ARTBA’s fourth annual Local Transportation Management & Safety Virtual Conference, or LoTrans™, brought together more than 100 state and local transportation officials, safety professionals, contractors and academics on Nov. 17 for an interactive educational experience highlighting safety and trends in state and local transportation.

This year’s most popular programs included a presentation by ARTBA chief economist Dr. Alison Premo Black featuring an update on state and local transportation funding trends and a preview of her 2016 economic forecast. A Federal Highway Administration presentation included insight’s on the agency’s “Every Day Counts” initiative, which works to enhance roadway safety, reduce congestion and improve environmental sustainability.

Numerous on-demand safety sessions including “Mentoring Safety Managers,” “Flagging Safety for Local and Rural Roads,” and “Temporary Traffic Control on Unpaved Roads” were also part of the program and remain available on the LoTrans™ website.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) displayed its award winning mobile application “CurveWare,” which is used to determine the safe speed for a curve, and which won this year’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) “Better Mousetrap National Competition.”

Nathan O’Kane and Jacob Dellinger from VDOT shared the smartphone technology that replaces a task that, up until now, has required tools costing up to $2,000 and two people to complete: one to drive and one measure. A link to download the “CurveWare” application is available at the Google Play store.

The Better Mousetrap competition highlights innovative solutions to everyday problems and issues faced by local, rural and tribal transportation workers who are served by LTAP and TTAP programs.

LoTrans™ 2015, which was organized by ARTBA’s Transportation Officials and Traffic Safety Industry Divisions, aims to helps those individuals and agencies responsible for managing billions of dollars in transportation infrastructure capital investments, maintenance, engineering and traffic services, or snow removal across the country.