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How to Write a Traffic Management Plan

Traffic Management | April 27, 2021

Creating a traffic management plan is crucial for any project. Outlining the path of traffic during a project helps maintain the safety of drivers and site personnel while keeping vehicles moving in an efficient manner. As experts in traffic management and traffic equipment, the team at Valley Traffic Systems understands the importance of these plans. That is why our experts have provided some information on how to write a traffic management plan and some important considerations to keep in mind while writing them.

Learn more about what a construction traffic management plan is.

Steps for Creating and Implementing a Traffic Management Plan

The goal of a traffic management plan is to ensure the safety of drivers and site personnel while causing minimal impact on traffic flow. To write an effective plan, utilize the following steps:

1. Design the Plan

Start by designing the traffic management plan. During the initial drafting process, it is important to consider and identify the following:

  • Project schedule and phases (when workers will arrive, how many, what equipment will be used, and when workers/equipment will leave).
  • Potential hazards in the area.
  • Impact on traffic mobility and community.
  • How to minimize impact through traffic management (work zone traffic control).
  • Communication with nearby residents and businesses to inform them of the project.
  • Resident parking signage and fees (if applicable).
  • How all signage and traffic management equipment will be removed.

Once the plan has been drafted, it will need to be approved by the City before any work can begin.

2. Implement the Plan

To implement the plan, the project manager or supervisor will need to secure all required permits, licenses, and registration. Once these have been obtained, the project can begin on the date and time specified. Compliance documents detailing site hazards, employee safety, and emergency procedures should be prepared to ensure that the project site meets all relevant safety standards. In addition to these documents, any and all safety incidents must be recorded and reported.

3. Maintain the Plan & Alter if Needed

The project manager or supervisors in charge of the operation must ensure that the operation is completed in accordance with the processes outlined in the traffic management plan. If traffic starts to become exceedingly slow or the risk of safety incidents increases, the plan may need to be altered to address these issues. Additional signage, traffic detours, and barrier walls may be used to solve these problems and keep the project on track.

4. Finish the Plan and Remove Temporary Traffic Management Systems

Upon completion of the project, all temporary traffic management signage and equipment should be removed in reverse order. Though takedown is often easier and faster than setup, it should still be planned for and performed safely.

To learn more about traffic management plans or traffic management equipment, reach out to the experts at Valley Traffic Systems. Our team can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to assist you.


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