The North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program (NDLTAP) was established in 1984. The Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) of the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) was originally created in 1981 as the Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) to improve access to highway transportation related technology for local units of government. In 1993 RTAP was combined with the Urban Technical Assistance Program (UTAP) delivering LTAP services to all counties, townships, cities, towns, and other transportation providers.
The NDLTAP is operated in partnership between North Dakota State University (NDSU) and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) as part of the FHWA's Local Technical Assistance Program. Funding is provided by the FHWA, NDDOT, the North Dakota Insurance Reserve Fund (NDIRF) and NDSU.
NDLTAP services provided by the center encourage and enhance the exchange of highway transportation related technology and information. Local units of government utilize the center as a source for technical assistance and information, educational resources, and work force development. The center is actively involved in research implementation through progressive and cost effective transfer of technology and technical assistance within North Dakota's transportation community.
The NDLTAP was relocated to 515 ½ E Broadway Suite 101, Bismarck, North Dakota on Jan. 1, 2007 under the direction of Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University. Staff is available to provide technical information, on-site assistance, training and workshops, attend meetings with elected and agency officials, and assist in all forms of transportation technology transfer.