In any urban area, a major or minor construction site by the roadside can invariably lead to traffic congestion in that particular area. In transportation parlance, congestion usually refers to a condition where there are more vehicles at particular stretch of the road than is usually permitted or encountered.
Excessive vehicles choke the smooth flow of traffic, force drivers to idle unnecessarily, lead to erratic driving and often result in accidents. Therefore, construction sites usually have several mandatory signs that seek to provide a semblance of order to the surrounding chaos and regulate the traffic somewhat.
Importance of Proper Mandatory Signage
As it is our urban roads are crammed with vehicles at all hours with little respite in traffic load. On top of that, a construction site on an arterial route leaves little room for organised traffic movement and management.
Delays caused by construction zones are cited by travellers as one of the most prevalent and frustrating conditions they encounter while driving. This is because any construction activity by the roadside invariably reduces the width of available road, forces unexpected road diversions and even enforces temporary roadblocks.
Apart from the drivers, pedestrian and workers are also affected by the confusion that reigns in a construction site. In fact, statistics reveal that each year almost ninety three people are injured and about ten of them die due to accidents involving vehicular traffic around a construction site.
To tackle the situation, mandatory symbols are put up at strategic points around the site. Mandatory signage can make a significant difference to the way traffic moves around a construction site.
When the appropriate signs are placed at vantage positions, they provide clear guidance to motorists on the path to be taken so as to lessen congestion. They also separate the available lanes to check haphazard movement of vehicles, optimise the available road space and ensure safe movement of vehicles even at night.
Mandatory signage therefore imposes lane discipline and ensures safe movement of traffic around construction areas.
Ensure Vehicular Safety at Construction Sites
Any kind of interruption in the normal flow of traffic on a road adjacent to a construction area can be dangerous for everybody around.
To ensure safety, the law requires you to organise the work area in such a way that pedestrians, workers, drivers and vehicles can move around without coming in each others’ way. Standard mandatory signs that are understood by all must be installed at strategic points to help drivers select the most appropriate lane.
Suitable barricades must be erected to restrict unnecessary movement of general public which can further deteriorate the traffic condition. Such barricades must have devices to make them visible at night or during stormy weather.
Apart from the motors moving on the road, vehicles also include such heavy-duty trucks, excavators, site dumpers etc that move in and out of the site and cause more traffic congestion. As much as possible, restrict the movement of such additional heavy-duty vehicles to weekends or at night when the normal traffic is less.
Prepare a traffic management plan for the site that is in compliance with legal requirements of your local authorities. Obtain all necessary permission required for temporary closure or detour of roads or pavements.