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) helps control all of those who use the road (motorists, bicyclists, maintenance workers, and pedestrians) where there is construction, utility work, maintenance operations, or managing traffic incidents.

Importance of Temporary Traffic Control

  • 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, or school functions) 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. However, the city where the event is taking place will determine if TTC is required. If the city determines that TTC is needed, a special event permit must be obtained.

Road closed sign and traffice cone in the street. Traffic control sign road closed in the city. Road closed sign on Hollywood Boulevard.

Train Employees to Become Experienced in Temporary Traffic Control

Individuals should 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
  • How how to work next to vehicles to help minimize their their risk of injury
  • Understanding the amount of channelizing devices to place
  • Be able to properly place tapers and understand the different types of tapers (such as merging tapers or shifting tapers). Tapers help transition traffic from one path to another in a work zone.

OSTS can help train employees! Our 7 hour Temporary Traffic Control course is a comprehensive skill-building session that meets industry guidelines.

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