The Talking TIM webinar series, brought to you by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), provides a forum where TIM champions with any level of experience can exchange information about current practices, programs, and technologies. Each month, the FHWA TIM Program Team will feature content that highlights successful programs, identifies best practices, and showcases technology that advances the profession. This month, the FHWA TIM Program focuses on Innovative Tools for Responder and Road Worker Safety:
- AASHTO's Role in TIM – Joseph Sagal, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Transportation Systems Operations (CTSO) member, will discuss AASHTO's role in advancing TIM. This is a part of the "Meet the Executive Leadership Group" series.
- Nebraska Tow Temporary Traffic Control Program – Tony Carr, Traffic Incident Management and TSMO Specialist, HDR and Matt Neemann, Traffic Control Engineer at Nebraska DOT
- Fire Truck Attenuators for Temporary Traffic Control – Chief Robert Fite, Fire Chief at Grand Prairie Fire Department, Texas.
- Massachusetts Legislation for Driver and Responder Safety – Neil E. Boudreau, Assistant Administrator for Traffic and Safety, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division.
The FHWA TIM program managers, Paul Jodoin and Jim Austrich, will also provide news associated with the National TIM Responder Training and other FHWA initiatives. To download presentations from previous webinars or to view previous webinars, please visit FHWA's Talking TIM Webinar Series hosted by NOCoE. For more information regarding this series, please reach out to Paul Jodoin or Jim Austrich.
Joey Sagal (MDOT SHA): Mr. Joseph “Joey” Sagal serves as the Deputy Administrator Chief Engineer for Operations for the Hanover Statewide Offices at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). He oversees the agency’s asset management, construction, homeland security, materials, maintenance, traffic safety, and mobility operations offices. In his previous role, Mr. Sagal served as the Director of MDOT SHA’s Office of Transportation Mobility & Operations (OTMO), which included the agency’s Coordinated Highway Action Response Team (CHART) and Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) programs. Before rejoining MDOT SHA in 2016, he served as a Traffic Incident and Event Management Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center. With over 23 years of transportation experience, Mr. Sagal is a national subject matter expert in Traffic Incident Management and Operations. He serves as Vice-Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Committee for Transportation Systems Operations (AASHTO CTSO) Community of Practice on Road Weather Management. He supports multiple transportation initiatives and committees with national, state, and local agencies and TRB. Mr. Sagal also serves in the volunteer fire service as a past Chief Fire Officer in Baltimore County, MD.
Tony Carr (HDR inc): Tony is a TIM/TSMO specialist with two decades of experience working in traffic incident response and management. He spent 14 years with Arrow Towing, a 50 unit towing fleet in Nebraska and Iowa, responding to incidents and managing operations. Tony led other area initiatives including integrating tow and recovery in fire/ems heavy rescue, TIM training, and temporary traffic control. He is sworn law enforcement in Fremont County, Iowa as a reserve deputy.
Matt Neemann (Nebraska DOT): Matt is a graduate of the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, with 26 years at the Nebraska Department of Transportation and 14 years as Traffic Control Engineer for NDOT. His primary duties include signing, pavement marking, work zone traffic control, and traffic signals.
Neil Boudreau (Massachusetts DOT): Neil Boudreau serves as the Assistant Administrator of Traffic and Safety for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division, and has been with MassDOT since 1995 serving in many roles within the Traffic Operations and Safety Management groups. Neil represents MassDOT on the AASHTO Committee on Traffic Engineering, currently serving as the Vice Chair and is also a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, serving as Vice Chair of the Temporary Traffic Control Technical Committee. In addition, he is a member of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), serving as a member of the Innovation Council, a friend of the Temporary Traffic Control Committee and as Board Member for the New England Chapter. Through his many engagements, Neil’s strives to continue improving safety for all road users and those working out on the roadway.
John Stevenson (Grand Prairie Fire Department): John Stevenson is the Special Operations Coordinator for the Grand Prairie Fire Department in Texas. John began his fire service career with the Bryan Fire Department in Bryan, TX, after serving ten years in the U.S. Army. For the past 22 years, he has served the city of Grand Prairie as a Paramedic/Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain. John is a Texas Task Force member and holds certifications in Hazmat, Swift Water, Confined Space, Collapse Rescue, Wildland Firefighting, and Technical Rescue. He is a state-certified Master Firefighter, Instructor, and Fire Officer. While serving as a grant writer and administrator for Grand Prairie, he is also a member of the council of governments' Special Operations Chiefs, Technical Rescue, and Hazardous Materials working groups.