The management of traffic within work areas is specified in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). which states: “The needs and control of all road users (motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians within the highway, or on private roads open to public travel…including persons with disabilities) in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)…through a [temporary traffic control] zone shall be an essential part of highway construction, utility work, maintenance operations, and the management of traffic incidents.”
The District of Columbia and Virginia supplement the MUTCD with jurisdiction-specific work area protection manuals.
A well-planned temporary traffic management strategy brings with it a host of benefits valuable to any project:
- Streamlines project constructability through integrating the contractor’s needs with those of the traveling public.
- Decreases the likelihood of workplace injuries.
- Prevents project delays and shutdowns resulting from non-compliance.
- Promotes a positive image of your project by avoiding undue and inconvenient traffic delays, pedestrian detours, and blocked access to businesses
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