Traffic Control involves directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic around a construction zone, accident or other road disruption, thus ensuring the safety of emergency response teams, construction workers and the general public.
A Traffic Controller is a person who directs traffic through a construction site or other temporary traffic control zone past an area using gestures, signs and stop/slow bats. The person directing traffic is responsible for maintaining the safety and efficiency of traffic flow, as well as the safety of road workers, while allowing construction, accident recovery or other tasks to proceed. Traffic Controllers are commonly used to control traffic when two-way roads are reduced to one lane, and traffic must alternate.
A TCP is a diagram showing signs and devices arranged to warn traffic and guide it around, past or, if necessary through a work site or temporary hazard. The TCP will detail the location, spacing and sizes of all signs and devices, the location and lengths of tapers, all paving markers and delineators, any containment of safety fencing, flashing arrow signs, portable traffic lights, variable message sings, road work speed zones and, if necessary, pedestrian routes.
A TMP is a plan detailing work to be undertaken and describing its impact on the general area, especially its impact on public transport and passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, motorists and commercial operations. It also describes how these impacts are being addressed. May also contain detailed TCPs and VMPs.
A Road Occupancy Licence allows a proponent to use specified road space at approved times, but does not imply permission or approval for the actual works being undertaken. For all occupancies on classified (state) roads applications are to be made to the Planned Incident unit of the RMS Transport Management Centre. For occupancies that impact solely on unclassified (council) roads applications are to be made to the relevant local council authority.
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