Massachusetts Project Intake Tool (MaPIT) Videos Available Now!

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This past October, MassDOT rolled out a new tool for project management to the 365 communities in the Commonwealth. The tool titled, Massachusetts Project Intake Tool, or MaPIT, is a web-based application that helps to streamline completion of municipals Project Need Forms (PNF) and Project Intuition Forms (PIF).

Baystate roads, within the UMTC will be hosting free workshops in classrooms and online for those who wish to familiarize themselves with the new tool. The workshops are instructor led step-by-step software training and demonstrations. The workshop trainings are aimed to help project managers, town selectmen, consulting companies, and others who would need to use the tool feel confident with the new technology.

The intention behind MaPIT is to expedite project initiation, environmental permitting, scoring, and project delivery. It does this by automating Project Need Form screening for relevant GIS layers, transferring PNF information to PIF forms. The app also maps your project location for DOT and public viewing, and upon approval, your project is assigned a number and your information is automatically transferred to the MassDOT Project Info Software System.

Since September seven classes have been held with close to 200 participants from 62 municipalities represented.

MaPIT videos are available online on UMTC’s Vimeo at: https://vimeo.com/umtc

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Workshops Scheduled for the New Year!

Start 2018 with All About Asphalt and 
Trenching & Excavating Safety workshops!

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In this workshop you will learn about selection of materials for construction, maintenance and reconstruction of pavements; the various maintenance treatments and conditions under which they should be used; and how to identify the various pavement distress types and their causes.

Dates and Locations
January 17, 2018-  Hanover DPW Facility,  219 Winter Street, Hanover, MA 02339
January 18, 2018- MassDOT District 1,  270 Main Street,  Lenox, MA 01240
January 24, 2018- Wellesley DPW,  20 Municipal Way, 2nd Floor,  Wellesley, MA 02481
January 25, 2018- Tewksbury Public Library,  300 Chandler Street,  Tewksbury, MA 01876
January 30, 2018-  Whately Town Offices,  4 Sandy Lane,  South Deerfield, MA 01273

Register Here!

Trenching & Excavating Safety: Competent Person

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What does it mean to be a “Competent Person” in Trenching and Excavation Safety? The OSHA excavation standard states that a competent person is: “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous to employees and has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” OSHA states that you must have specific training in and knowledge to perform soil analyses, determine the protective system to be used in excavations and conduct daily inspections.

Dates and Locations
January 9, 2018- Rehoboth DPW, 345 Anawan Street, Rehoboth, MA 02769
January 10, 2018- Winchendon Town Hall, 109 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475
January 11, 2018- MassDOT District 1, 270 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240
January 16, 2018- UMass Springfield, 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01115
January 31, 2018- Wellesley DPW, 20 Municipal Way, Wellesley, MA 02481

Register Here!

Class 2 & 4G Hoisting CEU classes throughout August!

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Do you need to renew your Class 2 & Class 4G Hoisting Machinery License? Or do you need a class to prepare for the Massachusetts Hoisting Exam?

Then join us for our Class 2 & Class 4G Hoisting CEU class!

This class will provide the required CEUs for any Class 2 and Class 4G Hoisting License. Topics covered are all MGLs and CMRs as required by the Department of Public Safety as well as operational guides for hoisting machinery. Although this is a CEU class, it is also an excellent way to prepare for the Massachusetts hoisting exam. 

Target Audience:

Municipal workers who operate Class 2 and Class 4G hoisting machinery and are required to fulfill the continuing education requirements to renew the Hoisting Machinery License.

Instructor:

Michael Smith is the Baystate Roads Technical Training Specialist. He was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he developed and implemented modern road maintenance techniques. Mike was responsible for day to day operations and long range planning for the  municipality. Before retiring in 2015, Mike was also a firefighter for 34 years. He is a lifelong resident of Heath, MA, whose teaching style includes a healthy portion of humor and student interaction. Mike can be reached at: mdsmith@umass.edu.

Dates & Locations:

August 17, 2017
Scituate Public Safety Complex
800 Chief Justice Cushing Highway
Scituate, MA 02025

August 22, 2017
The Safety Center
32 North Main Street
Andover, MA 01810

August 23, 2017
Adams Highway Department
92 North Summer Street
Adams, MA 01220

August 30, 2017
Becket Town Hall, Berkshire Room
557 Main Street
Becket, MA 01223

*This class is open to municipal employees only

It’s not too late to sign up for the 2017 MA Driver Skills & Safety Event!

2017 Massachusetts Driver Skills & Safety Event is July 26, 2017!

Don’t miss your chance to compete in the 2017 MA Driver Skills and Safety Training Event! This friendly competition is designed to test your skills and knowledge of snow plows and loaders. Come join the fun and the chance for bragging rights and to go to the national event!

Check out photos from previous years on our Flickr.

Click here to register today!

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
499 Mountain Road
Princeton, MA

National Public Works Week is May 21-27!

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In 5 days, we will be celebrating public works from all over the country for National Public Works Week!

The American Public Works Association (APWA) will have their annual National Public Works Week on May 21-27, 2017. During this week, APWA will have events planned to thank public works as well as educate the public on how vital of a role they play on everyone’s daily lives.

This year, the hashtag is #NPWW and the theme is #PublicWorksConnectsUs

Additional Advanced Complete Streets 201 scheduled throughout the state!

Did you miss out on the Complete Streets 101 or 201 classes? Or went to Complete Streets 101 and want to learn more?

We have additional Advanced Complete Streets 201 classes scheduled!

Course Description:

This training will provide an in-depth technical review of various Complete Streets infrastructure design elements. Attendees will learn how to select and design improvements based on multi-modal considerations and applicable design guidance. Application of these elements will be demonstrated during a Complete Streets design exercise that will include a site visit (weather permitting) to a local street or intersection that is in need of a Complete Streets makeover. Attendees will return to the classroom and develop a Complete Street design solution. A brief overview of MassDOT’s Complete Streets Funding Program will be provided at the end of the session. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Hard hats and safety vests will be provided by Baystate Roads.

*Please note that each session has a 25 attendee maximum with no walk-ins accepted*

Who Should Attend?

Engineers, Designers and Planners who are interested in developing Complete Streets solutions for municipal roadways

Instructors:

Alan Cloutier, PE, PTOE, Senior Transportation Engineer

Briana Wesigerber, EIT

Eileen Gunn, MassDOT Complete Streets Program Manager

Dates & Locations

June 16, 2017 – Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development (SRPEDD) Office – 88 Broadway, Taunton, MA 02780

June 22, 2017 – Spencer Town Hall – 157 Main Street, Spencer, MA 01562

August 9, 2017 – Woburn City Hall – 10 Common Street, Woburn, MA 01801

October 17, 2017 – Becket Town Hall – 577 Main Street, Becket, MA 01223

 

Click here to register!

 

Need a Refresher on the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices? We Have You Covered!

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This class will provide a refresher to the 2009 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as well as the Massachusetts Amendments to the MUTCD. You will review pertinent MUTCD sign standards and guidelines, as well as introduce sign management methods municipalities can adopt to meet FHWA requirements for sign standards, including retro reflectivity, which plays a critical role in providing adequate nighttime visibility of traffic signs to motorists. In addition, the workshop will provide information and guidance relative to the recently passed Municipal Modernization Bill regarding changes to Speed Limit Regulations under Chapter 90, Sections 17 and 18. This class will review MassDOT’s requirements for local adoption of these statutes with a goal of creating uniform implementation standards that will optimize effectiveness statewide. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the 2009 MUTCD and information about Speed Limit Regulations that you should know to bring your city or town into compliance with FHWA and MassDOT mandates.

Instructors:

Rich Benevento

Rich is the President of WorldTech Engineering. With 37 years of experience completing transportation infrastructure improvement projects for municipalities and State DOTs, Mr. Benevento has a diverse background in transportation planning, engineering, regulatory permitting and funding programs. Rich currently serves as the Chairman of Parking and Traffic Commission for the City of Beverly, a position he has held since 2008 and is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) Policy Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Public Infrastructure.

Michael Pompili

Michael has worked in the field of transportation engineering and planning for over 17 years.  He has made significant contributions to both large and small scale projects for state and municipal clients throughout the Northeast and Midwest regions.  Mr. Pompili manages the Traffic Sign Asset Management Program at WorldTech and has to date included data collection and compliance evaluation of over 100,000 municipal traffic signs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Dates & Locations

May 17, 2017 – Holiday Inn Taunton – 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780

May 18, 2017 – DoubleTree by Hilton Bedford-Glen – 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730

May 25, 2017 – Courtyard Marriott Marlborough – 75 Felton St., Marlborough, MA 01752

June 6, 2017 – Hadley Farms Meeting House – 41 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035

June 7, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – 1032 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201

To Register Click Here