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Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)presentation at theBlueprint for Safer Roadways Conference

October 27, 2008

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Missouri LTAP

Located at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formally UMR).

Serve local agencies (cities & counties) throughout the state.

Provide training & resources at little to no cost.

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What is LTAP?

  • Directed by FHWA Office of Professional and Corporate Development

  • 58 LTAP/TTAP Centers:

    • One in each state

    • One in Puerto Rico

    • Seven regional centers serving Tribal Councils of Government

  • “Deliver Quality Services to Local Transportation Agencies”

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The LTAP Mission

  • LTAP's mission is to foster a surface transportation system that is:

    • Safe

    • Efficient

    • Environmentally Sound

  • By improving the skills and increasing the knowledge of the transportation workforce and decision makers

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All LTAP services are offered at little or no cost to municipalities & other local agencies!!

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What can LTAP provide to local agencies & professionals?

LTAP enables local counties, townships, cities & municipalities to improve their public works & roadway systems by supplying them with:

  • Training/Technical Assistance

  • Technology Transfer

  • Information Clearinghouse

  • Cooperative Purchasing Program

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  • Low cost training, workshops, and conferences

  • Popular workshops include:

    • Worker & workplace safety

    • Gravel Road Maintenance

    • Motor Grader Training

    • Snow and Ice Control

    • Work Zone Safety & Flagger Training

  • Training can be tailored to meet an agency’s needs, and provided on site

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Training Sessions

  • Classes Trained in 2008:

    • Do’s & Don’ts of Chip Seal– Hannibal

    • Pavement Preventive Maintenance– Joplin

    • Pipe Culvert Installation & Maintenance– Jefferson City, Joplin, Maryland Heights

    • Rural Roadway Safety Assessment– Boone County

    • Tractor/Mower Operator Safety– Springfield, Maryland Heights

    • When to Upgrade an Aggregate Road– Joplin, St. Joseph

    • Worker Safety– Rolla

    • Work Zone Safety & Flagger Training– Bolivar, Rolla, Macon, New Madrid, Hannibal, Holden, St. Joseph, Joplin, Platte County, numerous locations in the St. Louis area

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2007/2008 training

Road Safety Assessment

Cole County

Jul. 19, 2007

Motor Grader Training

Audrian County

Apr. 16, 2007

Work Zone Safety & Flagger Training

Hannibal, MoDOT District 3 office

March 6, 2008

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Training development

Work Zone Safety & Flagger Training

  • Developed from previous LTAP course & MoDOT training

  • Important because it is strongly recommended that local agencies have the training

Communication & Supervision Training

  • Based on MDI courses & APWA session

Future Training…

  • Based on the needs of local agencies

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Program development

Road Scholar

A training recognition program to promote a skilled workforce.

Safety Tool Kit

A “train the trainer” program for safety workshops & tool box talks.

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“Show-Me” Road Scholar Program

Goal: To enhance the skills of all personnel involved in local agencies across the state.

Objective: To provide development in creating qualified local transportation & public works personnel who are trained in the basic skills necessary for cost efficient delivery of transportation & public works services.

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“Show-Me” Road Scholar Program

  • Classes offered at least once every two years in multiple locations across the state

  • Two separate professional levels: Road Scholar I & Road Scholar II

  • Training conducted by instructors from LTAP, MoDOT, Linn State Technical College, APWA and other professional state organizations

  • Recognition – certificates awarded at various conferences throughout the state

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“Show-Me” Road Scholar Partners

Partnerships are important to ensure the success of the program.

  • MO Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • MO Assoc. of Counties (MAC)

  • MO Municipal League (MML)

  • MO Assoc. of County Transportation Officials (MACTO)

  • MO Chapter of the American Public Works Assoc. (APWA)

  • MO Public Entity Risk Management Fund (MOPERM)

  • Linn State Technical College

  • University of Missouri Extension

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Safety Tool Kit

  • “Train the Trainers” workshops

  • Tool box talks

  • Laminated cards on various safety topics

  • Posters, handouts, books, pamphlets

  • Safety training classes part of Road Scholar Program

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Technology Transfer & Information Clearinghouse

  • Videos

  • Free Publications

  • Lending Library

  • Web Site


  • On-line registration

  • Quarterly Newsletter

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Missouri LTAP Advisory Committee

  • 2 representatives from each MoDOT district

  • Mix of MoDOT & non-MoDOT members

  • Meet 2 times a year

  • Last meeting was held

    March 20, 2008

  • Next meeting to be held

    November 5, 2008

  • Provide feedback & guidance

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LTAP connections

  • Serve on the MoDOT Blueprint Coalition Infrastructure subcommittee

  • Serve on Meramec Regional Planning commission

  • Participate in APWA Education committee

  • Involved with MoDOT Safety Team

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Contact Information:

Heath Pickerill, pickeril@mst.edu


Missouri Local Technical Assistance Program (MO LTAP) at

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Rolla, MO