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:

G4−11: Pocket−sized "Guidelines for Temporary Traffic Control"

DESCRIPTION:

In 2011, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) produced a color, laminated, pocket−sized version of their Guidelines for Temporary Traffic Control for field personnel responsible for the installation, inspection, and removal of temporary traffic control measures. The guide, last updated in 2011, contains standards for temporary traffic control device installation and 25 of the most−used typical traffic control layouts for maintenance/utility/permit operations. Over 60,000 copies have been distributed.

Wisconsin has distributed over 25,000 copies of a work zone safety pocket size handbook guideline for construction, maintenance, and utility operations. The handbook presents information and guidelines for temporary traffic control, including approximately 30 typical traffic control application drawings. The handbook and a one−day basic work zone traffic control training course were developed with the University of Madison−Wisconsin.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

To make work zone safety information more readily available in an easy−to−read and understandable format for field personnel.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Provides more workers and supervisors with ready access to the standards and guidelines for traffic control in work zones. Improves the installation of traffic control devices and the flow of traffic through work zones.

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

Primarily for rural and urban primary and secondary roadways and streets. The guide can also be used for many freeway and limited access highway applications.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Virginia , Wisconsin

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

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

Peter Amakobe Atepe
Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Traffic Operations
Phone: (608) 261−0138
E−mail: Peter.AmakobeAtepe@dot.wi.gov

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