Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Austroads has released a new 10-Part Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (AGTTM) to improve the safety and efficiency of temporary traffic management on road worksites across Australia and New Zealand.
It is estimated that around 250,000 people and more than 800 companies provide temporary traffic management services in Australia alone.
Temporary traffic management creates safe work areas for construction, maintenance and other activities which occur on or near a road. It is most commonly achieved through use of traffic control devices which include signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, traffic islands, or other devices installed with the approval of a road agency.
Austroads’ Chief Executive, Nick Koukoulas, says the Guide is the culmination of a four-year collaborative project between Austroads, Australasian transport agencies and industry that aims to improve the both the safety of people working on our roads and all road users.
“Temporary traffic management is a high-risk activity and the Guide encourages consistent planning and streamlined safe work practices. It applies to all works on roads and near roads, in addition to off road development and other activities that impact on road operations,” Nick said.
In addition to improving the safety of workers, the Guide seeks to improve consistency and safety for all road users including protecting vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, bicycle riders and motorcycle riders.
Specialised planning and design guidance is provided for static worksites, mobile worksites and short term low impact worksites.
“This Guide is a valuable first step in improving the safety of road workers and users across urban and rural areas and various road types from motorways to unsealed roads,” says Nick. “Although local conditions and circumstances may sometimes require unique or innovative approaches, most works can be well accommodated by the approaches outlined in the AGTTM.”
“In addition to the Guide, Austroads will continue its efforts to develop improved training for the design and implementation of temporary traffic management, a national company pre-qualification scheme and a training registration scheme for individual professionals in the temporary traffic management industry,” Nick said.
Standards Australia are also publishing today an updated AS 1742.3 Manual of uniform traffic control devices Part 3: Traffic control for works on roads.
Download the Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (AGTTM):