Guidelines for Traffic Control in Work Zones (Pocket Guide)
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This pocket guide summarizes some guidelines established in the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (OMUTCD). It contains basic principles, a description of the standard traffic control devices used in work areas and traffic incident management areas, guidelines for the application of the devices, and typical application diagrams. Information concerning proper flagging is also presented.
The information in this guide is intended to provide the principles of proper temporary traffic control, but is not a standard. Part 6 of the Ohio Manual of Traffic Control (OMUTCD) contains the standards for temporary traffic control.
The pocket guide is available below as a pdf and as a mobile device application for viewing or downloading.
The latest version of this publication is dated September 2014; however, the only differences between this version and the one dated April 2012, are:
- Two references to "Office of Traffic Engineering" (with phone number for ordering the Guide) have been replaced with "Office of Roadway Engineering" (with a new phone number);
- On page 6, the Taper Length table has been expanded to include entries for 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 mph; and
- On page 17, the Tapers and Flagger Station Distances table has been expanded to include an entry for 70 mph, and the row for 20 mph has been deleted.
This guide supplements the temporary traffic control standards and guidelines established in the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (OMUTCD).
This pocket guide is directed to state and local government road and street departments, utilities, companies performing construction by permit, and any other entity providing maintenance or construction on a public roadway. Please note that there is a Known Errors List posted for the 2012 OMUTCD on the website for that publication, and there are a few items on that list that involve OMUTCD Part 6, Temporary Traffic Control, and therefore, this pocket guide.
Printed copies of this publication are available. They can be purchased through the Office of Contracts or the LTAP (Ohio Local Technical Assistance Program) Center. Phone numbers for the Office of Contracts are available using the "Contacts for Traffic Publications" link. For LTAP follow this link. (The LTAP Center's page shows the pricing for this publication.) ODOT personnel should contact the Office of Roadway Engineering's publications contacts.
Please use the Contacts link at the top of the list on the left if you have questions or comments about this publication.
(updated page: 3/17/15)