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IN THE SPOTLIGHT…
I began my career in the Staff Traffic Branch of the Colorado Department of Highways (now a DOT) in 1965. I spent the first 20 years there with the Plans, Specifications and Standards Unit where my unit was responsible for all traffic related issues. I was promoted to an Area Engineer in the Staff Construction Branch where I spent four years administering the FHWA Stewardship program throughout the state of Colorado. My last 10 years were spent as the Resident Engineer in our Region 4 office in Boulder, Colorado. I retired after 34 years and decided not to jump back into a rat race working for consultants.
One of ATSSA’s instructors, John Bemelen (who was my supervisor in Staff Traffic) called me one day and asked if I wanted to teach ATSSA training classes.
I had done some training for our Construction and Maintenance divisions when I was with Traffic so this opportunity sounded like a perfect fit for me.
I began teaching for ATSSA in September 2000 and have been with them ever since.
I particularly enjoy teaching because it gives me a chance to see faces light up when something new comes up for a student or when they finally understand just why Traffic Control is done a particular way. I use my personal experiences to shed light on the importance of what we teach and realize that what we do at ATSSA does make a difference. I enjoy the students in my classes and learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me.
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
11,368 and Counting…
Mark Robinson, Ph.D., P.Eng., PMP
VP/Director, SAIC Center for Transportation
So far, 9 of our 14 Area 2 Work Zone Safety Guideline Products have been placed on ATSSA.com for download by target audience members. We decided a while back to place the products on the website as they were completed to get them out and being used as soon as possible. We also decided to hold off on large scale outreach until all of the 14 products were complete and ready.
What has really surprised us is that with a minimum of “getting the word out” through meeting attendance and newsletters, a total of 11,368 product downloads have already occurred through 4/7/09. We are really excited to see what happens when we kick off our outreach campaign!
It is apparent that news of these products is spreading by word of mouth and through our partner organizations, and we’re working to get the additional 6 products finalized and posted as soon as possible.
- High Visibility Safety Apparel in Highway Work Zones
- Work Zone Positive Protection Toolbox -Guidance Sheet
- Temporary Traffic Control Zone Pedestrian Access Considerations
- Considering Work Zone Impacts
- Field Guide for the Use and Placement of Shadow Vehicles in Work Zones
- Field Guide on Installation and Removal of Temporary Traffic Control for Safe Maintenance and Work Zone Operations
- Maintenance Work Zone Safety Pocket Guide
- Work Zone Safety: Temporary Traffic Control for Maintenance Operations Brochure
- Pedestrians Checklist and Considerations for Temporary Traffic Control
Guidelines (Decision Tool) for When to Use Positive Protection in Temporary Traffic Control
Increasing the Work Zone Worker’s Visibility Through High Visibility Apparel
High-Visibility Safety Apparel in Highway Work Zones
Work Zone Safety Performance Measures Guidance Booklet
Guidelines for Treating Back-of-Queue Safety Hazards
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This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under grant agreement No. DTFH61-06-G-00004
TRAFFIC CONTROL TECHNICIAN ©
The one-day course provides an introduction to temporary traffic control in work zones for individuals who work in the field installing and removing traffic control devices. It teaches concepts, techniques and practices in the installation, and maintenance of traffic control devices. The students are provided an ATSSA Guide which is used as the basic text material for the course. This handy Guide booklet contains material condensed from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) but in a simplified, easy to understand and use format.
The student will leave this class with practical knowledge that will enable them to help make their projects safer for the workers, motorists and pedestrians and help reduce the exposure of the worker and the company to possible litigation.
Previous experience in temporary traffic control is not required for this course. However, if the student wishes to be TCT certified; one year (2000 hours) of temporary traffic control experience will be required.
In most states, passing this course is a prerequisite to register in the Traffic Control Supervisor course.
Contact ATSSA for specific state requirements.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SUPERVISOR ©
This 2-day course is designed for individuals who supervise traffic control technicians and other field personnel. It provides comprehensive training on work zone standards, guidelines, installation and removal procedures, inspection, documentation and supervisory skills.
The course expands on the concepts and techniques taught in the Traffic Control Technician (TCT), which is a prerequisite for this course.* Students are taught how to read and interpret traffic control plans for implementation in the field.
Several workshops included in this course are designed to provide hands-on experience implementing and modifying temporary traffic control plans for various real life situations. It also teaches how to recognize, analyze correct and document deficiencies. These workshops also provide the opportunity for students to learn to work together as a team and to present solutions to the class. A further objective of this course is to teach the students skills necessary to become an effective Supervisor so they can effectively oversee personnel in the field.
*Completion of the ATSSA Traffic Control Technician course is required as a prerequisite to register for this course. In some states, the Traffic Control Supervisor course is a stand-alone course so passing the Traffic Control Technician course is not required. Contact ATSSA for state specific requirements.
URBAN WORK ZONE DESIGN ©
This 2-day course addresses “urban” work zones, particularly the enhancements and considerations (“substantive safety”) necessary to address work zones in urban environments. These environments may involve restricted spaces, lack of space for buffer spaces, parking issues, limited sight distance, business access and pedestrians and bicyclist considerations, etc.
The course will address instances when standards cannot be met and how to address these situations. Freeways will not be covered in this course. This course is intended for work zone designers and traffic control supervisors who may work in urban environments.
MAINTENANCE & SHORT DURATION ACTIVITIES ©
This 1-day course covers typical applications that apply to short duration activities including utility operations, moving operations, and other short duration maintenance operations.
Emphasis will be placed on the use of simplified procedures and worker protection. The intended audience for this course is anyone involved in short duration activities within the roadway’s right-of-way.
NIGHTTIME TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR WORK ZONES
This 1-day course will allow participants to understand considerations of nighttime work zones.
The course discusses factors affecting the feasibility of nighttime work zones and their considerations, such as worker and equipment visibility, illumination requirements, glare avoidance and nighttime enhancements.
Basic knowledge of temporary traffic control is recommended but not required. The course is intended for both work zone designers and work zone supervisors.
WORK ZONE STRATEGIES
This 2- day course will discuss non-typical strategies available to work zone designers. It will focus on strategies specifically designed to improve work zone safety and mobility, such as work zone full closures, variable speed limits, impact analysis, and enforcement.
The FHWA Work Zone Safety and Mobility Final Rule will be discussed. The intended audiences are engineers and/or anyone responsible for planning and designing a traffic control plan (TCP).
TRAFFIC CONTROL DESIGN SPECIALIST-COURSE ©
This 2-day course is for individuals charged with the evaluation, development and implementation of a traffic control plan (TCP). The intended audiences are engineers and/or anyone responsible for designing a TCP. Previous work zone experience is not required.
Topics include introduction to work zone safety, applicable standards and guidelines, fundamental principles of temporary traffic control, human factors, the component parts of a traffic control zone, traffic control devices, constructability, and development of a transportation management plan (TMP). Students will breakout into small groups for hands-on exercises.
A certification program is available for this course.
For those individuals, who are already TCS certified, a one-day TCDS course is available.
TOOLS FOR WORK ZONE TRAFFIC IMPACT ANALYSIS
This 2-day course provides guidance to agencies and/or individuals considering modeling and simulation tools for traffic impact analysis.
It also provides a broad, fundamental understanding of how these analytical tools can be used to support work zone design. The course discusses the classes of analytical tools available to support work zone analysis: the strengths, weaknesses, data requirements and level of detail.
The course describes how these analytical tools can be used to support work zone design by exploring the factors to consider when selecting a model, including data availability and quality, work zone characteristics, measures of effectiveness and available resources.
The course is intended for engineers and others responsible deciding upon work zone strategies to implement, including decision-makers considering work zone analytical tools. Previous knowledge of work zone concepts is encouraged but not required.
INCIDENT TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR RESPONDERS
The 4-hour course presents a basic overview of temporary traffic control (TTC) standards and guidelines for responders. It provides essential information to make traffic incident areas safer for incident management personnel, motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Specifically, it discusses principles and concepts of temporary traffic control presented in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Section 6I, a Federal standard which now specifically addresses traffic incident management areas.
LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL IN WORKZONES
This 4- hour course will provide prospective instructors the guidance needed to teach the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Law Enforcement Course (LEC). The LEC course is also a 4-hour course designed to provide awareness and guidance to law enforcement personnel assigned the responsibility to work in active highway work zones, whether on-duty or off-duty.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE LEC COURSE TRAIN-THE-TRAINER COURSE
The primary target audience for the LEC course is law enforcement personnel who will plan enforcement for work zones or be assigned to execute their roles associated with work zones. A secondary audience will include personnel from highway contractors, subcontractors, utility personnel, and highway agency staff who will work with law enforcement. Joint training is expected to foster a mutual respect and cooperation towards making work zones safer and more traffic efficient.
*The LEC Train-the-Trainer course is aimed at current instructors of law enforcement training programs. Teaching experience is required. Anyone responsible for teaching or presenting training programs would benefit from this course, so they can pass the knowledge to others, and save lives.
FLAGGER INSTRUCTOR TRAINING
This 2-day course is designed to prepare Traffic Control Supervisors to be able to present the 4-hour ATSSA Flagger Registration course to those wishing to become ATSSA-registered flaggers. This course is open to anyone who has successfully completed the ATSSA’s Traffic Control Technician and Traffic Control Supervisor training courses.
NOTE: In certain states, the Traffic Control Supervisor course is a stand-alone course. In these states, since completion of the Traffic Control Technician course is not a prerequisite, completion of the TCT course is not required in order to be eligible for the Flagger Instructor Training course. Contact ATSSA for state specific requirements.
TRAFFIC CONTROL FOR UTILITIES
This 1-day UTILITY course provides an introduction to temporary traffic control for utility workers and others whose actions may affect safety. It teaches concepts, techniques and practices in the installation and maintenance of traffic control devices in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
All personnel involved in construction work zone projects, particularly technicians and field personnel, must have a basic knowledge of temporary traffic control to ensure “safe passage” for workers, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. ATSSA’s in-depth Florida Intermediate Training will provide instruction in the proper safety standards to assist in monitoring and recognizing any deficiencies during the course of a temporary traffic control project.
This 16- hour course includes introductory classroom instruction referenced from the FDS (Index 600 Series) and the MUTCD (Part 6). The State of Florida requires this course for all personnel who perform work on Florida state roads and whose duties include the following activities:
- Direct responsibility of replacement of work zone traffic control devices.
- Direct responsibility for field maintenance of work zone traffic control devices.
- Inspection of the placement or operational function of work zone traffic control devices.
- Drafting or electronic generation of work zone traffic control plans.
In addition, *flagging operations will be covered in enough detail that an individual who successfully completes this course will be capable of providing basic training as required by the DOT (details may be found in the MOT Topic No. 625-01010 dated June 2002.)
ATSSA Course Schedule
|State||City||Course #||Course||Course Start Date||Course End Date||Register By:|
|AR||Little Rock||16566||Utility Training—Grant||09/22/09||09/22/09||09/07/09|
|CA||Antelope||16832||Traffic Control Technician—Grant||06/08/09||06/08/09||05/22/09|
|CA||Antelope||16833||Traffic Control Supervisor—Grant||06/09/09||06/10/09||05/22/09|
|CA||Antelope||16834||Flagger Instructor Training—Grant||06/11/09||06/12/09||05/22/09|
|CA||San Diego||16573||Utility Training—Grant||06/22/09||06/22/09||06/08/09|
|CO||Colorado Springs||14463||Traffic Control Technician—Grant||06/09/09||06/09/09||04/09/09|
|CO||Colorado Springs||14464||Traffic Control Supervisor—Grant||06/10/09||06/11/09||04/09/09|
|CO||Denver||17330||Traffic Control Technician—Grant||06/22/09||06/22/09||06/08/09|
|CO||Denver||17331||Traffic Control Supervisor—Grant||06/23/09||06/24/09||06/08/09|
|FL||Orlando||16906||Florida Intermediate Training—Grant||11/10/09||11/11/09||10/12/09|
|GA||Atlanta||15363||Traffic Control Design Specialist—Grant||09/14/09||09/15/09||08/14/09|
|GA||Atlanta||15364||Tools for Work Zone Traffic Impact Analysis—Grant||09/16/09||09/17/09||08/14/09|
|GA||Atlanta||15365||Maintenance and Short Duration Activities—Grant||09/18/09||09/18/09||08/14/09|
|GA||Atlanta||15366||Urban Work Zone Design—Grant||09/21/09||09/22/09||08/21/09|
|GA||Atlanta||15367||Work Zone Strategies—Grant||09/23/09||09/24/09||08/21/09|
|KY||Bowling Green||15381||Traffic Control Design Specialist—Grant||06/08/09||06/09/09||05/08/09|
|KY||Bowling Green||15383||Tools for Work Zone Traffic Impact Analysis—Grant||06/10/09||06/11/09||05/08/09|
|KY||Bowling Green||15384||Maintenance and Short Duration Activities—Grant||06/12/09||06/12/09||05/08/09|
|KY||Bowling Green||15385||Urban Work Zone Design—Grant||06/15/09||06/16/09||05/15/09|
|KY||Bowling Green||15386||Work Zone Strategies—Grant||06/17/09||06/18/09||05/15/09|
|MO||Jefferson City||17137||Traffic Control Technician—Grant||08/10/09||08/10/09||07/10/09|
|MO||Jefferson City||17138||Traffic Control Supervisor—Grant||08/11/09||08/12/09||07/10/09|
|MO||Jefferson City||17139||Nighttime Traffic Control for Work Zones—Grant||08/13/09||08/13/09||07/10/09|
|MO||Kansas City||14888||Incident Traffic Control for Responders—Grant||06/11/09||06/11/09||05/28/09|
|MO||Kansas City||14889||Law Enforcement Train-the-Trainer Course—Grant||06/11/09||06/11/09||05/28/09|
|NM||Albuquerque||16972||Traffic Control Technician—Grant||11/03/09||11/03/09||10/19/09|
|NM||Albuquerque||16973||Traffic Control Supervisor—Grant||11/04/09||11/05/09||10/19/09|
|TN||Memphis||15344||Traffic Control Design Specialist—Grant||09/08/09||09/09/09||08/08/09|
|TN||Memphis||15345||Tools for Work Zone Traffic Impact Analysis—Grant||09/10/09||09/11/09||08/08/09|
|TN||Memphis||15346||Maintenance and Short Duration Activities—Grant||09/14/09||09/14/09||08/14/09|
|TN||Memphis||15350||Urban Work Zone Design—Grant||09/15/09||09/16/09||08/14/09|
|TN||Memphis||15351||Work Zone Strategies—Grant||09/17/09||09/18/09||08/14/09|
|TN||Memphis||15232||Traffic Control Technician—Grant||09/21/09||09/21/09||09/07/09|
|TN||Memphis||15233||Traffic Control Supervisor—Grant||09/22/09||09/23/09||09/07/09|
|TN||Memphis||15234||Nighttime Traffic Control for Work Zones—Grant||09/24/09||09/24/09||09/07/09|
|TN||Nashville||15291||Traffic Control Design Specialist—Grant||07/20/09||07/21/09||06/20/09|
|TN||Nashville||15292||Tools for Work Zone Traffic Impact Analysis—Grant||07/22/09||07/23/09||06/20/09|
|TN||Nashville||15293||Maintenance and Short Duration Activities—Grant||07/24/09||07/24/09||06/20/09|
|TN||Nashville||15294||Urban Work Zone Design—Grant||07/27/09||07/28/09||06/27/09|
|TN||Nashville||15295||Work Zone Strategies—Grant||07/29/09||07/30/09||06/27/09|
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