Traffic Management Plan
Any person or organisation carrying out work or other activities on Clutha District Council roads is required to prepare and submit to Council a Traffic Management Plan.
This includes any contractors you engage to do work on the road corridor. They must have authorisation, a Traffic Management Plan and an appropriately qualified person onsite.
Some examples of the kind of roadside work requiring a Traffic Management Plan are: tree felling; ditch cleaning; installing an accessway; shelterbelt trimming; debris clearing.
A Traffic Management Plan is a document showing how an activity in the road corridor will be carried out safely and efficiently. This means safely for workers and those travelling through the site, in a way that minimises disruption to the travelling public.
A Traffic Management Plan includes details regarding when the work is planned, contact details of who is doing the work and who is responsible for the traffic management and temporary speed limits. It will also include diagrams showing sign placement.
When do you need a Traffic Management Plan?
A Traffic Management Plan is required whenever the normal operating conditions of the road will be changed. Worksites on the road are covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. This means that those doing work must provide temporary traffic management, and the Traffic Management Plan must be carried out in accordance with the Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management.
Traffic Management Plans are needed for work within the road, events in the road and also for work and events near the road which affect traffic. Roads include footpaths, berms, cycle lanes as well as the carriageway.
There are companies that provide traffic management services and training. These can be found by searching online.
If there is no traffic management, or if it is inadequate or dangerous, Council will require you to cease work and/or issue a notice of non-conformance to the person or the company involved.
Who can create a Traffic Management Plan?
Traffic Management Plans must be created by someone with the relevant Waka Kotahi NZTA qualification. As of 1 January 2021 this will be a practising temporary traffic management planner (TTMP).
How to submit a Traffic Management Plan and get it approved
Traffic Management Plans need to be submitted to Council with your Corridor Access Request. These can be processed together. Please note that a Traffic Management Plan does not replace a Corridor Access Request, if a Corridor Access Request is required.
Traffic Management for Events
All events on a road or road reserve generally require a traffic management plan. Some events also require a temporary road closure form to be completed as well.
The Councils transport team will identify whether there may be a need for traffic management as part of your event planning. If approved, the event organiser will be responsible for engaging a suitably qualified traffic management company and submitting a traffic management plan at least (8) weeks prior to the event.
Talk to us early in your event planning to see if you require a traffic management plan or a temporary road closure. Phone us on 0800 801 350.