Your Monthly Bulletin from Louisiana LTAP Center
January 29, 2019 // Volume 2, Issue 1
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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TRB 2019 Poster Session.
In photo are (from left) LTAP Program Manager Steve Strength, Director Marie Walsh,
and Training Coordinator Courtney Dupre
LTAP presents "Data-Driven Local Road Safety Planning Process" poster
at Annual TRB Meeting in Washington D.C.
Our LTAP staff members presented a poster at the Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting held last January 13-17, 2019 in Washington D.C. Titled as "Not Just Data! We Want Information We Can Use, and We Need It Now!", the poster presented how Louisiana took a data-driven focused approach in local road safety planning and implementation efforts.

Louisiana’s local road safety planning process begins with crash data analysis and parish profile development. It significantly involves stakeholder participation and input (from local public agencies and regional safety coalitions) facilitated through crash data workshops and meetings. During the plan development itself, projects are identified and prioritized using an assessment tool and countermeasure selection matrix. The process then wraps up with project evaluation and re-assessment of data. Download the poster here.

Bob's Retirement Bash.
Bob Breaux (center) is congratulated for his service by LTRC Director Dr. Sam Cooper (left)
and LTAP Director Dr. Marie Walsh (right).
LTRC thanks Bob Breaux for his 26 years of service
After 26 years of service, Mr. Bob Breaux retired from his position as LTAP's Administrative Coordinator effective January 2, 2019. Bob's dedication in serving LTAP's business and administrative functions was unparalleled. Bob was honored at his retirement party organized by his colleagues at Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC). LTAP is a division within the LTRC.

It was bitter-sweet to bid farewell to him. LTAP surely has big shoes to fill. Thank you for your service, Bob! Enjoy your retirement! Here's a photo gallery from Bob's retirement bash.
Roads Scholar #4: Temporary Traffic Control for Local Agencies (6 PDHs)
January 31, 2019 in Shreveport
This course is intended for engineers, technicians, inspectors, and maintenance personnel whose duties require an intermediate understanding of traffic control in work zones, including design, setup, and management of traffic controls. Register here.

Implementing Safe Work Zone Operations Strategies Training Course
February 20 in West Monroe and February 25 in Baton Rouge
This free one day course will provide personnel responsible for planning the operations of their workers in flagged, mobile, short duration, short term and incident response operations, tools and strategies to reduce the probability and severity of an incident. Read more.

Instructing (Train-the-Trainer) Safe Work Zone Operations Strategies Training Course
February 21 in West Monroe and February 26 in Baton Rouge
This free one day course will provide personnel interested and qualified in instructing the “Implementing Safe Work Zone Operations Strategies Management Training Course,” instruction in adult education techniques, a review of the focus areas for the management course and a teach back opportunity to demonstrate proficiency. Read more.

American Public Works Association (APWA) Louisiana Equipment Roadeo
February 21, 2019 at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington
Join the APWA-Louisiana chapter at the 2019 Equipment Show and Technology Expo to be held Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8 AM to 4 PM at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds in Covington, LA. This year's expo is held in conjunction with the first-ever Equipment "Roadeo" where public works operators will compete and showcase who among them is the best equipment operator. Admission for the expo is free, but you must pre-register to attend by emailing tblades113@gmail.com
For registration and more info on the equipment show, click here.
For registration and more info on the "roadeo", click here.

Police Jury Association of Louisiana (PJAL) Convention
February 13-15 at the Golden Nugget Hotel in Lake Charles
The 2019 PJAL Annual Convention will be held February 13-15, 2019, at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles with the Exhibit Showcase to be held the first two days beginning at 2 PM on February 13th and ending at noon on February 14th. Agenda will include the LPESA Board Meeting and Annual General Membership Meeting, including election of officers. For more information, contact Exhibit Coordinator Sunny St. Romain at sunny@lpgov.org . Register here.

Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) Mid-Winter Conference
February 19-20 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge
Registration for the 2019 LMA Mid Winter Conference is now open. The focus of this conference will be on funding for municipal projects such as transportation, infrastructure, and new economic development. More information regarding speakers and workshops will be announced in the coming weeks. Register here .

Louisiana Parish Engineers and Supervisors Association (LPESA) Spring Conference 2019
April 24-25, 2019 at the L'Auberge Casino & Hotel in Baton Rouge
Mark April 24-25 off your calendar for the 2019 LPESA Spring Conference which will be held in Baton Rouge. More information about registration, lodging and agenda topics are to follow. To know more about LPESA, visit www.lpesa.org.

Every Day Counts: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
Everyone walks, don’t we all? We are all pedestrians.

STEP is one of the transportation innovations under Round 5 of Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Pedestrians account for 16% of all roadway fatalities nationwide. In Louisiana, non-motorized crashes (involving pedestrians and bicyclists) accounted for 19% of all fatalities in 2016. (Source: LA SHSP Dashboard)

Submit your innovative transportation projects to the "2019 Build A Better Mousetrap Competition"
Calling all local public agencies and innovators out there! Have you come up with an innovative idea for making your transportation workplace safer or more efficient? Perhaps, a new gadget, equipment or tool to do your job better? If so, then submit an entry to the Build a Better Mousetrap (BABM) National Competition. 

Build a Better Mousetrap is a nationwide competition initiated by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and implemented through the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Centers across the nation. In Louisiana, the LTAP Center facilitates the selection process. Deadline of entries is on March 30, 2019. Click here to fill out an electronic submission form.

You may also complete a PDF version of the form and email it to r udynah.capone@la.gov .
Local Road Safety Program (LRSP) 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.


For LRSP project applications, development of Local Road Safety Plans, training & technical assistance opportunities:
Leo Marretta, LRSP/LPA Manager at LTAP
leo.marretta@la.gov / 225-767-9122

To know the status of LRSP-funded projects:
Laura Riggs, LRSP/Safe Routes to Public Places Program Manager
DOTD Highway Safety Section
laura.riggs@la.gov / 225-379-1143



Crash Data Reports / SHSP Crash Dashboard

State Highway Location-Specific Data (Crash 1 Data)
Bryan Costello, Highway Safety Engineer at DOTD Highway Safety Section
bryan.costello@la.gov / 225-379-1958

Local Road Location-Specific Data (Crash 3 Data)
and Parish Local Road Safety Profiles
Leo Marretta leo.marretta@la.gov / 225-767-9122

LTAP shares TZD's "Road Map To Implementation" tools
The comprehensive suite of tools, dubbed "A Road Map for Implementing the Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) National Strategy on Highway Safety," is now available to state agencies and local communities at no cost on the national TZD website. For instructions on how to access the tools, visit the Road Map web page. 
Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk on Super Bowl Day
Super Bowl has become synonymous with drinking and celebrating, making roads on Super Bowl weekend dangerous.

You can raise awareness in your community or with your officers to the heightened dangers of drunk driving on Super Bowl weekend. Get some materials from NHTSA.

New Report: No Progress on Reducing Speeding-Related Traffic Deaths
A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) highlights excessive vehicle speed as a persistent factor in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. Despite this, speeding is not given enough attention as a traffic safety issue and is widely deemed culturally acceptable by the motoring public. Read more 

Download "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking the Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge" here.
Louisiana LTAP to hold temporary traffic control class in Shreveport
Louisiana LTAP will be in City of Shreveport Water and Sewerage Field Operations Division on January 31 to hold the "Roads Scholar #4 Temporary Traffic Control for Local Agencies" class. This course is intended for engineers, technicians, inspectors, and maintenance personnel whose duties require an intermediate understanding of traffic control in work zones, including design, setup, and management of traffic controls. For more information, email Steve Strength at steve.strength@la.gov.

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.

LTAP shares GOHSEP Procurement Guide and other resources
Calling all local public agencies and innovators out there!

The Louisiana Governors Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) put together a "Procurement Quick Reference: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting and Keeping Your Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Grant Dollars" in order to assist sub-recipients (applicants) in identifying and applying the required federal regulations for the procurement of funds, supplies, services, materials and construction projects when using FEMA funds.

Additional Emergency Preparedness 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.