APWA Book Review

Temporary Traffic Control Pocket Reference Guide
47 pp * 2004 * InCOM, Inc.

The primary function of Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) is to provide for the reasonably safe and efficient movement of road users through or around TTC zones while reasonably protecting workers, responders to traffic incidents, and equipment. During any time the normal function of a roadway is suspended, work zone traffic control procedures must provide for the safety of workers, road users and pedestrians. They also must provide for the efficient completion of the work activity.

The Temporary Traffic Control Pocket Reference Guide is specifically designed for short-term duration work and dedicated to crews that do work in several locations during the course of a day for a few hours at a time. This field operation reference guide is based on the most current U.S. Department of Transportation MUTCD 2003 (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices), final rule date December 22, 2003. This Pocket Reference Guide describes a limited selection of general guidelines and/or minimum requirements for typical situations. As such, it is not possible to include illustrations to cover every situation which will require work site protection. The typical applications in this Pocket Reference Guide are not intended as a substitute for engineering judgment or engineering study and should be altered as necessary to fit the condition of a particular work site.

This Pocket Reference Guide is divided into the following sections and covers:

  • General Information - standards, principles of temporary traffic control, definitions of tapers in temporary traffic control zones, and installation and removal procedures
  • Devices - traffic control devices, channelizing devices, and lighting devices
  • Flagger Procedures - one lane/two-way traffic control, qualifications for flaggers, safety apparel, hand signaling, and flagger stations
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Worker Safety
  • Typical Applications - typical application diagram (TAD) use and selection criteria and twenty-two TAD symbol keys
  • Tables - stopping sight distance as a function of speed, suggested advance warning sign spacing and suggested taper length and channelizer quantity index.

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