In December 2019 an updated Australian Standard AS1742.3 Traffic Control for works on roads (2019) and the Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (AGTTM) were released.
Together these documents detail the standards for temporary traffic management devices and best practice guidance for their use at road worksites.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has aligned technical guidance for the Queensland industry to the new national standard and best practice guide.
Harmonisation of Queensland’s Manual Uniform of Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 3 and introduction of the Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (QGTTM) aims to increase assurance and protection for workers and improve road user experience through consistent implementation of nationally recognised best practices in temporary traffic management.
The MUTCD Part 3 now generally adopts (and not repeats) specifications contained in AS1742.3. The MUTCD will detail the variances to AS1742.3 for use in Queensland.
The QGTTM is a new 10-part document which directly aligns to the AGTTM. Each part of the new QGTTM generally adopts (but not repeat) the guidance contained within the AGTTM. The QGTTM will detail the variances to the practices described in the AGTTM for use in Queensland.
What does this mean for projects currently underway?
For contracts in place prior to 1 December 2021, the version and applicable parts of the Queensland Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management that were specified in the tender (and then in the contract documents) are still considered to be applicable for the duration of the project. The legal support for this is detailed in the Transitional Guideline Approved Notice.
For more information please refer to TMR’s Website