January 05, 2022


7:45AM - 4:00PM

Contact Hours


Location Online - Course

This hybrid online class will combine both live instruction and independent online work that you will complete during the day.  Independent work will include quizzes, readings, videos and short assignments.  Access to a computer with a webcam (either a camera that is built into your laptop or one that connects via USB), a reliable internet connection and a workspace that is free from distraction and noise will set you up for success.


Safety on roadways, trails and sidewalks is critical to pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Designing and maintaining drainage systems that remove runoff from the traveled ways is key to a safe system. The drainage system is a combination of many features; curbs; gutters, pipes, inlets and ditches. These storm drainage features can produce serious effects when not designed or maintained properly. Erosion and sediment buildup within the traveled way and clear zone can also contribute to the severity of crashes. Even end treatments and pipe openings must be designed and maintained to produce a safe component should an errant vehicle impact them. This lively online class will change the way you think about stormwater drainage components. Your awareness about the potential risks associated with unsafe drainage features will be increased. Students will learn the necessity for maintaining drainage features so they do not become hazards within the traveled way. We will also discuss administrative controls, personal protective equipment, and engineering controls that improve worker safety. By the end of the training, students will possess the knowledge to identify and mitigate the risks associated with stormwater drainage components on roadway systems. Each module includes a recorded lecture, quiz, assignment, and group discussion. The student has 1 hour and 15 minutes of independent study to complete the lecture(s), quiz, and assignment. The class reconvenes for a 30-minute group discussion that further develops the modules learning outcomes.


Class Modules:
Module 1-Stormwater Runoff Impacts to Roadway Safety
Module 2-Recognizing Drainage Problems / Buoyancy
Module 3-Best Practices for Correcting Unsafe Drainage Features
Module 4-Worker Safety


Walter C. Catlett

Walter C. Catlett possesses approximately 30 years of safety experience from the concrete pipe industry, military, and consulting engineering.  These experiences shaped his safety mindset, teaching him the importance of clear communication and the necessity to establish a safety culture. He is an effective trainer and educator responsible for the training of public works professionals through industry training events and professional association events for the last 20 years.  He serves on Virginia’s Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Research Advisory Council. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Mr. Catlett served in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army Reserves for a combined 30 years.

Who Should Attend

This class was developed for personnel who work around stormwater drainage components on roadways, trails or walkways, either as a construction worker, an inspector, design engineer or transportation professional within the roadway. Attendees will learn a broad spectrum of worker safety concepts, maintenance best practices and effective measures for mitigating risks associated with drainage features of roadways, trails and sidewalks.

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $.5000
State/Federal: $85.00
Private Industry: $200.00
Tribes: $0

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

Don't have access to a computer?
to get a paper registration form (PDF). Print it out, complete it, and email, mail or FAX it to our office following the instructions on the form. Include your check or government purchase order with your registration form. Please note that emailed or faxed-in registration forms will be considered as a "provisional booking" until payment is received. For more information, call our office at (434) 982-2897, fax at (434) 982-2856 or email uva-tta@virginia.edu