AASHTO TC3 Plan Reading: Self-paced Online

Date: 10/25/2021 - 12/31/2022

Location: Online





IMPORTANT INFORMATION: After you register you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to access the course modules on the AASHTO website, along with a promotional code. The instructions will also be available in your UMTC registration portal for future reference.

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Course Description

The ability to read plans is essential for anyone involved in highway or bridge construction. This FHWA sponsored training contains modules covering both basic plan reading instructions as well as providing a more in-depth level of instruction for anyone seeking more information and/or a review of plan reading. Select any or all 8 of the modules through AASHTO’s Transportation Curriculum Coordination Council (TC3) library. 

*Once you register here, you'll be emailed detailed instructions on how to access the courses.

Module 1: Highway Plan Reading Basics (TC3CN009-15-T1) - This module describes the foundational information needed to begin reading and understanding highway plans. This includes an overview of the title page and its components, station numbers, townships, and quantity estimates.

Module 2: Grading Plans (TC3CN010-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in the Grading Plans section of a highway plan.

Module 3: Traffic Control Plans (TC3CN011-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in the Traffic Control Plans section of a highway plan.

Module 4: Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (TC3CN012-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in the Erosion and Sediment Control Plans section of a highway plan.

Module 5: Right of Way Plans (TC3CN013-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in Right-of-Way Plans for a highway project.

Module 6: County Plans (TC3CN014-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in a county plan.

Module 7: Bridge Plans (TC3CN015-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in a bridge plan.

Module 8: Culvert Plans (TC3CN016-15-T1) - This module reviews the information found in a culvert plan.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Recognize plan sheets for highway, county, bridge, and culvert construction;
• Recognize station locations and calculate, cross-section, profile, and plan views as well as centerline location, point of intersection, and a variety of plan details;
• Recognize the plan sheet for all parts of both a bridge substructure and superstructure; and
• Comprehend the terminology and symbols used when reading plans.

Target Audience

Course is open to public sector employees only. This training is designed for those involved in the construction process and/or maintenance activities of highways and/or highway structures. It is applicable to anyone desiring a better understanding of plan reading.



No Cost
Register by 12/31/2022
Public Sector


If you are having trouble registering, please email admin@umasstransportationcenter.org or call (413) 545-2604 for assistance.

First Name Affiliation
Ralph Town of Brookline
Matthew Town of Athol
Garrett Town of Mattapoisett
Jose Town of Wellesley DPW
Steve Town of Ashby
Mark Town of Peru
Brodie Town of Longmeadow Engineering
Jonathan Town of Southbridge DPW
James City of Milford (CT)
Chris Town of Norwood
Maggie City of Northampton
Sophia City of Cambridge DPW
Craig Town of Williamstown DPW
John City of Newton DPW
Nick Town of Kingston
John Town of Natick
Robert Town of Natick DPW
Leigh-Anne Town of Salisbury
Nancy Town of Rochester
Christopher City of Newton
Nathan Town of Uxbridge
Peter Town of Barnstable
Michelle Town of West Newbury
Dennis Town of Orleans
Sean Town of Medway DPW
Rhain Town of Needham
Todd Town of Brookline
Rachael Department of Conservation and Recreation
Quinn City of Chicopee
Carys Town of Needham
Joseph Town of Wilbraham DPW
Harrison Town of Franklin
Shane City of Newton
Eileen Town of Marion Planning Board
Stephen Town of Stow
Jim City of Newton
Regen Town of Canton
John Town of Gill
Gary Town of Hawley Highway Department
Sheila Town of Lexington
Khyati Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC)
Brian City of Worcester
Private Citizen Town of Auburn
Lindsey Town of Brookfield
Sam Town of Salisbury
Peter Town of Natick DPW
Barry Town of Medway DPW
Vinnie Town of Longmeadow DPW
Emma Town of Ashland
deborah City of Worcester
Matt Town of Sutton
Brian Town of Stow
Gray City of Cambridge DPW
Samuel City of Greenfield DPW
Mark City of Quincy
Aldo UMass Transportation Center (UMTC)
Maggie Town of Marblehead
Amanda City of Framingham