New national guide to improve safety of road workers and users in NT

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

The Territory Government has welcomed the launch of the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (AGTTM) this week.

The Guide provides supporting documentation to the updated standard for traffic control for works on roads. Together these will provide a consistent National framework to safely manage changed traffic conditions around road works and public events. This will enhance existing arrangements within the Territory.

Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL), General Manager of Transport and Civil Services and Austroads Board member, Louise McCormick, said the AGTTM brings together a single national guideline for government and its contractors to manage changed traffic conditions for the safety of both workers and road users.

“The AGTTM is a set of comprehensive publications developed to provide clear guidelines to develop safe, economical and efficient Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) solutions for Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms McCormick.

“The Guide has been developed based on best practice temporary traffic management practice in Australia and New Zealand, assisting road authorities to meet their existing legislative responsibilities for workplace and public safety.”

“It applies to all works on and near roads, as well as specialist changed traffic conditions for public events.”

Austroads Chief Executive Officer, Nick Koukoulas said the AGTTM aims to improve the safety of people working on our roads and all road users.

“The 10 part AGTTM is the culmination of a four-year collaborative project between Austroads, Australasian transport agencies and industry.”

Implementation in the Northern Territory will be staged, with the first stage of the transition focussing on categorising the NT roads network and revising roadworks and road maintenance to align with requirements. It is expected that this stage will be complete by April 2020.

DIPL will continue provide industry information sessions on the changes and will liaise with the Traffic Management Association NT and the Civil Contractors Association NT throughout the transition period.

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