Lehigh Valley Planning Commission



Local Technical Assistance Program


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Local Technical Assistance Program (PennDOT LTAP) is one of 58 LTAP centers across the nation (one in each state, Puerto Rico and six regional centers serving American Indian tribal governments). These centers are dedicated to transferring transportation technology through training, technical assistance and other customer services to municipal elected officials and their staff. LTAP has provided technology transfer services to Pennsylvania's 2,600 municipal governments since 1983.


The PennDOT LTAP program is designed to help Pennsylvania's municipalities, which maintain over 68,000 miles of roadways, make the best use of their roadway maintenance dollars. LTAP provides free technical information and proven technologies dealing with roadway maintenance and safety methods to meet the growing demands on municipal governments.


The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) partnered with PennDOT to provide free LTAP training opportunities to the region’s municipalities, make municipalities more aware of the value of LTAP training and identify how LTAP can benefit local transportation programs. LTAP’s availability and convenience make it a logical extension of the services the LVPC typically provides to Lehigh Valley communities. The LVPC actively markets training opportunities and encourages all municipalities to take advantage of LTAP services.

2019 courses now available!

All classes held at LVPC office - 961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310, Allentown PA 18109


Courses address the following categories. View full descriptions below.








For further information on the schedule of LTAP courses offered through the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, please contact:


Brian Hite

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310

Allentown, Pennsylvania 18109

Phone: 610-264-4544

Fax: 610-264-2616

E-mail: bhite@lvpc.org



LTAP Contact Information:

400 North Street, 6th Floor

Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone: 800-FOR-LTAP (367-5827)

Fax: (717) 783-9152

E-mail: ltap@state.pa.us


  • May 21, 2019 - Traffic Signs Basics

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    This course serves as the foundation in a series of new LTAP courses about traffic signs. The course will begin with a general discussion of the function and purpose of signs, and how they affect driving and road safety. After a review of the national and state standards that govern signs, the course will describe the function and purpose of signs, but from a more technical perspective. This technical section is the longest section of the course, and will giving participants a basic understanding of the Federal Highway Administration`s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Part 2, Chapter 2A.  After reviewing the design and placement of signs, the course will give instruction on traffic signs for low-volume roadways, and then finally review the responsibilities associated with maintaining safe signing in your municipality.


    Intended Audience: Local government officials responsible for the installation, maintenance and inspection of traffic signs, roadway safety and asset management, including traffic technicians, public works directors, supervisors, roadmasters and crews responsible for traffic signs.

  • August 6, 2019 - ADA Transition Plans and Self Evaluations

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all public entities to have a transition plan or self-evaluation procedure in place. The purpose of the plan is to identify existing barriers to access for programs, services and facilities in the public right-of-way, and devise a way to mitigate those barriers. This course will provide participants with the information and tools necessary to create an ADA-compliant transition plan or self-evaluation procedure. The plan is a valuable tool to improve accessibility, program future activities, create reasonable priorities and prevent litigation. The course objectives are:

    • Review the ADA laws and regulations for transition plans/self evaluations.

    • Examine the components of an ADA transition plan/self evaluation.

    • Develop the ability to use workshops and exercises to create a transition plan/self evaluation.


    Intended Audience: Local government officials responsible for complying with the ADA, including municipal managers, elected officials, ADA coordinators, public works directors, roadmasters and code enforcement officers.

  • September 10, 2019 - Local Road Safety Plans

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    This course gives participants the skills to create a local road safety plan designed to help their municipality reduce crashes, fatalities and serious injuries.  The course is designed to help participants develop a plan tailored to the local issues and needs of their community. The instruction is based on the Federal Highway Administration’s Local Road Safety Plan Guidebook, the PennDOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan and other relevant resources. This course will:

    • Examine the components of a local road safety plan.

    • Review national and state regulations and guidelines for developing local road safety plans.

    • Explain through workshops and exercises how to create a local road safety plan.


    Intended Audience: Local government transportation officials, including municipal elected officials, public works directors, supervisors, roadmasters, planners, police officers and others responsible for safety.

  • September 12, 2019 - Pavement Preventative Maintenance

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    This course will teach the proper planning and execution of two important pavement preservation techniques: Micro-Surfacing and Ultra-Thin Friction Course. Participants  will be provided information on selecting the correct treatment to the appropriate pavement at the right time to extend the useful life of roadways. The course will cover the requirements of PennDOT specifications, proper pavement selection, project planning and operational oversight of successful projects.


    Intended Audience: Local government officials responsible for asset management, project planning, oversight and inspection of roadway improvement projects. That includes public works directors, supervisors, roadmasters and foremen.

  • October 1, 2019 - Salt and Snow Management

    8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


    This course covers all aspects of winter maintenance operations. Topics include planning and organizing, public relations, material usage and application rates, equipment types and calibration, as well as various operational procedures, such as plowing and spreading. Other topics include CDL regulations, safety and environmental awareness. Also covered are the latest techniques in pre-wetting materials and anti-icing procedures for more effective and economical operations.


    Intended Audience: All public works employees engaged in winter maintenance operations, including street supervisors, public works directors, roadmasters, crew foremen and equipment operators.

  • October 22, 2019 - Signs and Safety Features for Bridges/Culverts

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    This course will demonstrate the importance of effective and consistent signs and pavement markings leading up to bridges/culverts. The course will discuss the regulations governing signing, pavement markings and other traffic control devices (TCDs), and will explain the application and placement of TCDs. It will also describe different types of bridge/culvert safety features, such as guide rails and other barriers. Students will learn about the purpose of using safety features, placement criteria and end treatments.


    Intended Audience: Local government officials responsible for roadway safety, asset management, project planning and inspection of roadway improvement projects. This includes public works directors, supervisors, roadmasters and foremen.

  • November 8, 2019 - Stormwater Facility Operation and Maintenance

    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and local municipalities have a variety of requirements that detail how the rate, volume and velocity of stormwater runoff are to be managed. This course reviews these regulations and the resulting requirements for the operation and maintenance of stormwater management facilities. The course will include an overview of the storm runoff process and a discussion of current regulatory requirements for new development, as well as reviewing municipal obligations to get a Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. Instruction includes elements of sustainable stormwater management systems and discusses operation and maintenance of stormwater facilities.


    Intended Audience: Individuals who are involved in establishing local stormwater policies, reviewing development plans, inspecting construction of stormwater facilities, or operating or maintaining stormwater facilities. That includes elected officials, planners, public works directors, engineers, and operations and maintenance personnel.

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

Fax: (610) 264-2616