Growing and maintaining Australia’s vast road network is vital to the growth of our cities and the national economy. But delivering road works can be disruptive, and hazardous for construction workers and road users alike.
Well-designed traffic management solutions create much safer working environments for road construction teams, and can reduce the traffic burden for road users while work is underway. To design safe and minimally disruptive traffic management solutions, consider these factors.
“Safety is always the first design consideration for any traffic management solution”, explains Craig Bowman – Coates Hire Product Specialist, Traffic Management.
Traffic management solutions work to keep construction crews, road users and members of the public safe by:
“The main goal of traffic management is to keep people safe, but when you place equipment on or near roads you’re actually creating a new hazard,” says Craig. “In doing so, you need to work hard to ensure the safety of anyone who comes into contact with this equipment, and this hazard.”
Deep down we all know that road works are necessary - they help to maintain the quality of our roads and reduce congestion long term. “But let’s face it – absolutely no one enjoys sitting in slow moving traffic!” Craig argues. To avoid frustration (or worse, road rage), aim to minimise traffic disruption through design.
Giving road users clear and sufficient notice that road works lie ahead helps to protect workers and minimise interactions between road users and construction zones. “This advanced warning gives drivers time to slow down, encourages safer driving practices and allows drivers to follow modified traffic rules as they approach and move through construction zones,” Craig explains.
Popular advanced warning equipment available from Coates Hire includes:
Using appropriate traffic barriers to separate road users from work zones creates safer and more effective work environments for construction. It also reduces the risk to road users as they move through these zones.
In designing containment solutions, consider:
As the size and complexity of road works grows, so does the scale and complexity of traffic management solutions. “Partnering with a solutions provider like Coates Hire – to supply all of the hire equipment for traffic management and the delivery of road works – can reduce some of this complexity and take some of a customer’s pain away,” Craig concludes.
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