Municipal and county road agencies are responsible
for maintaining over 220,000 miles of roads and 12,000 span-type bridges while building more to meet the transportation needs of the state.
All of this amounts to a tremendous need for sound technical advice from experienced road, bridge/culvert, and traffic safety professionals.
In 1982 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) launched an initiative with the goal of improving local roadways, known as the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The nationwide program is modeled after the successful agriculture extension service and is supported through funds provided by FHWA and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The Texas Local Technical Assistance Program (TxLTAP) is managed by the University of Texas Arlington's Public Works Institute.
TxLTAP is focused on preserving and enhancing the local road system by delivering quality training and technical assistance to local city/county road agencies in Texas. The training provided through this program will increase the performance of the transportation workers in Texas by ensuring they conduct their duties in a safe, efficient, environmentally sound, and cost effective manner. This program will also allow city/county agencies to maximize benefits from their often limited fiscal and staffing resources.
Through training geared to local government circumstances, customized technical assistance, advice provided at events, and a library of resources, TxLTAP provides relevant and impactful information focused on road and bridge/culvert maintenance, the use of traffic control devices, and other techniques to promote traffic safety.
The TxLTAP Advisory Board consists of engaged individuals who represent Texas' diversity in terms of geographical location, population size, and government organization. The board members have a variety of skills including insight into particular challenges and trends , current conditions, and technology research.
TxLTAP's staff of professionals offer over 500 years of firsthand experience and education in transportation and traffic engineering, road and bridge maintenance, heavy equipment operations, safety and workforce development. Kimberly Johnson 817.272.9617 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Mathews, Director, Public Works Institute, serves as the TxLTAP Director. She has nearly a decade of experience working closely with Texas’ county commissioners courts in her previous position as education coordinator at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s V. G. Young Institute for County Government. In this role, she was responsible for planning, coordinating, producing, and evaluating continuing education programming for all county elected officials, but with an emphasis on county judges and commissioners. Prior to this role, Ashley managed a statewide adult education and hands-on skills training program for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. She holds a master degree in resource development which a focus on program management (financial management, marketing, program analysis and customer service). Given her experience working with local governments, Ashley has unique insight into the workings of local government, their resource challenges, employee strengths/weaknesses, and gaps in their knowledge base.