|Breaking News! Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funding Notice of Funding Availability
A Tribal Transportation Program Safety Funding (TTPSF) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
for federally recognized Tribes was published in the Federal Register
on June 26, 2015. The fund accepts applications for EMS,
enforcement, education, planning, and engineering projects that are
expected to improve transportation safety. This notice announces the
availability of TTP Safety funding and requests for grant
applications. Applications must be submitted no later than
5:00 PM EST on August 25, 2015. A preview of the online
application can be found at http://ttap.mtu.edu/sites/default/files/pathways/summer_15/TTPSFApplicationPreview.pdf. For additional application information please visit the TTP Safety Fund website at http://flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/ttpsf.htm
The FHWA will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 PM EST. To join the webinar, please click this link then enter the room as a guest: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/tribaltrans/
The audio portion of the webinar can be accessed from your computer or
the teleconference line: TOLL FREE 1-888-251-2909; ACCESS CODE
4442306. In addition, this webinar will be recorded and posted on
the TTP Safety website at http://www.flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/ttp/safety/.
If you have any questions, contact:
Russell Garcia, P.E.
TTP Operations Team Supervisor
Tribal Transportation Program
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Federal Lands Highway
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
back to top
2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Safety Summit Recap
Jim Allen, FHWA, discussed tribal transportation program safety funding during the 2015 WisTTSS
In an effort to enhance transportation safety throughout the state,
the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) held the third
Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Safety Summit (WisTTSS) on Tuesday,
March 24, 2015. The Summit was hosted by the Stockbridge-Munsee
Band of Mohican Indians at the North Star Mohican Casino Resort in
The 2015 WisTTSS brought together 45 tribal, state, local, and
federal representatives representing 22 agencies to discuss important
safety issues and strengthen future interagency cooperation.
Federal and state agencies provided everyone with background and
detailed information on the programs available to help improve safety,
and tribal representatives discussed their own successes and challenges.
The 2015 WisTTSS addressed a range of topics, as shown in the agenda at http://ttap.mtu.edu/2015-wittss.
An online photo album of the event is available at http://michigantechttap.smugmug.com/2015-WisTTSS.
back to top
Working Effectively with American Indians
group toured the Seneca Allegany Community Center in Salamanca, New
York, which provides numerous recreational opportunities for the local
Christoforo DelReal, Eastern TTAP
Note: Chris spends most of his time working for Eastern TTAP sitting in
front of a computer helping us revamp our website and streamline
backoffice operations. This was an opportunity for him to travel and
participate in a training workshop, instead of helping facilitate a
workshop or training like he normally would. He provided this personal
account of his trip.
In April I had the opportunity to attend Working Effectively with American Indians,
a training session offered by the USDA-National Resources Conservation
Service and hosted by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The week long
session took place in Salamanca, New York, a beautiful city nestled
along the Allegheny River and encompassed by lush, rolling hills.
The purpose of the training was to help government employees work
more effectively with tribes and nations. This goal was accomplished
through a combination of diverse classroom lectures and enlightening
evening activities around the territory. The schedule was packed! There
wasn't enough time to see and do everything that they had prepared for
us, even though some activities had to be cancelled due to the weather.
Lecture topics ranged from the legal, to the cultural, to the
emotional, sometimes without boundary. We learned about the Seneca
culture and traditions. We learned about Seneca legal tribulations and
triumphs. We learned about the federal trust responsibility to
native communities. We learned about treaties with tribal nations.
Sometimes those treaties were respected. Too often, we learned, they
were not. It was jarring to learn about US – Indian strife not from a
historical perspective, where issues seems so far away, but from a
personal and topical perspective where the same issues are still being
faced by people today.
Each evening except the last, they had fun activities planned for us
around the territory. On Monday, we were invited for a private tour of
the Seneca Iroquois National Museum. On Tuesday, we attended the Spring
Traditional Community Dinner, followed by a social (A big "Thank you!"
to Brian Patterson for getting me to dance!). Wednesday evening was the
Allegany community fair and youth lacrosse exhibit. On Thursday, we got
to select from a variety of activities. My top choices (The reservoir
boat trip and the canoe trip) were cancelled due to inclement weather,
and I instead attended the fish hatchery tour and got to visit an
archeological site at Dobbin State Park.
The fish hatchery tour was unexpectedly interesting (I'm not much of a
fisherman, nor a big fish eater), and I got the sense that the man
guiding the tour could talk for hours about fish, fishing, and his
hatchery. Further, I felt as though I could listen for hours, such was
the infectiousness of the director's enthusiasm for fish and fishing.
I think one of the points that the speakers from the Seneca Nation
and the NRCS really tried to drive home is that the needs and wants of
each nation are not identical. Each tribal nation is sovereign and
unique. As government employees, we must approach each nation with that
understanding. That understanding doesn't come from sending a few emails
back and forth. If federal and tribal governments are about to embark
on a project, we must take the time to meet our counterparts in the
tribal government in person. We must make the time to visit the people
and territories that these projects will impact.
Upcoming Training Sessions
The USDA-National Resources Conservation Service will be hosting two more Working Effectively with American Indians training sessions this year.
August 3-7, 2015
August 10-14, 2015
Devil Lake, North Dakota
More information can be found in the course brochure at:
back to top
Save the Date - 18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference
September 21-24, 2015
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
18th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference will be held
September 21-24, 2015 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center & Hotel
2101 North Oak Street
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
Room Rate: $83 + tax
Cut-off date: August 21, 2015
Room Block Name: NTTC
Call for Presentations:
If you have suggestions for topics, please contact the Eastern TTAP at Michigan Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a presentation you would like to share at this year's
conference, please complete the form at the address below by July 3,
back to top
2015 Minnesota Tribes & Transportation Conference
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 13-14,2015
Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel
39375 County Highway 24
Morton, Minnesota 56270-0420
Block Rate: $45 +tax
Cut off date: Saturday, September 12, 2015
Reference: "2015 Tribes & Transportation Conference" when making reservations
Phone: 800-WIN-CASH or 507-697-8000
The Lower Sioux Indian Community
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Bureau of Indian Affairs
back to top
Study: Rumble Strips Saving Lives on Rural Highways
centerline and shoulder rumble strips were installed on M-35 in the
Upper Peninsula as part of this resurfacing project. (MDOT photo)
Contact: Dan Weingarten
MDOT Office of Communications
906-485-6322, ext. 136
June 1, 2015 -- A recently completed study shows
that rumble strips are proving to be an effective and low-cost way to
reduce crashes on Michigan's state highways.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) started a major
rumble strip program for two-lane high-speed rural highways in 2008.
Centerline and shoulder rumble strips were installed on all MDOT rural,
non-freeway highways with posted speed limits of 55 mph and appropriate
paved lane and shoulder widths. To date, MDOT has placed 5,400 miles of
centerline rumble strips and 1,700 miles of shoulder rumble strips.
The study, conducted by the Wayne State University (WSU)
Transportation Research Group, found significant reductions in several
targeted categories of crashes, including head-on, sideswipe and
run-off-the-road crashes. In the categories examined, the study showed a
47 percent reduction in total crashes and a 51 percent reduction in
- A new study by WSU's Transportation Research Group shows rumble
strips on state highways are reducing crashes and saving lives in
- Between 2008 and the present, MDOT has installed centerline rumble strips on 5,400 miles of two-lane high-speed roads.
- In the crash categories examined, the study showed a 47 percent
reduction in total crashes and a 51 percent reduction in fatal crashes.
- In Michigan, rumble strips are expected to eliminate 337 crashes,
saving 16 lives and preventing 62 serious injuries, each year.
"This study is one of the largest and most comprehensive
investigations of effectiveness of any safety countermeasure that has
ever been performed at a state level," said Tapan Datta, a WSU civil
engineering professor and principal investigator of this research
project. "Analyzing all of MDOT's two-lane high-speed highways with
rumble strip treatments targeted to alleviate lane departure-related
traffic crashes makes the results real and reliable. They can be used by
other states to establish their own rumble strip programs."
Datta said future research should focus on use of rumble strips on
two-lane county roads and multi-lane non-freeway high speed roads.
''Rumble strips are a proven and cost-effective countermeasure to
lane departure crashes brought on by driver drowsiness, distraction,
and/or inattention,'' the report said. ''We can project … this
initiative in Michigan will result in an annual reduction of 337
crashes, saving 16 lives, and 62 serious injuries each year.''
These safety gains aren't coming at great cost to taxpayers. The
report's economic analysis of the rumble strip program showed a high
benefit-to-cost ratio. Depending on how the cost was spread out over
time, the ratio was between 58:1 and 18:1. Researchers estimated a total
safety benefit of more than $79 million over three years.
In another facet of the study, researchers surveyed road users to
gain insight into the public's perception of rumble strips. The survey
indicated strong public support for the use of centerline rumble strips.
And the experts agreed: a survey of MDOT pavement design and
maintenance personnel showed the majority of staff strongly agree that
the installation of centerline rumble strips improves safety.
A previous rumble strip study, completed in 2012, found that the
presence of centerline rumble strips improves driver performance in most
conditions. Drivers position themselves more centrally in lanes,
leading to fewer encroachments over centerlines and shoulders, thus
increasing safety. And while drivers generally tended to ride onto or
across the centerline when passing bicyclists, they did so less
frequently when centerline rumble strips were present. They also found
that centerline rumble strips did not contribute to short-term cracking
in asphalt pavements. Further, rumble strips typically produced no more
noise than that made by tractor-trailer trucks traveling on normal
The full rumble strip report is available online at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdot/RC1627_489159_7.pdf.
Download MDOT's Mi Drive traffic information app: www.michigan.gov/drive
Weingarten, D. (2015, June 1). MDOT News and Information. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9620-355866--,00.html
back to top
New Eastern TTAP Website Launches
The new Eastern TTAP website will provide easier access to content and additional functionality for users.
The Eastern TTAP is pleased to announce that we have revamped our website at http://ttap.mtu.edu.
The new site provides easier navigation through simple drop-down menus.
Once users register on the site, they can manage their contact
information, as well as contact information for others in their
organization, register for events and training, and request resources or
training. In addition to the streamlined functionality of the site, we
are developing online training courses and will be launching them in the
The site is still a work in progress, so if you have suggestions or
find anything that we have overlooked, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
back to top
WisDOT Awarded Accelerated Innovation Deployment Funding for GRS Bridge Construction in Dodge County
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) was recently
awarded $676,000 in Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Funding for
the construction of two Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil - Integrated Bridge
System (GRS-IBS) bridges in Dodge County. This funding will provide an
opportunity for WisDOT to work with Dodge County to support and
demonstrate the advancements in Accelerated Bridge Construction
GRS-IBS bridges are constructed using alternating layers of compacted
granular fill material and sheets of geotextile reinforcement to
provide support for the bridge. The technology offers unique advantages
in the construction of small bridges, including:
- Reduced construction time and cost, with costs reduced 25 to 60 percent from conventional construction methods.
- Easy to build with common equipment and materials; easy to maintain because of fewer parts.
- Flexible design that's easily modified in the field for unforeseen site conditions, including unfavorable weather conditions.
For a link to a the Every Day Counts newsletter mentioning the award, visit: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts/edcnews/06112015.cfm
More information on GRS-IBS construction can be found at the Every Day Counts website at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/everydaycounts/edc-3/geosynthetic.cfm
back to top
Request Training or Technical Assistance for Your Agency
Eastern TTAP recently provided Heavy Equipment Training for the Menominee Tribal Enterprises.
These and other training topics can be scheduled for your agency.
Click Here to request one of these or any other training sessions at your organization.
In addition to the training topics above, the Eastern TTAP can assist
you with road safety plans, road safety audits, and inter-agency safety
projects. Please contact us for more information or to schedule these
If you don't see a topic listed or have a suggestion for training that you'd like to have at your tribe, send us a suggestion.
back to top