Temporary Traffic Management
Temporary Traffic Management is the process or method of managing road users including vehicle and pedestrians through, around or past an activity on a Road Reserve safely with a minimum level of inconvenience. (The road reserve is defined as boundary to boundary).
A Traffic Management Plan
Traffic Management Plan (TMP) describes proposed works, design, set up and removal of any activity being carried out within the Road Reserve. It also includes the work programme, how public and contractor safety will be ensured, and any contingency planning etc
Any work that alters the normal operating conditions of the road reserve requires a TMP. This includes:
- Excavating the carriageway/footpath
- Temporary road closure for an event
- Obstruction of footpaths e.g. for sign writing, scaffolding, painting etc.
Layout diagrams are expected as part of the application and must show:
- What signs and other traffic management devices will be used
- Where the various devices (with dimensions) will be set out
- A site drawing that reflects the road layout in the location.
Restricted Working Hours
The Traffic Management Team may apply restricted working hours to your Works Access Permit due to the following;
- To avoid peak traffic flows
- to limit interference with property access
- minimise noise or other environmental impacts
- to consider school drop off/pick up and foot traffic
Road Levels of Temporary Traffic Management
Road levels are implemented by each Road Controlling Authority (RCA). They indicate the number of vehicles travelled per day on each individual road, and road level information determines what temporary traffic management is required. Road level information must be included with the TMP submitted to the Traffic Management Team.
Level 1 under 15,000 vehicles per 24 hours
Level 2 over 15,000 vehicles per 24 hours
Traffic Signal and Intersections
Any Traffic Management within 50m of signals or works including work vehicles blocking timing loops, lane closures etc then the Tauranga Traffic Operations Centre (TTOC) MUST be advised so that signal sequences may be altered to compensate.
A reasonable notice period is required to ensure a timely service as follows:
- 24 hrs prior
- on each and every day 1 hour prior to setting out TM and
- if any lane changes are made on site
- on each and every day after works are finished for the day.;
The TTOC is available 24/7 on Phone 07 577 7367 however unless in an emergency or the work is pre-arranged, only call between 0700 hrs to 2100 hrs. Send all e-mail regarding Traffic Signals to email@example.com
Requirements of Traffic Management Personnel
A Traffic Management Plan must only be designed and prepared by a trained and qualified Site Traffic Management Supervisor. (STMS) refer to Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management
The person nominated by the contractor in the TMP is to have the specific responsibility for managing traffic at the work site. The person must be trained to the level of temporary traffic management required for the road level.
Below is a list of locally recommended and suitable qualified personal for any traffic management requirements
If you are running an event in Tauranga City that:
- may affect vehicle or pedestrian traffic
- may increase traffic to a specific area, e.g. concerts, sports events
- may require a road or footpath closure (e.g. parades, marches)
- may require road signs
A Traffic Management Plan maybe required. To understand if your event needs Traffic Management the first point of contact is the Strategic & City Events team.
Traffic Management for Events
The Strategic & City Events Team will liaise with Councils transport team to identify whether there may be a need for traffic management as part of your event planning. If approved, The event organiser will be responsible for engaging a suitably qualified traffic management company and submitting a traffic management plan at least (8) weeks prior to the event.
The Traffic Management Company will prepare a professional Traffic Management Plan on behalf of the event organisers. The plan shall include the location of all relevant structures, equipment, facilities, assembly areas, event or filming areas and other facilities, including (without limitation) signs, cones, marshals, vehicles, parking restrictions, road closure details and access for the mobility impaired, emergency vehicles and to public transport. The plan will also indicate how many qualified STMS, TC, Marshals will be active within the Road Reserve and their location. Tauranga City Council and the NZ Police may require further details to be included in any plan. Further details shall be provided as soon as practicable after any such request.
What is the definition of Road Reserve
The area between the legal boundaries, usually fence line to fence line and including any safety runoff areas, which is dedicated to allow the passage of road users. The terms ‘Road’ and Road Reserve’ have the same meaning.
The part of a road, sealed or unsealed and including any shoulder areas, which a normal wheeled vehicle can traverse. Two carriageways are deemed to exist where the carriageways are divided longitudinally by a physical island, median or barrier for a distance in greater than 300m
The metal edge on a carriageway between the seal and grass
Kerb and Channel
The area defining the Road/Carriageway from the berm
Area between the carriageway and boundary where pedestrians walk on a hard surface.
The grass verge of a suburban street
The property boundary between private property and the road reserve
Traffic Management Team
The Traffic Management Team co-ordinate activities within the Road Reserve and are responsible managing the roading network.
Traffic Management Team
Last Reviewed: 06/03/2017