Nebraska Local Technical Assistance Program
Volume 21 - Issue I Winter/Spring 2007
Inside This Issue: 2007 Nebraska Asphalt Paving Conference
by Bob Hyberger, LTAP Staff
2007 Asphalt Conf. 1-2
could ﬁnd information on various products ranging
NE Concrete Conf. 4 On February13th the Fifty First Annual Ne- from heavy equipment to drainage structures to
braska Asphalt Paving Conference was held at the base stabilization products.
You Show Us 6 Kearney Nebraska Holiday Inn Conference Center.
Approximately 200 people from the pav- Relevant keynote speakers has also
Highway Safety in ing industry in Nebraska attended inspite of the been a contributing factor to the interest in attend-
America 8-12 troublesome traveling conditions due to a severe ing the Nebraska Asphalt Paving Conference.
winter storm the day before the conference began. This year was deﬁnately no exception!
Snow Roadeo 13 The storm laid a beautiful blanket of approximately
6 inches in many areas of the state and then the
mighty Nebraska wind caused much drifting. Ah
yes, we are in Nebraska. Unfortunately many
people planning on attending the conference also
Web Site: www.unl.edu/NE_LTAP have the responsibility of the safety of the traveling
public - - a special thanks to the snow ﬁghters that
made our attendance possible.
The format of utilizing break out sessions
and the attitude of something for everyone has
NE LTAP ADVISORY BOARD been a contributing factor in the success of this
Curt Beck, Executive Director,
conference. We have watched the Asphalt Confer- (Above)
NE AGC Heavy Highway Chapter ence attendance grow every year. The three main The keynote speaker this year was Major
topics focus toward engineering, construction, General Roger P. Lempke, Adjutent General of the
Doug Broderick, Executive Director, and maintenance. This format allows attendees to Nebraska National Guard. Major General Lempke
Nebraska Concrete Paving Association
choose topics that are most important to them. stated that he was not at the Asphalt conference
Stephen Burnham, NE Division necessarily to comment on roads. He was primar-
LTAP Liaison, Federal Highway Admin. The 15 presenters at this year’s confer- ily there to commend Nebraskans on the way
Russell Daehling, Highway
ence covered a variety of topics. A brief recap of they raised their sons and daughters. He went
Superintendent, Seward County the topics discussed include; Cindy Veys with the on to say that those sons and daughters in the
Nebraska Department of Roads talked about the Nebraska National Guard were all soldiers with
Raymond Hogrefe,Vice President, 2006 construction season and the environmental a strong work ethic and are proud of where they
issues faced by the NDOR and their construc- were raised.
Don Jiracek, Highway Superintendent, tion contractors. Mark Brown with Asphalt Zipper
Boyd County addressed full depth recycling and base stabiliza- A very important part of the Conference
Terry McArthur, P.E..., HDR-Omaha
tion and the common problems associated with is the recognition by NDOR of new construction
city streets. A session for the material suppliers projects that excelled in all expectations .
Raymond K. Moore , Associate Dean for covered the proper method of plant material opera-
Omaha Based Programs, UN-L tions and material handling, presented by Tim Excellence in Hot Mix Asphalt
Dalyce Ronnau, Maintenance Engineer, Murphy of Murphy Pavement Technology. Pavement Awards:
Not all sessions covered the engineering,
Larry Shafer, Government Affairs
construction and maintenance aspects of the as- “Overlays of two or more lifts” Award: – 2 winners
phalt industry. Dan Cady, Director of the Nebraska Beatrice East; S-136-6(1012) NDOR District 1 by
Gary Story, Street Commissioner, LTAP, presented a pre-conference session on Constructors Inc.
City of Kearney Highway Watch. The primary focus of the program
Tim Weander, Dist. 2 Eng., NDOR provides proper tools to enable transportation pro-
fessionals to assist in keeping America’s highways
Edward Wootton, County Highway safe and secure. About 25 participants received
their Highway Watch certiﬁcation.
Jereme Montgomery, Director
NE Conc. & Agg. Assoc. In addition to the numerous presenters
at this year’s conference there were 30 exhibitors
representing 15 companies. Conference goers
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L-R: Steve Clancy - Constructors Inc.;Mark Traynowicz - NDOR; Jeff banquet of some type. Where it is impor tant to notice a job well
Boettcher - Constructors, Inc. done on a new project, it is just as important to recognize a job
well done in the maintenance and upkeep of existing inventory.
Newport – O’Neill; MGA-NH-20-3(111) NDOR District 8 by Werner
Construction Inc. The Nebraska LTAP would like to recognize all of the
personal who have been involved with maintenance. Whether
it is a vehicle or a road project; you have kept it running,
smoothed the rough edges, and extended the life of many
things. Your preventative maintenance has allowed the new
projects to continue.
L - R: Mark Kovar - NDOR, Brian Broderick - Werner Const.,
Unknown - Werner Const., Eric Hunsley - Werner Const., Alan Kimberly
- Werner Const.
“Smoothest Pavement” Award:
Oconto South; PEP-21-2(1016) NDOR District 6 by Werner Con-
struction Inc. Happy 140th Birthday Nebraska 1867 - 2007!
Where is the world’s largest open-air aviary with exotic birds from all
over the world? - Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
Where is the world’s 2nd largest collection of ancient elephant fos-
sils located? - Morrill Hall, UNL City Campus
Where is the world’s largest porch swing located and how many
adults can sit in it at one time? - Hebron, 25 adults
Where is the only church with pews that switch from Catholic ser-
vices at one end and Protestant services at the other end located?
L - R: Ken Tuma - NDOR, Delos Warriner - Werner, J.R. Kile - Werner, - Keystone
Dave Hansen - NDOR, John Beavers - NDOR, Eric Hunsley - Werner
Alan Kimberly - Werner, Dennsi White - NDOR Where is the world’s largest hand-planted forest located? - Halsey
National Forest near Halsey
“Lasting Impression” Award: Where is the world’s only museum dedicated to Fur Trading lo-
N14, US-20 to N-59 NDOR District 3 by Dobson Brothers cated? - Museum of the Fur Trade near Chadron
What was the ﬁrst fort constructed west of the Missouri River? - Fort
Atkinson near Blair
The World’s largest railroad classiﬁcation complex is located
where? - Bailey Yards in North Platte
Who was the most highly paid executive woman and her home-
town? - Evelyne Broadstone, later known as Lady Vestey From
World-famous architect, Edward Durrell Stone, designed what mu-
seum in Nebraska? - Stuhr Museum near Grand Island
L - R: Unknown - Dobson Brothers, Jim Miller - NDOR Which state park was a World War II German P.O.W. camp? - Fort
Each year many new construction projects are com-
pleted through out Nebraska. Some of those projects excel in all I can’t varify the accuracy since this is borrowed from an
email, author unknown! I thought it was interesting and worth noting!
expectations and receive special recognition at a conference or
More to follow in future issues!! . . . the Editor
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From the Communication Ofﬁce of the Nebraska Department of Roads
May 7, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New Highway and Street Superintendents Licensed
Lincoln -- 5 persons successfully completed the April 6, 2007 examination and are now licensed by the Board of Examiners for County
Highway and City Street Superintendents.
Licensed as City Street Superintendent are Monte Clark of Broken Bow and Bradford Colvin of Bellevue.
Licensed as County Highway Superintendent are Robert Miller of Pawnee City and Mark Timmerman of Belvidere.
Licensed as both County Highway Superintendent and City Street Superintendent is Dennis Smith of Lincoln.
Clark is the Street Superintendent for the City of Broken Bow.
Colvin is a Building Inspector for the City of Bellevue.
Miller is the Assistant Highway Superintendent for Pawnee County.
Timmerman is a Bridge Foreman for Thayer County.
Smith is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Nebraska Local Technical Assistance Program (NE-LTAP).
The next examination will be held October 5, 2007 with an application deadline of August 13, 2007.
Applications can be obtained by contacting the Board of Examiners, P.O. Box 94759, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509, (402) 479-4607, and
by consulting the website listed below.
Also recently licensed were:
Larry Sample, of Falls City, licensed as a City Street Superintendent; and James Moreau, of Holdrege, and Thomas Harvat, of Omaha,
licensed as both County Highway Superintendent and City Street Superintendent.
Sample is the Public Works Superintendent for the City of Falls City.
Moreau is an Associate Engineer for Olsson Associates.
Harvat is an Ofﬁce Manager for Veenstra and Kimm, Inc.
Registered Professional Engineers (P.E.) are licensed by equivalency.
Superintendents are qualiﬁed to administer city and county street and road programs, including: preparing one- and six-year improve-
ment plans, assisting in preparing annual budgets and ﬁnancial reports, supervising the annual program for roadway design, construc-
tion and maintenance, and coordinating plans with adjacent counties and cities and with the Nebraska Department of Roads.
Additional information about the licensing program is available at the Nebraska Department of Roads, Government Affairs Division
For additional information contact:
LeMoyne Schulz (402) 479-4436.
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28th Annual Nebraska Concrete Paving Workshop by Dennis Smith, NE LTAP
The 28th annual Nebraska Concrete Paving Association
(NCPA) Workshop was held at the Cornhusker hotel in Lincoln on
January 17-18, 2007. Attendance was high with 275 attendees
pre-registered. A good mix of state, city and county employees
were on hand along with numerous consultants, contractors and
material and equipment suppliers.
NCPA executive director, Doug Broderick kicked off the con-
ference followed by a State of the State presentation by NDOR
director John Craig. A total of 17 different presentations were on
the agenda over the length of the two day conference.
The awards luncheon saw numerous winners in various paving
projects across the state. The awards tour committee consisted Urban Streets: South 84th St. – Kathy Lane to Cheney
of: Doug Broderick, Tim Hegeholz (Ash Grove Cement), Andy Ridge Road: Lincoln, NE Contractor: Pavers Inc.
Dearmont (NDOR) and Dennis Smith (LTAP).
Concrete Paving category winners:
3rd Street Paving Improvements: Hampton, NE
Contractor: A&R Construction Co. (Former NCPA Director
Doug Broderick with Tim Hegaholtz
Interstate Highways and Expressways: US-81, York North and (Doug Broderick announced at the end of the conference
South Contractor: Dobson Brothers Const. Co. that he was stepping down from his position with the NCPA to
accept a position with Peter Kiewit, Inc. in Omaha. Doug
served the Nebraska Concrete Paving Association for the past
5 years. )
Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation: Tecumseh South
Contractor: Dobson Brothers Const. Co.
(No Photo Available)
Airports: Searle Field Airport – Runway 13/31:
Ogallala, NE Contractor: Paulsen, Inc.
Secondary State Highways and County Roads: Elm Creek South
Contractor: Paulsen, Inc.
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28th Annual Nebraska Concrete Paving SUMMER MEETING - Nebraska Association of
Workshop, continued County Engineers, Highway Superintendents and Surveyors
2007 SUMMER MEETING AGENDA
LOCATION: HOLIDAY INN & CONFERENCE CENTER
664 Chase Blvd.; Sidney, NE 69162
Telephone Number: 308-254-2000
DATES: June 12, 13, 14, 2007
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007
10:00am Horse Turd Tournament (Hillside Golf Course)
Rick Meter & Don Thomas
5:30pm President’s Reception at the Holiday Inn
Central Nebraska Regional Airport: Grand Island, NE
Contractor: Paulsen, Inc.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2007
9:00am Welcome by Gary Person – Sidney City Manager/
Economic Del. Dir
9:15am M.I.P.S. Matt Thieman - M.I.P.S.
9:45am N.B.I. Compliance Activity Update
Steve Anderson – NDOR
10:30am Bridge File Contents Greg Kolle - FHWA
11:00am Environmental Compliance Cindy Veys - NDOR
Issues & Solutions Joan Darling – Olsson Assoc.
Parking Lots and other Misc. Paving: Cabalas Parking Lot: 12:00am NOON LUNCHEON Holiday Inn
Lavista, NE. Contractor: Andrus Enterprises, Inc. 1:15pm Signing Vic Larson - NDOR Trafﬁc Engr Dist 6
1:45 pm Update on New Regulations
(end) Jason Clancy - NIRMA
RESEARCH PAYS OFF - ELIMINATING CROSS-MEDIAN
FATALITIES: STATEWIDE INSTALLATION OF MEDIAN CABLE 2:30 pm Legislative Update Larry Dix - NACO
BARRIER IN MISSOURI 3:00pm Liaison LeMoyne Schulz – BC&S
3:30pm New Right-of-Way Procedures
http://www.trb.org/news/blurb_detail.asp?id=7442 Roxanne Sullivan – NDOR
Thirty years ago, a driver crossing the median of an Interstate roadway 5:30 pm Happy Hour Holiday Inn
had a good chance of crossing over the opposing lanes without conﬂict. 6:00 pm Dinner
Today, according to Missouri data, a motorist crossing the median is more
likely to collide with another vehicle, and the chances are high that the op- THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2007
posing vehicle will be a large truck.
To address this issue the Missouri Department of Transportation (DOT) 9:00am T2 Update
research several options and decided to install a median cable barrier
Dan Cady, Dennis Smith, Bob Hyberger, Don Neary
system on I-70 and on other Missouri Interstates. When the cable is struck,
the posts yield and the cable deﬂects up to 12 feet, effectively catching and 9:30am Local Liaison Leroy Juengel
decelerating the vehicle and keeping it in the median. The installation of 10:00am Business Meeting
median cable barrier costs $60,000 to $100,000 per mile, depending on the
amount of grading work required. After the cable is installed, the mainte- Professional Development points for highway and city
nance costs range from $6,000 to $10,000 per mile per year, depending on
street superintendent licensing have been pre-approved for
the frequency of hits.
An internal Missouri DOT study determined that the cable catches 95 per- parts of this workshop.
cent of vehicles entering the median and keeps the vehicles from entering
the opposing lanes. On Interstate 70, which links Kansas City and St. Louis, To sign up for this event contact:
the number of cross-median fatalities had been increasing, reaching a peak Dawn Miller
of 24 motorists killed in 2002. The installation of 179 miles of median cable Adams County Highway Department
barrier on the freeway has nearly eliminated cross-median roadway deaths. P.O. Box 983
Hastings, NE 68902-0983
In 2006, only two cross-median fatalities occurred on Interstate 70, a stag-
(402) 461-7172 (v) (402) 461-7171(f)
gering 92 percent decrease.
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Scotts Bluff County Winner for 2006 You Show Us Contest - by Bob Hyberger, NE LTAP
Seven Nebraska Counties were represented at the Annual
Road Advisors Conference at Rapid City, South Dakota in October
2006. The two-day ﬁve-state conference had many great topics
for area low volume roads. One high light of the conference is
the You Show Us Contest. Counties from Nebraska, Colorado,
Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota compete for the title
of regional winner. Truth is every one wins when agencies share
their cost saving ideas with each other.
If your agency has implemented a solution for a speciﬁc prob-
lem, we would like to hear from you so we can share your idea.
Your cost saving idea does not have to be a shop built equipment
item. There are a lot of great road process and management
ideas out there as well! Any one of them could be implemented by
another agency to make the job safer, save budget dollars or just
Following are a few pictures of last years winners. If you would
like more information on any of these projects or have any ques-
Wyoming winner: Cattle guard base forms
tions on how to submit a project from your agency, give our ofﬁce
Goshen County estimates about a $60,000/yr savings by
a call. building their own cattle guard base forms.
Retractable truck bed extention submitted by Rick Meter
and Toby Tyler for Scotts Bluff County was selected as
the Nebraska state winner for the 2006 You Show Us North Dakota Winner: Chip seal solution
Contest. Burleigh County is using this method for chip sealing
which has helped reduce bleeding and and less broken
South Dakota Winner and the You Show us over all Winner:
Douglas County, SD - binder application
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Scotts Bluff County Winner for 2006 You Show Us Contest - continued
Garbage bale hauling solution Phillips County
Problem: Safety issue conserns. Gravel road with high trafﬁc
volumes of but no funding to hard surface the road. Extensive
washboarding and loose gravel accumulating in wheel tracks. 6
mile section with trafﬁc counts of 100 adt and 340 adt at either
end. Plenty of gravel on road surface (no need for more gravel).
above pictures before project.
Solution: Need for more binder. Added 200 tons of clay per We encourage everyone to submit a project, it is a great way
mile. Worked into existing material with motor graders. Being to share your ideas with other agencies through out our state as
worked during drought conditions but did get two inches of rain well as our neighboring states.
during project, worked fair.
All participating Nebraska counties entries will be published in
Costs: Labor = $2500, Equipment = $4500, Material = $5050 our newsletter. The Nebraska LTAP will pay for motel expenses
Total Costs = $11,500 and conference registration for one county employee to represent
the Nebraska state winner at the 2007 County Road Advisors
Results: 200 tons of clay binder versus 1,000 tons of gravel per Conference on October 17-18 where the state and regional
mile. Reduced blading by one half from 2002 - 2005. Total savings awards will be presented.
$25,000 Plus Increased Safety
Entries should be no longer than two typewritten pages
and should include the following.
1) County Information – County Name,
Contact Person, and Contact Information
2) Problem Statement
3) Discussion of Solution
4) Costs – Materials, Labor
6) Pictures Encouraged if applicable
For additional information contact:
Mark your calendar:
Annual Road Advisors Conference - October
17th and 18th, 2007 - Rapid City, South Dakota
Above: picture shows road that has not been bladed for
over one month).
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Highway Safety in America by Kathleen Holst
reprinted with the permission of Better Roads Magazine, www.BeterRoads.com
One important element in the new legislation requires each
What’s Possible? What’s Practical? state to develop a State Highway Safety Plan that identiﬁes and
What’s Next? analyzes safety problems and opportunities. The plan must be
data-driven and must set priorities to reduce crashes, prevent
injuries, and save lives.
Safety improvements need to focus on the motor vehicle and
driver behavior, as well as the roadway itself.
Motor vehicles in the U.S. have become safer with air bags,
anti-lock brakes, and rigorous crash standards, and there will
continue to be ways to improve with better technology. In terms of
driver behavior, seatbelt use has reached record numbers, though
we still have a long way to go: Almost two-thirds of the 5,135 driv-
ers and passengers ages 15 to 20 who were killed in crashes in
2004 were not buckled up.
Tracks show where a semi tractor/trailer crossed the median on I-
57 in Illinois.?The semi was redirected upright and there were no Jessica Bacon survives a head-on crash.
injuries due to the cable barrier installed just months earlier.
As for the roadway itself, data collection by states is pinpointing
This much we know: Safer roads means saving lives and the frequency of crashes, and subsequent analysis will identify
reducing injuries. necessary solutions to reduce the number of crashes. For ex-
ample, 57% of all fatal crashes happened on rural roads in
We need to bring the nation’s death and personal injury tolls 2004, and nearly 90% of those rural fatalities occurred on two-
down. In 2005, roadway fatalities exceeded 43,000 and about 3 lane roads. Simple, low-cost solutions can do a lot to reduce this
million people were injured. According to the American Associa- problem. For example, studies show that post-mounted delinea-
tion of State Highway and Transportation Ofﬁcials’ Strategic High- tors and chevrons, which warn drivers of an approaching curve
way Safety Plan, unless there is a change in crash rates, 6 out of and provide guidance, can reduce run-off-the-road crashes by
10 children born today will be injured in motor vehicle crashes 58% and 31%, respectively. Data collected by states and sub-
during their lifetimes and 1 in 84 will die violently on roadways. sequent implementation of safety countermeasures can vastly
improve crash rates on our nation’s roadways.
Overall, state and federal transportation ofﬁcials are aiming to
reduce the rate from 1.5 to no more than 1.0 fatalities per 100- So, based on what we know, I believe industry stakeholders
million vehicle miles traveled by 2008. This translates to a reduc- have their work cut out for them. From legislation, policy mak-
tion annually of about 9,000 fatalities. ing, and implementation of safety countermeasures in a variety
of ways, never before has the industry been more energized and
The federal transportation bill, SAFETEA-LU, authorizes a new more equipped to make a difference in reducing the death and
core federal-aid funding program to achieve a signiﬁcant reduc- injury toll on our nation’s roadways.
tion in trafﬁc fatalities and serious injuries on our country’s most
dangerous roadways. It is the ﬁrst legislation of its kind in terms
of funding levels and its emphasis on speciﬁc roadway safety
improvements. Funding levels are still not where they should be,
What would we do to improve highway safety if we had all the
but one thing is clear — Congress has recognized the need for
ﬁnancial resources we needed? For safety experts, this would
open the door to a laundry list of high-ticket construction and
design changes in roadways, as well as training and research
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Highway Safety in America, continues
initiatives. Here is a sampling of efforts that would reduce crashes: work zone merging, motorist re-routing, intersection safety,
* Removal and relocation of objects in hazardous locations, ﬂat- and incident managemen Many of these safety initiatives are
tening severe horizontal curves, eliminating pavement edge/shoul- used to a degree on our national highway system right now, but
der drop-offs, and paving and widening shoulders. the extent to which they are deployed leaves room for improve-
* Incorporation of the extensive use of roadway design features What’s Practical?
to help reduce the severity of crashes. Crashworthy roadside
hardware includes modern trafﬁc barriers and terminals, crash So what can we do with the funding we have available right
cushions, bridge railings, and work zone devices all designed and now?
tested to minimize the impact of crashes.
There are practical solutions that are soundly based on
* Increase in the nationwide use of roadway engineering-related research, case studies, and in turn, strategic areas of focus
improvements that are proven effective in reducing the potential for by states as their Strategic Highway Safety Plans continue to
crashes and the severity of crashes when they occur. With a focus evolve. These solutions are available now and produce sound,
on roadway departures, intersection crashes, and pedestrian-re- measurable, and permanent results at a lower cost, and they
lated crashes, these improvements would include better illumina- are all aimed at our overall goal of reducing fatalities and inju-
tion, better signing, wider pavement markings (to a minimum of ries.
6 inches), delineation, trafﬁc signal upgrading, and rumble strip
installation. Rural Roads. In 2004, rural roads accounted for 57% of all
fatal crashes. Contributing factors to crashes on secondary
roads include sharp curves, no shoulders, no pavement mark-
ings, and poor signage. Last year, a guide offering solutions to
these maladies was developed through a joint effort by ATSSA,
the Texas Transportation Institute, and the National Association
of County Engineers. Low Cost Local Road Safety Solutions
gives local road managers 17 low-cost solutions that can yield
tremendous cost-beneﬁt ratios.
One such solution comes from a Mendocino County (Califor-
nia) Highway Department case study in which a systematic
approach for identifying deﬁciencies in signage and markings
on their arterial and collector roadways was adopted. Improve-
ments were then implemented in conformance with current
Caltrans standards. Early efforts concentrated on improving
signing for curves, replacing engineer grade signs with high
* Per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. intensity sheeting, and eliminating nonstandard signing. Com-
parisons of crash data before and after improvements revealed
* Unlimited research and development to study roadway depar- that the number of crashes fell by 42%, fatalities were down
ture prevention and mitigation, safety management, intersection 61%, and injuries decreased 42%.
improvement, and pedestrian protection.
Intersections. Intersections account for more than 45% of
* Extensive training for ofﬁcials (including local road agencies) all crashes nationwide. With different crossing and entering
and designers in applying human factor principles to resolve high- movements by both drivers and pedestrians, an intersection
way design, operations, and safety issues. is one of the most complex trafﬁc situations that motorists
encounter. Add elements of speed, impaired drivers, and impa-
* Increased law enforcement throughout the system, particularly tient motorists who disregard trafﬁc systems and the dangers
in work zones. are compounded. Additionally, signal timing problems, roadside
obstructions, sight line problems, trafﬁc volumes, poor sign and
* Engineering and construction of safe intersections with a focus pavement visibility, and weather all contribute to high crash
on preventing red light running, for example. rates.
* Extensive air time and media coverage to deliver effective na- Missouri DOT’s safety plan identiﬁes countermeasures at un-
tional public awareness campaigns which inﬂuence attitudes and signalized intersections. These include adding stop approach
behaviors. An example is programs aimed at teen drivers to buckle rumble strips, signage and intersection visibility enhancements,
up and the consequences of impaired driving. sight distance improvements, use of dynamic ﬂashing beacons,
and intersection lighting enhancements. Other measures at sig-
* Congestion mitigation to reduce crashes by adding lane miles nalized areas include increased enforcement, red-light-running
to address capacity issues well into the future. camera installations, enhanced warning signs/signals at certain
highway/rail at-grade crossings, and roadway user education
* Expanded use of intelligent transportation systems to aid in on intersection trafﬁc controls.
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Highway Safety in America, continues
are more visible than the last generation products, and roadway
hardware designed to lessen the severity of a crash. Whatever
the advancement, the entire safety industry must work together
to achieve the common good.
Left to right: Kathleen Holst, ATSSA President; Mary Peters, FHWA
Administrator; and Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) were
featured speakers at the 2004 National Work Zone Awareness Week
press conference. Driver Fatalities and Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes Among 15-
to 20-Year Olds
Illinois DOT’s safety plan includes the use of alternative de-
signs such as roundabouts, increasing law enforcement Cable median barriers. Median crossover crashes often
at high crash locations, and installation of illuminated street result in fatalities or severe injuries to occupants of the errant
signs. vehicle and to the motorists in the opposing trafﬁc lanes.
Lane Departures. Roadway departure fatalities, which One of the most effective solutions to this problem on roads
include run-off-the-road and head-on fatalities, are a serious with sufﬁcient median width is a cable median barrier. Although
problem in the United States, accounting for more than half of all cable barriers have been used since the 1960s, it was not until
roadway fatalities. There are many contributing factors. Driver the 1980s that some states started using a modiﬁed cable rail as
fatigue and drowsiness are often involved. In other cases, driv- a median barrier. New data suggest that cable median barriers
ers are inattentive, careless, or distracted, and drift out of the are an effective mechanism for preventing fatal and disabling
lane and off the road. Visibility also is an issue. The majority of crashes. In Washington, for example, annual cross-median
accidents happen at night and on rural highways which are fatal crashes declined from 3.00 to 0.33 fatalities per 100-million
not as well lit as urban roadways. Inclement weather also can miles of vehicle travel after cable median barriers were installed,
decrease the visibility of pavement markings. while annual disabling accidents went from 3.60 to 1.76.
Rumble strips are a proven, cost-effective way to help prevent ITS Technology. The use of Intelligent Transportation Sys-
roadway departure crashes. Rumble strips placed on the shoul- tems in work zones means informed motorists and fewer
der or edge line are used to alert drivers that they are leaving crashes. The increasing maintenance and rehabilitation of our
the traveled lane. The Virginia DOT experimented with continu- aging infrastructure, combined with the growing travel and con-
ous shoulder rumble strips on the 917-mile interstate highway gestion on our roads, heightens the need for ﬁnding new ways to
system from 1997 to 2000. During this project, run-off-the-road enhance mobility and safety in and around work zones.
crashes were reduced by 51.5%, saving an estimated 52 lives
and 1,085 injuries. Forward-looking transportation agencies across the country
are using ITS to make travel safer and more efﬁcient with mobile
A case study done by the Mississippi DOT revealed that trafﬁc monitoring and management systems that employ the
shoulder and edge-line rumble strips on two-lane roadways use of electronics and communications equipment. This, in turn,
reduced run-off-the-road crashes by 25%. allows agencies to monitor trafﬁc ﬂow and provide delay and
routing information to drivers and highway agency personnel. ITS
Pavement markings over rumble strips, known as rumble for intersection safety is gaining new ground with a system being
stripes, improve pavement marking visibility. The marking is developed to help drivers avoid crashes at intersections. In
more visible at night and during wet conditions versus a stan- partnership with auto manufacturers and state and local DOTs,
dard ﬂat line of the same marking material. The enhanced visual this technology will pursue optimized vehicle-roadway commu-
coupled with the audible warning of this stripes and strips combi- nication systems designed to address the full set of intersection
nation can greatly aid motorists if a lane departure occurs. crash problems.
Advancements in Safety Technologies. Private industry is Illumination and Visibility. Increasing the visibility of roadway
working with the government to make our roadways safer. pavement markings and signs is an important method of prevent-
Examples of these contributions include trafﬁc devices that are ing roadway departure crashes. Retroreﬂectivity or illumination of
crashworthy and efﬁcient, reﬂective sheeting and markings that these markings and signs is what helps drivers navigate the road
during nighttime hours, thereby enhancing trafﬁc ﬂow and driver
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Highway Safety in America, continues
mobility. New standards are being considered for signs and hopes the contestants also issue stern work-zone reminders to
markings that establish minimum levels of retroreﬂectivity for Mom and Dad when they travel in the car with them, too.
state and local governments that will bring their road systems in
compliance and ultimately reduce crash rates. Product advanc- National Work Zone Awareness Week has brought a new
es in sheeting and pavement-marking conspicuity by manufac- level of consciousness about work-zone dangers across the
turers ensure greater visibility into the future. country, and through my own personal experience with those
events, I have witnessed the compassion felt for those persons
who have lost loved ones in work zones and who are brave
enough to share their stories in the hopes that other lives may
be saved. Additionally, enforcing speed limits and other rules of
the road in work zones needs to take precedence, as in Illinois
where photo enforcement vans cruise work zones and take
photos of speeders.
Older Drivers. Today, 1 in 8 Americans are 65 or older. By
2030 that number is expected to be 1 in 5. Clearly, transporta-
tion professionals must take measures to make the roadway
environment safer for seniors who are coping with diminishing
vision, cognitive abilities, and motor skills, especially those over
80 years of age.
In addition to making roadways more forgiving through ad-
vancements in highway lighting, striping, and engineering
practices, the state of California intends to employ four other
This photo shows the use of edge-line rumble strips and stripes in strategies to reduce older-driver crashes:
Lamar County, Mississippi. 1. Improve the validity of driver licensing procedures to as-
sure behind-the-wheel capabilities of seniors.
2. Train trafﬁc police to recognize older driver behaviors that
The visibility of workers is also a vital responsibility, so we
may recommend seeking priority re-examinations.
see more and more use of safety vests that meet
3. Develop public education materials and other tactics that
higher standards of reﬂectivity.
explain how the aging process affects driving and what others
can do (i.e., families, friends) to help seniors either drive safely
Work Zone Safety. Public Agencies and service providers
or transition comfortably to other forms of transportation.
of temporary trafﬁc control and protection are faced with the
4. Seek cooperation and coordination with transit agencies
challenge of protecting motorists, workers, and others with
to make transportation options more accommodating for those
minimum disruption to the ﬂow of trafﬁc. Today’s technology
who can no longer drive.
has made available devices of greater reﬂectivity, LED lights,
arrowboards, and other appurtenances that give motorists more
Younger Drivers. In 2003, teens (ages 15 to 20) accounted for
effective advanced warnings. Motorists can also be afforded a
almost 64% of all trafﬁc fatalities, yet this same group only rep-
greater period of time within which to make decisions on navi-
resented 6.4% of the drivers involved in these crashes. Speed
gating the work zones with the use of changeable message
typically plays a role in about 40% of crash deaths for 16-year-
boards that can provide real time information. And industry
olds. Nearly two-thirds of teens died in single-vehicle collisions,
stakeholders continue to take on the challenge of making work
many involving a tree or some other ﬁxed object. Altering a
zones safer by developing new technologies with innovation in
simple behavior — getting teens to buckle up — would save
many lives. Lack of experience and peer pressure are often the
ingredients for these tragedies.
Service providers and agencies alike must continue to take
responsibilities in training workers, training that continues to
Many believe that if you want to change youth behavior, you
improve and continues to gain attention. The Federal Highway
must pursue those changes through their own peer group;
Administration recently awarded grants of more than $17 million
involving teens who have experienced a crash is compel-
to develop and provide training nationwide, a huge step in that
ling. Other ways include public information programs such as
Georgia’s Click it or Ticket Ad Campaign which won awards
for its dramatization of a teen survivor whose friend was killed
And while we’re at it, we must educate the public as well.
with the force of her unrestrained body during an impact. Better
Motorists hold their own lives and the lives of our workers in
training with graduated drivers licensing will help. Nearly every
their hands. Local and national public awareness campaigns
state has a version of this teen licensing system that imposes
that warn motorists of dangers in work zones can deliver real
several restrictions on 16- and 17-year-old drivers, then eases
results. ATSSA’s Poster Contest teaches children about work
those limits as they gain experience and keep a clean record.
zones in the hopes that they will recall what they’ve learned
when they themselves get behind the wheel. The organization
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Highway Safety in America, continues
Most likely it will take a combination of tougher laws, retroreﬂectivity requirements.
intense local efforts by schools, law enforcement, peers, and * Funding a program to train local ofﬁcials on safety solu-
parents to reduce teen driving fatalities. As the mother of an 18- tions.
year-old driver, as well as a 14-year-old who can’t wait to share * Standardized collection and reporting of nationwide fatality
that privilege, the answers can’t be found soon enough for me. and crash data, and include law enforcement in the develop-
Pedestrians and Bicyclists. Non-motorized travelers are * Development of congestion mitigation programs that in-
particularly at risk when mixed with vehicular trafﬁc. According clude ITS components and technology that enables agencies
to National Highway Trafﬁc Safety Administration, on average, a to reconﬁgure existing roadways with reversible lanes, contra-
pedestrian is injured in a trafﬁc crash every 8 minutes. In 2003, ﬂow and managed-lane strategies to increase their efﬁciency,
4,749 pedestrians were killed and approximately 70,000 injured reduce trafﬁc bottlenecks/delays, and improve safety.
due to trafﬁc crashes. Also in 2003, 622 bicyclists were killed * Improved communications between vehicles and the road
and approximately 46,000 injured due to trafﬁc crashes. Almost and vice-versa.
one-fourth of the children between the ages of 5 and 9 involved * Encouragement of states to share real-time trafﬁc informa-
in 2003 trafﬁc crashes were pedestrians, and more than one- tion.
ﬁfth of the bicyclists killed were between the ages of 5 and 15.
We have our work cut out for us, but every year our industry
SAFETEA-LU created The Safe Routes to Schools Program, takes another step or two in the right direction toward saving
a nationally funded program at $612 million to be administer lives. It takes the involvement of all stakeholders and a great
ed by State DOTs. Improving the ability of primary and middle deal of resources, but I think we’ll start to see amazing results
school students to walk and bicycle to school safely is the as we move toward zero fatalities. BR
primary goal. Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle from an
early age is also a purpose of the program. States are focusing
on a number of strategies to accomplish these goals through
infrastructure projects (engineering improvements) and
non-infrastructure related activities, such as education, enforce-
ment, and encouragement programs. A wealth of information is
available on strategies through publications such as ATSSA’s
recent Putting Safety in the Safe Routes To School Program: A
School Administrator’s Guide.
Over the next couple of years, as we utilize the tools pro-
vided in SAFETEA-LU, we have the ability to make substantive
safety improvements like those possible through implementa-
tion of low-cost, high-impact solutions.
Ultimately, however, more — much more — has to be done
to make dramatic improvements in roadway safety statistics.
And that is why we must focus on the 2009 reauthorization bill
and the next generation of the Highway Safety Improvement
Plan. Federal, state, and local governments must unite with pri-
vate industry toward a single goal: To annually reduce fatalities
until there are no deaths on America’s roadways.
In that quest we look to such enhancements as:
Kathleen M. Buck Holst is the Regional Vice President of NES Trafﬁc
Safety LP, a division of NES Rentals Holdings. She was the president of
* Increased funding for the Highway Safety Improvement the American Trafﬁc Safety Services Association from 2002-2004 and
Plan, redeﬁning eligible activities and including a provision that is the current president of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders
trafﬁc sign management and upgrade programs are eligible. Association.Suzette Engerman, the Marketing Manager for NES Trafﬁc
* Funding for older driver programs. Safety, collaborated with Ms. Holst on this article. Ms. Engerman’s work
* Increased funding for High Risk Rural Roads and redeﬁne in the trafﬁc safety industry spans more than 20 years and includes
eligible activities. experience in the Illinois Department of Transportation.
* Strengthened Strategic Highway Safety Plans.
* Installation, maintenance, and upgrading of roadway safety
* Establishment of a national agenda for highway safety
through the Presidential Commission.
* Funding for local governments to fulﬁll minimum levels of
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2007 Nebraska Chapter APWA Snow Roadeo by Don Neary
The City of Columbus hosted the Nebraska Chapter APWA
2007 Snow Roadeo at Platte County Ag Park on May 2nd and AGENCIES ATTENDING:
3rd. This was the ﬁrst time the City of Columbus hosted the
Snow Roadeo. Sixty-four participants representing 9 municipali- Municipalities Counties
ties and 4 counties competed in the two-day event. The Motor
Grader and Loader events were held on Day 1, while the Plow Aurora Douglas
Truck competition ran on Day 2. The Backhoe and Skid Steer Bellevue Kearney
Loader challenge was held on both days. Columbus Platte
Grand Island Sarpy
Top ﬁnishers out of a ﬁeld of 12 in the Motor Grader were; ﬁrst Kearney
place, Roger Wurdeman, City of Columbus, in second Randall LaVista
Hill, Kearney County and in third Barry Meyer from the City of North Platte
Grand Island. This was the ﬁrst time these operators ﬁnished in Omaha
the top three positions and the ﬁrst Roadeo for Wurdeman. Ralston
The Loader event saw 23 competitors with the City of Kearney
taking the top two places. Scott Grimes ﬁnished ﬁrst followed
by Bob Nicklasson. Dan Nelson with the City of Omaha placed
third in the competition. Nelson ﬁnished in the same spot in
Following two days of running the Backhoe and Skid Steer
Loader, Ron Tex with the Sarpy County took top honors in the
Backhoe, second place went to Troy Bostwick of the City of
Omaha and Steve Wortman with the City of Columbus ﬁnished
third. 17 operators took part in the Backhoe event. Of the 36
Skid Steer operators, Kevin Tuma from Platte County placed
ﬁrst. Douglas County’s Troy Whiley and Dan Urbach took sec-
ond and third place respectively. This was the ﬁrst competition
for both Wortman and Tuma.
Day two saw 21 teams compete for the trophies in the Plow
Truck event. Alan Schmidt and Scott Grimes with the City of It won’t be a Snow Roadeo without a little rain!
Kearney, who placed third last year, teamed up to score ﬁrst
place numbers in the event. Second place went to the team
from Sarpy County, Robert Giese and Ron Tex. The City of
Omaha’s Eric Grimshaw and Donald Hatﬁeld ﬁnished the day in
2007 Nebraska APWA Snow Roadeo
third place. The Sarpy County team captured ﬁrst in this event Trophy Winners
in 2005, while Omaha’s Grimshaw and Hatﬁeld made their ﬁrst
appearance in the top three.
In addition to testing their operating skills, competitors were
also scored on a written exam and a diagnostic test for each
piece of equipment. The Nebraska Chapter APWA will sponsor
each of the ﬁrst place ﬁnishers in the Loader, Motor Grader and
Plow Truck at the 2007 Western States Snow and Ice Confer-
ence in Estes Park, Colorado in September. The top places in
the Skid Steer and Backhoe also received trophies this year.
The Nebraska Chapter APWA wishes to thank all the cities
and counties that took part in this year’s Roadeo. Also, a big
thanks to all the vendors that donated door prizes and the
equipment suppliers that provided the motor grader and loader.
It’s through the local agencies’ and company support that this
event continues to be a success year after year. The Chapter
also thanks this year’s Roadeo host, the City of Columbus,
and all the Chapter member volunteers for their hard work and 1st Truck, L-R, Scott Grimes, Alan Schmidt
dedication to make the 2007 Nebraska APWA Snow Roadeo a
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2007 Nebraska Chapter APWA Snow Roadeo, continued
2nd Truck, L-R, Ron Tex, Robert Giese
Grader, L-R, Roger Wurdeman, Randall Hill, Barry Meyer
3rd Truck, L-R, Donald Hatﬁeld, Eric Grimshaw
Loader, R-L, Scott Grimes, Bob Nicklasson, Dan Nelson
Backhoe, L-R, Ron Tex, Troy Bostwick, Steve Wortman
Skid Steer, L-R, Kevin Tuma, Troy Whiley, Dan Urbach
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2007 Nebraska Chapter APWA Snow Roadeo, continued
John Brown & Fred Thole judge the skid steer event
At the controls of the backhoe, “Lumpy” Fleek
Competitors get ready to take the ﬁeld shows intense concentration
Pulling into the alley dock
Remove the red & white blocks, leave the blue
John Brown & Fred Thole judge the skid steer event
Basketball in the barrel
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