By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Winners of the LTAP/TTAP Build a Better Mousetrap National Competition have been added to the Local Transportation Management & Safety Virtual Conference, or LoTrans, which begins 11 a.m. EST, Nov. 17. Participation in the online conference is free, but requires advanced registration.

Nathan O’Kane and Jacob Dellinger, both of the Virginia Department of Transportation, will discuss how they used smartphone technology to develop a mobile application that provides real-time display and creates detailed data logs for “ball banking curves.” These measurements are part the process of determining the safe speed for a curve. Until now, the task has required tools costing up to $2,000, and usually needed two people to complete: one to drive and one measure.

The Better Mousetrap completion highlights innovative solutions to everyday problems and issues faced by local, rural and tribal transportation workers who are served by the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP).

This is the fourth year ARTBA has provided this free, virtual education opportunity to county and municipal transportation officials and individuals interested in roadway work zone safety. Highlights of this year’s program include: Dr. Alison Premo Black, ARTBA’s chief economist, giving a briefing on “Trends in State and Local Transportation Spending & 2016 Economic Forecast”; a Federal Highway Administration presentation, including important insights about the Every Day Counts (EDC) program; plus numerous presentations from the 2015 National Conference on Work Zone Safety.