effective traffic control

3 Steps to Effective Traffic Control

Effective traffic control is essential to manage the many variables that come into play while driving on the road. So, is your worksite safe for vehicles, workers and pedestrians?

And, does your construction, maintenance work, special event suspend or interrupt the normal traffic? Then, you need a traffic control plan to ensure the safety of all road users and workers.

Specifically, traffic control plans, good communication and skilled traffic controllers are the key to effective traffic control.


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1. Traffic Control Plans

First of all, plans are essential for:
– road construction and maintenance sites,
– works associated with other public utilities and services, or
– any other works which cause interference to the road traffic.

Indeed, they show how traffic is to be safely separated from workers at the worksite or work route.

In other words, they provide traffic guidance and requirements for maintaining a safe workplace.

Read also our blog post: “50 Questions to build your worksite traffic control plan”.

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Traffic management plan (TMP)

In particular, before the work begins, it is essential to prepare unpredictable situations. So, the traffic management plan includes:

    – The optimal flow of foot and vehicular traffic.

    – The unexpected transportation of heavy machinery.

    – The explicit roles and hierarchy of management on site.

With this information, traffic management controllers are prepared for any situation.

Also, pedestrians, public transport and emergency services are the most important road users we need to consider to develop a traffic management or control plan.

For instance, public transport needs to maintain their flow to avoid delays. Most critically, emergency services need to maintain access to not just the building/space that is being worked on, but maintain the ability to get in and out of neighbouring areas through the affected street.


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2. Communication

Then, for events where roads are closed or changed traffic conditions apply, you need to communicate these changes to the public. And, the public includes residents and businesses.

In fact, effective communication plays an important role in the day-to-day operations of any workplace. And, every road user needs to know about the traffic changes in the area. So, communicate how people can access areas impacted by road closures. Otherwise, if you don’t communicate enough and miss their needs, it can hold up your project and waste a lot of time.

At Absolute Traffic Management, we work around this with measures including VMS board notifications and notices. In detail, we handle the pre-work meeting sessions, planning document submissions, traffic management assessments, and control permits. But, also the negotiation with contractors and road authorities, as well as insurance document checks.

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3. Highly Skilled Traffic Controllers For Effective Traffic Control

Last but not least, effective traffic control means spotting danger before it happens. And, experienced traffic controllers help you get more oversight for the task at hand.

Traffic control requires a professional approach and training for all situations. As a result, it is important that traffic controllers have the appropriate level of knowledge and skills to do the job. And, this includes being able to understand what signs need to be used when.

In fact, mastering traffic flow means also being able to multitask. On the one hand, controllers monitor changing vehicle and pedestrian flows. On the other hand, they keep in constant communication with the head of the worksite for any deviations from the original TMP.

At Absolute Traffic Management, we supply qualified and experienced labour and other trades to construction businesses in Sydney and NSW. So, hire our skilled traffic controllers now!