The Local Road Research Board brings important developments to city and county transportation engineers, ranging from new ways to determine pavement strength to innovative methods for engaging the public. Find out more about the LRRB.
-Have you ever dreamed that all of your tinkering, fussing, and fiddling in the shop and on the road could help improve every road in Minnesota? Do you or your maintenance staff need funding to develop an idea to improve your sign maintenance and installation process? Or maybe you’ve come up with an idea for a new tool for controlling roadside vegetation or a design for a more effective work-zone safety product. Whatever it is, the Local Operational Research Assistance (OPERA) Program wants to hear about it!
-Transportation practitioners from around the state are invited to participate in the upcoming Local Road Research Board focus group. Through small and large group discussion and voting, attendees define specific issues and challenges that could benefit from research. This discussion is an integral part of the process that the LRRB uses to identify projects for funding.
-The LRRB recently developed a spreadsheet tool to help local agencies determine which hours of the day to consider using flashing yellow arrow (FYA) phasing. An instructional video has now been published to help agencies understand the methodology used to develop the spreadsheet, as well as how to use it.
-The LRRB has produced a brochure that provides background information on the history of implements of husbandry; summarizes neighboring states' weight restrictions; and provides links to recent research data on the damaging effects that large machinery has on pavements.