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Local Road Surface Selection Tool

  • Dec 19, 2018 (10:00 - 11:30 am CT; 9:00 - 10:30 am MT)
    Webinar (desktop or laptop access)


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 14, 2018


This webinar will review the easy to use and powerful roadway surface analysis program. The program provides initial and life costing estimates to help compare and select roadway surfaces that fit within budget.

Local road quality has a large impact on commodity movement, safety, and the quality of life for its residents and visitors. Local road managers have long faced the difficulties of properly managing low-to-medium volume county gravel roadways as traffic volumes and conditions change. Outside pressures rather than sound economic factors often drive the decisions on the various surface treatment options available. The surface selection tool developed by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at North Dakota State University provides a means for local roadway managers to develop an economic basis to make the best treatment option decisions possible. This selection tool was developed by UGPTI based on previous work by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) and the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program (SDLTAP). With this background and input from NDLTAP, North Dakota Association of Counties, and NDDOT Local Government Division, UGPTI was able to develop an online, web-based decision tool to help determine the most economical way to manage low-volume roadways based on traffic, local maintenance practices, and construction costs.

The full report can be viewed or downloaded at DP-293


Brad Wentz, P.E., Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI), NDSU, is the program director of the Advanced Traffic Analysis Center (ATAC). He oversees a staff of transportation engineers, researchers and students who use the center's technology to model and analyze traffic, perform traffic studies and develop ITS.

As program director of the NDDOT Support Center, Wentz oversees engineering and computer science students and staff to provide NDDOT engineers assistance in project development, design and transportation IT applications. Before joining UGPTI, he was the county engineer for Becker County, MN, for 12 years where he was in charge of transportation planning, design, construction, and maintenance. He also worked for 11 years with the NDDOT gaining experience in construction, urban planning, transportation data and GIS.

Andrew Wrucke, P.E., Associate Research Fellow, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, NDSU. His role at UGPTI has been diverse, with efforts on transportation research and studies, technical outreach to local governments with North Dakota LTAP, Civil Engineering Department instruction and various aspects of North Dakota’s asset management system for the local roadway network, Geographical Inventory Tool (GRIT). Before joining UGPTI, he was a Staff Engineer at the Cass County Highway Department.

Target Audience

Local county road superintendents, engineers, consulting engineers, design, maintenance personnel, DOT, and others will benefit by learning how to use this free tool.

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050