Your Monthly Bulletin from Louisiana LTAP Center
February 28, 2019 // Volume 2, Issue 2
A compilation of e-news, resources, tools and opportunities that help local public agencies enhance transportation innovation, mobility and safety efforts across Louisiana communities.

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LTAP shares funding resources for locals
At the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) Mid-winter Conference held on February 20-21, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Director Marie Walsh presented on “Resources & Funding Programs for Local Agencies” that municipalities and planning organizations can apply funding for their local transportation projects and community-building initiatives. 

Courtney Dupre promoted to LTAP Business Manager
Louisiana LTAP is pleased to announce the promotion of Courtney Dupre as the new Business Manager. Courtney rose through the ranks at LTAP. She started out as a temporary
Training Coordinator back in October 2013 and later became a permanent
Training Program Coordinator in May 2014.

Courtney provided communication and outreach support for LTAP and the Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors and Association (LPESA). Courtney sat on the APWA Louisiana
State Board for two years, and has also been a member of the NLTAPA Communications Work Group for five years. Following Bob Breaux’s retirement, Courtney was selected to assume the responsibility of managing the business, accounting and administrative functions of LTAP.

APWA Equipment Expo and Roadeo

LTAP participated as booth exhibitor at the APWA Equipment Roadeo held on February 21, 2019 at the St. Tammany Fairgrounds. This was the first-ever roadeo organized by American Association of Public Works (APWA) Louisiana chapter in conjunction with their annual Equipment Show and Technology Expo. Visit APWA Louisiana here.

Congratulations APWA Louisiana for a successful event!
Every Day Counts: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
One of LTAP’s focus areas is Innovation—at the local level.
A number of current initiatives including FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC)
provide opportunities to highlight successes and encourage innovative thinking.

This month, we feature an EDC-5 innovation, Unmanned Aerial Systems. The use of UAS is expanding across the state DOTs and some local governments to enhance their operations. They are your eyes in the sky. UAS are sometimes referred to as drones, and they are multi-use aircraft controlled from a licensed operator on the ground. The benefits of UAS are wide ranging and impact nearly all aspects of highway transportation—replacing boots on the ground, increasing accuracy, speeding up data collection, and providing access to hard-to-reach locations. Read more.

2019 Build A Better Mousetrap Competition

Calling all local public agencies and innovators out there! You can still submit your innovative gadget, tool or equipment as an entry for the Build a Better Mousetrap (BABM) National Competition.  Deadline is March 30.

Local Road Safety Program (LRSP) still accepting project applications for 1st Quarter of 2019
Cutoff date is March 31, 2019

Although project applications for the Local Road Safety Program (LRSP) are accepted year-round, the Louisiana LTAP Center is encouraging parishes and municipalities to consider submitting their projects proposals in time for the quarterly cutoff dates. For this quarter, applications should be turned in by March 31, 2019 to be given priority for project selection. The next cutoff dates are June 30, September 30 and December 31, 2019. Read more.

Work Zone Awareness Week
April 8 - 12, 2019

Louisiana LTAP supports the National Work Zone Awareness Week scheduled on April 8-12, 2019. We encourage you to show your vested interest in road safety during this time by wearing your safety vest or anything orange.

Please stand by for more updates on statewide and local activities. Read more.

Safe Work Zone Operations training held in BR and W. Monroe this month
LTAP assisted FHWA and Neal Carboneau of Transportation Training Institute LLC in conducting the FHWA grant course on "Implementing Safe Work Zone Operations Strategies" in West Monroe and Baton Rouge this month. Read more about the work zone safety grant.

Visit LTAP website to inquire about future classes.
AASHTO's Transportation Curriculum Coordinating Council (TC3) offers training to local public agencies at no cost
If you are a transportation practitioner working for a local or tribal government and want to improve your construction, maintenance, and material selection processes and projects, FHWA and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials have over training modules made o ver 190 web-based training (WBT) courses with additional courses planned through the Transportation Curriculum Coordinating Council (TC3). Read more.

Federal Government funds Louisiana Program to buy repeatedly flooded homes
Restore Louisiana, a state program funded through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, is offering pay up to $200,000 to purchase homes from people living in areas that have been repeatedly flooded.
Statewide Flood Control Program accepts pre-application until May 1
Parish or municipal governments as well as levee boards and drainage districts are encouraged to submit their pre-application and resolution for possible funding through the Statewide Flood Control Program. Deadline is May 1, 2019. The program aims to reduce existing flood damages by providing guidance and public funds to build flood control infrastructure. Eligible projects include channel enlargement, levees, pump stations, etc.
Statewide Flood Control Program Resources
Toward Zero Deaths Road Map to Implementation Webinar Series
January 30 to June 5, 2019
To help traffic safety stakeholders understand the "Road Map Suite of Tools" and gain insight on implementing their own strategy, the TZD National Strategy development team is offering a free Road Map to Implementation Webinar Series beginning January 30, 2019. Read more.

2019 National LTAP-TTAP and NTTD Conference
August 12-15, 2019
This year's National LTAP-TTAP Conference will be held in conjunction with the National Transportation Training Directors Conference scheduled on August 12-15, 2019 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont. Read more.

International Conference on Low Volume Roads
September 15-18, 2019
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring the 12th TRB International Conference on Low Volume Roads on September 15-18, 2019 in Kalispell, Montana. This conference examines new technologies and new techniques in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads. Read more.
How May LTAP Assist You?
At Louisiana LTAP, we strive to provide local public agencies the necessary technical assistance and training opportunities that will enhance transportation project delivery and improve traffic safety in local communities. We value your feedback, so tell us what specific training and/or materials you want us to offer in the future.
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LTAP is a division within the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC), a collaborative effort between the DOTD and LSU.