Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program

Guidance on Using Traffic Management Centers for Work Zone Management

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Publication No. FHWA-HOP-15-032

October 2015

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FOREWORD

This document is intended to be a resource for staff responsible for all stages of work zone planning and operations, as well as TMC managers and operators. A total of eight strategies are presented for utilizing TMC resources during the four stages of a work zone. Each strategy includes detailed descriptions and examples of use in practice. While strategies for using the TMC resources most common to all TMCs in aspects of work zone planning, operation and evaluation are described, a detailed table describing many TMC resources is provided to illustrate the many additional TMC resources that are possible. This final report presents guidance for DOTs to consider for how TMC resources (staff, data, and tools) can be used to support all stages of a work zone, providing examples of where these resources are used today.

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1. Report No.
FHWA-HOP-15-032
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle
Guidance on Using Traffic Management Centers for Work Zone Management

5. Report Date
October 2015
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Dean Deeter, Tina Roelofs (Athey Creek); Jeremy Schroeder (Battelle); Gerald Ullman (TTI);
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Battelle
505 King Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
DTFH61-12-D-00046
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations (HOP)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, D.C. 20590
13. Type of Report and Period Covered
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
Project performed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
Jawad Paracha (Task Manager)
16. Abstract

Many Departments of Transportation (DOTs) at the state, county, and local levels operate Traffic Management Centers (TMCs). Typically, a TMC is a center where operators utilize software systems to control field devices (e.g., Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), ramp meters) and to view data and video collected throughout the monitored area.

In regards to work zones, TMCs are most commonly thought of during the active work zone phase, when the work zone is in operation and the TMC operators assist by disseminating information and managing the traffic through the work zone. However, there is potential for TMC resources to support all stages of the work zone, from the planning and design phase through active work zone operations and post-operation evaluation. This document presents guidance for DOTs to consider how TMC resources (staff, data, and tools) can be used to support all stages of a work zone, providing examples of where these resources are used today.

This document is intended to be a resource for staff responsible for all stages of work zone planning and operations, as well as TMC managers and operators. A total of eight strategies are presented for utilizing TMC resources during the four stages of a work zone. Each strategy includes detailed descriptions and examples of use in practice. While strategies for using the TMC resources most common to all TMCs in aspects of work zone planning, operation and evaluation are described, a detailed table describing many TMC resources is provided to illustrate the many additional TMC resources that are possible.

17. Key Words
Work zone, transportation management center, TMC
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public.
19. Security Classif.
(of this report)

Unclassified
20. Security Classif.
(of this page)

Unclassified
21. No. of Pages
102
22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized

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