April 15, 2020  —  April 16, 2020


8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


University of Virginia
Virginia Transportation Research Council
530 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Contact Hours



Federal requirements now instruct state and local governments to train personnel in work zone traffic control relevant to the job decisions that each individual is required to make. This workshop provides training needed to properly install and monitor work zones for construction and maintenance projects for long-term (greater than three consecutive days) operations. This course provides comprehensive training on work zone standards, guidelines, installations and removal procedures, inspection, liability, documentation and supervisory skills. Several workshops included in this course are designed to provide hands-on experience implementing and modifying temporary traffic control plans for various real-life situations. It also teaches how to recognize, analyze, correct, and document deficiencies. At the conclusion of this workshop, a short open-book written exam will be administered to all attendees. A VDOT-issued training card will be given to each attendee who achieves a passing grade of 80% or higher.



Day 1
8:00 am: Registration
8:15 am: Introduction
9:00 am: Temporary traffic control standards, manuals, and references
10:00 am: Fundamental principles: Safety and Accessibility, Mobility, Guidance, Inspection,
Maintenance, Training, and Public Relations
11:00 am: Human factors: Designing for the Driver, Perceptual Ability, Driver Expectations, Perception/Reaction Considerations, Capacity & Congestion Factors
Noon: Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm: Component parts of temporary traffic control: Advance warning area, Transition area,
Buffer area, Activity/Work/Traffic area, Termination area, Tapers, flagging methods, Diversions & detours
3:00 pm: Design considerations: Planning, designing, enforcement. Taper exercise
4:00 pm: Closing remarks/questions (adjourn)

Day 2
8:00 am: Check in
8:15 am: Temporary traffic control: General requirements, Device categories, Signs, Channelizing devices, Tapers, Vehicle warning lights, arrow panels, portable changeable message signs, Truck-mounted attenuators, Barriers. Barrier exercise.
11:00 am: Temporary traffic control exercise
Noon: Lunch (provided)
12:30 pm: Temporary traffic control plans
1:00 pm: Night-time work zones: Illumination
Levels, Glare, TTC Typicals
1:30 pm: Temporary traffic control exercise
2:00 pm: Urban and other considerations: Urban Considerations,
Pedestrian/ADA Considerations, Accommodating Motorcycles
3:00 pm: Course Review & Exam (60 minutes)
4:00 pm: Adjourn


Paul Kelley

Paul Kelley is a certified VDOT Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Work Zone Training instructor.  He is also an American Traffic Safety Services (ATSSA) Master Instructor for Traffic Control Technician, Traffic Control Supervisor, and Traffic Control Design Specialist work zone courses.  He is retired from VDOT 12 years of service in the Engineering Services Section of the Location and Design Division and 13 years working in the Work Zone Safety Office in the Traffic Engineering Division.  He participated in the development of and instructed both the work zone training and guardrail installation training (GRIT) courses.  Mr. Kelley is also the recipient of ATSSA’s 2019 National Safety Award.  Prior to VDOT, he was lead instructor and administrator for an engineering technology program at a community college.  Mr. Kelley is also a Veterans Service Officer.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for roadway designers, bridge engineers, and other individuals responsible for designing work zone traffic control. The VDOT recommended prerequisites for the class are: Hands-on experience (preferably two years) in work zone traffic control or responsibilities for work zone traffic control plan development. It is not necessary to take the Basic or Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control courses prior to the Advanced course because this is a "standalone" course. The course is targeted towards the following three groups:

The roadway design or bridge engineer or others responsible for the work zone traffic control plan development
Those responsibile for electronic generation of work zone traffic control plans
Pesonnel charged with completing permit applications for work on public rights of way in Virginia

Registration and Payment

The following registration fees cover the session, all course materials and meals:

Local Government: $150.00
State/Federal: $250.00
Private Industry: $425.00

Click here for UVA TTA's general registration information, cancellation policy, and refund policy. UVA TTA accepts the following credit cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover. Credit card information cannot be taken over the phone. Alternatively, after registering you can print out a voucher to send in with your payment. After you have completed the transaction you will receive an automatically generated email confirming registration and payment if applicable. Final confirmation and instructions will be sent out during the week prior to the class date.

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