMC operations dashboard and triggers text alerts to Iowa DOT staff. The Iowa DOT expects the data service to provide savings to State and local agency staff who obtained information from multiple sources in the past. For information, read “Iowa DOT Traffic Operations Open Data Service” (pdf 739 kb) or contact Skylar Knickerbocker of the Iowa State University Center for Transportation Research and Education.

The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) used STIC Incentive funds to develop and implement a process to share three-dimensional engineered (3D) model data with contractors to simplify use of automated machine guidance (pdf 3.87 mb) (AMG) on projects. The process provides contractors with 3D data generated through the design process for use in construction model creation and choice on the selection of AMG equipment. MaineDOT then compares the contractor’s construction model with the design data and inspects the project to verify conformity to the design. For information, contact Brian Kittridge of MaineDOT.

Learn more about the many ways STICs use incentive funds to standardize innovation on the STIC Incentive Projects web page.

Contact Sara Lowry of the Center for Accelerating Innovation for information on the program.

Contact your State Every Day Counts coordinator for assistance with STIC Incentive applications.   2/19


Need Innovation Deployment Resources? Start Here.

The Federal Highway Administration offers technical assistance, training, and incentives to help the highway community adopt innovations—including those in Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5)—and make them standard practice.

Multidisciplinary teams of experts are available to provide technical assistance and training to help State and local agencies adopt the 10 innovations in EDC-5, now underway. They also organize peer exchanges to enable transportation practitioners to discuss innovation challenges and best practices with colleagues in other States.   1/19

The Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program offers incentives to accelerate the implementation of innovation in highway transportation projects. Funding of up to $1 million per project may be awarded for using innovation on any project phase between planning and delivery, including financing, operation, structures, materials, pavements, environment, and construction.

The State Transportation Innovation Council Incentive (STIC) program provides funding of up to $100,000 per STIC per year to offset some of the costs of standardizing innovative practices in a State transportation agency or other public-sector STIC stakeholder.


TSMO, What Is That Thing Anyway? Webinar

Please join us for the latest in WSDOT’s Research & Library Services bimonthly Research Results Webinars.

What: TSMO, WHAT IS THAT THING ANYWAY? Transportation Systems Management & Operations - presented by Monica Harwood Duncan, WSDOT Statewide Traffic Operations Engineer.
When: 10:30—11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, January 30, 2019.
Who: Participation is open to any WSDOT employee, with supervisor’s approval. If you know someone outside of WSDOT who might be interested in this topic, feel free to share this announcement. All who are interested in this topic are welcome.
How: Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1495096515713216259 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Those who are interested but cannot make the live webinar are still encouraged to register. All who register will receive a link to a recording of the webinar.   1/19

Please direct questions to the organizers:

About this webinar:
Have you heard about Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) and wondered what is it exactly? Maybe you are familiar with the term TSMO (pronounced TIZ-MO) but wondered, “Is TSMO all that different from Intelligent Transportation Systems of Traffic Operations?” or “How does Connected Vehicles and Travel Demand Management fit into TSMO?” This webinar is intended to provide an overview of WSDOT’s efforts to develop and deploy transportation strategies that maximize the use of existing infrastructure to benefit the safety and mobility of our communities.

About the presenter - Monica Harwood Duncan PE | Statewide Traffic Operations Engineer, WSDOT:
Monica Harwood Duncan is a Statewide Traffic Operations Engineer for the Washington State Department of Transportation. She is responsible for furthering the implementation of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) within WSDOT and with its partner agencies, working to use our existing transportation systems more efficiently. She focuses on workforce development as it relates to TSMO and traffic operations, preparing our current and future workforce for the challenges it will meet. Monica began her career with WSDOT over 20 years ago. She is a registered professional engineer and traffic operations engineer with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. She proudly calls Spokane her ‘home base’ where she lives with her husband, also a transportation engineer geek, and her two children, transportation geeks in training. Monica is an avid traveler, skier, hiker, and adventurist in life. All of which she loves doing best with her family and friends.


Learn About Every Day Counts Round Five Innovations

Now that Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) is underway, State and local agencies are evaluating the 10 innovations to determine which to adopt over the next 2 years. The Federal Highway Administration is available to provide technical assistance, training, and resources to help deploy the innovations. Watch introductory webinars on the EDC-5 innovations.   1/19

Two EDC-5 innovations address safety issues:

  • Systemic application of proven countermeasures to reduce rural roadway departures helps keep vehicles in their travel lanes, lower the potential for crashes, and lessen the severity of crashes that do occur.
  • As pedestrian safety continues to be a concern, the cost-effective countermeasures in the safe transportation for every pedestrian initiative can help reduce pedestrian fatalities at uncontrolled and signalized crossing locations.

Three innovations can enhance quality:

  • Advanced geotechnical exploration methods generate more accurate geotechnical characterizations that improve design and construction, leading to shorter project delivery times and reducing risks associated with limited data on subsurface site conditions.
  • Tools in the collaborative hydraulics: advancing to the next generation of engineering initiative improve understanding of complex interactions between waterways and transportation assets, enabling better design and project delivery and enhanced communication.
  • Unmanned aerial systems collect high-quality data automatically or remotely, allowing agencies to expedite the data collection needed for better decision making while reducing the adverse impacts of temporary work zones on workers and travelers.

Two innovations help agencies improve mobility:

  • Using crowdsourcing to advance operations turns transportation system users into real-time sensors on system performance, providing low-cost, high-quality data on traffic operations, conditions, and patterns.
  • Weather-responsive management strategies support agencies in deploying improved traffic control and traveler information systems that can reduce crashes and delays resulting from adverse weather.

Two innovations use strategies to shorten project delivery times:

  • Using project bundling to award a single contract for several similar preservation, rehabilitation, or replacement projects helps agencies streamline design and construction, cut costs, and decrease project backlogs.
  • Strategies promoted in the value capture: capitalizing on the value created by transportation initiative enable agencies to recover a portion of public transportation investments that result in increased land values to reinvest in the transportation system.

One innovation supports environmental sustainability:

  • Virtual public involvement techniques offer convenient, efficient, and low-cost methods for informing the public, encouraging participation, and getting input on transportation planning and project development.


New Year, New Innovations: Every Day Counts Round Five Starts Now

As Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) kicks off this month, deployment teams are ready to provide technical assistance, resources, and training to help transportation agencies adopt 10 proven innovations that will benefit transportation agencies and the traveling public.

Innovator Newsletter: Ready for Round Five

The EDC-5 roster includes safety-focused initiatives to reduce pedestrian fatalities and rural roadway departures, innovations such as advanced geotechnical exploration methods and hydraulic modeling tools to improve project delivery, and techniques such as project bundling to repair roads and bridges more cost-effectively.

“The EDC-5 innovations go a long way in supporting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s and Federal Highway Administration’s strategic priorities,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson. “Safety is number one, but strengthening infrastructure and planning for the future through innovation are also priorities we’re all working toward.”

Transportation stakeholders gathered for fall 2018 summits for a first look at the EDC-5 innovations. State Transportation Innovation Councils are now reviewing the innovations to determine which best fit their State and local agency needs and developing plans to deploy the innovations over the next 2 years.   1/19


Seattle Improves Pedestrian Safety With Retroreflective Sleeves on Signs

As State and local agencies partner with FHWA to advance the Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian initiative, the city of Seattle, WA, added retroreflective sleeves to about 5,000 of the city’s 8,000 STOP and YIELD sign posts. The sleeve is a three-sided reflector that attaches to a sign post and matches the sign’s background color. This low-cost, quickly installed treatment increases the visibility of the sign, especially during evening hours. The neighboring city of Shoreline adopted Seattle’s approach for sign sleeves at crosswalks and intersections and the Washington State Department of Transportation began installing the sleeves on signs at curves and on/off ramps. The use of retroreflective sleeves is supported by FHWA’s "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices." For information, read "Can a Sleeve and a Gateway Improve Pedestrian Safety?" in the FHWA Safety Compass newsletter or contact Becky Crowe of the FHWA Office of Safety.   11/18


AASHTO TC3 YouTube Video Resource

The AASHTO Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) has launched a YouTube channel containing videos supplied by agencies sharing information on test procedures, construction inspection, maintenance procedures, and more. This is a place where anyone can go to learn more about highway operations. There may be some slight state-specific information (which the viewer is warned about), but much of the information is valuable to anyone performing that type of work. A number of states have these types of videos, but other agencies aren’t always aware about how or where to find them, so the purpose of this TC3 channel is to share this valuable information with everyone. 11/18


Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council

TC3 is AASHTO’s online training library of 190+ training modules. Courses are developed by subject matter experts and include national best practices. All courses are available on the TC3 (pdf 481 kb) website and also a mobile app, available on iOS and Android systems.   10/18


Connected & Autonomous Vehicles Basics

With a host of new vehicle technologies emerging, it’s common to see news articles discussing automated and connected vehicle technologies. Though at times these terms are mistakenly used interchangeably, there is a clear distinction between the two concepts. This technical brief provides an overview of the two technologies. (pdf 1.07 mb)   10/18


In Case You Missed Them: EDC-5 Orientation Webinars Available for Viewing

Watch recordings of the introductory webinars on the 10 innovations in EDC round five (EDC-5). Each 90-minute webinar provides an overview of an EDC-5 innovation, examples of how the innovation is being used in transportation programs, and resources available to help agencies deploy the innovation in 2019 and 2020.   10/18


FHWA Awards $8.4 Million to Nine States for Innovative Highway Projects

FHWA announced $8.4 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration awards to State departments of transportation in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Utah.   9/18


Innovation in Action – Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT)

This webinar is intended to provide an overview of WSDOTs efforts to prepare for a Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) future.
WSDOT is currently promoting and working to enable the deployment of automated technologies that encourage all modes of transportation to cooperate and communicate to provide travelers a safe, sustainable, and integrated multimodal transportation system.

Read more (pdf 172 kb) 8/18


Pavement Preservation (When, Where, and How)

The strategies in the Every Day Counts initiative on pavement preservation (when, where, and how) offer a cost-effective way to extend the service life of pavements and achieve smoother, safer roads with fewer costly repairs.

The “when and where” component supports preservation of highway investments by managing pavements proactively:

Read more (pdf 185 kb) 8/18


TC3 - Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council

Earlier this month, FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) finalized an agreement for a project that is fantastic news for local and tribal transportation professionals. Through funding from FHWA, the agreement provides these practitioners access to the AASHTO TC3 library.

Access to the exceptional portfolio of training the AASHTO TC3 library provides advances the mission of FHWA’s Center for Local Aid Support (CLAS) – providing training and technical assistance to local government and tribal transportation practitioners across the United States through the Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs.

Read more (pdf 259 kb) 8/18


NHI - Safety Data and Analysis Fundamental Training

This Web-based training helps transportation professionals understand safety data and collection methods. The course teaches you how to interpret and use data to support key decision-making efforts.

Data management has not always kept up with the need of the latest safety analysis tools and methodologies. In this training, you will learn to identify weaknesses and strengthen the way safety data is used in their programs, projects, and communities. By studying the data analysis process, participants gain the knowledge of key safety data types and terms with additional insights to sources and collection methods of safety data.

Read more (pdf 317 kb) 8/18


Register now to try three TC3 courses at no cost through August 2018!

Free Through August: Inspection, Ethics, and Asphalt Binder Content Trainings! Were excited to launch two new training courses: Inspection of Concrete Pavement Repair: Jointed and CRCP; and Ethics Awareness for Engineers. They're now available in the new AASHTO Store! Additionally, we wanted to remind you that AASHTO Designation: T 308, covering the Standard Method of Test for Determining Asphalt Binder Content of Hot Mix Asphalt, is also live in the AASHTO Store. Since this test is typically performed this time of year, its an excellent opportunity for plant technicians, private lab, or contractor employees to refresh their knowledge on this test procedure. All three courses are available at no cost through August 2018!

Read more (pdf 123 kb) 8/18


Innovation Exchange Webinar: Innovative Financing Strategies

The purpose of this webinar is to provide locals, counties and tribes with tools to expand capacity to design and implement alternative financial strategies for delivering transportation infrastructure. In this time of declining revenues and increasing fiscal requirements, it is imperative that the transportation industry be equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to evaluate project finance, revenue, and procurement options at the right time in the program delivery process. By being knowledgeable about a wide range of options, both traditional and non-traditional, counties, tribes and local highway agencies can better ensure that critical projects are adequately funded, delivered on schedule, and that continuing needs for the preservation and efficient operation of the system are taken into account.

Read more (pdf 246 kb) 7/18


WSDOT Research Results Webinar

Please join us for the latest in WSDOT’s Research & Library Services bimonthly Research Results Webinars.

What: Stormwater Infiltration in Highway Embankments -- Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity Estimation for Un-compacted and Compacted Soils, presented by Tony Allen, PE, State Geotechnical Engineer, and Alex Nguyen, PE, Highway Runoff Program Manager.
When: 10:30—11:30 a.m., July 25, 2018.
Who: Participation is open to any WSDOT employee, with supervisor’s approval. If you know someone outside of WSDOT who might be interested in this topic, feel free to share this announcement. All who are interested in this topic are welcome.
How: Please register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8558636285248585729

Read more (pdf 156 kb) 7/18


Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB) announcement

The Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB) has announced the new Road Safety Professional (RSP) certification in addition to their other certifications programs including PTOE and PTP.

Read more (pdf 119 kb) 7/18


WSDOT Open Data Portal

The WSDOT Open Data Portal provides an easy way for the public to discover and download our Online Map Center enterprise data. Data can be searched for by keyword or category and entire datasets or filtered subsets can be downloaded as a spreadsheet, KML, and shapefile and some datasets can be downloaded as a file geodatabase. Datasets in the WSDOT Open Data Portal are also available for discovery and download in the Washington Geospatial Open Data site.

Read more 7/18


NACE - National Association of County Engineers

Dear Matthew,

I wanted to relay some information regarding a new USDOT program, entitled Solving for Safety Visualization Challenge. Please see the following information, which includes regarding upcoming webinars and application processes. NACE was represented at this meeting at DOT Headquarters regarding this and other programs a few weeks back by Andrew Avery, Public Works Commissioner for Chemung County, New York

Read more (pdf 71 kb) 6/18


The EDC-5 Innovations have been Selected!

Together, the transportation community has achieved many noteworthy accomplishments – bringing new ideas to the forefront faster, spreading innovation to more quickly deliver projects across the United States, and building the foundation for a culture of innovation within the highway community. FHWA is pleased to announce the fifth round of FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC) program.

The following ten innovations will be advanced under EDC-5, which FHWA is calling the “On-Ramp to Innovation”:


Read more (pdf 323 kb) 6/18


Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) team is traveling across the country to promote cost-effective countermeasures with known safety benefits to State and local agencies.

Read more (pdf 84 kb) 6/18


Innovation Exchange Webinar: All About Drones: Rules, Riggings, Routines, and Results Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EST)

Confused and uncertain about using drones? Then this webinar is for you! Drone expert, Joe Campbell, P.E., M.S.C.E. of the Minnesota FHWA Division will share his knowledge on how local, FLMAs, and Tribal agencies can integrate drones into transportation programs. Come hear how to navigate rules and regulations, how and what equipment to buy, how to fly, and see inspiring examples from road and bridge inspections. Listen to what others are curious about, ask your own burning questions, then get answers. Walk away knowing that you too can be a drone user!

Topics: FAA Part 107 Rule, Business Case, Equipment, Capabilities, Bridge Inspection, Goggles, Costs, and an exciting case-study locating historic trails for the Fond du Lac tribe.

Feel free to forward and share this invitation with others among our primary target audience of Counties and Cities, Federal Land Management Agencies, Tribal Nations, and Federal Lands Highway. Other who are interested are very welcome too. Please register no later than Monday, June 18 (also known as the REGISTRATION CUTOFF DATE) to obtain the link to attend.

Watch recording of webinar

Read more 6/18


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

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure (evergreen.edu/csi) 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.

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