Signs and Pavement Marking Workshops


Description

Local agencies are responsible for providing clear, informative traffic control devices and markings for public road travelers (specified in the Code of Iowa and the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices). Consequently, local agency staff need to be aware of all current recommendations and practices to perform their traffic control duties properly. The Iowa LTAP and Safety Circuit Rider have developed several workshops to provide needed training to keep local agencies up to date.

"Training that fits your needs and schedule"

Signs and Pavement Markings Workshop

A signs and pavement markings workshop can be scheduled at your convenience. The three- to four-hour workshop will be presented by Iowa LTAP at your location at a convenient time.

You will only need to provide

  • a projection screen or suitable wall surface
  • a meeting room
  • employees to be trained

Cost

The workshop will be provided at a minimal flat-rate charge per workshop.

Who should attend

  • City, county, and utility personnel
  • All staff members who are responsible for or supervise temporary traffic control and signing in highway work zones
  • All staff members who are responsible for or supervise permanent signing and pavement marking work
  • Other staff members who need to know the principles of signs and markings
  • Design staff and others who need to know the principles of signs and pavement markings

Workshop objectives

  • Advise staff of new MUTCD requirements
  • Discuss principles of good inventory and management systems
  • Show examples of recommended practices and exchange ideas and experiences

Typical workshop topics

  • Introduction and explanation of course objectives
  • MUTCD requirements and changes
  • Good practices DVD
  • Sign inventory and management systems
  • Vandalism
  • Examples of current practice
  • Comments and questions

Informative materials about signs and markings and certificates of completion will be provided to each participant.

Minimum Retro-reflectivity for Signs Workshop

In December 2007 the Federal Highway Administration published a new rule requiring public agencies to meet prescribed minimum retro-reflectivity standards for almost all roadway signs, including compliance dates for accomplishment. Since that time, most of the compliance dates have been removed, but the requirements to meet the minimum standards remain. The Iowa LTAP has developed workshops to provide needed training for local agencies to explain these requirements and offer advice about various assessment and management methods that are available for that purpose.

This training can be tailored to meet the needs of local agencies both in content and length. Workshops can be provided to supervisors and manager or to technicians or to all interested staff at one time. Combining rural and urban agencies can also be accommodated.

Who should attend

  • City and county personnel
  • All staff members responsible permanent signing and temporary signing
  • Other staff members who need to know the principles of signs

Typical workshop topics

The complete three- to four-hour training agenda will include the following topics

  • Introduction
  • Advantages of an Inventory System
  • Basics of Retro-reflectivity
  • MUTCD Requirements
  • Assessment and Management Methods
  • Demonstration of Retro-reflectometer
  • Wrap-Up

The host agency for the training would need to furnish a training room of adequate size and, if desired, samples of signs to be measured with a retro-reflectometer.

Informative materials about signs and markings and certificates of completion will be provided to each participant.

Past Workshop Material

2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Workshop

In spring 2011 Iowa LTAP introduced Changes You Need to Know: The 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This workshop summarized some of the content of the 2009 MUTCD, notes any updates, and practical approaches to meeting fast-approaching compliance dates.

The workshop was geared toward professionals with signing and pavement marking responsibilities. State and local signing staff, engineers, supervisors, enforcement staff, and other safety personnel were encouraged to attend.

PowerPoint slides from the 2011 workshops are linked below.