Work Zone Operations, Best Practices – FHWA

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This Work Zone Best Practices Guidebook provides an easily accessible compilation of work zone operations best practices used by various States and localities around the country. The best practices are descriptive not prescriptive. That is, they describe approaches that have been successfully used by transportation agencies, along with contact information to find out more from the agency using the practice. Each organization must determine which of these practices are best suited for its particular situation, considering all the site-specific factors that affect work zone operations.

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The Guidebook is a reference document that can be updated with new approaches, technologies, and practices for effectively managing work zones and reducing the impacts of work zones on mobility and safety as they are identified.

The best practices are grouped into 11 major categories to help practitioners easily find practices that deal with a particular topic.

Practices can also be found via 7 cross references that enable users to find best practices in several different ways, and a subject index that offers 50 topics and subtopics for more specific searches.

Each of the 11 sections begins with a description of the work zone practice category and a brief summary of the types of activities implemented.

Following this overview of the category, each of the work zone best practices is described in the section. The descriptions include:

  • A Best Practice Reference Number
  • The Best Practice Title
  • Description of the Best Practice
  • Reason(s) the Agency Used the Best Practice
  • Primary Benefit(s) Being Realized from this Best Practice
  • Most Applicable Location and Type(s) of Projects Where this Practice Is Most Effective
  • Contact(s).

The cross-reference section of the Guidebook provides a variety of cross-references that allow practitioners to identify best practices based on where they were observed, project life cycle stage, nature of the work zone activity, traffic conditions in the work zone, geographic or demographic characteristics, and the type of roadway involved.

The reference numbers identify each practice by category and subcategory, so that as new best practices are added, they can be added to the appropriate section of the Guidebook and the cross-reference listings.

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