The basic objective of each traffic control plan (TCP) is to permit the contractor to work within the public right of way efficiently and effectively while maintaining a safe, uniform flow of traffic. The construction work and the public traveling through the work zone in vehicles, bicycles or as pedestrians must be given equal consideration when developing a traffic control plan.
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
A Traffic Control Plan shall be required for all work performed within
the public right of way. Each traffic control plan shall be developed
consistent with both the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
(MUTCD) and the MUTCD California Supplement. Data to be included on a
traffic control plan will vary depending upon the complexity of the
project, the volume of traffic affected and the roadway geometrics where
the construction is being performed. The TCP must clearly depict the
exact sequence of the construction operation(s), the construction to be
performed, and the traveled way that will be utilized by all movements
of traffic during each phase of construction.
Multiple phases of construction will require a separate traffic control
plan for each different construction phase or operation These
guidelines were written to ensure that all of the basic elements of the
traffic control plan are included, are clear to the reviewers and
implementers in the field and that the documents can be more readily
stored and retrieved. This will help expedite the plan review process.
Following the submittal of traffic control plans, all submittals deemed
complete shall be reviewed within 3 weeks.
Traffic Control Plans
A traffic control plan that does not include each of the appropriate
elements listed below will be deemed incomplete and returned for
revision and resubmittal. Traffic control plans shall be submitted in a
timely manner to allow for the specified review period. It is important
to note that each TCP must be developed specific to the actual
construction work zone location. Approved traffic control plan will be
reviewed at the preconstruction conference.