Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
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Best Practice Categories

Policy and Procedures
Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)
Modeling and Impact Analysis
Planning and Programming
Project Development/Design
Contracting and Bidding Procedures
Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications
Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)
Enforcement
ITS and Innovative Technology
Evaluation and Feedback
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Results: Policy and Procedures
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Mayor's Transportation Management Task Force  Policy and Procedures   Collaboration  Illinois
Public−Private Partnership Incentives for Early Completion  Policy and Procedures   Collaboration  Oklahoma
"Design for Safety" Partnership  Policy and Procedures   Collaboration  California
Consolidated Traffic Control Logbook  Policy and Procedures   Collaboration  New Mexico
Road Closure Program  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Arizona
Street Restriction Program  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Arizona
Maintain Existing Number of Travel Lanes  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Florida
Limited Length of Lane Closure  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  North Carolina
Ramp Closures During Reconstruction  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Oklahoma
Total Closures to Accelerate Work and Minimize Delay  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Ohio
Lane Closure Policy/Map  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  California,
Colorado,
Indiana,
Ohio
Lane Closure Coordinator  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Virginia
Narrowing Lanes and/or Reinforcing Shoulders to Maintain the Existing Number of Travel Lanes  Policy and Procedures   Lane/Ramp/Road Closure Policy  Federal Highways
Full−Time Work Zone Traffic Control Engineer  Policy and Procedures   Organizational Strategy  Ohio
Work Zone Performance Goal – Maximum Delay Specification  Policy and Procedures   Performance Goals and Measures  Massachusetts,
Oregon,
Wyoming
Work Zones Designed at the Posted Speed  Policy and Procedures   Performance Goals and Measures  Oregon
Guide to Establishing Speed Limits in Highway Work Zones  Policy and Procedures   Technical Guidance  Minnesota
Work Zone Speed Limit Reduction and Speeding Fine Program  Policy and Procedures   Technical Guidance  North Carolina
Long Life Pavement Rehabilitation Program for Urban Freeways  Policy and Procedures   Technical Guidance  California
Minimum Geometric Standards for Work Zones  Policy and Procedures   Technical Guidance  Oregon,
Federal Highways
Additional Shoulder Thickness  Policy and Procedures   Technical Guidance  Illinois
Travel Time Systems in Work Zones  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  New Jersey
Work Zone Traffic Incident Management Plans  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  Colorado,
Wisconsin
"Compendium of Options" (Construction Traffic Maintenance Strategies)  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  Ohio
Policy/Standards for Slow Moving or Mobile Maintenance Operations  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  Indiana,
North Carolina
Traffic Management in Work Zones  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  Ohio
Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes (TPAR)  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  Minnesota
Commuter Incentives to Minimize Congestion in Work Zones  Policy and Procedures   Traffic Management Planning  Oregon
Results: Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Motor Carrier Initiative to Prevent Work Zone Crashes  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   Drivers (Psngr/Truck)  Utah
Multi−Faceted Approaches to Providing Construction Information to Truckers  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   Drivers (Psngr/Truck)  North Carolina
Partnership with Motor Truck Association  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   Drivers (Psngr/Truck)  Pennsylvania
Using a Mascot to Raise Public Awareness  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   General Public  North Carolina,
Washington
Work Zone Awareness Week  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   General Public  Virginia
Outreach Program for Construction and Maintenance Work Zones  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   General Public  Arkansas
Regional Coalition for Disseminating Road Construction Information  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   General Public  Connecticut,
New Jersey,
New York
Public Outreach to Increase use of Transportation Management Plan (TMP) Strategies  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   General Public  Oregon
Traffic Safety Information Center  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   General Public  Oregon
Develop Media Partnerships  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   Media  Oregon
Circuit Rider Program  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   State/Contractors/Workers  Iowa,
Minnesota
Work Zone Safety Round Tables  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   State/Contractors/Workers  Virginia
"What's Wrong with This Work Zone" – Training Video  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   State/Contractors/Workers  Virginia
Work Zone Traffic Control Training Requirements  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   State/Contractors/Workers  Virginia
Regional Work Zone Workshops  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   State/Contractors/Workers  Federal Highways
"Build a Better Mousetrap" Competition  Public Relations, Education, and Outreach (General Public, Driver, and Elected Officials)   State/Contractors/Workers  Federal Highways
Results: Modeling and Impact Analysis
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Traffic Impact Report (TIR)  Modeling and Impact Analysis   Impact Identification and Mitigation Recommendations  New Jersey
Road Construction Safety Audit  Modeling and Impact Analysis   Impact Identification and Mitigation Recommendations  Wyoming
Lane Closure Analysis for Toll Roads  Modeling and Impact Analysis   Lane Closure and Capacity Analysis  Florida
Using Software to Predict Congestion and Associated User Costs  Modeling and Impact Analysis   Lane Closure and Capacity Analysis  Indiana
Traffic Impact Analysis  Modeling and Impact Analysis   Lane Closure and Capacity Analysis  Pennsylvania
QuickZone Impact Analysis Spreadsheet Tool  Modeling and Impact Analysis   Lane Closure and Capacity Analysis  Maryland
Results: Planning and Programming
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Multi−Level Transportation Management Plan (TMP)  Planning and Programming   Corridor Planning  Oregon,
Virginia
Corridor Planning to Minimize Delays and Enhance Safety in Work Zones  Planning and Programming   Corridor Planning  Indiana
Corridor Planning  Planning and Programming   Corridor Planning  Michigan
Partnering with the Local Community on Project Planning  Planning and Programming   Corridor Planning  Wisconsin
Corridor Modeling for Construction Closure and Restriction Alternatives  Planning and Programming   Corridor Planning  Utah
High Impact Project Task Forces  Planning and Programming   Organizational Strategy  Missouri
Coordination of State DOT, Local Government, and Utility Construction and Maintenance Work to Minimize Motorist Delays  Planning and Programming   Organizational Strategy  Oklahoma
Partnering to Improve Work Zone Design and Traffic Control  Planning and Programming   Organizational Strategy  Kansas
Use of a Computerized Planning System for Road Work and Lane Closures  Planning and Programming   Organizational Strategy  Federal Highways
Transportation Management Plan  Planning and Programming   Traffic Management Planning  California
Transportation Management Plan Development Tools  Planning and Programming   Traffic Management Planning  Illinois,
Indiana,
Kansas,
Maryland,
Rhode Island,
Virginia
Widening Bridges to Accommodate Future Construction  Planning and Programming   Traffic Management Planning  Wisconsin
Multi−Disciplinary Teams to Develop Transportation Management Plans (TMPs)  Planning and Programming   Traffic Management Planning2  Indiana
Results: Project Development/Design
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Traffic System Management Committees  Project Development/Design   Community Involvement and Coordination  Arizona
Involvement of Affected Communities and Businesses in the Project Development Process  Project Development/Design   Community Involvement and Coordination  Arizona
Using Video to Enhance Public Involvement  Project Development/Design   Community Involvement and Coordination  Illinois
Community Advisory Councils  Project Development/Design   Community Involvement and Coordination  Ohio
Constructability Reviews to Minimize Construction Contract Time and User Delays  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  Virginia
Constructability Practices for Reducing the Impact to Motorists and Businesses  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  Florida
Formal Constructability Review Process  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  California
Constructability Reviews by Construction Industry Representatives During Project Design  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  Colorado
Contractor Participation in Constructability Reviews  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  Oklahoma
Constructability Reviews on High Visibility Projects in Design Phase  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  Indiana
North Carolina Contractor's Association Participation in Constructability Reviews  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  North Carolina
Employ a Contractor to Assist Designers and to Perform Constructability Reviews  Project Development/Design   Constructability Review Process  Maryland
Value Engineering Performed on All Projects Over $5 Million  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  Virginia
Comparisons of the Estimated Construction Time Required to Maintain Traffic Versus Diverting Traffic  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  Indiana
Value Engineering Studies Conducted on Major Projects  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  Texas
Evaluating Staging Approaches to Assess Tradeoffs between Traffic Flow and Construction Efficiency  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  Massachusetts
Critical Path Method (CPM) Scheduling to Set Contract Time  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  Oklahoma
Consideration of Nighttime Construction during Project Development  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  New York
Life−Cycle Costing to Select Longer Lasting Materials and Products  Project Development/Design   Design and Scheduling Decisions  Ohio
Construction Work Zone Traffic Control Strategy  Project Development/Design   Project−Specific Traffic Management Planning  Washington
Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan  Project Development/Design   Project−Specific Traffic Management Planning  Mississippi
Access/Egress Practices in Work Zones  Project Development/Design   Project−Specific Traffic Management Planning  Maryland,
Minnesota,
Texas,
Virginia,
Colorado
Using a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) Peer Review Process  Project Development/Design   Traveler Information Delivery  Michigan
Results: Contracting and Bidding Procedures
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Alternative Contracting Practices  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Contracting Techniques  Florida
A+B Bidding with Incentive/Disincentive Clauses  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Contracting Techniques  Indiana,
Missouri,
North Carolina,
Oklahoma
A+B and Incentive/Disincentive Clauses  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Contracting Techniques  Michigan
Lane Rental  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Contracting Techniques  Oklahoma
Pre−Qualifying Contractors  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Contractor Qualifications  Ohio
Flexible Start Times  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Flexible Timing  Florida
Narrow Window for On−Site Construction  Contracting and Bidding Procedures   Flexible Timing  Oregon
Results: Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Portable Concrete Barrier (K−rail) Connection  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  California
Removal of Traffic Control Pattern if Not Working Multiple Shifts  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Pennsylvania
Reinforcing Shoulders  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Illinois
Restricting the Length of Active Work Zones  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Mississippi
Rubblization  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Illinois,
Iowa,
Maine,
Michigan
Accelerated Bridge Construction  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Florida,
Utah,
Virginia
Total Road Closure  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Michigan
Construction Practices to Minimize Motorists' Delays and Inconveniences  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Florida,
Illinois,
Utah,
Virginia,
Washington
Weekend Closure for Resurfacing to Accelerate Construction  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Construction Methods  Washington
Incident Management in Work Zones  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Incident Management  California,
Illinois,
Iowa,
Mississippi,
Oregon,
Pennsylvania
Use of Temporary Pull−Off Areas in Work Zones  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Incident Management  Maryland,
New York,
Wisconsin
Hoosier Helper  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Incident Management  Indiana
Requiring a Traffic Control Supervisor  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Oversight/Coordination  Ohio
"Safety Program" Specification  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Oversight/Coordination  New Jersey
Traffic Control Coordinator (TCC)  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Oversight/Coordination  New Jersey
Project Coordination Teams  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Oversight/Coordination  North Carolina
Delay Damage Specification for Failure to Remove Lane Closures  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  California
Halogen Stop/Slow Paddle  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Michigan,
Wisconsin
Pocket−sized "Guidelines for Temporary Traffic Control"  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Virginia,
Wisconsin
Traffic Pacing Design  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Florida
Water Filled Barrier in Work Zones  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  North Carolina
Use of 42" Flexible Cones (a.k.a. "Grabber Cones")  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Ohio
Quick Change Moveable Barrier™  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Indiana
Coordination of Detours for Over−Sized Vehicles During Construction  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  North Carolina
Performance−Based Lane Closures  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Illinois
Standard Specification that Requires the Contractor to Correct Deficient Traffic Control  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Illinois
Reduced Speed When Flashing  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Indiana
Closure of Entrance Ramps During Construction  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Ohio
Drone Radar on Changeable Message Signs  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Ohio
Zipper Merge  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Traffic Control  Minnesota
Flagger Certification Program  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Worker Safety/Productivity  Virginia
Work Zone Safety Checklist Form  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Worker Safety/Productivity  Virginia
High Visibility Reflective Apparel  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Worker Safety/Productivity  Iowa,
Minnesota,
Pennsylvania
Nighttime Lighting Specification  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Worker Safety/Productivity  New Jersey,
Washington
Improved Warning Lights on Vehicles  Construction/Maintenance Materials, Methods, Practices, and Specifications   Worker Safety/Productivity  Missouri
Results: Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
“Wizard” CB Radio Transmissions Providing Work Zone Safety Messages to Truckers  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Drivers (Psngr/Truck)  Pennsylvania
Project Public Information/Public Relations Program  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Project Public Outreach Techniques  Arizona
Public Outreach for Travel Demand Management  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Project Public Outreach Techniques  California,
Pennsylvania,
Washington
Public Relation Campaigns and the Use of Public Relation Firms  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Project Public Outreach Techniques  Illinois
Targeting Public Outreach to Key Stakeholders  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Project Public Outreach Techniques  Michigan
Signing for Businesses Affected by Construction  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Project Public Outreach Techniques  Arizona
Bid Item in the Construction Contract for Public Relations  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traffic Information Management  Arizona
District Work Zone Traffic Management Coordinator  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traffic Information Management  California
Construction Database and Website  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traffic Information Management  Texas
Contractor Involvement in Disseminating Project and Lane Closure Information  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traffic Information Management  Ohio
New Technologies to Communicate Project Information  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Arizona,
Iowa,
Missouri,
Rhode Island
Using a Communications Center to Provide Real−Time Traffic Information to the Public  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Illinois
Dissemination of Work Zone Project Information  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Arizona,
Florida,
Illinois
Use of Traffic Management Centers to Advise Motorists of Work Zone Delays  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  New York
Single Source for Construction Project Information in a Metro Area  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Ohio
Website for Traffic Information, Advisories, and Alerts  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Iowa,
Maryland,
Oregon
Media Campaign for Major Projects – Real−Time Traffic Information to Public  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Utah
Disseminating Information on Current Work Zones to Motor Carriers  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Utah
Highway Condition Reporting System  Traveler and Traffic Information (Project Related)   Traveler Information Delivery  Arizona
Results: Enforcement
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Interagency Agreement for Police Presence in Work Zones  Enforcement   Organizational Strategy3  California
Police Officer Training Program for Work Zone Duty  Enforcement   Organizational Strategy3  Louisiana,
Maryland,
New Jersey,
Oregon
Full−Time State Police Positions Assigned to Safety and Construction Issues  Enforcement   Organizational Strategy3  Maryland,
New Jersey
Helping All Work Zones Keep Safe (HAWKS) Program  Enforcement   Organizational Strategy3  North Carolina
Active Law Enforcement to Manage Speed in Work Zones  Enforcement   Speed Management  Florida
Drone Radar in Work Zones  Enforcement   Speed Management  Massachusetts
Results: ITS and Innovative Technology
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Automated Machine for Cone Placement and Retrieval  ITS and Innovative Technology   Other Technology Tools  California
Toolbox for Work Zone ITS  ITS and Innovative Technology   Other Technology Tools  Minnesota
Queue Length Detector  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traffic Monitoring and Management  Missouri
Mobile Surveillance/Ramp Metering  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traffic Monitoring and Management  California
Portable ITS Technology for Work Zone Traffic Management  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traffic Monitoring and Management  Indiana,
Missouri
Dynamic Lane Merge  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traffic Monitoring and Management  Indiana
Indiana Expert System for Advanced Traveler Information  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traveler Information Delivery  Indiana
Providing Real−Time Traffic Information via Changeable Message Signs  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traveler Information Delivery  Illinois,
Ohio
Work Zone ITS for Traveler Information  ITS and Innovative Technology   Traveler Information Delivery  North Carolina
Results: Evaluation and Feedback
Practice Title Category Subcategory State
Work Zone Crash Data Analysis  Evaluation and Feedback   Data Collection/Analysis  Wyoming
Analysis of Work Zone Crash Data  Evaluation and Feedback   Data Collection/Analysis  Kansas,
Montana,
New York
Analysis of Work Zone Crash Trends  Evaluation and Feedback   Data Collection/Analysis  Ohio
Work Zone Report Card  Evaluation and Feedback   Driver Surveys  Missouri
Project Specific Customer Surveys on Major Interstate Reconstruction Projects  Evaluation and Feedback   Driver Surveys  Utah
Work Zone Review Team  Evaluation and Feedback   Project Review and Implementation of Findings  Kansas
Statewide Work Zone Inspection Program  Evaluation and Feedback   Project Review and Implementation of Findings  New York
Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Committee  Evaluation and Feedback   Project Review and Implementation of Findings  Florida,
Maryland
Work Zone Safety Task Force  Evaluation and Feedback   Project Review and Implementation of Findings  Washington
Work Zone Safety Award Program  Evaluation and Feedback   Project Review and Implementation of Findings  Minnesota
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