April 06, 2021
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Due to COVID-19, all in-person courses have been cancelled until further notice. To continue to provide you with quality training with your safety in mind, we are offering online, instructor-led courses through the Zoom platform and self-guided courses through Canvas. Participants are able to interact with the instructor and other participants. We are offering a wide range of courses from one hour to six hours depending on the topic.
Learn how to set up your Canvas account and what to expect when taking T2's online courses.

Are you curious about Canvas (our Learning Management System)?

Need some additional help in setting up your account?

Join us for Tech Thursday as we tackle all your tech needs. We’ll teach you how to set up your Canvas account and what to expect when taking our online courses. We'll be online for an hour to address any questions you may have and help make this transition to our online learning management system.
April 8
9am - 10am
We have created a Zoom and Canvas User Guide to help familiarize you with the software and give you a brief overview of what to expect when taking these online courses.
For more information and to see the structure of our Canvas courses, check out our page at: www.kyt2.com/canvas
These courses are available all week long and are self-guided through our Canvas LMS. The course will open at 8am on Monday and close at 5pm on Friday. If course work is not completed within the week, the participant will be considered a no show and forfeit the registration fee. Participants must have internet connectivity to participate. For more information, please click on the course title.

This virtual course is designed to give participants the skills and knowledge required to become a competent bridge and culvert construction inspector. Topics include Plan Interpretation, Geotechnical Investigation, Bearing Piles, Structural Excavation, Concrete Placement and Testing, Structural Steel, Steel Reinforcement, Falsework/Formwork, Bridge Decks, 3-Sided Structures, Steel Reinforcement, Metal Arch Structures, and Specification of Bridge and Culvert Construction. Level I qualification will be required for Consultant inspectors on a KYTC project involving Structures.

The purpose of this course is to provide general guidelines and training to maintenance supervisors and other personnel who are responsible for making decisions related to the maintenance of highway slopes. Maintenance personnel are often called upon to make quick technical decisions in emergency situations that demand a high level of expertise. This course will cover the conditions and factors affecting slope movement, stability and deterioration, and the cost considerations of maintenance, and stabilization of slope failures.

More dates are available on our website.

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance on short duration and mobile activities while maintaining proper traffic control when performing right-of-way mowing, litter pickup, tree trimming, and spraying operations in accordance with MUTCD and KYTC standards. The course will focus on temporary traffic control for short duration and mobile work zones as it pertains to the basic principles of standard traffic control devices used in work areas, guidelines for applications of devices, and typical application diagrams.

More dates are available on our website.

Signs are considered essential to communicating regulatory, warning, and guidance information. It is critical that signs are able to fulfill this role during both daytime and nighttime periods. Various methods can be used within an agency's sign management processes to meet and maintain a minimum retroreflectivity requirement for traffic signs. This course will review retroreflectivity requirements and the MUTCD, as well as give basic sign types and obstructions to understand retroreflectivity.

Heavy Equipment Operator Training

The Kentucky LTAP is developing a new program known as Heavy Equipment Operator Training. This program will consist of various courses designed to focus on how to safely and efficiently operate heavy equipment. Each of the trainings will provide an overview of safety precautions in the morning and hands on field experience in the afternoon. The purpose of this program is to help organizations increase their employee base knowledge of who can handle heavy equipment, and increase operator safety. Below is a survey, 10 questions to help us gauge your participation in the new program, and see what courses you would like to be offered. The survey will be offered until April 9.
National Work Zone Awareness Week
April 26-30, 2021
Work zones play a critical role in the preservation and enhancement of our nation’s roadways. They separate construction and maintenance activities from traffic, providing a safe route for all road users (motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists) and a safe area for workers. However, work zone related changes in traffic patterns and rights of way, combined with the presence of workers, and the frequent movement of work vehicles, may lead to crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
Trends: From 2018 to 2019, work zone fatalities increased by 11 percent, while overall roadway fatalities decreased by 2 percent.⁶ The 11 percent increase in work zone fatalities outpaced the modest 0.3 percent increase in overall highway construction spending and the 0.8 percent increase in overall vehicle-miles-traveled nationally. Over the past 10 years, work zone fatalities nationally have remained at approximately 2 percent of total fatalities.⁷

Relative to 2018, 2019 also saw a 13 percent increase in the total number of fatal work zone crashes. The number of fatal work zone crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 16 percent while crashes involving a rear-end collision increased by 29 percent. Most notably, the number of fatal work zone crashes where speed was a factor increased by nearly 40 percent. Additionally, the number of worker fatalities in road construction sites increased by nearly 9 percent between 2018 and 2019
Through National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and its partners hope to bring attention to the critical issue of road user and worker safety in and around work zones.

It’s important for everyone to do their part to be safe.
Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives.
Visit the FHWA Work Zone Management website at www.fhwa.dot.gov/workzones and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse website at www.workzonesafety.org for access to resources, guidance, and training.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is committed to safety and wants everyone on Kentucky roadways, behind the wheel or a barrel, to return home safely. We all have a vested interest in safe work zones, and by working together, we can prevent work zone crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Kentucky. Be work zone alert by driving without distractions and slowing down.  

Why is Kentucky vested in work zone safety?
In 2019, there were 1,251 construction zone crashes in Kentucky – a 20% rise from the previous year. The number of fatalities rose from 3 in 2018 to 8 in 2019. Two of the victims were highway workers.

How can you make work zones safer?
​The most common crash in a highway work zone is a rear-end collision. Practicing safe driving behaviors, like driving without distractions and slowing down in work zones, can save a life. Drivers can protect themselves and highway. While driving, don't text, put on makeup, or do anything that can take your eyes off the road. Drivers should also obey the posted speed limits. Speeding puts you at risk for a severe crash, double fines or a penalty of six points on your driver's license. 

Visit KYTC Work Zone Safety to share your story and learn about the initiatives KYTC has made to help ensure your safety and the safety for our workers.
The Kentucky Lifesavers Conference has been rescheduled for April 17 – 20, 2023, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Day 1 will offer preconference training with the opening general session starting on Day 2. The conference will offer over 30 training events, time with vendors and sponsors, and state and national speakers. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound and fiscally responsible transportation system that delivers economic opportunity and enhances the quality of life in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety in partnership with an Executive Committee of professionals representing the four Es (engineering, education, emergency services, and enforcement) are developing a series of webinars to bring together best practices, research and innovations to the transportation industry. These webinars will be offered once a month (3rd Tuesdays at 9 a.m.). These sessions provide a glimpse of the great sessions you will see at the 2023 Kentucky Lifesavers Conference. Participants will receive one professional development hour (PDH) for each session they attend. We look forward to you joining the discussion.

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9:00am-10:00am est

Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Thomas Lockridge, will discuss how the Kentucky TSRP Program has adapted during COVID. Tom will describe many of the innovative programs that he and the Kentucky State Police TSRP, Aaron Ann Cole, have brought to the police and prosecutors of Kentucky during this unique moment in our history.
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Webinar Wednesday!
Ready to shake up your Wednesdays? This month, the KY LTAP is offering two interactive webinars, completely free of cost. Each webinar will be worth
one professional development hour, and will be recorded for training purposes.

So what are you waiting for, grab your coffee and join the discussion!

For more information, visit www.kyt2.com/web and remember to bookmark or download our interactive PDF on the bottom of this newsletter so you can stay up to date on our latest webinars that we have available.

All webinars are held in Eastern Standard Time.
Employee Recruitment: Finding the Best Candidate

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Does your employee recruitment resemble a game of einy, meeny, miny, moe? This webinar will offer some tips and tricks for tackling one of the riskiest things employers do--hire good, honest and dependable employees. We will examine best recruitment and interview strategies to help you find the best candidate for your open positions.

Speaker: Carolyn Miller is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor's of Science in History, from Pennsylvania State University with a Master's in Human Resources and Employment Relations, and East Carolina University with a post-graduate certificate in Community College Instruction. She is the human resources and risk management director for Chatham County, North Carolina and is the principal instructor in their comprehensive in-house training curriculum on leadership, management, and supervision. She also works with the North Carolina State University Local Transportation Assistance Program, instructing courses in supervision, leadership and managing conflict.
Speaker: Adam Kirk, PE, PhD, is a research engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Center. Adam leads training courses for KYTC in traffic operations, geometric design and surveying. He is also an adjunct professor with the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.
Developing Local Road
Safety Plans
A local road safety plan (LRSP) provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing roadway safety improvements on local roads. The LRSP development process and content are tailored to local issues and needs. The process results in a prioritized list of issues, risks, actions, and improvements that can be used to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the local road network. Adam will discuss how to develop your own and resources you may find helpful.

April 28 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Delivering Big Results with Smaller Roundabouts

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Demands for road improvements will always exceed resources available to address all needs. Right sizing roundabouts at the appropriate locations is a means to address inadequate funding dilemmas. The Washtenaw County Road Commission has built multiple smaller roundabouts on high speed approaches dating back to 2015. This presentation will provide a time line of those projects and lessons learned so other agencies can determine if building smaller roundabouts is right for their community.
Speaker: Mike Vaughn is a Transportation Engineer Specialist for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. In his current role, Mike is one of three engineers who in the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). Mike has worked for the KYTC since January 2003. His experience in the Cabinet includes work as a Design Engineer, Bridge Engineer, the Statewide Value Engineering Coordinator, and currently with HSIP. Mike earned a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in December 2002.
Speaker: Mark McCulloch has been with Washtenaw County since 1999. He is a leader in the new trend of right-sizing roundabouts at high speed approach intersections to enhance safety and improve efficiencies while stretching limited resources for other uses. McCulloch is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Speaker: Christopher Scamahorne is a U.S. Air Force Veteran dedicated to helping create safer work environments. In 2008 he achieved an Associate of Applied Science in Vehicle Maintenance from the Community College of the Air Force. He currently serves as the Safety & Equipment Training Manager for the Louisville Metropolitan Government Public Works Department.
Chainsaw Safety Training
Chainsaws are widely used throughout the world. They’re used in wide variety of industries such as commercial, residential, arborist, road maintenance, property maintenance, ground operations, and bucket truck operations. Chainsaws can be very useful, but it is important to remember they can also be very dangerous. Every year, numerous chainsaw operators and bystanders are seriously injured and killed due to chainsaw accidents. A large majority of these statistics could have been prevented by learning and practicing proper chainsaw safety. During this presentation, we will discuss chainsaw maintenance procedures, how to select and properly use personal protective equipment, and how to safely operate the chainsaw to reduce the risk of injury.

July 28 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We have started uploading our past Wednesday Webinar's through our YouTube channel. The videos are for information purposes only and does not constitute a training class or certificate. The viewer is solely responsible for the use of the information/equipment shown in the videos and insuring that all proper Federal, State, Local, and company rules regarding safety are followed.

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Department of Local Government

The Technology Transfer Program (T2) at UK, in agreement, with the Department of Local Governments (DLG) will provide first-rate educational opportunities for elected officials. T2 has outlined the DLG requirements below for those elected officials needing GOLD hours. Those T2 approved courses are listed under the Local Officials Training Program.

  • The webinar must be live.
  • You must have your webcam on during the entire webinar.
  • You will only receive credit for the amount of time you are on the live webinar.

For a full list of guidelines, visit DLG's website at http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/.
To help serve your training needs during this difficult time, we have converted several of our Roads Scholar and Road Master courses to online courses. You can register for these online courses below or on our website at www.kyt2.com/online. We also have a resource page that lists our free Webinar Wednesday series as well as Tailgate Talks and other great resources for your agencies; visit https://www.kyt2.com/resources.
For more information on these courses and to register online, please click on the corresponding link below:
For a full list of our upcoming course schedule, visit our online training page at: www.kyt2.com/online
National Distracted Driving Enforcement Mobilization
April 5-12, 2021
Texting and driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. At any given moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roadways.

In 2018, there were 2,841 people killed and an estimated 400,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Distracted driving is an especially problematic trend among younger drivers. In fact, 8% of drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the fatal crashes.

Text messaging is of heightened concern because it combines three types of distraction – visual, manual and cognitive. In other words, texting involves taking your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel, and your mind off the task of driving. 
To tackle this ever-increasing problem, NHTSA is focusing on ways to change the behavior of drivers through legislation, enforcement, public awareness and education—the same tactics that have curbed drinking and driving and increased seat belt use.

For more information on the dangers of texting while driving, visit NHTSA’s Distracted Driving.
LTAP Request for Technical Assistance
The Kentucky LTAP Center is dedicated to serving local transportation and public works agencies by providing a wide range of training and technical assistance. Please let us know how we can better serve you by completing the form below with your technical assistance request.