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  • Posted: Jun 4
    Previously, low construction and maintenance costs for pavements allowed local jurisdictions to pave large portions of their roadway network. More recently, construction and maintenance costs for asphalt roadways have risen faster than inflation and, more importantly, funding. Because of this, local roadway jurisdictions are un-paving, or reverting roadways back to an engineered gravel surface. The process has been used in more than half of the states in the United States, in Canada, and in Finland. It requires proper equipment, materials, final roadway grading and full public support to be successful. This document will review current practices including some researched best practices from NDLTAP, FHWA, and other sources.
  • Posted: May 22
    The need to be seen is critical for worker safety. Low visibility is a serious hazard for all workers who perform work tasks near moving traffic.
  • Posted: May 15
    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: May 10
    Asset management focuses decisions in resource allocation and usage for transportation infrastructure. Its purpose is to maximize benefits of a transportation program for customers and users, based on well-defined goals and using available resources. This webinar will share program examples for agencies to develop and manage their transportation assets. Come find out how to set up your own program and hear about successful practices to aid you in your local agency. Please register no later than Tuesday, May 15.
  • Posted: May 9
    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 2018 "You Show Us How" contest.
  • Posted: May 3
    NDLTAP director Dale Heglund and DOTSC/ATAC director Brad Wentz were presenters at the 2018 ND Association of County Engineers annual meeting in Fargo earlier this year.
  • Posted: Apr 3
    Basic and advanced training to include ethanol gas and its effect on two-cycle engines; simple ways to maintain the saw, carburetor tuning and adjusting, chain sharpening techniques, air cleaner maintenance, and more. The class will have a hands-on session on basic safety, PPE, chain tooth parts, felling, notch and hinge, cutting and wedging techniques, and calculations. The advanced class will deal with trees that have come down due to severe weather.
  • Posted: Apr 2
    Learn how to add nature’s glue to existing gravel surfacing and “Make Gravel Roads Great Again!” In addition to classroom training; there will be a demonstration in the field to apply the training to building a 3-part gravel road test section.
  • Posted: Mar 8
    NRRA is a pooled fund that will focus on solving problems that impact road owners with an emphasis on customer needs. This pooled fund will help direct and compliment the use of the MnROAD test track for local, regional and national research, tech transfer and implementation needs.
  • Posted: Mar 6
    This conference is coordinated and sponsored by the North Dakota Local Technical Assistance Program (a program under Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University), North Dakota Department of Transportation, Dakota Asphalt Pavement Association, and Associated General Contractors of North Dakota.
  • Posted: Feb 16
    When snow falls, so do people. One of the most threatening winter hazards comes from snow and ice, which increases the potential to slip and fall. These falls can result in serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones, and even traumatic brain injuries.
  • Posted: Feb 7
    The $2,000 Tribal Transportation Scholarship recognizes outstanding Native American students with an interest in transportation engineering, economics or agriculture who are enrolling at North Dakota State University.
  • Posted: Jan 26
    Researchers and students from MPC universities presented more than 60 papers or posters at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) earlier this month. The meeting is the world's largest gathering of transportation researchers and professions.
  • Posted: Jan 25
    Staff and students from NDSU presented several papers and moderated sessions at the 97th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board Jan-7-11 in Washington, D.C. The meeting is the largest gathering of transportation-related event in the world with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops.
  • Posted: Jan 11
    We are excited to announce that in partnership with the Northland Chapter of American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), we are offering a limited number of scholarships to the Northland Chapter of ATSSA How-To Conference held in Fargo, ND.
  • Posted: Nov 15, 2017
    The presentations from the 32nd Regional Local Roads Conference held October 17-18, 2017 in Rapid City, SD are now online.
  • Posted: Oct 27, 2017
    UGPTI program director Tim Horner provided background on North Dakota local road and bridge needs and UGPTI's outreach and education related to local roads during KFGO's "Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness." The interview was a follow-up to a county bridge collapse last week near Park River in Walsh County. Horner made reference to UGPTI's study of local roads and bridges, the ND Local Technical Assistance Program, the ND Truck Weight Calculator and GRIT, UGPTI's Geographic Roadway Inventory Tool.
  • Posted: Oct 5, 2017
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University celebrated its 50th Anniversary Aug. 30 by hosting an interactive outdoor event featuring heavy trucks, emergency response vehicles, transportation safety exhibits and highlights of the Institute's history. Photos of the event are now available.
  • Posted: Sep 22, 2017
    Brad Wentz, PE, UGPTI, will review GRIT and the layers that should be focused on this Fall. He will also highlight any enhancements since last Spring along with an overview of the new web viewer maps.
  • Posted: Sep 22, 2017
    North Dakota public agencies deal with cold weather many months of the year. Local officials are exposed to icy roads, uninformed drivers, carbon monoxide and exposure. This training session will address the important winter maintenance and cold weather survival issues.
  • Posted: Aug 29, 2017
    The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Wednesday, Aug. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. with safety and transportation exhibits, free food, and information about the Institute and its history.
  • Posted: Aug 21, 2017
    Staying hydrated is even more critical now that it is hot...you're sweating more. Every pound of weight lost while sweating can equal up to 16-20 ounces of fluid lost. That's fluid that needs to be replenished as soon as possible. Sweating and weight loss during a work day or a workout is a natural process, but you must replenish both the fluid and the nutrients lost for your body to adapt and recover.
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