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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 2018, over 260 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 14 free training courses on roadway safety and maintenance issues last year. These classes were held in six central Pennsylvania counties, attracting 262 students – an average of 19 students per class.


Some training topics included salt and snow management, work zone traffic control, road safety audits, asphalt roads maintenance, and drainage.


Attendees mostly were elected municipal officials and staff, including public works directors, roadmasters, foremen, managers, laborers, equipment operators, engineers, and law enforcement.


Danville Borough was the area municipality that sent the largest number of attendees (50) to courses held in the area.


Shannon Berkey, Danville Borough manager, expressed appreciation of the valuable and practical training.


“Danville Borough acknowledges the value of training employees and greatly appreciates the practical resources that LTAP provides through free high-quality training workshops and assistance,” Berkey said.


In 2018, SEDA-COG staff also helped connect municipalities to free technical assistance services (tech assists) available through LTAP. In total, there were 39 tech assists completed for area municipalities by LTAP experts, which represented an 86 percent increase over 2017 tech assist levels.


Tech assists were given on traffic studies, traffic counts, establishing speed limits, drainage improvements, bridge maintenance, proper signage, pavement markings, parking restrictions, traffic calming alternatives, and more.


LTAP classes currently scheduled for early 2019 include: 


Speed Limits and Speed Management

Focuses on the investigation and decision-making processes associated with managing vehicular speed.

8 a.m. – noon Feb. 14

Bellefonte Borough Building

236 West Lamb St.
Bellefonte, Pa. 16823


Work Zone (Temporary) Traffic Control

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

8 a.m. – noon April 2

Patton Township Building

100 Patton Plaza

State College, Pa. 16803


8 a.m. – noon April 3

State College Borough Maintenance Garage

330 South Osmond St.

State College, Pa. 16801


Roadside Vegetation Control

Provides the knowledge and understanding needed to establish an efficient and effective roadside vegetation control program that uses manual, mechanical, and chemical methods.

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 10

Boggs Township Community Building

1290 Runville Road
Bellefonte, Pa. 16823


Managing Utility Cuts

Covers the management of roadway excavations by contractors and utilities through local ordinances, permits, fees, specifications and inspection.

8 a.m. – noon April 24

Buckhorn Community Fire Co.

19 Firehall Road
Bloomsburg, Pa. 17815


ADA Transition Plans and Self Evaluations

Presents information and tools necessary to create an ADA-compliant transition plan or conduct a self-evaluation.

8 a.m. – noon May 29

East Buffalo Township Building

589 Fairground Road
Lewisburg, Pa. 17837


Local Road Safety Plans

Teaches participants how to develop a local road safety plan that provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing safety improvements on local roads.

8 a.m. – noon June 19

Point Township Building

759 Ridge Road

Northumberland, Pa. 17857

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 SEDA-COG’s Steve Herman at 570-524-4491 or email LTAP news and information is available at

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Created at 1/9/2019 12:09 PM by Liz Regan
Last modified at 1/9/2019 12:09 PM by Liz Regan