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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Half Day) This course provides specifics about ADA planning, design, construction, and materials useful to municipal public works employees.

Asphalt Roads: Common Maintenance Problems (Half Day) This course discusses causes and repair procedures for common problems such as cracking, potholes, rutting, corrugations, etc. The procedures cover materials, equipment and techniques for lasting repairs.

Bridge Maintenance and Inspection (Full Day) This program identifies the responsibilities of municipalities that own bridges, particularly spans less than 20 feet. Instructors will focus on maintenance practices that preserve bridges. A review of Bridge Inspection Reports with emphasis on maintenance recommendations will be presented.

Common Sense Solutions to Intersection Problems (Full Day) This course provides participants with 1) a basic understanding of intersection safety issues, 2) “How to” information for common safety tasks and low cost safety improvements that do not require an engineer, and 3) background information on safety tasks that DO require an engineer. This workshop also outlines areas where non-engineers can assist traffic engineers in the safety process, and help them to understand when an engineer needs to be consulted to make a safety related change at an intersection.

Drainage: The Key to Roads that Last (Full Day) This course emphasizes the importance of good drainage with discussions of water and its effects on roads, problems caused by improper drainage, and ways to handle these problems. It covers types of drainage facilities, ranging from ditches, culverts and subdrains to inlets and end structures, their uses, materials, installation and maintenance.

Engineering and Traffic Studies (Full Day) This course reviews applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and required study procedures for establishing, revising and removing traffic restrictions, as presented in PennDOT Publication 212.

Equipment and Worker Safety (Half Day) This course provides a basic understanding of common safety factors and practices associated with public works road maintenance operations. Specific operations discussed include trench excavation, crack sealing with hot asphalt, mowing and chain saw use, as well as winter maintenance.

Geosynthetics (Half Day) This course identifies various types of geosynthetic materials used in road maintenance operations. Attendees will gain the knowledge and understanding of the common types of geosynthetic materials as well as their applications and functions. Instructors will review the cost benefits in using geosynthetics in the preventive maintenance of roadway structures.

Managing Utility Cuts (Half Day) One of the most aggravating occurences undermining the structural stability of a newly reconstructed or resurfaced road is the utility repair cut. This course covers the management of roadway excavations by contractors and utilities through local ordinances, permits, fees, specifications and inspection. It compares local ordinances with state procedures for state roads. It also discusses PA One Call, trenching and shoring, work zone traffic control, and liability.

Pavement Markings: Applications and Maintenance (Half Day) This course covers all aspects of pavement markings from their purpose and intent to their installation and maintenance on roadways. Content is based on the Federal Highway Administration`s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the most current Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) practices, regulations and resources.

Posting and Bonding of Local Roads (Half Day) Many rural roads and urban streets were not built to carry today’s heavy loads. This course reviews laws governing posting and bonding, requirements for developing and implementing a posting and bonding program, and ways to monitor a program. Participants examine a sample bonding agreement.

Principles of Paving (Full Day) This course is for municipal employees who are involved in the planning, inspecting and placement of asphalt paving operations. The course will provide the information needed to properly plan and monitor a hot mix asphalt paving project. Basic knowledge of hot mix asphalt materials and construction specifications will be provided. The importance of proper roadway preparation to obtain a long lasting product will be discussed.

Project Estimating Using Mathematical Principles (Full Day) This course provides an understanding of practical applications for performing estimates on typical construction and maintenance projects. Various mathematical rules necessary to perform basic computations and formulas to perform cost and quantity calculations are reviewed. The participants perform material estimating, problem solving, and dealing with cost and quantity estimates.

Risk Management Strategies (Half Day) This course is directed at the importance of maintenance crews and their operations in reducing municipal liability. The course helps participants understand and assess their major liability exposures by identifying high tort areas in roadway activities.

Road Surface Management (Full Day) This course provides the basics for developing a road surface management program to help local governments manage their pavements by providing an understanding of the concept and importance of road surface inventories and condition surveys. Pavement condition evaluations and how to recognize common pavement distress is presented.

Roadside Safety Features (Full Day) This course provides information and resources for municipalities to understand the importance of roadside safety and to be able to determine the most appropriate countermeasures. It will follow the common theme for roadside hazard identification and improvement: hazard removal, relocation, make breakaway, shield, and delineate. Therefore, it will cover low cost improvements (pavement markings, delineators, chevrons) and higher cost (barriers).

Roadside Vegetation Control (Full Day) Whether on a rural roadside or a city or borough streetscape, vegetation must be maintained.  This course covers the importance of vegetation control and various methods that can be used in an efficient program.  It discusses manual, mechanical, and chemical control methods, along with common maintenance practices and concerns.  It also reviews laws and regulations regarding required applicator certification. This course has been approved by the Pa. Department of Agriculture for CEUs for those who have received pesticide applicator certification: 3 core credits and 6 credits in each of the following categories: 10, 14, 18, 23.

Roadway Safety Improvement Program (Full Day) This course covers how to establish and maintain a safety improvement program. Participants learn how to implement safety improvements targeted at areas that have a history of crashes or exhibit conditions associated with high-crash areas.

Safe Driver (Half Day) This course is intended for drivers of municipal vehicles. After an introduction to the importance of developing safe driving behaviors, the course focuses on recognizing traffic control devices, including signs, pavement markings, temporary traffic control, and the contribution of these devices to driver expectancy. While these first four modules of the course are useful to all drivers, including those using municipal cars, the course's final instructional module focuses on the specific needs of equipment operators and CDL holders.

Stormwater Facility Operation and Maintenance (Half Day) This course covers a variety of topics associated with the management and control of storm runoff as it relates to the establishment of local policies and ordinances, and the operation and maintenance of stormwater management facilities.

Traffic Calming (Full Day) This course introduces an engineering tool whose purpose is to address excessive traffic speed and/or cut-through traffic on residential streets. The course provides information that can help municipalities establish a rational traffic calming program for their roadways.

Traffic Signals: How to Study, Install, and Maintain Them in PA (Full Day) This course will provide a basic knowledge of why traffic signals are needed, how they are designed, the process to bid and construct them and the needed maintenance procedures. In addition, the course will cover the municipal role in the design and construction of traffic signals by others such as PennDOT or a developer.

Traffic Signs (Half Day) This course reviews the regulations and guidelines for properly establishing and posting regulatory, warning and guide signs.

Unpaved and Gravel Roads Maintenance (Half Day) This course addresses basic maintenance techniques for unpaved and gravel roads. Topics include the importance of good drainage, surface aggregate and dust control materials, and operational techniques.

Winter Maintenance (Full Day) This course covers all aspects of winter operations: planning and organizing, public relations, material usage and application rates, equipment types and calibration as well as various operational procedures such as plowing and spreading. Other topics include CDL regulations, safety and environmental awareness.

Work Zone Traffic Control (Half Day) This course identifies the work zone set-up requirements, traffic control devices, and flagging procedures through a review of the regulations in PennDOT Publication 213, Temporary Traffic Control Guidelines, and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).