Hosted by American Guidelines for Handling Pedestrians in Temporary Traffic Control Areas How to accommodate pedestrians and persons with disabilities in temporary traffic control situations to ensure the safe and effective movement.
Additionally, the amount of time that a temporary traffic control plan will affect a pedestrian route may have a key impact on the quantity of devices employed and the level of technology that is practical for rerouting pedestrians.
Additionally, these decisions must incorporate the concerns of accommodating pedestrians with disabilities, such as vision and mobility impairments.
The need to provide improved consistency and quality of pedestrian traffic control devices has become more important with the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which was passed to eliminate barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications for people with disabilities (2).
The ADA requires that pedestrians with physical and/or mental disabilities be accommodated not only in completed facilities, but also during times of construction.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) support the need to establish guidelines for the handling of pedestrians in temporary traffic control areas (3,4).
The MUTCD outlines three basic items that should be considered in the application of pedestrian accommodation in temporary traffic control zones: However, the MUTCD and TMUTCD have only a few typical applications for pedestrian temporary traffic control treatments, and these seem mainly applicable to urban intersections.
Within the TMUTCD, there are two situations that are illustrated in Typical Applications 28 and 29; both of these state that where a sidewalk exists, provisions shall be made for disabled pedestrians (4).
However, there is little to no discussion as to what types of devices should be used in order to make these provisions.
Additionally, these typical applications seem focused on urban settings, while pedestrian issues also arise at temporary traffic control zones that are in suburban, small-town, and essentially rural environments.