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The Local Public Agency (LPA) Training Program was developed and implemented jointly by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Louisiana Division, and the Louisiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). The primary goal of the program is to increase the efficiency of project delivery for local transportation projects that utilize state and federal funds by helping local agency personnel understand and implement requirements associated with these programs. Choose an option from the sections below to learn more. You can also visit DOTD's website HERE for more information.
Read the following LPA article from the Winter 2020-21 issue of Technology Exchange:
The LPA Qualification Program has been developed to help Local Public Agencies successfully navigate the policies, procedures and practices of both the DOTD Highway Program, and the Federal-Aid Highway Program. DOTD wants to ensure that Local Public Agencies (Parishes, Municipalities, Towns, etc.) can access the benefits and fully understand the requirements of using state and federal transportation funds for their transportation projects. LPAs must have sufficient knowledge of state and federal regulations to take full advantage of available funding and resources.
Key Topic Areas:
This class includes the requirements for design and construction of projects using the Local Public Agency funding programs available through DOTD and FHWA from beginning to closeout. Guidance on getting a construction project from preliminary design to construction letting through construction and closeout will be presented. Specific topics to improve the project process include: procuring design engineers; managing the design process to meet DOTD and FHWA requirements; managing and oversight of the preparation and submittal of Plans, Specifications and Estimates (PSE); understanding the bid and construction process; and oversight of construction, engineering, and inspection will be addressed. In addition, required project documentation, administration, and invoicing and reimbursement will be covered.
Intended for: local agency personnel who will be serving as the responsible charge on LPA projects; local agency personnel responsible for selecting and managing design engineering or construction inspection consultant services and local agency personnel involved in any aspect of LPA project oversight including plan review and submittal to DOTD. Administrative and financial managers with responsibility for processing engineer and contractor invoices and submittal of reimbursement requests as well as maintaining required documentation should also attend. You should take the LPA Qualification Core Training class prior to taking this course.
Construction Contract Administration for Local Public Agency Administered Federal Aid Transportation Projects
Intended for: LPA Construction Project Personnel, engineers who serve as the LPA Project Engineer (PE), and the Responsible Charge