Spots still available for Road Safety 365 workshops next week

Vermont Local Roads will hold two “Road Safety 365” workshops next week after successfully piloting the new workshop last spring.

The workshop will take place in St. Albans Tuesday, November 1 and Rutland Wednesday November 2. There are a few spots left at each location. Here’s the class description:

“Rural roads account for approximately 40 percent of the vehicle miles travelled in the US but 55 percent of fatalities. The fatality rate for rural crashes is more than twice the fatality rate for urban crashes. Over 3/4 of all US road miles are rural and almost 80 percent of the 3 million miles of rural roads in the US are owned and operated by local entities (FHWA statistics). This one day workshop focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural road projects. Making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making  process 365 days a year will be stressed. Through practical exercises and discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of your department. The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are also shown using local examples.”

After completing the course participants should be able to:

  • Explain the need for making roads safer
  • Separate safety myths from reality
  • Demonstrate how to “read the road”
  • Describe practical & low-cost countermeasures to improve safety, both on existing roads and during the design stage
  • Identify ways to plan, implement and fund low-cost safety measures
  • Access existing resources to find the answer and/or data to address a question or problem that comes up on the job
  • Identify effective ways of encouraging communities to make their roads safer
  • Create an action list for implementing at least one safety improvement at their local agency

This course is intended for anyone interested in making highway safety part of your everyday activities whether you are a planner, supervisor, engineer, administrator supervisor or maintenance worker.

Participant comments from the pilot workshop held last spring:

  • “Was a great class about tackling some not so obvious issues”
  • “Very important course to keep safety on everyone’s mind”

Want to register? Either sign-up online directly or contact our office.

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About vtlocalroads

The Vermont Local Roads Program at Saint Michael’s College is part of the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), a nationwide effort financed jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and individual State Departments of Transportation. Its purpose is to provide road and bridge know-how to municipal people involved with highways. There are LTAP Centers in 50 states and Puerto Rico and six Native American locations. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations presented on this page are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of FHWA, VAOT or Saint Michael’s College. All references to proprietary items in this publication are not endorsements of any company or products. Sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Local Roads Program provides information, training and technical assistance to cities, towns and villages in Vermont. This is done by newsletters, seminars and workshops, distribution of publications and by response to requests.
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