Florida Local Technical Assistance Program
The Florida LTAP Center is excited to continue to serve our local agencies and communities throughout Florida by providing training and workshops, technical assistance, workforce development, technology transfer, information services and other transportation needs. So what exactly is technical assistance? Below are just a few examples of the types of technical assistance solutions we can provide:
  • Coordination with instructors for detailed answers to your follow-up questions after our trainings.
  • Sourcing reference materials or other resources to guide and support your day-to-day job tasks, as well as delivering real solutions to the engineering issues troubling your agency, such as the following examples:
  • Methods/materials/processes for asphalt pavement edge repair
  • Spillway erosion remediation process
  • Intersection visibility design and vegetation maintenance
  • Super-elevation rates for different design speeds
  • Best foreslope/backslope combination of roadway cross-section design
  • Complete street design standards
  • Providing the most up-to-date information on a transportation topic in which you are interested
  • Pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Complete Streets
  • Rural roadway departures
  • Pavement preservation
  • Wrong-way driving detection techniques
  • Connected and autonomous vehicle research and testing progress in the US and abroad
  • Electric vehicle charging station information in your metro area
  • Identifying potential funding or award opportunities that for which your agency might be eligible.
2019 National LTAP-TTAP-NTTD Conference in Stowe, VT
Three members of the Florida LTAP Center attended the 2019 National LTAP-TTAP-NTTD conference in Stowe, VT on August 12 -15 to learn and share LTAP related knowledge and experience. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Cong Chen, Stephanie Lewis, and Dr. Pei-Sung Lin with the Florida LTAP next to Irmali Franco and Prof. Benjamin Colucci of the Puerto Rico Transportation Technology Transportation Center- Puerto Rico LTAP.

Ms. Lewis delivered two presentations on behalf of Florida LTAP, including “Innovative eLearning Solutions from an Instructional Designer” on training tools and tips and “STEP: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian-How Florida is implementing STEP” on EDC-5 Showcase and LTAP Successes.

FHWA Bikeway Selection Guide Workshop

Ft. Lauderdale


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) developed the Bikeway Selection Guide as a resource to help transportation practitioners consider the trade-offs relating to the selection of bikeway types. Workshops were provided October 16th in Ft. Lauderdale, November 6th in Cocoa, and November 7th in Tampa. For more information on pedestrian and bicycle safety please go to FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

The funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states. Florida has been awarded three grants: Jacksonville Port Authority ($20,000,000), Miami-Dade County Dept. of Transportation Public Works ($22,360,552), and Orange County ($20,000,000). Florida was awarded two grants in the previous award year for Miami-Dade County ($9,500,000) and City of Jacksonville/ Jacksonville Transit Authority ($25,000,000).
FHWA EDC-5 Innovations
FWHA will promote 10 innovative technologies and practices in the fifth round of Every Day Counts (EDC-5) in 2019 and 2020, which is the state-based program to rapid deploy proven but underutilized innovations to shorten a 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 September 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 .

In the coming months, the Florida LTAP Center will be providing workshops highlighting two EDC-5 Innovations: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD) and Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP). Watch your inbox for more information, or visit the Florida LTAP training calendar.
FHWA EDC-5: Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD) Workshops and Webinar
The Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative to Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD) is aimed at saving these lives. Because severe RwD crashes are widely dispersed across the rural road network, the systemic approach is critical to implementing RwD countermeasures.

On October 25, 2019, the Florida LTAP Center hosted a webinar titled, "Driving FoRRRwD- A Systemic Approach to Reducing Roadway Departures". This recorded webinar is available on the Florida LTAP website .
Two in-classroom trainings were also provided recently, on December 3, 2019 in Lake City, FL and December 4, 2019 in Marianna, FL. These workshops introduced the key topics of the FoRRRwD, the RwD countermeasures, and how to use crash and roadway data to determine where to apply them through systemic safety analyses.
LTAP Webinars
The Pavement Preservation Concept

The Pavement Preservation Concept will provide the audience with a clear understanding of the importance of managing their pavements as long-term investments. The webinar will demonstrate the importance of applying asset management principles, will introduce pavement preservation terminologies, and will discuss the value of utilizing remaining service life (RSL). FREE to attend. This training will award 1 professional development hour (PDH).
Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Webinar Series

The FHWA launched the Sustainable Pavements Program in 2010 to advance the knowledge and practice of sustainability related to pavements. The overall objective of the program is to increase the awareness, visibility, and the body of knowledge of sustainability considerations in all stages of the pavement life cycle.

Under this program, the FHWA has developed a number of resources to help highway agencies in advancing their current state of practice related to pavement sustainability. This webinar series is designed to help promote key concepts and practices related to pavement sustainability. FREE to attend. 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) per webinar. Complete 8 webinars to receive a course completion certificate.
FDOT Local Agency Program (LAP)
LAP Professional Services Checklist Training
The LAP Professional Services Checklist (Form No. 525-010-49) identifies the federal requirements (23 CFR 172) associated with professional services procurement. The training was developed based on numerous questions regarding the federal and state requirements, how to review project documents and incorporate items correctly, and also on audit findings which directly correspond to the Checklists.

This course centers on review of sample RFP/RFQ and contract documents and identifying best practices and pitfalls associated with professional services procurement in the LAP program, and is offered free of charge by the Florida Department of Transportation Program Management Office.
Upcoming Trainings
FHWA EDC-5 Innovation:
Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) Workshop

January 22 – February 6, 2020
This workshop will be featured in 11 locations throughout Florida and is designed for any local or state transportation, or public safety professionals involved in making decisions regarding the safety of their road systems. Engineers, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators, Managers, Public Works Personnel, Highway Supervisors, Planners, Legal Traffic Authorities, and Law Enforcement Personnel are also encouraged to attend.
This full-day workshop will provide an overview of the pedestrian-safety-crossing problem, provide resources for addressing the problem, and present the “Spectacular 7” safety treatments. This workshop includes a field exercise that will allow you to put into practice what is learned during the classroom portion of the workshop.
Stay tuned for more 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