Key elements of effective traffic management plans in Melbourne

Effective traffic management is crucial for ensuring the safety of both workers and the public during construction projects, events, and roadworks. STA Traffic Management Solutions specialises in providing comprehensive traffic control management services that prioritise the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians. Our experienced team assists clients in developing Traffic Management Plans (TMP) in Melbourne or Traffic Guidance Schemes (TGS) that adhere to the highest standards of safety and compliance.

Site assessment and hazard identification

STA recognises the importance of conducting a thorough site assessment to identify potential hazards and risks. This assessment involves evaluating the site location, traffic flow patterns, nearby infrastructure, and any other factors that may impact the safety of workers and the public.

By identifying hazards such as uneven road surfaces, blind spots, or nearby electrical hazards, we can develop appropriate strategies to mitigate risks and ensure a safe working environment.

Tailored plans

Every project is unique, and the level of planning required can vary depending on its nature and duration. Short-cycle projects typically require a Traffic Guidance Scheme (TGS) that outlines the necessary contacts, emergency vehicle and public transport allowances, signage requirements, and critical site information. For major, longer-term projects, a more detailed Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is necessary.

A TMP includes comprehensive hazard identification, OH&S considerations, inspections and reporting procedures, traffic flow analysis, and incident management strategies. STA collaborates closely with clients to develop tailored plans that address each project’s specific needs and challenges.

Traffic control equipment and TMA’s

Appropriate traffic control equipment, such as signage and truck and trailer-mounted attenuators (TMAs), are essential for maintaining safe traffic flow and minimising potential risks. STA’s traffic management plans include detailed information on key signage placements, site entry and exit points, bollard tapers, and other necessary measures.

By strategically positioning equipment and employing trained traffic controllers, we ensure that road users are provided with clear instructions and guidance, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents and traffic congestion.

Permits and approvals

Navigating the permit application process can be complex, particularly when dealing with different road authorities such as VicRoads or local councils. STA understands the intricacies of obtaining permits and approvals and assists clients throughout the application process.

We provide guidance on identifying the difference between major and minor roads, determining the project duration, and assessing whether multiple permit applications are required. Our expertise expedites the permit approval process, ensuring timely project commencement.

Real-time updates and documentation

STA employs specialised mapping and traffic management planning software to develop comprehensive plans. These plans are continuously updated in real-time to reflect any changes or modifications, including newly constructed roads or alterations to the project scope. By keeping plans up-to-date, we make sure that all stakeholders have access to accurate information regarding signage placements, traffic flow, and other critical aspects.

Detailed documentation, including emergency vehicle and public transport allowances, traffic controller instructions, and signage requirements, is provided to support effective implementation.

Safety considerations and incident management

Safety is of paramount importance in traffic management plans. STA’s detailed TMPs go beyond compliance requirements and include comprehensive hazard identification, OH&S considerations, road user factors, inspections, reporting procedures, traffic flow analysis, and incident management strategies.

By incorporating these elements, we help clients minimise risks, mitigate potential hazards, and establish robust protocols for managing incidents effectively. By prioritising safety, STA creates a secure environment for workers and the public, reducing the likelihood of accidents and ensuring successful project outcomes.

Compliance with Road Management Act 2004

Adhering to the regulations outlined in the Road Management Act 2004 is crucial to maintaining compliance and upholding the highest safety standards. STA’s team of experts has a deep understanding of these regulations and ensures that all traffic management plans align with the legal requirements. By following these guidelines, we avoid penalties and legal complications while promoting safe and efficient traffic management practices.

STA Traffic Management Solutions offers comprehensive services that encompass the entire process of traffic management, from risk assessments to executing road traffic control, enabling clients to deliver projects safely and successfully. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, STA is a trusted partner for projects of all scales in Melbourne. Contact us today for more information.