Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
Photo collage: temporary lane closure, road marking installation, cone with mounted warning light, and drum separated work zones.
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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

B4−4: Work Zone Traffic Control Training Requirements

DESCRIPTION:

In 2007, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), implemented three work zone traffic control (WZTC) training courses, a one−day Basic WZTC course for installers of temporary traffic control, a two−day Intermediate WZTC course for inspectors and contractor superintendents, and a two−day Advanced WZTC course for designers of traffic control plans. Training requirements mandate at least one Basic trained person on each work crew that installs, makes adjustments to or removes work zone traffic control, supervised by a person who has completed the Intermediate WZTC course. Each design team must have at least one member who has completed the Advanced WZTC course. As of 2012, over 24,000 people have attended one of the three courses since implementation.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

To provide the necessary training to VDOT, contracting, and design personnel; review changes and new requirements; and improve communication between the Department and the contracting/design industry.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Better trained personnel, increased awareness to and focus on work zone safety requirements; improved communication between the Department and the contracting/design industry; and better designed, installed, and maintained work zones.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

All roadways statewide.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Virginia

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

David Rush, Virginia DOT
Phone: (804) 371−6672
E−mail: David.Rush@VDOT.Virginia.gov

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