There always seems to be a highway or road in California under maintenance or being added. This makes controlling traffic through work areas one of the most important, and dangerous operations in road maintenance. In 2020, work zone crashes accounted for 857 deaths and nearly 45,000 injuries in people, according to National Safety Council. Having highly trained employees in temporary traffic control safety is vital for minimizing traffic incidents, thus saving lives.
What Is Temporary Traffic Control?
Temporary traffic control (TTC) puts the measures in place to regulate traffic flow and ensure the safety of road users during construction, maintenance or any other activity that disrupts normal traffic flow. It involves the use of traffic signs, barriers, and other devices to help guide all of those who use the road (motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians and maintenance workers).
Why is Temporary Traffic Control Important?
- Improves worker safety – minimizing their risk when it comes to motor vehicle traffic
- Reduces traffic incidents for for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles
- Road user performance – increases the efficiency of road user flow and encourages drivers to use alternate routes and other ways to travel
- Maintains easy access to driveways, houses, and buildings
TTC is not only crucial for work zones, but it can also assist in controlling the flow of traffic for special planned events. Special planned events (such as concerts, baseball games, parades, or festivals) often have altered traffic patterns or an increased volume of traffic.
Do All Special Events Require TTC?
It’s generally a good idea to use TTC during a special event that impacts the flow of traffic on public roads or highways to ensure the safety of both workers and the general public. However, the city where the event is taking place will determine if TTC is required. a special event permit must be obtained.
Train Employees to Become Experienced in Temporary Traffic Control
Training employees in TTC can help ensure that they are aware of the proper procedures and can safely and effectively manage traffic in construction zones. This also helps to minimize worker’s risk of injury from vehicles. Individuals should also be trained to understand the TTC principles to be able to supervise the selection, placement and maintenance of devices used for TTC zones and for incident management. OSTS can help! Our Temporary Traffic Control course is a comprehensive skill-building session that meets industry guidelines.