Tech Transfer Newsletter

Tech Transfer featured timely articles and practical information including reports on innovation, practical applications of research and best practices relevant for transportation professionals. This newsletter was published quarterly through Spring 2011. It was distributed to over 18,000 readers in California and the United States through the Local Technical Assistance Program with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, Caltrans Office of Local Assistance, and Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation.

Fraud-Proof Projects
Winter-Spring 2011 Tech Transfer Newsletter

Every Day Counts
Fall 2010 Tech Transfer Newsletter

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Pavement Technology Update

Minimizing Moisture Damage in Asphalt Pavements
Volume 2, Number 2
By Larry Santucci, PE

The presence of moisture combined with repetitive traffic can adversely affect the performance of asphalt pavements. Moisture damage is caused by a loss of adhesion, commonly referred to as "stripping" of the asphalt film from the aggregate surface or a loss of cohesion within the asphalt binder itself, resulting in a reduction in asphalt mix stiffness. Heavy traffic on a moisture-weakened asphalt pavement can result in premature rutting or fatigue cracking. [PDF, 2.4 M]

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Constructing California
Summer 2010 Tech Transfer Newsletter

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Pavement Technology Update insert

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Fall 2009/Winter 2010 Newsletter
Visualizing Transportation's Future

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Spring 2009
Doing More With Less

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Fall 2008 - Winter 2009
Making Our Roads Safer

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Summer 2008
Visions of California

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Spring 2008
Staying Ahead of the Curve

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Winter 2008
Know Your Retro

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Fall 2007
Stop, Go, Caution:
Listening to the Public's Many Voices

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Summer 2007
The Safety Zone

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Spring 2007
Pavement Preservation Through Partnering

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Winter 2007
Healthy Trees, Smooth Sidewalks

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Fall 2006
Safety on the Job

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Summer 2006
From Rubber to Road

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Spring 2006
Transportation is Risky Business

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Winter 2006
Reconsidering Roundabouts

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Fall 2005
The Pavement Issue

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  • Free Training On Performance Graded Asphalt
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  • Taking The Same Route: How Regional Coordination Can Improve Your Local Roads
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  • Tips for Preventive Maintenance, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction of Pavement
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  • Record High Asphalt Pricing: What Does It Mean For Your Project?
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  • Resources From The Transportation Library: Trade Publications
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  • Free Snow & Ice Control Handbook
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  • Six Steps To A Better Chip Seal
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  • Futuristics
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    This striking and unique wall calendar for 2006 depicts visionary maritime, terrestrial and aerial vehicles and transportation systems as envisioned by engineers and illustrators in the Industrial and post-Industrial ages...

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Summer 2005
On the Safe Side

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Spring 2005
Leading, Managing, Communicating

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Winter 2005
Signs

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  • SIGNS
    Text Only
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    Text and Photos
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    Properly placed, installed and maintained signs clearly communicate important regulatory, warning, guidance and temporary traffic control information. Learn more about stop signs, common problems with sign placement and installation, frequently requested signs to avoid, retroreflectivity, and the new Clearview typeface. Two full pages of resources accompany this primer on signs.
  • THE CONE ZONE
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    Who's responsible for work zone safety?
    How safe are your work zones?
  • THE CROSSING ZONE
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    Register now for the Western Regional Grade Crossing Safety Training Conference, to be held May 1-4, 2005 in Costa Mesa, California. More information in this newsletter and on the Tech Transfer website.
  • FREE TRAINING
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    Free 3-day training on context sensitive solutions, offered statewide with at least one delivery in every Caltrans district.
  • FREE TRAINING
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    Free on-line training, delivering some of our most popular classes to your desktop.
  • FREE EQUIPMENT
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    Text and Photos
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    State and local agencies now have free access to remote imaging equipment to inspect culverts, drains, down-holes and more.
  • FREE RESOURCES
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    This new service called "Going... going... gone" provides free transportation-related materials to eligible California-serving, public-sector transportation employees. You've got to try it!
  • NOW HIRING
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    Tech Transfer is now recruiting for instructors with Project Management experience and traffic safety evaluators with traffic enforcement experience.

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Fall 2004 Technical Topics Supplement:
Foamed Asphalt Base Stabilization

Fall 2004 Tech Topics: Foamed Asphalt
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Fall 2004
Tracks, Trains and Automobiles

Fall 2004 Newsletter

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  • Tracks, Trains and Automobiles:
    Safety at Railroad Grade Crossings
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    At a railroad crossing, trains always have right of way, but drivers do not always understand or obey this. Find out who's responsible for safety, what the options are, what guidance and resources are available and how to learn more.
  • References from the Transportation Library
    Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Safety
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  • Your Efforts Are Saving Lives
    (But There's Still More To Be Done)
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    America's roads and highways are safer than ever and much of the credit goes to the committed professionals who implement safety improvements and enforce safety programs. See how California compares to the rest of the nation.
  • The Value of Training
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    Knowledge is a vital organizational asset benefiting both the employee and the employer. While training might seem like a luxury expense in tight financial times, it is, in fact, one of the most sure and sound investments available, consistently showing high return on investment.
  • Face Complex Planning Challenges with Knowledge, Skill and Confidence
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    Get free advice on planning and air quality conformity when and where you need it and learn more about effective transportation planning practice in California.
  • LAPM & LAPG Training on Your Desktop
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    The Local Assistance Procedures Manual, the Local Assistance Program Guidelines, and interactive, self-directed training on both, are just one-click away.

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Summer 2004
Stop that Soil

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  • Temporary Erosion Control, Or How to Keep a Dirty Job Clean
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    Read about soil stabilization and sediment control techniques for reducing and controlling erosion during construction. The article includes best management practices, definitions, references, upcoming classes, and suggested videos, and is followed by a list of electronic resources on erosion control.
  • Erosion Control Electronic Resources
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  • The Nature of Roadsides
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    Roadside vegetation management using native grasses and plants can save maintenance dollars, improve worker and traveler safety, reduce herbicide use, reduce roadside fire hazards, conserve water, control erosion, provide a self-reliant and hardy plant community, and protect the local character and natural heritage of a site. Discover how. Includes references and suggested videos.
  • Staying Healthy in the Work Zone: Working in the Heat
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    Working with heavy equipment in a tight space close to moving traffic may be a more obvious hazard to your safety, but the heat can be equally as dangerous and deadly. Learn how to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses, how to recognize the symptoms in yourself and others, and how to respond if someone else on the crew suffers from a heat-related illness. Includes references and suggested videos.
  • Road Crashes Reduced 42% In Mendocino County: Learn How They Did It
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  • New Workshops on Hot Topics
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    Free ITS Classes for Public Agencies
    California's New MUTCD Supplement Hits the Road
    Bicycles Find Their Place on the Street
  • Program News
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    2004-2005 Training Calendar
    Traffic Control for Safe Work Zones
    Free Inspector's Job Guide and Highway Maintenance Tables

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Spring 2004
Watch Your Back

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  • Meeting Your Training Needs
    A note from Linda Howe-Steiger, the director of the Technology Transfer Program, explaining how we aim to meet your training needs, how we select and schedule training, and what training opportunities - both in and out of the classroom - we make available to you
  • Now More Than Ever
    During these times of budget shortfalls and downsizing, training is more important than ever
  • Watch Your Back
    How rear vision cameras mounted on construction equipment can improve safety in the work zone
    Illustrated
    Text-only
  • Travel Models' Sensitivity to the Economy
    Commentary on whether travel demand models are properly sensitive to changes in the economy
  • References from the Transportation Library:
    Full Depth Reclamation with Foamed Asphalt

    References from the transportation library on a roadway recycling process that creates an improved, stabilized base with low engineering, production and environmental costs
  • Web Resources from Caltrans:
    Transportation Planning

    Tools from the Caltrans website to aid transportation professionals in creating liveable communities, main streets and transit oriented developments; visual aids for understanding California's complex funding stream; CAL-B/C, the same life-cycle benefit cost analysis model used by Caltrans' Office of Transportation Economics that you can download; and the results of the California travel trends and demographic study
  • Video Training for Your Crew
    This list of 23 videos available from the multimedia training materials lending library is just a sample of videos available to freshen skills for your work crew
  • Going to Training? Get the Most Out of It
    If you are going to attend training, what you will get out of it will depend on what you put into it. These hints will help you maximize your learning and make better use of what you have learned

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Winter 2004
Washboarding

Winter 2004 Newsletter

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Fall 2003
Safe Routes to School

Fall 2003 Newsletter

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Summer 2003
Transportation Excellence

Summer 2003 Newsletter
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Spring 2003
Pedestrian Safety

Spring 2003 Newsletter
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Winter 2003
Environmental Justice

Winter 2003 Newsletter
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Fall 2002
How Do California Freeways Measure Up?

Fall 2002 Newsletter
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Fall 2002 Supplement
Moisture Sensitivity of Asphalt Pavement

Fall 2002 Newsletter
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Summer 2002
A Forest of Cars

Summer 2002 Newsletter
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Spring 2002
Weed Wars

Summer 2002 Newsletter
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Winter 2002
Reverse Commute Transit Programs

Winter 2002 Newsletter
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Fall 2001
Staying in the Loop

Fall 2001 Newsletter
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Summer 2001
Effective Pavement Rehab

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Spring 2001
Context Sensitive Design

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Winter 2001
Animal-Vehicle Crashes

(pdf, 1.5 M)
includes Technical Topics supplement,
Rut Resistant Asphalt Pavements
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Fall 2000
Red Light Runners

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Summer 2000

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Spring 2000
Learning from Los Angeles

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Winter 2000
Improving Safety for Older Drivers

(pdf, 2.7 M)

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Fall 1999
Regional Coordination of Projects

(pdf, 496k)

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Past Issues in PDF:

  • Summer 1999
    Performance Measures
    (pdf, 448k)
  • Spring 1999
    Y2K Is Coming Down the Road
    (pdf, 1 MB)
  • Winter 1999
    Coping with Congestion
    (pdf, 448k)
  • Fall 1998
    California's TMC Future
    (pdf, 784k)
  • Summer 1998
    The Yosemite Test
    (pdf, 344k)
  • Spring 1998
    Debunking 7 Myths About Fleets' Use of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
    (pdf, 504k)
  • Winter 1998
    A Model for Increasing the Use of Bicycle Helmets
    (pdf, 696k)
  • Fall 1997
    Orange County's 91 Express Lanes
    (pdf, 432k)
  • Spring 1997
    Performance Measurement:
    Made for Public Works
    (pdf, 364k)

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The opinions expressed in articles appearing in Tech Transfer are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official view of the State of California, the Federal Highway Administration, or the University of California. These materials do not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

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