Work Zone Mobility and Safety Program
Photo collage: temporary lane closure, road marking installation, cone with mounted warning light, and drum separated work zones.
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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

H2−2: District Work Zone Traffic Management Coordinator

DESCRIPTION:

A single person in each of the 12 Caltrans Districts has authority to halt lane closures, temporary signals, etc.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

The cumulative effect of projects in close proximity can sometimes lead to poor, inefficient operations. Also, travel volumes tend to be dynamic in nature and fluctuate due to incidents or recreational/holiday demand.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

The Coordinator is able to see the "bigger picture" and make decisions that provide relief to an area affected by construction. The Coordinator stays abreast of the regional traffic situation whereas the Resident Engineer tends to focus only on the happenings within the project limits of his/her contract.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

All locations. All types of work.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

California

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Celso Izquierdo, Construction, Caltrans
Phone: (916) 654−5627
E−mail: celso.izquierdo@dot.ca.gov

Laurie Jurgens, Traffic Operations
Caltrans
Phone: (209) 736−1609
E−mail: laurie_jurgens@dot.ca.gov

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