Florida Local Technical Assistance Program
In light of the continuing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Florida LTAP Center would like to share some important updates with local, state, and private agencies. As many of you may know, Governor Ron DeSantis has  declared a state of emergency   in response to the rapidly evolving threat of COVID-19 in Florida. The declaration of the state of emergency is accompanied by a suspension of all official travel for state employees for the next 30 days.
 
To coincide with these declarations, the Florida LTAP Center will be transitioning all of our in-classroom workshops and trainings to remote instruction until at least the end of April . The Florida LTAP Center will be utilizing tools, technologies, and other training delivery resources to assist in this transition. Your health, wellness, and access to continuing education is always our first priority. We deeply appreciate your time and consideration and we will continue to provide the necessary support functions expected of the Florida LTAP Center remotely. 
 
The Florida LTAP Center will continue to monitor this situation, using guidance from our partners at the state and national levels, and provide additional updates as they are available. 
News
FHWA, FDOT, and the Florida LTAP Center STEP into the New Year with a Focus on Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian fatalities accounted for about 23 percent of total traffic fatalities in Florida in 2018, and the majority of these deaths occur at uncontrolled crossing locations such as mid-block or un-signalized intersections.

Expecting pedestrians to travel significantly out of their way to cross a roadway to reach their destination is unrealistic and counterproductive to encouraging healthier transportation options. The FHWA, FDOT, and Florida LTAP Center went on an 11-city Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) workshop tour throughout Florida between January 22nd and February 6th of this year to address this significant national and Florida safety problem and improve quality of life for pedestrians of all ages and abilities by focusing on uncontrolled locations that agencies can address in Florida.

The Florida LTAP Center is looking forward to providing more STEP workshops in the future. Please contact the Florida LTAP Center for more details and watch the “STEP: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian – How Florida is Implementing STEP” nine-part webinar series to learn more about how Florida is implementing STEP.
Understanding Pavement Management
Aaron D. Gerber
Principal, The Kercher Group, Inc.
The single most expensive asset for a public agency to manage is their roadway network. For that reason, agencies are increasingly relying on data driven analytic approaches to determine the most effective way to spend limited funds to preserve the pavement condition while maintaining a high level of service to the traveling public. Implementing a comprehensive Pavement Management Program is the way to ensure success in managing the pavement network. Listen to the webinar recording on the Florida LTAP Center recorded webinar page.
Florida LTAP Workshops on Low-Cost Roadway Safety Improvements
FHWA Awards $8 Million to 10 States
for Innovative Highway Projects
FHWA recently announced more than $8 million in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program grants to state departments of transportation (DOTs) and local governments. The grants will help deliver bridge projects sooner, improve traffic management, and accelerate the use of innovative tools and technologies.

The Florida DOT and City of Orlando will improve traffic signalization at intersections in Orlando and fund a pilot demonstration that is part of a larger project to intelligently manage transportation flows around downtown Orlando.

Since 2014, FHWA officials have awarded more than $74 million for 102 grants to help federal land management agencies, tribal governments, state DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and local governments accelerate the use of innovative practices and improve safety through AID Demonstration. To learn more about the 2019 AID Demonstration grants, read the full FHWA press release , and to learn more about the AID Demonstration program.
FHWA Publishes FAQs on Pavement Data Collection and Reporting Requirements
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published a series of FAQs at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/faq.cfm#pave about the requirements for State DOTs to collect and report pavement data to the Highway Performance Monitoring System (HPMS). Topics covered include:
  • Reporting dates and required items for Interstate and non-Interstate National Highway System (NHS) pavement data.
  • Assessment of penalties related to minimum condition requirements for Interstate pavements.
  • Collecting and reporting pavement data for NHS segments under construction.

The FHWA has re-organized its  TPM website  to make it easier to find the latest Transportation Performance Management (TPM) information. Performance and target data from all 50 States for 17 national measures are available in  one place . This data is also available as a  downloadable ZIP file .  
2020 AARP Community Challenge is Open!
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund "quick-action" projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are being accepted for projects to improve housing, transportation, public space, technology ("smart cities"), civic engagement and more.

CarFit: Helping mature drivers find their safest fit
CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community

FHWA EDC-5 Innovations

FWHA continues to promote 10 innovative technologies and practices in the fifth round of Every Day Counts (EDC-5) in 2019 and 2020. EDC-5 is the state-based program to rapidly deploy proven but underutilized innovations to shorten project delivery, enhance roadway safety, improve traffic operation efficiency, and reinforce infrastructure serviceability and sustainability. Visit the   FHWA website  to learn more about these innovations.

In 2018, FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovations (CAI) offered a series of orientation webinars on EDC-5. These webinars and presentation slides can be viewed on the   EDC-5 orientation webinar page .

The Florida LTAP Center will be providing more workshops highlighting two EDC-5 Innovations: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD) and Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) in the future. Watch your inbox for more information, or visit the   Florida LTAP training calendar .
Upcoming Trainings
Road Safety Audits (RSA)
This 3-part online training will go over the Road Safety Audit (RSA) and its application as a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team.

An RSA qualitatively estimates and reports potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for safety improvements for all road users. 
Road Safety Audits (RSA)
Part 1 of 3:
Introduction and Procedure
Mon., March 23, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Road Safety Audits (RSA)
Part 2 of 3:
Common Issues and Challenges
Tues., March 24, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Road Safety Audits (RSA)
Part 3 of 3:
Examples and
Case Study
Weds., March 25, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This 3-part webinar series is being provided at no cost. You are welcome to register for one, two, or all three sessions. Each individual webinar session will award 2.0 PDHs. Up to 6.0 PDHs can be earned for attending and completing all three sessions.
Signing, Pavement Markings, and the MUTCD
This 3-part online training will provide an understanding of how to use and implement the MUTCD as a key to good traffic management. Use of the MUTCD is required by law on all roads open to public travel in Florida. Topics covered in this workshop include: a detailed look at the MUTCD general information, guidelines for signage, pavement markings and low volume roads. We will focus on understanding the MUTCD and how to implement it. 
 Signing, Pavement Markings, and the MUTCD Part 1 of 3:
Basics of Signs and Signing


Tues., March 31, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 Signing, Pavement Markings, and the MUTCD Part 2 of 3:
Warrants and Use of Signs


Weds., April 1, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
 Signing, Pavement Markings, and the MUTCD Part 3 of 3:
Pavement Markings, Temporary Traffic Control, and Liability
Thurs., April 2, 2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This 3-part webinar series is only being provided live. No recordings of this webinar will be provided.
This training is being provided at no cost. You are welcome to register for one, two, or all three sessions. Each individual webinar session will award 2.0 PDHs. Up to 6.0 PDHs can be earned for attending and completing all three sessions.
Pavement Preservation: A Federal, State and Local Perspective
This Pavement Preservation training will provide attendees with new insight on how to manage their pavements as long-term investments. It covers pavement management concepts, introductions to specific treatments and why utilizing these treatments can be the single best strategy to increase the number of miles treated without increased funding. 

New tools will be introduced for agency staff and elected officials struggling to successfully address the needs of their road network. The benefits of preservation treatments will be briefly discussed to demonstrate that when pro-actively applied to sound pavements, improved pavement performance, longer pavement life and increased customer satisfaction result. The workshop will conclude with a 30-minute roundtable with the host on their experience with pavement preservation, how it’s funded, what challenges they faced, and their policy on encouraging the use of pavement preservation.  Presented by Chris Evers, Executive Coordinator, Florida Pavement Preservation Council.
Thurs., March 26, 2020
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
This online training is being provided at no cost and will award 1.5 PDHs upon completion.
Upcoming Events
In light of the continuing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus) the Florida LTAP Center is looking to transition this symposium to an online format, in which case the dates and times may change. Your health, wellness, and access to continuing education is always our first priority. Once we have finalized our plans, current registrants will be notified and an announcement will be made on our website and via email. For the latest information, please visit Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Best Practices Symposium web page linked below.
Funding Opportunities
Stay tuned for more Florida LTAP-sponsored trainings, and be sure to visit our website or contact us for any technical assistance needs!
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Florida Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
(813) 974-4450
University of South Florida
Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CUT100, Tampa, FL 33620