Innovation Station: Colorado’s “You Show Us” Contest Winner – Sign Repair Stand

The Colorado LTAP Center hosts a innovative idea contest every year called “You Show Us”. The contest is very similar to the CT T2 Center’s “Creative Solutions” contest. Colorado’s LTAP Program encourages their state and municipal employees to enter “You Show Us” contest, because it is a profitable way to share their innovative ideas with others that may benefit from their concepts. It is also a good way for individuals, crews and departments to get some well earned recognition for their efforts. It’s a real morale booster for everyone!sign.repair.stand2

One of the winners of the “You Show Us” contest had built a mobile Sign Repair Stand. Here is how they did it:

Colorado’s State and Regional “You Show Us” Winner – City of Cherry Hills Village, CO – Sign Repair Stand 

Problem Statement:

Two of the Street Department’s many tasks includes maintaining all of the City’s information and regulatory signage (name signs, speed limits, stops, etc.) and low to the ground right-of-way tree trimming around signage and other structures. Unfortunately the City is not resourced with a vehicle (bucket truck) specifically designed for these duties. As a result, they would end up with somebody standing in the back of a pickup truck or climbing a ladder to these low to the ground maintenance repairs. Climbing a ladder always represents a risk factor, especially on uneven rights-of-way, during all weather conditions. It was also felt that climbing in and out of a pickup bed, while doing repairs was too great a risk for staff members to continue doing. A new truck mounted with the appropriate attachments and safety protection, was not a feasible option. The agency needed a low budget solution that was both practical and safe.

Solution:

The Street Department is fortunate to have a Crew Leader that is very knowledgeable in a the area of steel fabrication. When faced with the task of building some kind of sign repair stand, it was desired to find a low cost solution that that would fit in the bed of a pickup, be easily installed or removed by two crew members, and provide the safety measures needed for personnel doing repairs. The Crew Leader talked with other crew members and quickly came up with a successful design.

Labor, Equipment, and Materials Used:

The final design required the purchase of square tubing, angle iron, flat bar, chain and clip, grip strut, and black paint with primer. Some of the materials the City already had on hand from previous projects. The cost for all materials totaled around $300. The equipment used for construction of the sing stand included a gas torch, mig weder, metal blade chopsaw, drill press, hand drill, and grinder. The City owns all the power tools that were needed for the construction of the stand, therefore the cost for tools was very minimal, estimated at around $20. Twenty hours were spent manufacturing the stand from the beginning to end. This time frame included purchasing all the materials, sizing and fabrication, priming and painting, and installation of the stand. No overtime was needed to construct the stand, therefore no additional labor costs were incurred. The City did purchased the tailgate ladder online, that mounts to the inside of the tailgate of the truck, at a cost of $60.

Savings and Benefits:

Having knowledgeable manpower, all power tools needed, and budgeted time, the City feels it saved in the neighborhood of $2,000 on this project. Professional welding fees alone could have exceeded these costs. Of far more importance to the City than savings was the tremendous increase in safety for its street personnel. With a tailgate ladder to enter and exit the bed of the truck, nobody has to climb over a tailgate. The sign stand has a railing at just below waist level, allowing a worker to reach beyond the edge of the truck. The grip strut decking allows for sure footing while inside the stand and on the step when entering and leaving. There is a safety chain to close off the entrance to the stand to eliminate accidentally falling out backwards. The stand is bolted to the truck body to prevent it from moving when in use. The stand also elevates the worker an additional two feet from the pickup bed floor, allowing an expanded work area without having to do dangerous reaching for signage or tree limbs.

Total Cost of Sign Repair Stand:

$300.00

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Tips from Tony – May 2017

Question: Some signalized intersections do not have separate or modern pedestrian signal heads at marked or un-marked crosswalks. As a Pedestrian using a signalized intersection, would you know what to do when facing circular green, yellow or red arrow indications, or flashing indications?

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Answer: A pedestrian should only always cross on a circular green, flashing red or flashing yellow signal indication, they may only cross on other indications if they are directed by a pedestrian signal or other device, however they still must yield to vehicle that are already  in the intersection at the beginning of the green signal. the MUTCD Section 4D.04 and pages 451-452 provides standards for their use.

Pedestrians facing a CIRCULAR GREEN signal indication, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian signal indication or other traffic control device, are permitted to proceed across the roadway within any marked or unmarked associated crosswalks. The pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection or so close as to create an immediate hazard at the time that the green signal indication is first displayed. 

Pedestrians facing a GREEN ARROW signal indication, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian signal indication or other traffic control device, shall not cross the roadway. 

Pedestrians facing a steady CIRCULAR YELLOW or YELLOW ARROW signal indication, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian signal indication or other traffic control device shall not start to cross the roadway. 

Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian signal indication or other traffic control device, pedestrians facing a steady CIRCULAR RED or steady RED ARROW signal indication shall not enter the roadway. 

Pedestrians facing any flashing yellow signal indication at an intersection, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian signal indication or other traffic control device, are permitted to proceed across the roadway within any marked or unmarked associated crosswalk. Pedestrians shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that the flashing red signal indication is first displayed. 

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2017 Roadway Safety Poster Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Roadway Safety Poster Contest!

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Juliet Caulfield, K-1 Winner

Earlier this year the Connecticut Technology Transfer Center asked students from around the state to help promote roadway safety through art. After visiting the PBS Kids’ Ruff Ruffman Driving website (a site to access resources including games and surveys to encourage kids to become better passengers and to play an active role in helping their parents to keep their eyes on the road), students in grades K-6 submitted their posters designs depicting how to be safe as a pedestrian, bicyclists, or driver. Submitted entries were reviewed by a panel of roadway safety professionals from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, and a winner and honorable mention were selected for three age categories: K-1st graded, 2nd-4th grade and 5th-6th grade.

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Gavin Foran, 2-4 Winner

Monday, April 3rd, the three winners and three honorable mentions were invited to attend the Connecticut Work Zone Safety Press Conference held at the Newington Department of Transportation building. There, the students were presented with ribbons and gift baskets to honor their artistic achievements.

As a special surprise police officers and public works professionals from each of the student’s respective hometowns were invited to attend and give their congratulations.

Job well done, kids!

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Ashlyn Abate, 5-6 Winner

 

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Jai Gundapwar, K-1 Honorable Mention

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Raychelle Zheng, 2-4, Honorable Mention

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James Steele, 5-6, Honorable Mention

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2017 Annual Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children

2017posterpacketThe CT Technology Transfer Center & the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Game Over Initiative are joining forces to bring awareness to Roadway Safety in Connecticut!

Help make the Seventh Annual Roadway Safety Poster Contest for Children a Huge Success in 2017!

We want to make roadway safety a priority and are asking the children of Connecticut to help promote safety through art. This poster contest is for children grades K-6. We will have winners in multiple groups: K-1, 2-4 and 5-6. We are looking for creative posters illustrating roadway safety concepts from a child’s point of view.

We are accepting submissions until March 10th. Winners will receive prizes and awards at the Work Zone Safety Press Conference in April 2017. Prizes include: Chromebooks for winners and gift cards and a variety of goodies for runner-ups.

For our Poster Contest Participant Packet including guidelines and more information about the contest, click on the link below.

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2016 Ceremony Honoring T2 Program Graduates

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Keynote Speakers

On November 17, 2016, the Technology Transfer Center staff, guests and Connecticut’s top transportation leaders honored 137 professionals who completed one or more of our five different certificate programs in 2016.

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CT Dept. of Transportation – Graduates from All Programs

There were 68 Public Works Academy graduates, 23 Road Master graduates, 25 Road Scholar graduates, 7 Legal Traffic Authority graduates and 14 Transportation Leadership Program graduates. It is important to note that 33 of our 2016 graduating class were members of the CT Dept. of Transportation.

The opening remarks to our ceremony were delivered by Dean Kazem Kazerounian from the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Our keynote speakers for the event were Division Administrator Amy Jackson-Grove of FHWA, Deputy Commissioner Anna Barry of the CT Dept. of Transportation and two graduates – Associate Manager Scott Yeomans of South Windsor and Highway Planning & Project Manager Peter Kurpeawski of Greenwich.

The graduation yearbooks from each graduating class dating from 1996 to the present will be posted here.

Congratulations to all our Graduates!

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Congratulations Graduates! 2016 Graduation Guide

 

2016gradguidecoverOn November 17, 2016 we honored 137 transportation professionals who completed one or more of our five different certificate programs in 2016. If you would like to view the 2016 Graduation Guide, please click on the link below.

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Fall 2016 Connecticut Technology Transfer Newsletter

We are pleased to share the latest issue of the “Connecticut Technology Transfer” newsletter from the CT Technology Transfer Center at UCONN. fall2016newslettercover

In this issue:

  • Supervisor’s Signpost – a new series of supervisory skill development tips
  • Winter Weather Road Maintenance Q & A
  • Tips from Tony – Local Road Safety
  • New England APWA Chapter Update
  • Town Crier: Stories from our CT Local Agencies

Click Here to read the complete newsletter.

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