Below are some common questions customers have about TTCP Express and temporary traffic control plans. If your question is not covered, please contact us for more information.
Where is your service available?
TTCP Express provides our design services online for all 50 states, U.S. territories, and Washington DC.
Why do I need a Traffic Control Plan?
All road work is required to have a plan detailing the maintenance of traffic within and around work zones in order to protect workers, motorists, and the general public. Traffic control plans also ensure traffic control measures are in accordance with state Manual On Uniform Traffic Control (MUTCD) guidelines. Properly approved traffic control plans along with qualified personnel and good work zone practices can provide liability protection if an accident occurs.
Now that I have a Traffic Control Plan, can I start my project?
Your traffic control plan must first be approved by the appropriate regulating traffic engineering office in the jurisdiction where the traffic control is going to take place. Once the plan is approved, proper permits are then required before you will be allowed to set up a traffic control pattern.
Where do I submit my plan for approval?
The easiest way to determine which regulating traffic engineering office to submit your plan is to first determine your location. If your work zone is on a state route, then you will submit the plan to the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) Traffic Engineering Office. If the work occurs on a county or city road, the plan is submitted to the county or city traffic engineering office. Our state database is also available to help you locate the appropriate office.
Sometimes you will have to submit the plan to several engineering offices. For example, if your traffic control starts on a state highway and then moves to a county road, you will need to submit the plan to both the state and county offices.
Can TTCP Express submit my plan for me?
TTCP Express does not act as an intermediary between customers and construction permit offices. We provide a service creating temporary traffic control plans. It is up to the person or company responsible for, or overseeing, the actual roadwork to submit the plan in order to obtain permits.
Will I need revisions?
We create our plans by interpreting the guidelines found in state MUTCDs and local regulations to meet customer’s job specific requirements. Once the traffic control plan is submitted, the regulating traffic engineer may have other additions, revisions, or requirements to be included before final approval.
How do I revise my plan?
Revising your TTCP Express created plan is as easy as forwarding to us the list of revisions asked for by the regulating traffic engineer. We will make those changes and send you a revised copy of your plan, free of charge, for resubmittal.
Can I have the traffic engineer send revisions directly to TTCP Express?
Yes. We would be happy to work directly with the regulatory traffic engineer in your area to create your traffic control plan. It’s as easy as forwarding to us the engineer’s contact information, or asking them to contact us directly. TTCP Express will also keep you in the loop during the entire process of creating your plan.
What standards does TTCP Express use for plans?
TTCP Express uses a bottom up method for the standards we use to design our plans. This means that we first research whether the county or city has standard guidelines already in place for creating traffic control plans. If there is no county or city standard, we then look to the state MUTCD. And if the state doesn’t have a state MUTCD, we default to the Federal MUTCD. No matter which standard is used to create your plan, that information is always clearly listed in the plan’s title box to allow the engineer to easily see our design methodology.
What is MUTCD?
The Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is a document issued by the Federal Highway Administration. It specifies the standards by which traffic signs, road surface markings, and signals are designed, installed, and used; which includes temporary traffic control.
Each state can adopt the federal MUTCD as the state standard, produce its own state MUTCD based upon the federal guidelines, or add supplemental sections specific to the state’s needs.
For more information, please visit the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration Web site.
What qualifications does TTCP Express have?
TTCP Express requires all of our designers to receive certification through the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA).
What is ATSSA?
The American Traffic Safety Services Association, or ATSSA, is an international trade association that represents companies and individuals in the traffic control and roadway safety industry. ATSSA actively promotes roadway safety and provides standardized training and certification in all aspects of traffic control. Many states require ATTSA certification before allowing persons to work on roadways. For more information about ATSSA, or to pursue training and/or certification, please visit their Web site.
Can TTCP Express put ATSSA certification information on plans?
Yes. TTCP Express designers are allowed to put their ATSSA certification information, or a scanned copy of their ATSSA certification card, on any plans we design. In fact, many states and localities are increasingly requiring this information for submital to the traffic engineer.
Can TTCP Express put an engineer stamp my plan?
TTCP Express is not an engineering firm and does not provide any PE stamps for our plans. If your project specifications require a private certified traffic control engineer’s approval, you should contact a firm offering this service. However, the vast majority of temporary traffic control, which includes both short-term and long-term, normally does not require engineered plans.
How long is your turnaround period?
We accept orders on a first come first serve basis, and usually create single request plans within 1 to 2 business days.