LTAP Roads Scholar Program

The Roads Scholar Program

The Roads Scholar Program is an educational certification series offered to county, municipal and tribal government elected officials and their employees. It presents courses related to the technical aspects of planning, maintaining and constructing roads and bridges at the local and tribal government level.  The series consists of eight courses that total approximately 112 hours of instruction and laboratory experience.  Those who complete all of the courses are awarded a Roads Scholars completion certificate. The eight courses of the series are as follows:

 

COURSE 1:  Aggregate Road Maintenance. This one-day course covers the fundamentals of maintaining low volume roads.  Drainage, road cross sections, culvert installation, soil properties and amendments, grading methods, use of geo-synthetics and chip sealing are all discussed.

 

COURSE 2:  Excavation Safety. This one-day course makes students aware of the dangers inherent with trenching and excavation.  This enables them to identify and predict hazards and to take corrective measures to control them.  After completion of the class, students are qualified to be named a Trench Competent Person by their employer.

 

COURSE 3:  Testing for Soil Properties. This two-day course covers the tests used to determine the engineering characteristics of soils used to construct roadways and embankments.  Sieve analysis, Atterburg limits, Proctors and nuclear density tests are discussed and demonstrated.  Emphasis is placed on explaining how these tests can be used to improve the characteristics of soils through the use of soil amendments.

 

COURSE 4:  MUTCD, Part 6.  This two-day course covers what is required to comply with Part VI of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Temporary Traffic Control.  The first day of the class familiarizes students with the theory of how traffic control devices and signs are properly used in temporary traffic control situations including flagging procedures.  The second day of the class addresses how to make use of the MUTCD Typical Applications and the development of Traffic Control Plans.

 

COURSE 5:  Pavement Preservation (When, Where, and How)

Starting on Monday, October 1, 2019, the Oklahoma LTAP Surveying Class will be replaced with a TWO-DAY (2) Pavement Preservation (When, Where, and How)
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Everyone that has already completed the Oklahoma LTAP Surveying Class will get credit for completing their Roads Scholar Course #5

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Applying a pavement preservation treatment at the right time (when), on the right project (where), with quality materials and construction (how) is a critical investment strategy for optimizing infrastructure performance. 

Whether a highway pavement is constructed using asphalt, concrete or a composite system, traffic loads and environmental elements will contribute to its deterioration over time. Pavement preservation treatments can slow this structural decline. When the right treatment is applied at the right time with quality materials and construction, these practices offer a proven, cost-effective approach to extending the overall service life of pavements and achieving smoother, safer roads with fewer costly repairs.

What is preservation?
Preservation includes work that is planned and performed to improve or sustain the condition of the transportation facility in a state of good repair. Preservation activities generally do not add capacity or structural value, but do restore the transportation facility’s overall condition.

Just as pavements differ, so do pavement preservation treatments. There is an array of different analyses, treatments, and construction methods that can help infrastructure owners achieve and sustain a desired state of good repair for their transportation facilities—despite tight budgets.

The When and Where component of this innovation, as part of the fourth round of Every Day Counts (EDC-4), supports preserving highway investments by managing transportation pavements proactively. The How component promotes quality construction and materials practices, including treatment options that apply to both flexible and rigid pavements.

Pavement Preservation: When and Where
Historically, pavement preservation programs have focused on applying specific project treatments at specific locations. These projects demonstrated that the proper application of a treatment could extend the life of a pavement at a relatively low cost. However, not all projects were successful due to poor timing, inappropriate treatments, substandard materials, and inexperienced construction crews. As a result, the policy in many agencies today is to allow pavements to deteriorate until reconstruction is the only option, resulting in higher costs and more pavements in poor condition.

The mantra, “Right Road, Right Treatment, at the Right Time” was promoted from 1995–2005 to address these issues. Extensive training by the asphalt and concrete pavement industries and by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the time helped eliminate many of the construction issues and the improper uses for temporary fixes. While these practices were valuable to demonstrate the viability of preservation projects, they were project based and did not link to pavement management or other strategic processes.

 

COURSE 6:  Traffic Incident Management Basics. This 4-hour class is available to all disciplines of emergency responders, is a pre-requisite to attend the 6-hour TIMS Instructor class, and covers building teams who can work together in a coordinated manner, from the moment the first emergency call is made. You will learn the correct deployment of response vehicles and equipment, how to create a safe work area using traffic control devices, and techniques to speed up accident clearance with an emphasis on reducing the number of struck-by and deaths of roadway workers and responders, reducing secondary crashes, reducing on-scene times of responders of roadway incidents and continuing public education with regard to Oklahoma traffic laws pertaining to this issue.

 

COURSE 7:  Project Management.  This two-day course goes into detail on the various management tools available to efficiently run road and bridge operations.  Project management modeling methods and resource estimation methods are addressed.  Students work on case studies using these methods in simulation of real world type projects.

 

COURSE 8:  Reading and Interpreting Plans for Road and Bridge Construction.  This two-day course covers how to read and interpret plans used in the construction of road and bridge projects.  The information in this class directly relates to the information presented in Course 5, Surveying.

 

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