About 100 individuals from local transportation agencies gathered in Bemidji last week for the Minnesota Roadway Maintenance Training and Demo Day.
Offered annually by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), which is housed within CTS, the event focuses on education and technology exchange through classroom sessions and outdoor demonstrations. Topics covered included cargo securement, recent changes in commercial driver’s license rules, gravel road maintenance and design, and culvert management and ditch maintenance.
Attendees also got the chance to see demonstrations of transportation innovations developed by local agencies in Minnesota. Demos featured the two winners of last year’s Minnesota Build a Better Mousetrap Competition: Clearwater County’s tractor-mounted shouldering box and Polk County’s asphalt patch trailer.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, and the Federal Highway Administration, along with Minnesota LTAP, sponsored the training in partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association and the Minnesota Street Superintendents Association.