TTC is shorthand for keeping roadside construction zones safe

WHEN WE ANNOUNCED recently through our e-newsletter that Safety Solutions & Supply is now a state-certified trainer in temporary traffic control, we considered it a pretty big deal. We still think it’s a big deal. This is very important training for the safety of road construction and maintenance crews and the motoring public, and we’re pleased and proud we can provide it.

What is temporary traffic control? Anyone who driven through a road or roadside construction zone has experienced it first hand. While much more is involved, it’s the safety task that depends on traffic flaggers or spotters — the people in high-visibility safety vests and hard hats who hold up bright-orange pennants on sticks or traffic signs on poles and signal motorists to SLOW DOWN, STOP, GO, PROCEED WITH CAUTION, and DRIVE SAFELY, among other instructions.

TTC is shorthand for temporary traffic control, a less-formal term for maintenance of traffic, or MOT. MOT has been defined as the process of establishing a work zone on street and highway rights-of-way and providing related transportation management and temporary traffic control.

The TTC training now offered by Safety Solutions & Supply is certified and approved by the state of Florida. According to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), all department employees, contractors, consultants, surveyors, utility company personnel, local maintaining agency, or any other appropriate person responsible for work zone traffic-control planning, design, implementation, inspection, and/or for supervising the selection, placement, or maintenance of traffic-control schemes and devices in work zones on the state highway system right of way must satisfactorily complete MOT training.

TTC is a critical skill for road crews during periods for and locations involving temporary traffic impairment. SS&S ensures that all TTC workers we train will be properly prepared and state certified. The classes we offer address the TTC Advanced and Intermediate initial and refresher certification requirements.

ADVANCED SUPERVISOR FDOT PROGRAM

This 20-hour course is required for personnel with the responsibility or authority to decide on the specific TTC requirements to be implemented in Florida. These positions include:

• The engineer responsible for work zone traffic-control plan development (TCP)
• The work zone traffic-control supervisor

The course is designed for individuals actively involved in the design of temporary traffic control in a work zone. Participants learn to read and interpret plans and specifications and implement them in the field. They also learn how to design and implement temporary traffic-control plans to make a project as safe as possible for fellow workers, motorists, and pedestrians. References used in the course include:

• Index 600 Design Standards (FDS)
• Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
• Florida’s Plans Preparation Manual (FPPM)
• Florida’s Construction Project Administration Manual (FCPAM)
• Florida’s Standard Specification for Road & Bridge Construction (FSSRBC)

A written test with 60 questions is required. Successful completion of this cours eallows individuals to train flaggers for their company.

INTERMEDIATE SUPERVISOR FDOT PROGRAM

Intermediate TTC is the most popular level taught throughout the state. This 16-hour course is required for personnel with the responsibility or authority to decide on the specific TTC requirements to be implemented in Florida. You need TTC training if you are a FDOT employee, contractor, consultant, surveyor, utility company personnel, local maintaining agency, or any other appropriate person.

You also need this training if you are responsible for work zone traffic-control planning, design, implementation, inspection, and/or for supervising the selection, placement, or maintenance of traffic-control schemes and devices in work zones in the state highway system.

Successful completion of this course allows individuals to train flaggers for their company. Training topics include:

• Proper and effective documentation in the event of disputes and litigation
• Design exercises and problem solving for TTC plans
• Group workshops on traffic plans
• Flagging operations

A written test with a practical examination is required. Students who successfully complete this program will receive a certificate electronically issued by the FDOT’s TTC administrator. TTC levels are required every four years for continued qualification. If certification expires, the FDOT requires a retake of the full two-day course.

INTERMEDIATE REFRESHER SUPERVISOR FDOT PROGRAM

This eight-hour course is required for personnel with a current TTC Intermediate certificate. TTC refresher training is required once every four years to keep a certificate current. Training topics include:

• Proper and effective documentation in the event of disputes and litigation
• Design exercises and problem solving for TTC plans
• Group workshops on traffic plans
• Flagging operations

References used in this course include:

• Index 600 Design Standards (FDS)
• Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

For more about TTC training through Safety Solutions & Supply, give us a call toll free at 1-866-537-2262.

Safety Solutions & Supply
314 E. Canal St. (State Road 60)
Mulberry, Florida 33860
Phone: 1-866-537-2262 (toll free)
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: solutionsinsafety.com

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