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Work Zone BY MARK A. NORRIS, WATER CIRCUIT RIDER CAN YOU REMEMBER Traffic Control Update a mandate in July 2009, by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)? It implemented an order from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) that required appropriate training for personnel involved in the development, design, implementation, operation, inspection and enforcement of work zone-related transportation management and traffic control. To meet this requirement, thousands of workers from VDOT, engineering firms, contractors, utility workers and emergency response personnel have received training across the state. Once trained, these workers received certification cards that lasted for four years. Now that 2012 is upon us, some certifications need renewal. using National Work Zone Awareness Week in April to inform the public about traveling through work zones to combat these statistics, VDOT continues to change training requirements and equipment used. Also, VDOT has updated the manuals used in setting up temporary work zone traffic control. In December 2011, the Commonwealth Transportation Board adopted the Virginia Supplement to the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, the Virginia Work Area Protection Manual and the Virginia Standard Highway Signs. As of Jan. 1, these manuals went into effect. They require that all VDOT crews, new maintenance projects, new traffic control devices, sign manufacturing and renewal contracts must be compliant with the new manuals. As of July 1, Workers, First Responders and Flaggers shall wear high-visibility safety apparel that meets Performance Class 3 requirements of the ANSI/ISEA 107-2010. In night time operations, workers installing, making adjustments to or removing traffic control devices are required to wear High Visibility Type E Trousers. Flaggers working during night time operations are required to wear the trousers as well. Law enforcement and firefighters within a traffic control zone may wear ANSI/ISEA 207-2006 high-visibility apparel. If you have any questions regarding Work Zone requirements, regulations or the new changes that have gone into effect, please contact our office at (540) 261-7178. 21 While using National Work Zone Awareness Week in April to inform the public about traveling through work zones to combat these statistics, VDOT continues to change training requirements and equipment used. To renew certification, one must attend training relevant to one’s job and take an open-book exam. However, some changes have occurred. Anyone attending a Basic or Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control Training Class shall also receive a Flagger Certification that will remain in effect for four years as well. The regular two-year Flagger Certification is still required for those who do not receive the work zone training. If you need to renew your certification, please keep informed via our website at for upcoming training dates. In 2011 there were 3,457 crashes in highway work zones across the state. The crashes resulted in 11 deaths and 1,816 injuries. While the death toll decreased eight percent from 2010, injuries in work zone crashes increased 49 percent and the number of crashes were up 46 percent. The majority of crashes occur on primary highways and involve drivers in their early twenties. While

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2012

From the President
From the Executive Director
A Day ( or Two) in the Life of a Circuit Rider
The Necessary Evolution of Water and Wasterwater Utilities
Craig-New Castle PSA: One Small System's Giant Leap into the Future
Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on our part
Extra Highlights from 2012 VRWA Conference
Virginia Department of Transportation Work Zone Traffic Control Update
FOG (Fat, Oil and Grease): Sewer Public Enemy No.1
The Inspector Found What?
EXPO Coverage
Ergs, Joules & Such
Understanding your Job as a Board or Council Member?
Wastewater Math
Throwing My Loop
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
VRWA Mailbag
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board Of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Fall 2012