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Traffic Control Plans (Category 1-3)

Use the OHS Regs applicable to the tasks required. Part 18 Traffic Control is the minimum requirements when using Traffic Control Persons or not.

The Traffic Management Manual (TMM) for Work on Roadways 2015 Office Edition is required when planning and making layout decisions. Keep an eye out for the Official 2019 TMM.


  • Conduct a Job Task Analysis to assess traffic control risk
  • Identify, use and maintain traffic control devices
  • Create a Traffic Control Plan for any work on roadways
  • Lay out a work zone where Traffic Control Persons are not required
  • Adapt Traffic Control Plans based on actual situations
  • Monitor traffic control in a work zone to ensure optimal safety
  • Work with the site superintendent, contractors or other municipal representatives to ensure traffic control is understood and site safety is optimized

Traffic Control Plans (TCP) are only 1 aspect of an overall Traffic Management Plan (TMP) .

Category 1-3 Traffic Management Plans require:

  1. Traffic Control Plan
  2. Incident Management Plan
  3. Public Information Plan
  4. Implementation Plan

The above become more extensive as the Category # rises.

Category 1

low speed/low volume roads

Category 1 TM plans are typically are on low speed/low volume roads and less than 24 hours in duration. They require the use of temporary traffic control devices.  

Category 2

higher speed and/or higher volume roadways

TM plans are usually for work on higher speed and/or higher volume roadways. Often, they are longer duration and require over 100m of work zone. Prime Contractors will often use a combination of permanent or long duration as well as short duration TC devices. Sometimes a traffic engineer is required to sign off on the Traffic Management Plan including the Traffic Control Plan that is required within.

There should be contact information for the:

A) Traffic Control Plan
B) Incident Management Plan
C) Public Information Plan
D) Implementation Plan


Category 3

complex plans requiring daily review

Category 3 TM plans are complex because they manage significant impacts on the traveling public as a result of higher volumes & speeds, project duration, active night work, mountainous terrain, and/or a requirement for lane closures and/or detours. The TMP must be signed & sealed by a Professional Engineer licensed in BC, qualified & experienced in traffic management planning and highway safety. Any updates to any part of the TMP must be reported to the road authority by the prime contractor.

No matter what category the TMP is it needs a traffic control plan (TCP) and Stand in the Gap (StG) has the technology and experience to take care of the TCP of your project.


All TC plans, no matter what category, will show:

Every Plan Will Show:

  1. North Arrow
  2. Work zone location using landmarks accesses and/or intersections affected by work zone or traffic control devices.
  3. Travel lanes affected
  4. Result lane configuration, including widths
  5. Location of restricted width lanes
  6. Posted speeds
  7. Location of hazardous areas created by road geometry or location of vehicle storage areas if delays are anticipated
  8. Detour routes, design and speed for each road used in the detour (if needed)
  9. Traffic signal changes necessitated by the detour route or project works.
  10. Traffic control layouts showing placement of all traffic control devices/persons according to the TMM.
  11. Signs labeled on drawing with numbers and description and legend.
  12. Traffic operations at all phases of project.

  • StG is experienced in recording near misses and analyzing the information to implement appropriate controls. Our supervisors keep journals, with times and photo logging when possible. We can also update Traffic Control Plans when required & record removal of traffic controls. We field audit our staff and the temporary sign setup for compliance to the traffic control plans.