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Ask the Experts: Traffic Control Plans

Does your site need a traffic control plan? christopher Can Help!

Did you know christopher provides traffic control plans (TCP)?

Our Urban Land Division are experts in traffic control plans and have performed over 50 TCPs in DC alone. christopher’s team can anticipate your project’s TCP needs, keeping you on schedule and on budget. We recently sat down with Dave Sharon, P.E. and Eli Goldman, P.E. from the urban team to get the scoop on when you need a TCP and why christopher is the right fit for your project.

First of all, what is a traffic control plan?

A traffic control plan (TCP), also known as a maintenance of traffic plan (MOT) is used to provide the safe and efficient movement of vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians through and/or around a work zone.

When are TCPs needed?

TCPs are needed for any work that affects the public space (outside of the project’s right-of-way). This could include roads, sidewalks, alleys, etc.  Some examples of work that needs a TCP; closure of a portion of a sidewalk, road closures, construction entrance, utility work, scaffolding and much more.

So does every project need a TCP?

Pretty much all urban projects will need one since they will most likely have an impact on public space. They are needed less often on suburban projects; however, any project impacting a public road or sidewalk will still require one.

When in the life of a project should you schedule a TCP?

TCPs are needed during the construction phase of the project. For more complex road and sidewalk closures, it is a good idea to plan ahead and figure out how the site will be utilized and if the TCP will have any impacts on construction.

How long does a TCP take? 

The timing will depend on the complexity of the project. Typically it only takes the christopher team a couple of days to prepare. The preparation, review and approval process is not as long or difficult as many other plans required.

How much does a TCP cost? 

Again, this will vary depending on the complexity of the plan, but the cost is a small percentage of an overall project and compared to other necessary plans. They also provide a value add to your project and keep your construction personnel safe on the job!

Why christopher?

In DC alone we have prepared over 50 traffic control plans that range in size from a minor sidewalk closure to a multi-phase large scale road and sidewalk closure. At this point, we can anticipate what the reviewers are looking for and include it before it is asked for, drastically shortening the review process and keeping your project on schedule!

For more information, or to schedule a TCP for your project, contact: 

Eli Goldman, P.E.:
David Sharon, P.E.: