D3−4: Multi−Disciplinary Teams to Develop Transportation Management Plans (TMPs)
The development of transportation management plans (TMPs) by multi−disciplinary teams began in June 1997, after the issuance of the Indiana Department of Transportation's (INDOT) new Design Manual. The manual includes an entire chapter devoted to the subject of TMPs, and describes the make−up and responsibilities of TMP teams. These teams bring together staff with a variety of expertise to discuss possible alternatives for traffic management and to consider issues such as constructability as part of TMP development and review. The composition of the TMP team is based on the purpose, goals, and constraints of the TMP and varies from project to project. The team's responsibilities vary to some degree based on the expected traffic impacts of a project, and include tasks such as collecting data, performing impacts analysis, reviewing construction phasing and scheduling, and selecting traffic control alternatives and other TMP strategies.
REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:
To ensure that a reasonable transportation management strategy has been incorporated into the project plans.
The biggest benefit gained is that it provides a team approach with a variety of disciplines. This approach looks outside the box for potential solutions. Evaluation of TMPs by the team reduces the chance of errors being repeated.
MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):
Applicable to major projects with high volumes of traffic, mainly in urban and suburban areas.
RELATED BEST PRACTICE(S):
Multi-level Transportation Management Plans (Practice D1-1)
Transportation Management Plan (Practice D3-1)
Transportation Management Plan Development Tools (Practice D3-2)
Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan (Practice E3-2)
Using a Transportation Management Plan Peer Review Process (Practice E3-4)
STATE(S) WHERE USED:
John P. McCarty, Senior Engineer, Work Zone Safety, Traffic Management Division, Indiana DOT
Phone: (317) 899−8626