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Traffic Planning

There are many instances in which a contractor or other person or body that wants to work on the roadway will be asked for a traffic plan. The usual scenario is that a municipal or provincial permit is sought to do work on the roadway and as part of that process the applicant is asked for a Traffic Plan. In such a situation the plan is really easy.

The MoTI Manual for Work on Roadways has drawings for many of the common situations one runs into and it is enough to simply include the Diagram Number from the Manual. If the situation deviates from the Manual examples, then a plan has to be prepared. It can be hand drawn but the rules are complicated and it must comply with the requirements of the Manual. For this reason a Plan is usually ordered from a traffic control company. That is fine for city streets but it is quite another matter when you intend to do works on major Highways where speeds are higher or the traffic you intend to disrupt is heavy or complex. Then something more is required. The Province has actually published a manual on the submission of Traffic Plans. This is the Traffic Management Guidelines for Work on Roadways published by the MoTI. It sets out five classes of traffic plan and defines what is to be included in each.

Class 1 is the simplest and can be a single page drawing. Class 5 is the most complex and will generally run to 70 or 80 pages and include several drawings. Such a plan requires the seal of a professional engineer. Ansan provides all levels of traffic planning. To order a traffic plan or begin a process of traffic planning one simply calls the Ansan Dispatch Line. You will then be put in touch with one of our traffic planners. There are several things to keep in
mind with traffic planning:

  • Most traffic authorities, such as cities, municipalities and the MoTI themselves require at least 5 business days to approve a plan.
  • The preparation of a plan takes time. A simple plan can take a day or several days depending on our workload and the complexity of the plan.
  • Class 4 and 5 plans always take a week or two to prepare and possibly more. They usually require site visits, photography and aerial map analysis.
  • Involve our planners early in your planning process and get their input. The more complete and accurate the information you give them the better they are able to produce what you need.
  • Traffic planning is subject to constant review by the appropriate highway authority. Our planners have no choice but to provide what they request. We don’t make the rules, the traffic authority does.
  • Start planning early and consult often!