Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is LTAP?
Where did LTAP come from?
What is LTAP's vision?
What is LTAP's mission?
What is LTAP's Work Plan?
What kind of training does LTAP provide?
What kind of technical information does LTAP have access to?
What materials does LTAP make available?
What is the Retroreflectometer Loan Program?
What are the Road Scholar I, Roads Scholar II and Supervisory Skills and Development Programs?


What is LTAP?
The Colorado Local Technical Assistance Program (Colorado LTAP) serves as the local technology transfer (T2) effort of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Technology Partnership Programs. The LTAP mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice by conducting training sessions and demonstrations and by serving as a clearinghouse for information related to state-of-the-art technology in the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. The LTAP network consists of 58 Centers (one in each State, one in Puerto Rico, and 7 that serve Native American Tribal Governments). The program serves state, county and local highway and transportation personnel. LTAP is funded by FHWA, with matching funds from state governments, universities, state highway agencies and other organizations.

Colorado LTAP stimulates active, progressive and cost-effective transfer of highway technology and technical assistance to rural and local governments through a variety of resources including on-site training, workshops, newsletters, and a reference library, much of which is made available at little or no charge to local governments.

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Background

In the late 1970s, the Federal Highway Administration and State Departments of Transportation realized that although technical information had increased at the state level, 80 percent of the roads were under county or city jurisdictions, and technical information was not reaching the local level at the same rate.

In 1981, the original rural technical assistance mission was established with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and federal appropriation. The pilot program was modeled after the historic agricultural extension system and included the creation of technology transfer centers to provide the link to local agencies. By 1985, the pilot program, known today as LTAP was a success in large part because centers' abilities to adapt national training programs and services meet unique local needs. The program grew, evolved, and created services and products to meet changing needs and technologies.

In 1985, Colorado became the 39th state to establish a technical assistance program under the Federal Highway Administration's Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). The Transportation Information Center, as it was originally called, began serving local Colorado agencies in 1986. In Colorado, the program is a cooperative effort between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder). The Center currently operates under the designation of Colorado Local Technical Assistance Program - most commonly referred to as "LTAP". The CU-Boulder has been the host of Colorado LTAP since 1998. It is the intent of the program to provide local agencies with training, technical assistance and information exchange addressing the safety and maintenance of Colorado's rural roadways and bridges with guidance from the National LTAP Strategic Plan.

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Vision

We will improve the quality and safety of the surface transportation system through interactive relationships and information exchange. We will be driven by these relationships and known for our ability to enrich the knowledge base of our stakeholders.

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Mission

To foster a safe, efficient, and environmentally sound surface transportation system by improving skills and increasing knowledge of the transportation workforce and decision makers.

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Work Plan

Colorado LTAP drafts a work plan annually for its activities and events of the program for the upcoming year. Program suggestions are solicited from the LTAP Advisory Board, annual needs survey responses, course evaluation suggestions, customer outreach activities, and from successful LTAP programs nationally. Each year, Colorado LTAP will evaluate local agency needs and new technologies to effectively plan what methods we will use to meet program objectives, such as how to best transfer information to our local agency customers. Colorado LTAP and the CU-Boulder submit the proposed plan and budget to CDOT and FHWA for approval.
Colorado LTAP's work plan emphasizes four focus areas which are divided into two general groups - the first three designed around external outcomes and processes, and the last a function of both internal and external LTAP center organization.

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Training

The Colorado LTAP is located at the University of Colorado Boulder and manages three training programs: Roads Scholar I, Roads Scholar II, and Supervisory Skills and Development Program; offering over 70 courses a year.

Roads Scholar I
The Roads Scholar I program started in 1991, and is designed to provide participants with the training necessary to increase their knowledge of transportation safety, local road maintenance and construction procedures and improve their technical skills by attending a wide variety of programs available at reasonable costs. Click for more program details.

Roads Scholar II: Road Master
The Road Master is the second and highest achievement level in Colorado LTAP's Roads Scholar training program. The Roads Scholar II: Road Master program is an advanced training program geared towards the experienced maintenance worker, equipment operator, and manager. It is an opportunity for training at a more complex level than Roads Scholar I provides. The program includes a series of courses in four Focus Areas (Safety, Environment, Transportation Management, Technical Skills) designed to provide Colorado's municipal highway personnel in all departments with a knowledge of modern road maintenance management procedures and techniques. Click for more program details.

Supervisory Skills and Development Program
The SSDP program started in the fall of 2001. Unlike the Roads Scholar Programs, SSDP is designed to help educate, prepare, and provide public works employees with the background necessary to comfortably and confidently perform in a supervisory position. The courses chosen are intended to provide a fundamental understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a supervisor and to develop tools for succeeding in management. Click for more program details.

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Technical Information

In addition to training, Colorado LTAP provides Technical Assistance and welcomes any transportation related questions you may have. The Center is tied to a network of transportation professionals across the country through FHWA, state DOTs, other LTAPs, and professional Associations. Contact us with any transportation related issue you may have and we will research an answer for you.

One of the main tools Colorado LTAP utilizes for technology transfer and information exchange is a printed and electronic quarterly Newsletter publication. Content is designed to educate transportation personnel on best practices in maintenance, workforce and safety outcomes. The Newsletter is made available as pdf files on the Colorado LTAP website, and promoted through the electronic mailing list.

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Technical Material

Colorado LTAP maintains a comprehensive, in-house lending library of instructional videos, publications, and resources focusing on transportation design, maintenance, safety, and workforce related topics. Currently there are over 2500 different materials in the Colorado LTAP library. All media and publications in the lending library are available to local agencies free-of-charge for at least a two-week period, and can be ordered online through the our website or by calling the office. Colorado LTAP staff can also provide assistance in obtaining additional transportation-related materials of your request from other libraries and databases nationally. Check out easy search engine at: http://ltap.colorado.edu/ltaplibrary/

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What is the Retroreflectometer Loan Program?

CLTAP owns two retroreflectometers that local agencies can borrow at no cost. For more information, please contact the CLTAP office.

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