Ready to shake up your Wednesday's? The KY LTAP will be offering 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!
High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST)
The Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) is a core federal aid program that utilizes a data driven process to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on all roads across the county. Kentucky’s HSIP program utilizes data to analyze Kentucky’s roadway network for crash locations that experience more wet pavement collisions than similar roadways across the state. High Friction Surface projects are then created for these identified locations across the state. Some Local roads are included in this analysis. In 2019, a local road received high friction surface through the HSIP program. This webinar includes an overview of the HFST program and project details from Daviess County.
Speakers: Nathan Ridgway is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. Nathan has worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since graduation with a primary emphasis in Traffic Engineering. He currently serves as a Transportation Engineering Specialist in the Kentucky Highway Safety Improvement Program.
Mark Brasher is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a registered Professional Engineer. Mark started his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in District 2 in the Traffic Branch. In 2006, he took the position of Assistant City Engineer in Owensboro, Kentucky. In 2009, he returned to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in District 2 to the Project Delivery and Preservation Branch. In 2011, Mark transitioned to Daviess County where he serves as the County Engineer/Public Works Director. He is an active member of the Kentucky Stormwater Association and Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers. Mark lives in Daviess County with his lovely wife Amy and his four adorable children.
When to Replace Your Equipment
Reliable equipment is critical to managing a highway or public works department. During this webinar, David will show examples of how agencies decide when to replace their equipment. He will also show how an agencies can determine the right size for their capital equipment replacement plan.
Speaker: David P. Orr, PE, PhD. is Director / Senior Engineer for the Cornell University Local Roads Program, the New York State LTAP Center. With over 30 years in the local highway community, David has experiences covering the gamut from picking up deer to dealing with the legislature. He has a broad range of expertise in local road engineering and knows how to tie a bow tie in the dark.
Road Maintenance/Design and Drainage
Design and drainage are critical factors to consider in road maintenance and construction. Roads would last a long time if there is adequate drainage. In this webinar, we will take a look at the principles of design and drainage in comparison to aggregate vs. paved roads, recognize the characteristics of designs, applications and how the motor grader and operator are crucial parts of this element in preserving, maintaining and increasing the safety of our roadways.
Speaker: Brian Jackson is a United States Navy veteran who began operating heavy construction equipment at the age of 18 in the Navy Seabees. He began training operators in motor grader operations in 1999 as a volunteer instructor for NE LTAP, he took a full-time position with NE LTAP in 2015 providing equipment training to locals and DOT personnel across the state of Nebraska and neighboring states and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. In 2020 Brian started his own equipment training business and is committed to helping others, he is passionate to create, facilitate and provide high-quality equipment training that promotes worker safety, productivity and preserves the environment. He has been a quest speaker at National Association of County Engineers, Iowa County Engineers Association and Minnesota Road Maintenance and Demo Days conferences.
Work Zone Heroes don't wear capes, just hi-visibility vests and smart work practices to keep them safe so that they can help keep others safe in their daily work routines. During this presentation, we will discuss various options and techniques flaggers can utilize when setting up a work zone. This discussion will include how speed and visibility interact and how proper work zone setups keep both the traveling public and the workers, safe.
Speaker: Rob Hecker has over 40 years’ experience in the road and bridge construction industry. He spent 28 years with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, where he was a job site inspector, a statewide work zone coordinator, a statewide construction safety coordinator, and the manager of the Employee Safety branch. Rob was the lead representative for the Cabinet’s Division of Materials on three Ohio River bridge projects. Rob was also a part of a team that helped to reduce Workers Compensation claims by over $2.5 million annually at the Cabinet. Rob is currently semi-retired; working part-time as a researcher and a trainer for the Kentucky Transportation Center at UK and Eastern Kentucky University where he provides instruction in OSHA Construction Safety.
Snow and Ice Route Planning
This webinar will describe a recently completed project to update the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s snow and ice clearance routes for all 120 counties. The webinar will cover some of the basics of route planning and describe what data and information are needed to successfully optimize routes. The webinar will also discuss some of the project’s successes as well as some of the obstacles encountered along the way.
Speaker: Ben Blandford is a principal research scientist at the Kentucky Transportation Center. Dr. Blandford’s research centers on transportation and planning, with specific interests in highway safety, GIS-Science, environmental planning, and geovisualization. Dr. Blandford holds a PhD in Geography, which he completed at the University of Kentucky in 2015.
Basics of Retroreflectivity
Sign retro-reflectivity is an important aspect of roadway safety. FHWA requires that agencies use an appropriate method to maintain minimum levels of retro-reflectivity for their signs. This presentation will discuss several approved methods to help maintain these minimum levels. Additionally, the course will cover sign and reflectivity basics.
Speaker: Eric Green has his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Green has over 20 years of experience in traffic safety research. He is the program manager of Traffic and Safety at the Kentucky Transportation Center and adjunct faculty with the department of civil engineering at UK. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Kentucky and has his Geographic Information Systems Professional certification. He is also a certified Roadway Safety Professional (RSP). He started the transportation-based software company, Pin-3.