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Spotlight On Transportation

PWX@Home works around your busy lifestyle. You can choose one afternoon per month to set aside and embrace an all-new virtual learning experience. The second Tuesday of each month from August through July, APWA will unveil education in 12 key public works focus areas. The series features sessions on relevant topics—most of which were selected for PWX 2020 in varying formats to maximize learning and engagement.

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July 13, 2021
1:00–4:30 p.m. CT

Attend three sessions related to Transportation for one low price! Registration is $50 for Members and $75 for Non-Members. Participants are eligible for up to 0.3 CEUs for this program. 

Thanks to the generosity of our PWX@Home sponsor, Beam, additional pre-recorded sessions, PWX Content Collections: Transportation, are included with Spotlight on Transportation registration.

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AV, CV, EV: How Much Is All This Going to Cost My City?

Speaker: Wilfred Nixon

That automated and connected vehicles will be with us soon is certain, although quite how soon this will occur is a bit uncertain. And, of course, we have electric vehicles already. So, how much should a city or other agency invest in infrastructure to ease this revolution in transportation? And what are the limitations of these new technologies? Will cities have to foot the bill, or would footing the bill give a city a competitive advantage in the new economic reality these new technologies will usher in? There are lots of questions and concerns surrounding these new technologies, and the APWA Transportation Committee’s AV/CV Sub-Committee has been pondering these and trying to highlight the most critical issues for all of us in public works. This session shares their understanding of these issues, and provides focused help to allow agencies to keep abreast of these rapidly developing technologies.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how the new technologies (AV, CV, EV) will impact the transportation system over the next two decades.
2. Illustrate how infrastructure needs for these new technologies will develop and detail how these developments will impose on infrastructure budgets of cities.
3. Spell out how different funding mechanisms and partnerships may be able to address the new (and unfunded) infrastructure needs.


Safe Streets Demos: Test Before You Invest

Speakers: Debbie Hale, Ariana Green

Are you someone who likes to sample a product before you buy? Is your community striving to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities? If so, you will be interested in learning more about Safe Street Demos, which allow community members to “test-out” new street designs and provide feedback on whether or not the improvements should be made permanent. Safe Street Demos temporarily reconfigure the street to provide better and safer opportunities for kids, seniors, and community members to walk, bicycle, and access transit. Join the Transportation Agency for Monterey County as they share their experience implementing the Broadway Avenue Safe Street Demo, and learn how to use this low-cost tool to refine engineering designs and build community support.

Proficiency Level: Applied

Learning Objectives:
1. Design and conduct a Safe Street Demo.
2. Measure and build public support for a proposed street improvement before investing in design, engineering and construction.
3. Persuade governing bodies to invest in enhanced safe walking and bicycling infrastructure.


An Unprecedented Challenge – Build a Bridge in 5 Months

Speaker: Barron, Esposito

On March 12, 2019, the state of Nebraska was struck by a “bomb cyclone” – a storm triggered by a rapid plunge in barometric pressure that is comparable to a category 3 hurricane. It unleashed destructive winds, a crippling blizzard, and heavy rains followed by three days of massive snow, ice, and rain runoff simultaneously impacting several major drainage corridors in central and eastern Nebraska. Flooding forced the evacuations of entire communities and damaged thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses. Ice and water swept away livestock as no fewer than 17 flood records were set in the region, including on the Missouri River. As levees failed, water damaged or destroyed close to 200 miles of highway, nearly 30 state bridges, and scores of county roads. Freakish ice flows in the Niobrara River Valley nearly obliterated everything in their path, including a hydroelectric dam near Spencer. The most widespread natural disaster ever recorded in Nebraska racked up a staggering $2 billion in damage. Post flood, residents of Boyd and Holt Counties, Nebraska were enduring two-hour driving detours, which began March 14 when the historic flooding event washed away 1,000 feet of pavement at the south end of the U.S. Highway 281 bridge on the Niobrara River. This presentation shares the extraordinary effort to design and construct a highway bridge in less than five months – a process that would normally take two years.

Proficiency Level: Advanced

Learning Objectives:
1. Solve for critical bridge design challenges using drone technology, geomorphology, geotechnology, and hydrology to provide assessments for how the flooded conditions of the soil and stream would affect bridge and road design.
2. Perform under pressure and within a compressed timeline.
3. Succeed in designing and building a temporary 600-foot bridge on an accelerated schedule to restore highway traffic as quickly as possible.


Small Cities/Rural Communities Perspective On Transportation

July 7, 2021
Noon1:00 p.m. CT

Important or complex transportation issues do not stop when you enter a small city or rural community.  In fact, small cities and rural communities not only have transportation issues, but they also must find a way to address issues without multimillion-dollar budgets or federal assistance.  Join this panel as they discuss smaller town transportation issues and their creative solutions, and of course funding alternatives.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members.

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Third Thursday Advocacy Jam! – July

July 15, 2021
2:303:30 p.m. CT

The need for improvement of the U.S. and Canadian transportation networks, including roads, bridges, and public transit, will be the focus of significant legislative and regulatory action in the coming months. In the U.S., long-term surface transportation reauthorization legislation needs to be passed by September 30 to ensure certainty for critical transportation projects across the nation. In Canada, the federal government recently announced nearly $15 billion for public transit projects. Please join APWA’s U.S. and Canadian Government Affairs staff for an open-ended discussion on the status of transportation legislation and its potential impact on public works. Additionally, with the U.S. federal government’s funding currently set to expire September 30, staff will share updates on the appropriations process regarding key federal agencies and programs. We look forward to hearing your thoughts – join the conversation!

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members.

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EDC6: Next-Generation Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Training

July 14, 2021
2:00–3:00 p.m. CT

While traffic incident management (TIM) efforts have traditionally focused on high-speed roadways, the concepts of TIM are applicable to all roads, not just urban freeways. Next-Generation TIM (NextGen TIM) focuses on working with State, local, and Tribal partners to improve TIM on all roadways by integrating proven, yet underutilized innovative technology, data, and training strategies. This session will provide an overview of how NextGen TIM can help agencies take TIM to the next level using innovative TIM approaches that will continue to save lives, time and money.

Registration is FREE for Members and Non-Members.

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CLL: What do I need for a Connected and Automated Vehicle Pilot?

July 15, 2021
10:00–11:00 a.m. CT

Have you been thinking about having a connected and/or automated vehicle pilot in your jurisdiction? If so, this program is for you. This program will provide participants with an overall approach to entering into a pilot project including contracting requirements, infrastructure requirements and costs. It will also provide lessons learned from pilot projects. Participants will be able to ask the panelists questions during the program.

Registration is FREE for Members and $50 for Non-Members.

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CLL: What is a Smart City?

July 29, 2021
10:00–11:00 a.m. CT

Smart Cities is a concept that has been around for several years; however, Public Works professionals need a better understanding of what is a smart city, defining the program elements that support a smart city strategy and providing successful implementation examples.

Registration is FREE for Members and $50 for Non-Members.

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On Demand eLearning Opportunities

Principles of Public Works Operations: Principles of Transportation Management

This session is designed for individuals that are interested in exploring Principles of transportation management, as it applies for those entering the public works industry and those who want to further their professional development. This session explains the roles and functions of traffic engineering and dives into the best practices and emerging trends relating to transportation management. It provides real-world examples, as well as a discussion guide to keep the conversation going with your peers after the conclusion of the session.

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Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Program eCourse

The Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate Program, one of APWA’s most popular programs, is now available in the convenience and ease of an online course. Targeted towards foremen, supervisors, and managers of winter maintenance operations, this certificate program helps those in charge of winter operations understand all facets of what goes into developing and maintaining an effective winter maintenance program. Resulting in more effective, efficient, equitable and environmentally friendly snow and ice control.

20% OFF Coupon Code: LMS20

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For more information on either of these programs contact education@apwa.net. CEUs: eligible for 0.7 CEUs upon completion.


Construction Inspection 201: Project Management

Construction Inspection 201 is designed for individuals who are interested in building their skillset in project management — as it applies to work performed in the construction inspection profession. This program provides general guidelines for the various areas needed to maintain professionalism and competence. The program includes an array of information for the student, including: communication; contractor relations; plans and specifications; construction meetings; progress meetings; scheduling; documentation; negotiations; and project close-out.

Courses can be purchased separately or in a program bundle at a discounted price!

Earn .6 CEUs (6PDHs) for completion of the program bundle. Certified Public Infrastructure Inspectors (CPIIs) are eligible for 6 continuing education hours toward recertification upon completion of the bundle.

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NLTAPA

APWA and the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) have a formal partnership for the purpose of fostering a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system. Our goal together is to improve the skills and knowledge of local transportation providers through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer.

Check out NLTAPA’s monthly event calendar >

NLTAPA has compiled some of the best resources for online learning from across the country on their website. These resources are drawn from all levels of government, from federal to local, as well as some of the most up-to-date learning modules and videos from private and academic partners.

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Vista Equipment Training

APWA has teamed up with Vista Training, Inc. to offer valuable Instructor Kits, e-learning courses, and online videos for equipment operators with special discounts for APWA members. Jurnee™ by VISTA now has 14 Instructor Kits for Equipment Operator Training. Training emphasis is on skill development and work attitude with a strong focus on consistency and safety. Trainers can use kit materials as much as needed. Jurnee™ kits include classroom presentation (and self-study version), suggested discussion questions, operator hands-on evaluation check sheets for in-the-field operator evaluation and much more.


APWA Resource Center Highlights

APWA’s NEW Resource Center will highlight the following resources July 1-31, 2021 for members and non-members:

  1. Introduction to Automated Vehicles
  2. Pothole Fact Sheet
  3. Traffic 101 Toolbox
  4. StreetCaster – Bringing Equity to Sidewalk and Street Repairs
  5. Next Generation Porous Pavements - Recent Advances
  6. Bellevue's Smart City Vision and Plan

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Priorities >


Trending Technologies/Roving Reporter

Trying to keep up with the latest and greatest #trendingtech in public works? You're in luck! APWA is highlighting a new trending technology by way of our Talking Top Tech webinars, Roving Reporter Education Series, and new resources and programs. You can even share your own Roving Reporter videos on social media using #APWARovingReporter.

Autonomous Vehicles – Lincoln, NE


Connected Vehicles – Maricopa County, AZ


TTT: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles Edition


TTT: Preparing for Implementation of Automated Connected Vehicles


Introduction to Automated Vehicles >


Career Development/Workforce

Resources

Day-in-the-Life Videos

This Is What Snow Clearing Looks Like From Behind the Wheel
Ever wonder what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a snowplow? We took a ride with a District of Squamish snowplow operator to find out what goes into clearing the roads. Meet Colleen.


Operations and Maintenance at Work
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division of the Transportation Department preserves and provides routine maintenance of 542 miles of road and 158 bridges within the County Road System to reach the best condition possible. Our O&M Division does a wide variety of functions to keep our roads safe and clean ranging from tree trimming, filling in potholes, storm drain cleaning, and more. Ventura County Department of Public Works.


Pinellas County: Doing Thing Employee – Casey Morse
Pinellas County Public Works strives to educate, engage and connect the community and our citizens. In doing so, citizens are encouraged to #MoveSafePinellas. In a partnership with Marketing & Communications, the Transportation division of Public Works has created social media campaign consisting of a series of Public Service Announcements along with extensive community outreach across the county. The division has spearheaded several other ongoing efforts that align with the county's Strategic Plan Goal to Ensure Public Health, Safety and Welfare by enhancing bicycle and pedestrian safety. This includes Bicycle Helmet Fitting and Distribution, Bicycle Lights Distribution, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and the Great American Teach-In. The coordination of these successful efforts by Pinellas County Public Works is led by Casey Morse, School Transportation Safety Coordinator.


Certifications

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Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector (CPII)

The Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification program is intended for individuals who inspect the construction of public infrastructure (e.g., roadways, highways, utilities, bridges, dams) and facilities (e.g., pump stations, treatment plants, water storage facilities) and other types of construction work and materials to ensure compliance with plans and specifications. Duties may include observation, measurement, testing, and documentation.

CPII Exam Detailed Content Outline >


How Do I Become Certified?

Step 1: Eligibility and Verification

  • Review the eligibility requirements.
    • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent graduation.
    • Minimum of five years of public infrastructure inspection field experience.
  • Submit your eligibility application for review.
  • Pay the application fee.

Step 2: Prepare for Your Exam

  • Review the content outline.
  • Identify the preparation materials that best fit your needs.

Step 3: Register and Take the Exam

  • Choose an exam date and proctoring option.
  • Submit your exam application.
  • Pay the exam fee.
  • Sit for the exam.

Exhibitor Showcase

Check out the Exhibitor Showcase to find the best resources for public works, as well as informational videos and product information. Plus, learn from subject matter experts in the Technology and Exhibitor Solutions Theaters!

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TranSystems provides engineering and architectural planning, design and construction solutions to enhance the movement of goods and people across today’s integrated transportation infrastructure.


Publication Highlights

Roadway Maintenance Guide
The updated Roadway Maintenance Guide is key for local road personnel who aim to improve their operations and, subsequently, the quality of life in the communities they serve. This guide provides an overview of maintaining public roadways, examples of specific maintenance procedures, and links to additional resources that should be considered in developing local practices in the modern age.


Committee News

The mission of the Transportation Committee is to provide APWA members with resources for exchanging and developing ideas, information, skills, knowledge, and technologies for the advancement of APWA’s transportation objectives and to develop and promote environmentally sound, sustainable, cost effective, and safe systems that enhance the livability and quality of life in our communities through active public involvement.

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