Traffic Control Plans: Safely Handling DropoffsAuthor/Presenter: Anderson, Roy W.
One of the most effective ways to reduce the hazards of edge dropoffs to road users and workers that can occur in construction and maintenance zones is the careful planning and implementation of a traffic control plan (TCP). The TCP must receive serious attention from initial planning to completion of the project. The TCP can be used to eliminate pavement edge dropoffs or reduce the danger when the drop-off is present overnight. An appropriate TCP should cover all phases of the project that affect traffic. By completing shorter sections of the paving and shoulder grading, as well as installing the pavement markings by the end of the work day, greater safety will be achieved.