Iowa Work Zone Safety Workshops


During February and March, 2017, work zone traffic control and safety training will be offered at several Iowa venues so that workers across the state can participate conveniently. Each one-day workshop will cover current revisions in the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), particularly Part 6.

The workshops consist of a general session for all participants, plus breakout sessions tailored to specific categories of work zone activities: city, county, utility, Iowa DOT construction and contractors, and Iowa DOT maintenance. Breakout sessions are not provided for every category at every workshop; check the schedules inside.

Who Should Attend?

The MUTCD recommends that all workers (and their supervisors) whose duties place them on or near the traveled portion of roadways regularly complete work zone traffic control training. The Iowa Work Zone Safety Workshops provide this valuable training. It is not necessary to attend a work zone safety workshop every year; every three years is recommended. Within an organization, workers’ attendance can be rotated systematically, making it possible for staff at all levels to attend every few years.

For anyone interested in Iowa DOT specifications and requirements, the Iowa DOT Construction and Contractors breakout session may be most appropriate. The City breakout session may be best for workers interested in urban work zone applications. The Iowa DOT Maintenance breakout sessions are specifically designed for Iowa DOT staff.

In addition to street and road agencies, contractors, consultant engineering staff, vendors, and suppliers in the road construction industry are welcome to participate and are encouraged to register for the same breakout session categories as those with whom they do business.

Workshop Objectives

  • To introduce the principles and convey the importance of using proper methods for safe and efficient temporary traffic control at work sites.
  • To examine specific applications relevant to situations routinely encountered by city, county, utility, contractor, and Iowa DOT crews.
  • To reduce motor vehicle traffic crashes at road work sites, resulting in greater safety for highway users and workers alike.

Workshop Schedule

  • 8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration
  • 8:30–10:00 a.m. General session
    • General Overview
    • Work zone crashes and fatalities
    • FHWA work zone observations
    • Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement
    • Legal considerations
  • 10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
    • Specifics in areas of interest: county, city, utility, Iowa DOT construction and contractors, or Iowa DOT maintenance
  • Noon-12:45 p.m. Lunch on site with presentation
  • 12:45–3:00 p.m. Breakout sessions, continued
  • 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up
    • Completion certification awards
    • Adjournment

Participants will receive handbooks and certificates of completion.


  • Iowa LTAP, at Iowa State University's Institute for Transportation
  • City of West Des Moines
  • Federal Highway Administration, Iowa Div.
  • Indian Hills Community College
  • Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
  • Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Iowa DOT Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement
  • Jasper County, Iowa

This program is partially funded by the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Traffic and Safety, through the Traffic Safety Improvement Program pursuant to 2001, Iowa Code Section 312.2(15). This support helps keep the registration fee low to encourage greater participation.

This program is coordinated by the Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation.

Special Needs and Adverse Weather

If you need accommodations for a disability or a dietary restriction or are concerned about weather cancellations, call the registration desk, 515-294-6222. Note: Because the workshop is scheduled for several dates and locations, it is unlikely any workshop will be canceled or postponed due to weather.


For information about program content, contact Paul Albritton at the Institute for Transportation: 515-294-1231, For information about registration, contact ISU Registration Services: 515-294-6222,