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  • Posted: Dec 3, 2020
    NDDOT is accepting applications/nominations for Vision Zero Infrastructure Awards. These awards are an annual event to recognize people, groups, organizations, programs, and projects that improve infrastructure safety across the state of ND for a safer and better quality of life. Nominations are due by December 20, 2020.
  • Posted: Nov 23, 2020
    The research responds to the N.D. Legislature's request for a study of the transportation infrastructure of all county, township, and tribal roads and bridges in the state. Infrastructure needs were estimated using detailed traffic models and the most current crop and oil production forecasts, traffic estimates, and roadway condition data.
  • Posted: Nov 20, 2020
    Gain a working knowledge of how to improve gravel performance and life in this Dec. 1 virtual training from NDLTAP. Register by Nov. 27. Learn tips on how to find and evaluate gravel sources, set realistic specifications, get owners and suppliers working together provide quality results, and adding clay (nature's glue) to gravel surfacing.
  • Posted: Nov 13, 2020
    Portable generators can be a very useful piece of equipment during a power outage. Portable generators can also be very dangerous. If you plan on using a portable generator, it is essential that you take proper precautions for your safety and the safety of those working to restore the power.
  • Posted: Oct 26, 2020
    The virtual summit for legislators and local government officials and transportation management officials will be October 29. Topics will feature critical asset information and management techniques and best practices for local county, township, city and tribal roads. UGPTI is helping plan the summit and several UGPTI staff are presenters.
  • Posted: Oct 15, 2020
    The four environmental conditions that cause cold-related stress are low temperatures, wind, dampness, and cold water. Two or more of these conditions together can make working outdoors very dangerous.
  • Posted: Sep 25, 2020
    Two transportation experts were recently added to the staff of NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute to assist with local transportation planning and investments in Dunn, McKenzie, and Williams Counties and with the Mandan Hidatasa Arikara Nation.
  • Posted: Sep 16, 2020
    Heavy equipment is designed to handle very large volumes or heavy loads. Therefore, these are powerful machines that are dangerous to everyone around them if they are not operated correctly. It is important to remember the proper methods used to move them from one site to another and how to work around their operation.
  • Posted: Aug 27, 2020
    There have been instances of brand new truck and tractor tires spontaneously, and violently, exploding with no apparent cause while still mounted on the vehicle. The forces involved in this type of explosion are very powerful and capable of causing serious injury to anyone in the immediatevicinity, or a collision if this occurs while the vehicle is being driven.
  • Posted: Aug 20, 2020
    The AASHTO Transportation System Preservation Program (TSP-2) is requesting your help to get funding into the hands of local agencies to preserve their bridges. If possible, please complete the survey by COB September 15.
  • Posted: Jul 27, 2020
    View the recorded webinar and presentations. On July 21, we conducted a webinar that examined a wide array of transportation issues, and provided information we need to plan ahead.
  • Posted: Jul 21, 2020
    Heat stress is a buildup of body heat generated either internally by muscle use or externally by the environment. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke result when the body is overwhelmed by heat. As the heat increases, body temperature and the heart rate rise painlessly. An increase in body temperature of two degrees Fahrenheit can affect mental functioning. A five degree Fahrenheit increase can result in serious illness or death.
  • Posted: Jul 15, 2020
    On July 21, you are invited to join a webinar that provides a glimpse of our roadway network's future, helping us to set the course for success.
  • Posted: Jun 25, 2020
    Roger Parrow, Cass County Sign Foreman, thought that he had seen it all, but found a new low in sign vandalism. Crazy as it sounds, vandals actually placed shooting targets on a county bridge end marker.
  • Posted: Jun 24, 2020
    Gerard Feist, NDLTAP asphalt expert, joined the LaMoure County crew last fall to aid in the revival of the sand seal. Gerard was impressed by the county crew's efforts and their ability to adapt from a normal chip seal to a sand seal. "Great crew and quality end product. Kudos to LaMoure County," he said.
  • Posted: Jun 22, 2020
    Building roads in phases, also known as staged construction, is a great option for building quality roads while also managing funding, according to Williams County Highway Superintendent Dennis Nelson. Nelson outlined Williams County's approach to staged construction in an article in the ND Association of Counties' newspaper, County News. Williams County Communications Officer Lindsay Harriman assisted in developing the article.
  • Posted: Jun 8, 2020
    How can soybeans help our local road network? For the past three years, UGPTI has supported NDSU efforts to develop, test, and, hopefully soon, market a soy-based dust palliative and asphalt rejuvenating agent.
  • Posted: Apr 16, 2020
    Local road workers, NDDOT employees, contractors and consultants make up the most recent class of 82 "road scholars" who completed a continuing education program for road and highway practitioners in North Dakota. The program, offered by UGPTI's N.D. Local Technical Assistance Program for more than 30 years, recognizes achievements in subjects and topics essential to efficient and effective local road maintenance and management.
  • Posted: Apr 9, 2020
    Do you know someone who's contribution to the transportation industry has put North Dakota and the region on the fast track? Do you know someone who has been a leader, a builder, a facilitator, a planner, or a visionary working on behalf of transportation? Please introduce them to us. That individual may deserve one of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute's annual awards.
  • Posted: Apr 9, 2020
    ​National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is celebrating 20 years! This annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season encourages safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones.
  • Posted: Mar 26, 2020
    First and foremost - BE VISIBLE. Wear bright, high-visibility clothing, meeting ANSI standards. Look for hazards. Always survey the work area for potential hazards. Besides the traffic, what’s out there?
  • Posted: Mar 24, 2020
    Dale Heglund, director of UGPTI's North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program, has been named to the Transportation Research Board's Low Volume Roads Committee. This national committee provides strategic planning for research and serves as a clearinghouse for information and resources pertaining to all aspects of low-volume roads including planning, design, construction, safety, maintenance operations, environmental, and social issues.
  • Posted: Mar 18, 2020
    You are invited to a free FHWA EDC-5 webinar on April 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 pm ET. Rural Agencies and Tribes, come learn what you can do, where you are, with what you have, to reduce rural roadway departures. You can make a difference!
  • Posted: Mar 12, 2020
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute invites applications for a technical/administration position. The UGPTI offers an exciting opportunity to manage a dynamic and unique distance-learning program in partnership with state departments of transportation and universities in the region. The candidate seeking this position will provide administrative management of the program’s budget and day-to-day operations as well as supervision of training and support staff. The individual will have the opportunity to utilize his/her strengths to propose, facilitate and deliver technical and professional development training and technology transfer. This is a full-time benefited position located in Bismarck, ND.
  • Posted: Mar 10, 2020
    Have you developed a way to get your work done faster, safer, easier or cheaper? Share your idea and earn some recognition for your efforts. NDLTAP is now accepting submission for its 2020 Innovation Champions contest.
  • Posted: Mar 6, 2020
    Presentations are now online from the 70th Annual North Dakota County Roads Conference that was held January, 29-31 in Fargo.
  • Posted: Mar 5, 2020
    Kelly Bengtson joined UGPTI February 26 as a pavement and bridge engineer. He will assist UGPTI with road and bridge investment needs studies, asset management efforts, and technical assistance to local units of government.
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