What Is A Transportation Management Plan And Why Should You Care?
As Car Accident Attorneys in Fort Lauderdale we have seen our share of injury claims. This is why we like to take advantage of this opportunity to help our clients stay safe on the roads with helpful information. Many of you probably didn’t even know there was a Transportation Management Plan and that it was available to the public, which is why we are offering this information to you.
While we all want safer roads, free of potholes and other dangerous road hazards, work zone areas on the road continue to be confusing and dangerous and a major factor in many construction zone accidents.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration’s Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program website they define a TMP as, “A TMP lays out a set of coordinated transportation management strategies and describes how they will be used to manage the work zone impacts of a road project. Transportation management strategies for a work zone include temporary traffic control measures and devices, public information and outreach, and operational strategies (e.g., travel demand management, signal retiming, traffic incident management, etc.).”
What Are the Benefits of a TMP?
So why should you care about a TMP? TMPs are designed to help drivers and construction zone workers during major roadway construction and in hopes of reducing the high-level of injuries and car accidents that they cause.
The key benefits of a TMP are to:
- Address the broader safety and mobility impacts of work zones at the corridor and network levels.
- Promote more efficient and effective construction staging, duration, and costs.
- Improve work zone safety for construction workers and the traveling public.
- Minimize traffic and mobility impacts.
- Improve public awareness.
- Minimize impacts to local communities and businesses.
- Improve intra and interagency coordination.
An Effective TMP Should:
- Work with other transportation agencies, such as railroad agencies/operators, transit providers, freight movers, utility suppliers, police, fire, emergency medical services, schools, business communities, and regional transportation during the early planning phase.
- Determine costs early in planning and programming.
- Analyze the impact of construction on traffic on adjacent roadways and for local businesses.
- Understand the TMP is not set in stone. The plan should be maintained and revised by the project team during construction phases.
- Identify safety hazards.
- Monitor the success or failure of the TMP and document for future projects.
For further information, the FHWA has published a series of guides. For more detail, they can be read online at:
- Work Zone Public Information and Outreach Strategies (HTML, PDF – 3.4MB)
- Work Zone Transportation Management Plans (TMPs) (HTML, PDF 1.4MB)
- Work Zone Impacts Assessment (HTML, PDF 10MB)
- Webcast and link to the presentation used http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/final_rule/info_materials.htm#webinars)
Hardcopies can be requested by sending an email with the name of the publication(s) requested, number of copies, and shipping instructions, to WorkZoneFeedback@dot.gov.