There are a few key steps and important principles that are part of every single traffic control plan and rollout. These include:
1. Traffic Control Plans in accordance with AS 1742.3
This standard, set by government body Standards Australia, specifies the traffic control measures and devices to be used to warn, instruct and guide road users in the safe negotiation of work sites on roads including unsealed roads together with footpaths, shared paths and bicycle paths adjacent to the roadway. It is applicable to traffic guidance schemes for road and bridge construction and maintenance sites, works associated with other public utilities and services, or any other works which cause interference or obstruction to the normal use of a road by any road user. It also provides guidance for the planning, design, installation and operation of such traffic guidance schemes together with requirements for maintaining a safe workplace for workers on site.
2. Pedestrians, public transport and emergency services
These are in turn the most important and vulnerable road (& sidewalk) users whose interests we need to consider when helping to develop a traffic management or control plan. Pedestrians have special requirements as they can’t move as fast and need to be protected from above, as well as being able to avoid walking out in to traffic or taking detours for several blocks in order to avoid works. Public transport, including buses and trams, need to maintain their own dedicated lanes as much as possible in order to avoid delays which could then impact on hundreds of individuals and organisations in the area. 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.
3. Communication with affected parties
Apart from you and other legally affected parties, there are a number of people who will want to know what’s about to happen and what’s going to be going on with any traffic changes in the area. Not catering to their needs and interests could hold up your project and waste a lot of time that would otherwise go on administration, marketing and public relations. SafeWay staff will work around this with measures including, but not limited to, letter drops, VMS board notifications up to approx. 1 month ahead, local newspaper advertising, and local radio notices.
Stay tuned for further blogs that will go into detail about the other steps and procedures that we follow in order to deliver the best possible service to our clients and other stakeholders.