Temporary Traffic Control For Work Zones on Unpaved Roads

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), there were 1.4 million miles of unpaved roads in the United States in 2012. Unpaved roads account for about 35% of the more than 4 million miles of roads that make up our nation’s transportation systems.

About 1.3 million miles of these unpaved roads are in rural areas where local jurisdictions have ownership of about 1.2 million miles. Temporary traffic control (TTC) is required any time work is performed within the right-of-way of an unpaved road, just as for paved roads. As on paved roads, TTC plans for unpaved roads should be developed by a trained individual. All TTC plans must comply with local regulations and ordinances and should take into account recommended practices from the national Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

A TTC plan should be developed for all work operations conducted on all roadways open to public travel.