A Traffic Control Plan, or TCP, is a critical safety component for construction work in and around public throughways. They’re designed to keep contractors and pedestrians safe, while keeping people and traffic moving.

Each TCP should be developed in accordance with both the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Work Area Traffic Control Handbook (WATCH). And each should consider three key factors:

  • Complexity of the project
  • Volume of traffic affected
  • Roadway geometrics where the construction is being performed

Once that foundation has been laid, you need to create a detailed timeline that identifies each phase of construction and the proposed new traffic paths.

Like every good plan, the TCP is only as good as the ability for people to follow it. That’s where the TCP guidelines come into play. Guidelines convey key elements of the plan, so those implementing it can make sure it’s done right. The guidelines also establish protocol for TCP-related paperwork.

Compiling both the TCP and guidelines together can significantly streamline the plan review process. If done right, approval can be secured in as little as three weeks.

Alternatively, plans deemed incomplete will most likely be returned for revision and re-submittal, adding more time, frustration and resources to the campaign.

Bottom line: there’s a lot to consider when preparing a Traffic Control Plan. It’s why Hill Crane offers expertise in encroachment and travel permits, engineered traffic control systems, and equipment rental and sales through our partners at California Traffic Control. Like us, they’re got an unwavering commitment to safety and customer satisfaction. Together, our goal is to provide a safe and optimized work environment for all, so that our clients can focus on what they do best.

At the end of the day, safety is all of our responsibility. So whether you’re going it alone or looking for a partner, take the time to get it right. As they say, the devil is in the details.

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