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Roads Scholar Program Required Course

Drainage: The Key to Roads That Last

This course emphasizes the importance of good drainage with discussions of the effects of water on roads, problems caused by improper drainage, and ways to handle these problems. It covers types of drainage systems ranging from ditches, culverts, subdrains, inlets, and end structures. Uses, materials, installation, and maintenance of these systems are addresses as well. This course also introduces geosynthetic drainage applications.

Dates & Locations


This session is from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Registration begins at 8:00 am.



  • Introduction
  • Problems Associated with Water and Roadways and Symptoms of Poor Drainage
  • Sources of Water Infiltration
  • Fundamental Elements of a Good Pavement Drainage System
  • Video: Importance of Roadway Drainage
  • Break
  • Pavement Drainage Design
  • Subsurface Drainage Design, Construction, Quality Control, Maintenance and Repair
  • Video: Inspection of Highway Edge Drains
  • Lunch
  • Surface Drainage Design, Construction, Quality Control, Maintenance and Repair
  • Videos: Culvert Not Just Something to Pass Over, Flowable Fill Backfill for Culverts, and Pothole Repair: Proven Practices
  • Break
  • Storm Water Retention/Detention and Water Quality Units Legal Liability
  • Conclusions, Review, Certificates and Evaluations Adjourn


Roads Scholar and Roads Master Courses:

  • $95 for city and county employees
  • $115 for all others

NOTE: Payment is required in advance, except employees of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.