2017-2018 NE LTAP Programming Survey
Input Needed

We are getting ready for 2017-2018 and would appreciate your assistance. Please complete the NE LTAP Programming Survey at  ltap.unl.edu/2017-ltap-user-survey . The survey will take only a few minutes to complete and will be open through Friday. Thank you!

Highway Superintendent Opening
Scotts Bluff County

Scotts Bluff County is seeking a Highway Superintendent. Application instructions are available at  http://www.scottsbluffcounty.org/personnel/employment-jobs.html. Questions can be addressed to Jerry Crable at jcrable@scottsbluffcounty.org.

Nebraska Winter Maintenance Workshop
Grand Island - May 10-11

Come join us in this 2 day workshop located at Fonner Park in Grand Island. This workshop will cover many aspects of winter safety, and also will include Skills testing on Load Operator, Single Axle Plow Truck Operator (team event), Backhoe Operator (new for 2017)  and Motor Grader Operator.

Register individuals or groups at  go.unl.edu/17_WMW.

Temporary Traffic Control Basics

The Basic Temporary Traffic Control Class will cover information regarding temporary traffic control devices to assist in proper installation, maintenance, inspection and removal of devices in work zones to assist in keeping workers safe. This class is for anyone who may be installing, completing inspections and correcting temporary traffic control devices that do not meet specifications.

As we look to schedule more sessions of this course, we would love to know how many people from your organization are looking at taking this course. Sessions thus far have been in Lincoln, but this is a course that can and will be offered in other locations as demand exists.  Contact Phyllis Schwab at pschwab@unl.edu if you are interested in this course.

Register online at go.unl.edu/basicTTC

NDOR Online Flagging Course
Certification/Recertification for Flaggers on NDOR Projects

Flaggers can now earn NDOR flagger certification through an online course hosted through NE LTAP. The course includes NDOR Flagger Guidelines, the NDOR Flagger Handbook, a 47-minute video, required questionnaire and certification exam. Learn more about the course and link to take it at  http://ltap.unl.edu/online-flagger-certification.

This course fills-up fast so interested registrants are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible.

This comprehensive, three-day, instructor-led course presents the historical background and evolution of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental laws. It discusses their influence on FHWA's policies and procedures for the transportation project development and decision-making process. The course examines how the framework of laws, regulations, policies, and guidance integrate social, environmental, and economic factors in making transportation project decisions that are in the best overall public interest.

The course emphasizes the Council on Environmental Quality and FHWA's regulations; FHWA policy and guidance for implementing NEPA, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and related environmental requirements. It discusses the NEPA Essential Elements in detail, including purpose and need, alternatives, impacts, mitigation, public involvement, inter-agency coordination and documentation. The course presents the requirements and considerations used to decide whether to prepare an environmental impact statement, an environmental assessment or determination that a project is categorically excluded from either. While this is not a course in environmental document writing, it presents the key principles for preparing high quality environmental documents, including the core principles from the FHWA/AASHTO/American Council of Engineering Companies Improving the Quality of Environmental Documents and the FHWA IQED initiative.

Register at go.unl.edu/ltap674.

Managed 2 Manager Leadership Development Series 
Kearney Sessions - Fall 2017

Working in a Team Environment - November 14 - go.unl.edu/m2mteam
Strategic Planning and Change Management - December 19 - go.unl.edu/m2mplanning
Creative Problem Solving and Decision-Making - TBA Winter 2018 - go.unl.edu/m2mdecisions
Recruiting, Hiring & Retaining Employees - TBA Winter 2018 - go.unl.edu/m2mhr

The updated version will include a one-day introductory course (strongly recommended as a first-step) followed by four topic-specific courses participants can choose from as they/their departments need.

Training from the Nebraska Safety Council
Available to Nebraska Local Public Agencies

Nebraska LTAP has formed a partnership with the Nebraska Safety Council to offer their courses to Nebraska LPAs under Workforce Development. If you are interested in a course or training program for your crew, please contact Nicole Frankl to schedule at nfrankl2@unl.edu.

Essential Road Construction Skills: Math and Plan Reading Course
July 26 - Lincoln
September 5 - Kearney

Anybody interested in learning about managing Nebraska's highways, roads and streets.

These courses are required by NDOR for prospective County Highway and City Street Superintendent exam candidates to attend the September 2017 Pre-Exam Workshop.

Exam candidates planning to attend the September 2017 pre-exam workshop will receive priority registration.  

-Order of operations
-Performing basic math operations
-Converting units of measure
-Performing area and volume calculations
-Calculating ratios
-Calculating unit weight

-Parts of a Contract
-Legal Descriptions
-Definitions & Abbreviations
-Title Sheet 
-Summary of Quantities
-Drainage & Structures
-Traffic Control
-Right of Way


Unstable Slope Management
FHWA Training with Field Day
Denver, CO - June 6-7

Geotechnical assets comprise one of the largest resources utilized by  transportation and land management agencies in the U.S. The USMP  program is geared toward helping federal land and low volume road  managers proactively locate and efficiently rate, monitor and prioritize  unstable slopes (primarily landslides and rockfalls) to meet transportation  performance goals, and wisely spend limited funding to make the  transportation network more resilient.

This training is free, but travel costs cannot be submitted to Workforce Development.

Learn more and register at  http://www.cvent.com/d/fvqhzl


Loan Equipment Available!
RoadVista 922 Retroreflectometers and MetroCounts

We have both RoadVista 922 Retroreflectometers and MetroCounts available to lend to LPAs right now. Usually this time of year there is a wait list, but right now there isn't.  LPA's may borrow the pieces of equipment for two weeks free of charge.

Borrowers are responsible for completing a contract and arranging transportation to/from your location. If a NE LTAP staff member is headed in your direction, we can coordinate drop off/pick-up.

You can now request equipment online at ltap.unl.edu/equipment-loan. Contact Phyllis Schwab at pschwab@unl.edu with questions.


Snow Plow Simulator
Schedule classes today!

Entities can now schedule one-day L3 Snow Plow and/or John Deere Motor Grader simulator courses in t he Nebraska LTAP Mobile Simulator classroom  through Brian Jackson at bjackson17@unl.edu . Costs for Nebraska APWA members are $75 per person and non-APWA members are $100 per person in addition to the Workforce Development Funding.  Class size is limited to ten participants.

Heavy Equipment Courses
Motor Grader
Excavators & Backhoes
Asphalt Distributor
Hand Power Tools & Chainsaws

Brian is scheduling heavy equipment courses for 2017.  Contact him soon to be added to the schedule at bjackson17@unl.edu.


Online Computer Classes
Workforce Development Program

Thousands of self-paced online computer workshops and tutorials are available online through NE LTAP.  As a part of our Workforce Development Program, these resources are free to our LPA and state employees.  To see what classes are available and how to participate, visit   ltap.unl.edu/vtc-computer-classes.

Extra Course Materials

On occasion, we have extra binders left from courses offered by Nebraska LTAP. If any of the following would be of interest to you, please contact Phyllis Schwab at pschwab@unl.edu and a copy will be sent to you. Copies will be available until excess supply is exhausted. We will keep one copy at LTAP if you would like to borrow or review when you are here:

A Guide to Temporary Traffic Control in Work Zones, Version 06-15
(Traffic Control Technician)
FHWA Road Safety Audit Guidelines
FHWA-NHI-420018: Instructor Development Course (3.5 Day)
Gravel Roads (Construction & Maintenance Guide) August 2015
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets & Highways, 2009 Edition (MUTCD), Parts 1, 5 & 6
NHI 130053 Bridge Inspection Refresher Training Participant Workbook
NHI-133114A Construction Zone Safety Inspection Participant Workbook
NHI-1350650 Introduction to Highway Hydraulics Participant Workbook
NHI-141050 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right-of-Way Requirements to Local Public Agencies Participant Workbook
NHI-142005 NEPA and the Transportation Decision Making Process
NHI-142055 Advanced Seminar on Transportation Project Development: Navigating the NEPA Maze
NHI-151042 Transportation Safety Planning
NHI-152069 Metropolitan Transportation Planning Participant Workbook
Roadside Safety
Tack Coat Best Practices Folder from 2016 Asphalt Conference
Traffic Control Supervisor
Work Zone Traffic Control Training (NDOR)


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