The purpose of work zone traffic control is to provide a safe work area for workers within the roadway, while facilitating the safe and orderly flow of all road users (motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians) through the work zone.
Portable Traffic Lights are an ideal way to control traffic when a flag person is not available. In this module we will look at inspecting and setting up a portable traffic device on a temporary roadside work area.
In this first training module, certified trainer James Jones explains the qualifications and basic functions of traffic control flagger, as well as a review of the equipment and apparel needed to perform your duty.
This module covers three important components that need to be in place prior to traffic control: Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Advanced Warning Signs, and an understanding of a flagger's station.
A flagger's primary job is to direct traffic safely through a construction site. This module provides instruction on the proper use of the Stop/Slow Paddle, red flags, hand signals, and two-way radios.
Under The Lights: Overnight Highway Traffic Control
Night highway construction work brings a unique challenge for traffic control teams. This module follows an overnight traffic crew as they progressively bump out temporary channeling devices to block off three lanes of an expressway. Learn from an experienced supervisor on the proper use of a truck mounted attenuator, arrow board, portable light plant, and how a team works in sync to secure a new lane from high speed traffic under the work lights.
Learn about elements contained in the first section of a work zone: the Advance Warning Area, and general MUTCD guidelines about warning sign materials, mounting height, size, placement, installation, and more.
An overview of common traffic control devices such as channelizing markers, barricades, signs, and signals. Learn the proper use of each device, visibility considerations, and why national standards must be observed.