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News Notices & Publications: SEDA-COG wraps up successful year for Local Technical Assistance Program


SEDA-COG wraps up successful year for Local Technical Assistance Program

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Spring classes scheduled


In 2017, over 180 people benefited from roadway safety and maintenance training courses through a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG).


Through the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), SEDA-COG sponsored 10 free training courses on roadway safety and maintenance issues this past year. These classes were held in six central Pennsylvania counties, attracting 185 students – an average of 19 students per class.


Topics included salt and snow management, work zone traffic control, roadside vegetation control, and traffic signs.


Attendants mostly were elected municipal officials and staff, including public works directors, roadmasters, foremen, managers, equipment operators, engineers, and law enforcement. State College Borough was the area municipality that sent the largest number of attendees (34) to courses held in the area.


Also in 2017, SEDA-COG staff helped connect municipalities to free technical assistance services (tech assists) available through LTAP. In total, there were 21 tech assists completed for area municipalities by a pool of LTAP experts.


Tech assists were given on traffic studies, traffic counts, establishing speed limits, drainage improvements, proper signage, traffic detours during special events, and traffic calming alternatives.


LTAP classes currently scheduled for early 2018 include: 


Work Zone (Temporary) Traffic Control

Teaches about proper work zone set-up requirements, traffic control devices, and flagging procedures.

8 a.m. – noon March 16

Danville Borough building

463 Mill St.

Danville, Pa. 17821


8 a.m. – noon March 27

Patton Township building

100 Patton Plaza

State College, Pa. 16803


8 a.m. – noon April 26

State College Borough maintenance garage

330 South Osmond St.

State College, Pa. 16801


Full Depth Reclamation

Presents proper application of this process that recycles existing pavement materials, saving energy and resources.

8 a.m. – noon March 22

Berwick Borough building

1800 N. Market St.
Berwick, Pa. 18603


Equipment & Worker Safety

Provides a basic understanding of common safety factors and practices associated with road maintenance operations, including crack sealing, mowing, trench excavation, chain saw use, and snow plowing.

8 a.m. – noon April 9

Danville Borough building

463 Mill St.

Danville, Pa. 17821


Unpaved and Gravel Roads

Presents basic maintenance practices for unpaved and gravel roads, including the use of blading, reshaping, regraveling, and dust control.

8 a.m. – noon April 10

Buckhorn Community Fire Co.

19 Firehall Road
Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815


Asphalt Roads

Covers the latest techniques, materials, and equipment for addressing asphalt distress.

8 a.m. – noon April 11

Boggs Township community building

1290 Runville Road
Bellefonte, Pa. 16823

PennDOT has been providing LTAP services to municipalities since 1983. LTAP is based on the premise that new technologies and procedures developed at the state and federal levels should be transferred to local municipal officials and employees for improving the overall transportation system.


Each year, free PennDOT LTAP training and technology transfer programs train and assist nearly 5,000 municipal employees statewide in effective maintenance procedures, essential safety practices, and infrastructure management processes.


LTAP classes may be sponsored at the request of municipalities. To register for any of the classes or learn more about other LTAP activities in the SEDA-COG region, please contact Steve Herman at 570-524-4491 or email LTAP news and information is available at

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SEDA-COG SEDA-Council of Governments Local Technical Assistance Program LTAP PennDOT spring classes transportation Steve Herman


Created at 1/11/2018 10:00 AM by Liz Regan
Last modified at 1/11/2018 10:00 AM by Liz Regan