Local Government Summit

NDDOT Local Government Summit

NDDOT Local Government Summit

NDDOT hosted a virtual Local Government Summit for legislators, local government officials and transportation management officials on October 29, 2020. The summit offered a broad spectrum of key local roadway topics in a condensed learning session. Topics on the agenda provided critical asset information and management techniques that are key components of a local roadway management system. Best practices for local county, township, city, and tribal roads combine to provide better, safer roads. 

Recordings of the presentations can be viewed below:

Topics discussed

HB 1066 Status - Operation Prairie Dog Funding

Bridge Inspections & Load Rating

Rural Transit

Transportation Network Planning

Frost Action and the Impact on Loads

Local Road Surface Selection Tools

Pavement Preservation
Bridge Preservation
Gravel Road Preservation


2020 Local Government Summit Presenter Bios and Presentations

Opening Remarks -

Bill Panos

Bill Panos is director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. He was appointed director by Governor Doug Burgum on September 23, 2019.

Prior to joining NDDOT, Panos served as director for Wyoming’s Department of Transportation under Governor Matt Mead. His role encompassed all aspects of the



transportation agency’s operations, including leading the state’s aviation, motor vehicle services, and the highway patrol. He also led Wyoming’s school construction agency.

Panos has extensive experience in operational leadership and development in government and commercial sectors. Previously, he served in leadership roles in Washington, California, Idaho, and Massachusetts, as well as the TRW Corporation.


Status of HB 1066 Operation Prairie Dog Funding -

Brent Bogar Brent Bogar is a Senior Consultant with AE2S-Nexus. Bogar served on the Williston City Commission from 2007-2013 during the height of the oil activity in the Bakken. During the 2019 N.D. legislative session he was heavily involved with HB 1066 (Operation Prairie Dog) funding scenario development. 

NDDOT Long Range Transportation Plan Update -

Stewart Milakovic Stewart Milakovic is a Transportation Planner with the NDDOT Planning/Asset Management Division in Bismarck. He is the Project Manager for Transportation Connection, the update to the state’s Long-Range Transportation Plan. This policy plan will help chart the state’s course on transportation priorities for the next 25 years. He has 14 years of transportation planning experience with NDDOT.

Transportation Network Planning -

Jessica SmithJessica Smith is the MPO services lead with HDR Florida, working to develop solutions specifically designed for regional planning organizations. She has extensive transportation planning experience with state DOTs, regional planning organizations, and local municipalities across the nation.

Pavement Preservation -

Tim CollingTim Colling is the director of the Center for Technology & Training (Michigan’s LTAP) at Michigan Technological University. He has 22 years of experience as a civil engineer. Colling’s research interests include roadway safety, asset management, pavement management and pavement preservation.

Bridge Preservation -

Patrick ConnerPatrick Conner is research manager with the Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at Purdue University. As leader of the asset management program he has been involved in teaching pavement surface evaluation and pavement and bridge preservation. He is a registered professional engineer and a certified bridge inspection team leader.

Bridge Inspections and Load Rating -

Bryon FuchsBryon Fuchs is the assistant division head for the NDDOT Local Government Division. He also serves on the NDLTAP advisory council. He coordinates distribution and application of federal funds to local governments across North Dakota. Fuchs previously worked for a consultant and has worked for NDDOT for 16 years in the Materials and Research and Local Government divisions.

Gravel Road Preservation -

David JonesDavid Jones is principal investigator/research engineer at the University of California Davis. Jones is associate director of the University of California Pavement Research Center. He chairs the Transportation Research Board Committee on Low Volume Roads. Jones has more than 30 years of experience in paved and unpaved road engineering research and has worked on projects in 25 countries.

Local Road Surface Selection Tools -

Brad WentzBrad Wentz is the director of the Advanced Transportation Analysis Center at UGPTI. Wentz developed and manages the Geographic Roadway Information Tool (GRIT) and associated surface selection tool. Previously Wentz was a county engineer in Minnesota and also worked for 11 years with the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Rural Transit -

Jill HoughJill Hough is the director of the Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility (SURCOM), at the North Dakota’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. Hough has more than 25 years of experience in transportation research, ranging from rural roads to rural and small-urban transit. Her primary research areas relate to shared-use mobility, mobility of the elderly and disadvantaged, livability, intelligent transportation systems, as well as transit planning and management.

Rural Transit -

Jeremy MattsonJeremy Mattson is an assistant professor of transportation and logistics at NDSU and is a researcher with UGPTI’s Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility (SURCOM). He conducts research related to rural and small urban transit and the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

Frost Action and the Impact on
Load Restrictions -

Bben WorelBen Worel is the MnROAD Operations engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He conducts research and facilitates partnerships including the National Road Research Alliance. MnROAD has conducted extensive research on frost action and load restrictions. Worel has been with MnDOT for 22 years. He is chair of TRB’s Committee on Full-Scale Accelerated Pavement Testing.

Using Economics in Transportation Decisions -
B/C and ROI -

Alan DybingAlan Dybing is an associate research fellow at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University and has been one of the primary transportation economics researchers in UGPTI’s local road and bridge investment needs studies. He has more than 15 years of transportation research experience.

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