Transportation Management Plan (TMP) Development Resources
FHWA TMP Resources
- Developing and Implementing Transportation Management Plans for Work Zones (HTML, PDF 1.4MB) - Provides information about developing and implementing TMPs, including how and where a TMP fits into project-level processes and procedures, a list of components to consider for inclusion in a TMP, descriptions of work zone management strategies, and examples and practices of how agencies are using TMPs.
- Developing Transportation Management Plans for Work Zones - This course provides guidance for developing effective transportation management plans (TMPs) for road projects. Topics discussed in this course include the purpose and content of a TMP, roles and responsibilities, work zone impacts assessment, selecting TMP strategies, and TMP implementation. This course is designed for self-paced learning. The training is modular and consists of slides with voiceover narration for guided, independent learning. The course includes exercises to apply the concepts learned throughout the course. Please have the Participant Workbook readily accessible while taking this course. Several of the modules refer to the Workbook for exercises and other information. Upon completion of each module, close the file and then select the next module you wish to take from the links below.
- Participant Workbook (HTML, PDF 4MB)
- Course Overview and Instructions (PDF 3MB)
- Module 1 - Work Zone Safety and Mobility Rule (PDF 7MB)
- Module 2 - TMP Basics (PDF 20MB)
- Module 3 - TMP Coordination (PDF 11MB)
- Module 4 - Work Zone Impacts Assessment (PDF 29MB)
- Module 5 - TMP Strategies (PDF 24MB)
- Module 6 - TMP Approval and Implementation (PDF 18MB)
- Course Wrap-up (PDF 5MB)
- Sample Transportation Management Plans and Templates - Provides samples, templates, and tips to help transportation agencies develop and implement their own TMPs. The links below include a link to the entire document, which includes the sample plans and templates, and links to the individual templates in editable Microsoft Word format so that agencies can fill in and tailor the templates to their projects.
- Implementation of Transportation Management Plans (HTML, PPT 4.6MB) - Presentation covering the basics of TMP development, the role designers play in developing TMPs, the state of the practice of TMP development and implementation, and a list of TMP development resources.
- To Lesson Work Zone Impacts: Try TMPs - Article in the September/October 2010 issue of FHWA Public Roads that describes how TMPs can help State DOTs identify and coordinate strategies to reduce crashes and congestion during construction projects.
- Webinar on Developing Successful TMPs — held on May 3, 2011
- Transcript (HTML, DOCX 56KB)
- Presentation by Angie Kremer, Michigan DOT – Focuses on TMP review and monitoring processes (HTML, PDF 1MB)
- Presentation by Russell Holt, Rhode Island DOT – Focuses on the development and usage of TMP templates (HTML, PDF 1.3MB)
- Presentation by Tom Notbohm, Wisconsin DOT – Focuses on WisDOT safety-related TMP strategies (HTML, PDF 3.1MB)
- Assessing the Effectiveness of TMP Strategies (HTML, PDF 629 KB) - Findings of research to identify and assess the feasibility and usefulness of and possible approaches to assessing the effectiveness of TMP strategies.
State-Developed TMP Resources
California Department of Transportation
California policy states that "TMPs, including contingency plans, are required for all construction, maintenance, encroachment permit, planned emergency restoration, locally or specially-funded, or other activities on the state highway system. Where several consecutive or linking projects or activities within a region or corridor create a cumulative need for a TMP, the Department coordinates individual TMPs or develops a single interregional TMP." Links to Caltrans TMP development resources are provided below.
- Fact Sheet - Caltrans Transportation Management Plans Reduce Work Zone Congestion (HTML, PDF 158KB)
- Transportation Management Plan Guidelines (June 2009) (PDF 1.4MB)
- Delay Calculation Sample (Excel 41KB)
- Lane Closure Holiday Restrictions table (DOC 44KB)
- Lane Requirement Chart Sample (DOC 40KB)
- Lane Closure Chart information (Part of Caltrans' training course) (PPT 908KB)
Illinois Department of Transportation
The Illinois DOT developed several resources to assist with TMP Development, including a TMP Checklist, Significant Route Location Maps, and a Work Zone Safety and Mobility Process Flowchart. The Work Zone Safety and Mobility Process Flowchart (PDF 272KB) begins by determining if the project is significant, and then moves to developing the TMP, assessing impacts, revising the TMP accordingly, and finalizing the TMP. The Significant Route Location Maps (PDF 3.6MB) show those state routes where a lane closure on the roadway is expected to cause sustained work zone impacts that are not considered tolerable based on the goals and objectives of Illinois's work zone policy or public opinion. The TMP Checklist (PDF 244KB) lists the possible TMP components described in Section 3.0 of the FHWA document "Developing and Implementing Transportation Management Plans for Work Zones."
Kansas Department of Transportation
The Kansas DOT has a TMP Checklist to help identify the various components of a TMP for a project. It begins by determining if the project is a significant project and then lists items to be potentially included in the temporary traffic control plan, traffic operations plan, and public information plan.
Maryland State Highway Administration (MdSHA)
The Maryland SHA (MdSHA) developed guidelines for SHA staff, consultants, and contractors who are involved in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of MdSHA facilities, on how to develop, implement, and evaluate TMPs. The guidelines include appendices, such as a maintenance of traffic red flag summary form, a summary of work zone impact management strategies, and guidance on developing public information and outreach plans.
- TMP Guidelines (PDF 163KB)
- Maintenance of Traffic Red Flag Summary (PDF 23KB) - Red flags are meant to identify locations that may entail additional study coordination; creative management, design or construction approaches; or increased right-of-way or construction costs. The maintenance of traffic red flag summary shall include an identification of existing barriers that may affect safety and mobility during construction.
- Work Zone Design Checklist (PDF 39KB) - Checklist for identifying traffic control options, work zone impacts, and impacts management strategies.
- Work Zone Analysis Guide (PDF 19MB) - Provides guidance on work zone traffic analysis methods for arterials and freeways and includes an impacts analysis report template, examples of analysis reports for several different types of projects, and an analysis checklist.
- Summary of Work Zone Impact Management Strategies (PDF 69KB) - Provides definitions of work zone impact management strategies, many specific to MdSHA, and is intended to be a reference for selecting work zone management strategies.
- Public Information and Outreach Plans Development Guidance (PDF 165KB) - Provides guidance on developing public information and outreach plans and offers information on potential strategies, possible stakeholders and interested parties, sample goals and measures of effectiveness, and the process for establishing a public information and outreach effort.
- Public Information and Outreach Template (PDF 88KB) - To be used to identify the issues and messages, the target audience, budget, message delivery mechanisms, and success factors for MdSHA projects.
Missouri Department of Transportation
Missouri DOT (MoDOT) developed a TMP Strategy Database to aid in the selection of work zone management strategies and the development of TMPs for road projects in a more systematic way. The database was developed by the Work Zone Quality Circle, MoDOT's work zone management task force, and is based on the work zone management strategies matrix found in Developing and Implementing Transportation Management Plans for Work Zones. The TMP Strategy Database is an Access database that returns possible appropriate work zone management strategies based on user inputs. The database is organized around four major triggers (project goals): time concerns, public impact, location, and traffic flow. Under each area, users can select options such as "short-term project" or "concerns for worker safety" and the system will display the possible strategies that will meet the goals of each project. The strategies are accompanied by additional pertinent information, such as whether increased enforcement or public information is needed. MoDOT intends to use the TMP Database at the very beginning of work zone planning in order to choose the most effective methods from the start, with re-evaluation occurring in the design stage. Construction personnel are also able to use the program to find a solution to concerns that may arise while a work zone is in operation.
For each project, MoDOT develops an executive summary that describes the project, identifies whether it is a significant project, and describes the TMP strategies that will be implemented for the project. These summaries will be attached to the output from the database.
- TMP Strategy Database (MDB 1.2MB)
- "Computer Program Manages Work Zones" - Missouri DOT article on the TMP Strategy Database
- MoDOT's TMP Approach (PPT 2.4MB)
- Examples of TMP Executive Summaries: Summary 1 (PDF 14KB), Summary 2 (PDF, 14KB)
Montana Department of Transportation
The Montana DOT (MDT) established a process and support materials to guide the development on TMPs in Montana, as described in a presentation given in November 2008. MDT developed a TMP Data Sheet for project design teams to use to determine TMP strategies, estimate project costs, and guide discussions among preconstruction and construction staff. To aid in effective implementation, MDT is providing training for design staff, refining the approach on some test/pilot projects, encouraging documentation, and creating an accompanying TMP Help Guide with instructions.
New Jersey Department of Transportation
The New Jersey DOT (NJDOT) Traffic Mitigation Guidelines for Work Zone Safety and Mobility (PDF 1MB) presents guidance for consistent and comprehensive consideration of traffic mitigation strategies for roadway reconstruction projects implemented by NJDOT. The document lays out a process for integrating traffic management into project development. It begins by discussing a process to assess the level of traffic mitigation needed for a project and to estimate order of magnitude costs for traffic mitigation. It then provides guidelines for selecting traffic mitigation strategies, a description of the components of and responsibilities for various traffic mitigation documents, and suggested evaluation measures and procedures for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of traffic mitigation strategies. The document includes tables that describe categories of traffic mitigation strategies for different project types and characteristics. It also includes a flow chart that illustrates traffic mitigation steps by project development phase.
Oregon Department of Transportation Three Levels of TMPs
As a result of the 10-year, $3 billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA), a significant period of construction began in Oregon. To keep traffic and freight moving during this time, the Oregon DOT (ODOT) instituted a statewide traffic mobility program and is focusing on identifying and addressing mobility issues for projects prior to and during the design phase and through the development and implementation of TMPs. The goal of the TMPs is to address the traffic-related impacts of the construction projects in a cost-effective, timely manner with minimal interference to the traveling public through the effective application of traditional and innovative traffic mitigation strategies. Read more…
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
The Rhode Island DOT (RIDOT) developed requirements for Transportation Management Plan (TMP) preparation and submission. The TMP strategies selected for a project are based on the project's Impact Level. Projects assigned as Impact Level 1 or 2 are considered significant projects. Projects assigned a Level 3 are considered to have moderate impacts, and projects assigned a Level 4 are considered to have low impacts. To assist designers in preparing TMPs for projects, RIDOT developed a set of four TMP Templates and four Sample TMPs, one for each Work Zone Impact Level. Read more…
Tennessee Department of Transportation
The Tennessee DOT (TDOT) developed a TMP Workbook (PDF 74KB) to aid DOT staff in developing TMPs. The Workbook is intended to serve as the decision-making platform for a TMP and also as the documentation of its development. The first part of the Workbook (Project Significance Determination) is filled out by the planning staff, and then designers complete the sections on TMP strategies during project design. TDOT's Work Zone Safety and Mobility Manual (PDF 7.4MB) describes the procedures required by TDOT's Work Zone Safety and Mobility Process for the development of a TMP for a project (Chapter 4), including use of the Workbook. The Manual also contains an example of a completed TMP Workbook (Appendix D). A presentation entitled TDOT's Use and Implementation of TMPs (PPT 1.7MB) further explains TDOT's TMP process.
Virginia Department of Transportation
The Virginia DOT (VDOT) has a TMP Requirements document that provides guidelines to be used by Project Managers, Roadway Designers, Traffic Engineers, Work Zone Safety Coordinators, and Public Affairs Managers pertaining to acquiring the information to develop TMPs. It also outlines each Project Team member's role and responsibilities in the development of TMPs and provides guidance to Project Managers on VDOT's TMP requirements based on the project's level of complexity. VDOT also has developed guidelines for TMP performance assessment to help determine if the anticipated work zone impacts and changes desired with the implementation of a TMP actually occur in the field.
- TMP Requirements document (PDF 135KB)
- Development of Performance Assessment Guidelines for Virginia's Work Zone Transportation Management Plans (PDF 998KB)
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
The Wisconsin DOT (WisDOT) Facilities Development Manual (PDF 126KB) includes guidelines for developing TMPs for all highway construction, street maintenance, and utility or construction activities performed by WisDOT, municipalities, and other agencies. The intent of these guidelines is to assist regional planners, traffic engineers, and designers in developing TMPs for work zones and to help WisDOT develop and implement TMPs effectively and consistently statewide to enhance safety and mobility while minimizing delays caused by construction work zones. The guidelines define a framework for integrating TMPs and traffic operation policies into the project development process and encourage consideration of TMPs at an early stage in project development. The included strategies facilitate planning, managing, operating, and evaluating work zone safety and mobility.
WisDOT also developed and implemented a TMP training course. The course first explains the background of TMP development at the federal and state level. It then explains specific components of a TMP within the context of Wisconsin practice, requirements, and project development. The course also includes a TMP development exercise in which participants are given the opportunity to apply the rules and requirements for TMPs and experience how a TMP evolves through the life of a project
- Work Zone TMP Development Course - Session 1: Introduction (registration is required)
- Work Zone TMP Development Course - Session 2: TMP Structure and Guidance (registration is required)
- Work Zone TMP Development Course - Session 3: TMP Types (registration is required)
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