With increased traffic as Montana grows and new technologies becoming available, there is the need for more diverse skills and knowledge necessary for maintenance and preservation activities on roadways. Montana has over 70,000 miles of roads in cities, counties and highway districts. The Roads Scholar Program provides not only recognition of roadway professionals that are constructing and maintaining these Montana roadways, but also promotes attendance at safety workshops and further learning and education. The Roads Scholar curriculum is designed to provide participants with the fundamentals of safety, management, and advanced technologies, as well as exposure to a wide variety of other topics relevant to the transportation field. Through this program, local agencies will be providing an opportunity to develop the agencies' greatest asset -- its employees.

2015 Road Masters - Level II Recipients:

  1. Ovila Byrd, Flathead County
  2. Shane Escott, Madison County
  3. Doug Nisbet, Lewis & Clark County
  4. Dana Rauser, Broadwater County

2014 Road Masters - Level II Recipients:

  1. Joe Carter, Jefferson County
  2. John Stokes, Pondera County

2013 Road Masters - Level II Recipients:

  1. John Anderson, Fergus County
  2. Jerry Backlund, Custer County
  3. Wayne Buck, Rosebud County
  4. Tom Fairbank, Blaine County
  5. Russ Huotari, Richland County
  6. Greg Sodt, Dawson County
  7. Wayne Waarvik, Valley County
  8. Randy Werdal, Stillwater County
  9. Tim White, Lincoln County

Requirements - Roads Scholar Level II - Road Master

Twenty workshops are required for Level II. Eight of the classes are core requirements with twelve optional classes needed to complete Level II. As in Level I, these certificate holders will be recognized statewide for their accomplishment in addition to receiving awards.

Roads Scholar - Level II Core Requirements for Road Master

This program may be completed in four to six years.

  1. Work Zone Class (2) (Work Zone Tech and Traffic Control Supervisor)
  2. Equipment Operation Class (2) (Motor Grader Certification and Forklift Certification, etc.)
  3. Winter Maintenance or Winter Safety Class (2)
  4. Leadership Class (2) (Including classroom teaching assistance and committee membership at MACRS or MT League of Cities & Towns)
  5. Optional Classes (12)
  6. MACRS Conference or Public Works Meeting, MT League of Cities & Towns

Optional Classes for Roads Scholar - Level II

  1. Tort Liability
  2. Management Classes (External to LTAP)
  3. Culverts: Design, Placement and Trenching Safety 
  4. Management practice: Managerial Skills and Sensitivity Training 
  5. Road Stabilization/Dust Control (LTAP – MT, ND, SD, WY)
  6. Intersection Safety: ISD, SSD, Signing 
  7. Gravel Road Maintenance/Management
  8. Other courses as approved by MT LTAP

 

View Roads Scholar Level I Recipients by year below or click on this Roads Scholar Brochure

Requirements - Roads Scholar Level I

Ten workshops are required to complete Level I. Four core classes must be attended in addition to six optional classes. These certificate holders will be recognized statewide for their accomplishment in addition to receiving awards.

Roads Scholar - Level I Core Requirements

This program may be completed in four to six years.

  1. Work Zone Class (1)
  2. Equipment Operation Class (1)
  3. Winter Maintenance or Safety Class (1)
  4. Leadership Class (1)
  5. Optional Classes (6)

Optional Classes for Road Scholar - Level

  1. Roadway Drainage and Culverts
  2. PASER for Gravel road
  3. PASER for Paved Roada
  4. Signing Basics (MUTCD)
  5. Sign Retroreflectivity and Sign Vandalism
  6. Summer Survival
  7. Cattle Guards: Maintenance and Management
  8. Wheel Loader Safety
  9. Weed Mowing Operations and Safety
  10. Attendance of a MACRS Conference or APWA Annual Meeting (including the Public Works Supervisors Meeting (APWAA attendee Notification to LTAP is required)
  11. Others as offered