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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-13-015
Date: July 2013

A view of a stringless concrete paving construction site. Paving equipment and six highway workers wearing orange and yellow safety vests are visible.
Online training sponsored by the American Concrete Pavement Association and Federal Highway Administration explains the proper use of stringless paving technology. (Photo Credit: © ACPA)

Pavement Construction and Safety Training on Demand

New free Web-based courses sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) offer construction contractor employees and others the training they need at a time that's right for them.

Available online around the clock, the courses cover both asphalt and concrete pavement technology.

Developed by the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) in partnership with FHWA, "Safety on Concrete Pavement Construction Sites" addresses safety concerns about working on a construction site around slipform paving equipment. Also addressed during the 90-minute course are safety measures at the concrete plant and the general paving site.

"The course will enhance the safety knowledge of highway workers and equipment operators and improve overall safety construction practices," said Jason Harrington of FHWA.

Another online option presented by ACPA is "Proper Use of Stringless Paving Technology." The 90-minute course explains how stringless paving works, as well as important considerations for equipment operators and agency field personnel to know when using the technology. The course also recommends best practices to achieve a quality concrete pavement.

To take both courses, visit http://acpa.scholarlab.com and enter coupon code "Pavement1."

Asphalt pavement technology is featured in three 2-hour Web-based courses developed by the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) in partnership with FHWA. "How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments (Part 1)" provides an educational tool for workers who have limited familiarity with slurry system methods.

"Contractor performance and agency oversight both play an important role in the successful outcome of slurry system projects," said Harrington. "This training module addresses what a contractor's crew must do, which will also help agencies understand the contractor's role in doing the job right." To take the course, visit http://issa.adobeconnect.com/slurrysealmicrosurfacing1/event/registration.html.

"How to Construct a High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Project (Part 2)" focuses on construction best practices for slurry system methods as presented in the ISSA High Performance Slurry Systems Inspector's Manual. To begin the training, visit http://issa.adobeconnect.com/slurrysealmicrosurfacing2/event/registration.html.

Contractor and agency staff can also learn "How to Construct High Quality Chip Seal Treatments." The course introduces best construction practices for chip seals, providing an overview of chip seal treatments and why they are needed. Topics include selection of appropriate materials for chip seals, as well as how to store, transport, and apply a sprayed asphalt treatment. Also featured are best practices for using and maintaining necessary equipment. To take the course, visit http://issa.adobeconnect.com/chipseal_treatments/event/registration.html.

For more information on the new Web-based training courses, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/wbt.cfm, or contact Jason Harrington at FHWA, 202-366-1576 (email: jason.harrington@dot.gov).

Construction Training Resources

To learn more about training resources for highway construction workers, visit www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/training.cfm. Featured resources include training courses available from FHWA's National Highway Institute on topics ranging from construction inspection to materials control and acceptance to utility issues. Also featured are Web-based training options and courses developed through the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council.

Screenshot from FHWA’s Construction Training Web page (www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/training.cfm).

Screen shot from the introductory screen of the online course "How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments (Part 1)."
New Web-based courses available from the International Slurry Surfacing Association and the Federal Highway Administration include "How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments." (Photo Credit: © ISSA)

Screen shot from the online course "How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments (Part 1)." The screen offers options to learn about the three different types of slurry systems: slurry seal, polymer modified slurry seal, and micro surfacing.
Highway workers now have an on-demand option to learn construction best practices for slurry systems. (Photo Credit: © ISSA)

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Updated: 07/19/2013

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