Maintenance of Drainage Features for Safety

This course highlights common roadway drainage problems that can cause an unsafe condition and suggests inspection methods and corrective action. Maintaining roadway drainage is important for safety and for ensuring the long life of the roadway as it prevents erosion of the roadway, saturation of the subbase, and damage to roadway structures. The training is broken into two modules. Module 1 covers effects of drainage, and describes common roadway safety hazards and how to recognize drainage problems. Module 2 covers safe drainage features and work zones, and solutions to common roadway safety issues and work zone safety. This training is not intended to be a design guide. Participants may want to contact their State Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) for more details on drainage design.

  • Prerequisite: Not Listed
  • Training Duration: 1 hour
  • Training Resources: Not Listed


Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3)

Transit Type


Target Audience

This training is recommended for the Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council levels II, III, and IV or local road agency maintenance workers who want to understand the importance of maintaining and upgrading drainage features on their road system to avoid an unsafe condition.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify problems created by ponding and standing water on the roadway;
  • Describe safety issues related to ditches and side slopes;
  • Describe how drainage features can become safety hazards;
  • Identify methods for identifying drainage problems;
  • Recall conditions to look for during field inspections;
  • Explain how to fix or prevent common roadway side slope problems; and
  • Describe work zone safety procedures.

Assessment of Learner Performance

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Delivery Method


How to Obtain the Course

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Point of Contact



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Restrictions for Use

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials



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