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Listed are our currently scheduled courses. To register for a course simply fill out our registration form. If you don't see a course you'd like to take scheduled, you can request training. For more information on Professional Developmental Hours (PDH's) please visit our FAQ page.

Traffic Signs

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 6, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm 

This half-day course instructed by Ed Stellfox  will cover the regulations and guidelines for traffic signs including; regulatory signs, warning signs, and guide signs. A review of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will also be covered. An in depth discussion of sign examples, installation and maintenance, as well as sign management will be covered.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $75 registration fee charged for all participants.


Designing Pedestrian Facilities for ADA Accessibility

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 11-12, 2019
Time: Day 1: 8:30am - 3:30pm, Day 2: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Upon completion of this day and a half course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., the participant will be able to identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Know the requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities vs. work in new construction and alterations. Identify some of the challenges in the Public Right-of-Way (PROW) faced by persons with disabilities. Review design elements necessary for achieving accessibility in the PROW, including work zones. Identify best practices. There will be (weather permitting) a field visit to a nearby intersection to assess its design and accessibility. Topics covered in the course include: 

  • Laws, Regulations, and Pedestrian Characteristics
  • Pedestrian Access Routes
  • Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
  • Detectable Warning Surfaces
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Pedestrian Facilities and Temporary Pedestrian (TPAR) in Work Zones
  • Field Visit

Professional Development Hours: 10.0.
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $175 for Maryland Local Government participants and $199 for all other participants..


Introduction to Temporary Traffic Control

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: June 13, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm 

An introductory course to temporary traffic control (TTC)  in highway work zones. This one-day course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is designed to give participants a complete overview of TTC in work zones, including applicable standards, guidelines, traffic control devices, component parts and their requirements, installation/removal considerations, and pedestrian accessibility. This course will prepare participants to take the Maryland SHA Traffic Manager’s course.
 
Topics Covered/Agenda:

  • Introduction to temporary traffic control (TTC)
  • Quantification of the work zone safety problem
  • Standards and guidelines applicable in the State of Maryland (MD SHA)
  • Fundamental principles of TTC
  • Component parts of the TTC zone
  • Temporary traffic control devices
  • Tapers and other transitions 
  • Installation and removal considerations
  • Pedestrian accessibility

The instructor will briefly cover the use of temporary portable rumble strips in work zone areas.

The course is intended for anyone whose actions affect safety on temporary traffic control work zones, including traffic managers, traffic technicians, inspectors and designers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.

Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 for MD local government participants and $125 for all others.


Preventive Pavement Maintenance (Learn about seal coats, slurry seals and microsurfacing)

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: July 23, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm 

This course is the first step in making your asphalt pavements last longer at lower costs. The course instructed by Ed Stellfox covers preventive maintenance treatments such as chip seals, slurry seals, and micro-surfacing and discusses when and where each technique could be effective. It presents application methods, including preparation, materials, equipment, operations and safety, along with practical tips on how to avoid trouble.

Audience: This course is open to municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.

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Stormwater Management - Erosion and Sediment Control

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: July 30, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm 

Design of construction stormwater pollution plans focusing on the stormwater polution prevention plan (SWPPP) design elements for most construction sites disturbing more than one acre of land. The course covers National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) construction permit requirements, design procedures and other regulatory requirements. The course emphasizes selection and design of appropriate temporary and permanent best management practices (BMPs) and proper location of BMPs. Examples and exercises in the class include road, linear, residental, and commercial construction operations.

Audience: Engineers, planners, inspectors, contractors, municpal, county and/or state employees who are invovled in the design specifications, construction, maintenance and regulatory issues related to stormwater management and watershed protection. 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fees: There is a $100 registration fee charged for all participants.


Gravel Road Maintenance

Location:  MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: August 8, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm 

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox addresses basic maintenance techniques for unpaved and gravel roads. Topics include road materials, blading or dragging, reshaping or regrading for proper crown, regraveling, stabilization or full-depth reclamation, and dust control, with an introduction to road management techniques.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Blueprint Reading for Highway Workers

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: August 21, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Today’s highway workers use a variety of blueprints and drawings to guide them in accurately performing the construction and maintenance of roadways and related components. Upon successful completion of this course instructed by Glynn Stoffel, the student will be able to read and interpret the drawings included in a set of highway plans. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Recognize and define the various lines and symbols used in plan construction.
  • Describe and discuss the characteristics of plans, plats, profiles, views, details and other drawings found in a set of working plans.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use engineer’s and architect’s scales.
  • Describe how to effectively use plans in the field.
  • Obtain a score of at least 70% on the review test.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 Maryland Local  Agencies and $125 All Other Registrants.


Context Based Complete Streets

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, MD
Date: August 27, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

By definition, Complete Streets design serves multiple travel modes. However, street and highway designs should also vary significantly to accommodate varying land development context, existing and future.

In the past, agencies placed greater design emphasis on faster moving motor vehicles. The auto industry was producing more powerful vehicles every year, but the planning areas were not changing. They remained fixed within two coarsely defined contexts; rural or urban, as defined by the census based, catch-all, urbanized area definition. Suburban roadway design guidance, by focusing on faster vehicle flow, usually compromised walking and biking design.

The Complete Streets movement has successfully motivated over 1,000 policies nationwide. They require mobility for all people, regardless of age, ability, income, race or ethnicity. Policies specify safe, comfortable & convenient access to community destinations & public places. All modes are specified; allowing travelers greater comfort when they desire to walk, drive, bicycle or take public transportation.

These multi-modal policies must also consider unique places in the design of transportation systems. Context based design must specify street and highway elements scaled to match the great diversity of surrounding context. For example, lower target speeds, on-street parking and street tree shade all match the Urban Center context. Conversely, higher speed design, off-street parking and fewer trees, match the Suburban context. Successful land development patterns and context-sensitive street design are symbiotic and state and federal agencies are moving in context sensitive directions.

This course explains emerging context classifications and the way street designs must vary significantly in each context. Many unique design elements, well suited for suburban context are wrong for the urban context. Policies and standards are described to meet the new challenge of greater efficiency and safety for all modes, in all diverse context areas. In class, and in the field, workshop exercises yield better understanding of unique street designs based on adjacent context. 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fees: There is a $110 registration fee charged for all participants.

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Introduction to Geosynthetics

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 10, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

This course is an introduction to geosynthetics, beginning with a discussion of geosynthetics, what they are, how they are made and how they can be used in a road maintenance program. The course then looks at other geosynthetics and their road system uses, including geogrids, geocells and geowebs, presenting new materials with new applications. Designed for municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers. This course instructed by Ed Stellfox, will cover the following topics: history; materials (geotextile fabrics, geogrids, geocells and geowebs); uses and applications of drainage, erosion control, reinforcement, separation, and reflective crack control.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Techniques for Reducing Construction & Maintenance Costs

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 12, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Counties and municipalities bear a considerable financial burden with respect to the construction and maintenance of roadways. Inflation, increasing cost of labor, materials and fuel have risen steeply in the past few years. At the same time, municipal budgets have not kept pace. It is essential to conserve resources, find energy efficient and low maintenance materials and to use more efficient techniques. This workshop instructed by Ed Stellfox, will conclude with groups of participants developing a cost control plan for a project.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Right-of-Way Requirements for Local Public Agency Federal-Aid Projects NEW COURSE!

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 17, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

This one-day course covers an overview of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act and its application especially for Local Public Agency Federal-Aid Projects.  The primary training goal for this course is to provide a better understanding of the various requirements and pitfalls Local Public Agencies may experience during ROW acquisition and the potential of the loss of federal-aid when these requirements are not met.  As part of the course subjects that. will be covered include on the Uniform Act, Administration, Valuation, Acquisition and Negotiation, Relocation Assistance, and Property Management.

Who Should Attend:  Local Planning Agency staff and other public and private staff involved with Federal-aid local projects involving ROW acquisition.

Agenda:

8:00 AM                      Registration

8:15 AM                      Course Introduction – Why This Is Important

8:45 AM                      Introduction to the Uniform Act

10:30 AM                    Break

10:45 AM                     Project Delivery and Administration

11:45 AM                    Lunch

12:45 PM                     Valuation

1:45 PM                       Break

2:00 PM                       Acquisition and Negotiation

3:00 PM                       Break

3:15 PM                       Relocation Assistance and Property Management                         

4:15 PM                        Adjourn 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 MD Local County Agencies and $125 All Other Registrants.


Intersection Capacity Analysis (New One-day course!)

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: October 1, 2019
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

This new one-day course will be instructed by Dane Ismart and will cover the below agenda.

8:15      Introduction

8:45      Capacity Principles 

9:30      Break

9:45      Signalized Intersection Principles

10:45    Break

11:00    Signalized Timing, Capacity, and Level of Service

12:00    Lunch

12:45    Field Data Collection Instructions

1:15      Class Collects Field Signalized Intersection Data

2:00      Break

2:15      Manual Capacity and Level of Service Analysis Using the Field Data

3:00      Two-way Stop Sign Capacity Analysis

4:00      Adjourn 

Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fees: There is a $110 registration fee charged for all participants.

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Winter Maintenance

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: October 29, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

This course covers all aspects of winter operations- planning and organizing, methods of snow and ice control, salt usage, and winter equipment maintenance. Instructed by Ed Stellfox this lesson will include usage of snow maps, formal snow plans, snow plow and salt spreader operation. This course in intended for municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, superintendents, publics works and maintenance personnel, equipment operators, and city or town managers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $105 registration fee charged for all participants.


Speed Management and Establishing Speeds

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: November 19, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm

The Speed Management One-day Course reviews the relationship between speeding and fatalities as well as injury accidents. As part of the Course the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the Query System are demonstrated and incorporated into fatal crash analysis to determine what works for reducing the crash rate. An important issue that is included in the course is how to establish aspeed limit. The free online FHWA USLIMITS2 expert system for developing recommended speed limits for both urban and rural areas is demonstrated and incorporated in a class exercise. A series of lectures are given to establish a toolbox of techniques for reducing fatal and injury crashes. The class is presented with a problem and asked to establish their safety program. 
When discussing the toolbox of safety techniques, the participants are presented with various traffic calming techniques. The techniques are discussed in terms of safety, speed,diversion, and cost effectiveness.

Course Outline
8:15 Introduction
8:45 Speeding Characteristics
9:30 Break
9:45 Establishing a Speed Limit
10:00 US LIMITS2 Class Exercise
10:30 Break
10:45 Speed Related Roadway Departures
11:45 Lunch
12:30 Fatality Analysis Reporting System Class Exercise
1:15 Speed Related Intersection Fatalities
2:00 Break
2:15 Pedestrian and Bicycle Speeding Fatalities
3:15 Traffic Calming Techniques to Control Speed
4:00 Adjourn

Professional Development Hours: 6.0

Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $110 MD Local County Agencies and $125 All Other Registrants.

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