Local Connections

Your Monthly Bulletin 
from Louisiana LTAP

November 13, 2018 // Volume 1, Issue 3

A compilation of e-news, resources, tools and opportunities that help local public agencies enhance transportation innovation, mobility and safety efforts across Louisiana communities.


LA LTAP's Director Marie Walsh (middle), Training Manager Steve Strength (left) and Training Coordinator Courtney Dupre (right) check out some of the innovative projects at the showcase.

LTAP attends innovation showcase 

The Louisiana LTAP Center staff recently attended the "Innovation Showcase on the Lawn" held by the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) in front of the headquarters building in Baton Rouge. N early 40 booths were featured displaying some of the innovative projects that state DOTD employees from across Louisiana have developed to help DOTD complete its tasks as infrastructure needs grow and resources continue to shrink. Because of their innovations, our workforce has the opportunity to work safer, faster, and more affordably. Read more.

Click here to see all the innovative projects implemented by DOTD Districts.

Innovation Showcase from last year (2017)
Innovation Showcase from last year (2017)

Local governments encouraged to participate in Statewide Watershed Initiative 

LTAP encourages local communities to be proactively engaged in the statewide Watershed Initiative, which is the Governor's long-term strategic approach to managing future flood risks. It is the goal of this initiative to empower local jurisdictions and communities to implement regional, long-term solutions that follow watershed boundaries and can cross local political boundaries. Read more.

To know more about the initiative, consider attending their statewide listening tour sessions. The two remaining ones are scheduled on  November 14 in Hammond and November 15 in Baton Rouge. REGISTER HERE.

Louisiana LTAP
Training & Events
Ongoing until November 15

LTAP is conducting a series of one-day classes on "Roads Scholar #2: Maintenance of Asphalt Roads". This training  is designed to help road crew members implement procedures for more effective maintenance of those roads that will extend their service life without the need for constant repetition. Register here.

Save the Date! LPESA 2018 Winter Board Meeting
December 13 at 11:00 AM, Broussard, LA
Open to LPESA Board Members Only
RSVP for self and any guest (s) by email to Courtney.Dupre@la.gov 


NLTAPA shares tips how local public agencies can carry out tailgate talks with road personnel
The Louisiana LTAP, in partnership with Connecticut LTAP Center and the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA), would like to encourage road superintendents, public works supervisors and road managers to consider embarking on a "Tailgate Talk" initiative in their respective workplaces. 

You can carry out tailgate safety talks however you find best, but some guidelines to consider include: (1)  Hold talks on a regular basis - weekly or monthly; (2) Keep them short; (3) Time them right so they don't interfere with the work; (4) Include props when you can; and more. Click here for ideas on Tailgate Topics as well as General Tailgate Instructions to Supervisors.

LTAP calls for project applications to the Local Road Safety Program, 4th Qua rter of 2018

LTAP calls on local public agencies to submit project applications for road safety improvements to be funded through the Local Road Safety Program (LRSP). Although submissions are accepted year-round, project applications submitted by December 31, 2018 shall be given priority for project selection. Eligible projects include curve delineations, rumble strips, high friction surface treatments, pavement markings and other proven safety countermeasures.  Contact LRSP Manager Leo Marretta for more information.

Consider implementing Local Road Safety Plans to keep your roads safer

To reduce the number of traffic deaths in rural roads, parishes and municipalities in Louisiana  are encouraged to develop and implement a Local Road Safety Plan.  Connect with LTAP's Local Road Safety Program Manager   to know more about the process.  View  LTAP's Leaflet Local Road Safety Plans. View FHWA's Briefing Sheets about Local Road Safety Plans

Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering
This month, we feature   Collaborative Hydraulics: Advancing to the Next Generation of Engineering (CHANGE) , which is one of the innovations included in Round 5 of Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative. Local governments and planning organizations are urged to make wider use of modern hydraulic modeling tools that can lead to better design and more efficient delivery of projects involving waterways. Read more. 

Panel nominations now open for research on impacts of connected vehicles and automated vehicles 

The Transportation Research Board's (TRB) National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is seeking panel nominations for tasks associated with research on the Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies. Deadline is November 20.  Know what the tasks of a panel member here.  For questions, contact Ray Derr at  RDerr@nas.edu

Amplify messa ge on social media to rebuild infrastructure #RebuildWithUs

Cities know that it is time to rebuild and re-imagine America's infrastructure. Join the National League of Cities in taking action toward building intermodal, sustainable and interconnected infrastructure networks that support a modern economy. Use hashtag #RebuildWithUs to amplify the message on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. Visit NLC.org for more info.  

MUTCD to undergo an update

In conjunction with the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD), the United States Federal Highway Administration, in an announcement made by United States Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, that the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) for Streets and Highways will undergo an update. To learn more, check out DOT's promoting the announcement of as part of DOT Updates Policies and Guidance for Automated Transportation - AV 3.0

November 11-17 is National Traffic Incident Response Week

This week, help bring awareness about the dangers emergency responders face at traffic incidents.  Every minute of every day, emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.  Know more about this nationwide campaign. 

Buckle Up this Thanksgiving

During Thanksgiving weekend, millions will hit the roads, eager to spend time with family and friends. It's one of the busiest travel times of the year, and unfortunately more people on the roadways means the potential for more vehicle crashes.Use hashtag  #BuckleUp  on social media.


Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry 2018

The American Transportation Research Institute has released a report that summarizes survey results about the trucking industry's most critical issues. It outlines strategies for addressing each issue. Read more.


Louisiana Watershed Initiative's Listening Sessions  
November 14 in Hammond, November 15 in Baton Rouge
The Louisiana Watershed Initiative will cover high-level agenda for each stop along this statewide listening tour. Planning and policy discussion is for public sector agency employees only, and the elected officials briefing is for elected officials only. Private sector, academic or nonprofit partners are welcome to attend.  Read more.

Webinar: What Transportation Engineers and Planners Should Know and Prepare for Autonomous Vehicles, November 16, 2018 at 2:00-3:30 PM
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) will host this webinar which aims to help planners and engineers understand their role in preparing for the advent of autonomous vehicles in urban, suburban and rural roadway networks. Registration is $99. Read more.

Webinar: Changes in Demographics and Markets for Public Transportation
November 29 at 1:00-2:30 PM
This TRB webinar will explore how changes in demographics, traveler preferences, and markets for public transportation affect transit ridership now and in the future. 

This summit will continue to move the rural conversation forward and will focus more intently on safety solutions and "Bridging the Gap."  Read more

Transportation Research Board Meeting, January 13-17, 2019 in Washington D.C.
This conference covers all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme:  Transportation For a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future. Read more.  

TRB's International Conference on Low Volume Roads, September 15-18, 2019
This conference examines new technologies and new techniques in the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and administration of low-volume roads. Submission of papers and presentations is from August 25 to November 30, 2018. 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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