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 firstname.lastname@example.org. LTAP news and information is available at www.ltap.state.pa.us.