MUTCD / QGTTM / TRUM update, July 2022
The July 2022 release of technical documents has been published to the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.
Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
Parts 1, 3, 6, 7, 9 and 14 of Queensland’s MUTCD have been updated.
Parts 1, 6, 7 and 14 were updated to align with Transport and Main Roads’ MUTCD Q-series traffic control signs approved for use in Queensland. These changes will assist industry in applying the most up-to-date guidance to the planning and delivery of road projects.
Part 9 was updated to incorporate redesignation of traffic control signs to MUTCD Q-series signs and reflect progress in the transfer of Volume 1 of the Traffic and Road Use Management (TRUM) manual to the Queensland Guide to Traffic Management.
Part 3 of the Queensland MUTCD was updated in concert with the release of version 1.1 of the Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management which is harmonised to Austroads Guide to Temporary Traffic Management.
Queensland’s MUTCD is harmonised to Australian Standard AS 1742. Users must have access to both documents to apply requirements in the Queensland setting.
Details of changes are recorded in Queensland’s MUTCD amendment register.
Traffic and Road Use Management (TRUM)
Parts 2 and 5 of TRUM Volume 4 ITS and Electrical Technology Manual have been updated.
Part 2 Road Lighting Maintenance now provides for a clamping bolt tethering system with the installation of Rate 3 slip base road lighting poles. This system is to prevent clamping bolts from being projected at high speed and long distance from poles impacted by vehicle crashes.
Transport and Main Roads Technical Specifications MRTS94 Road Lighting and MRTS97 Mounting Structures for Roadside Equipment; and Standard Drawings 1372, 1380, 1381, 1382, 1429 and 1699 have been updated to incorporate the tethering system. A new Technical Note TN200 Slip Base Pole Clamping Bolt Tethering System Installation has also been released in the Traffic Engineering category to assist with the introduction of this new system.
Part 5 Configuration and Placement of Traffic Sensors has been updated to include instructions for other sensors such as traffic counters/classifiers (including bicycle and pedestrian counting) and weigh-in-motion sensors.
Technical Specification MRTS251 Traffic Counter/Classifier and Standard Drawings 1916 to 1925, 1928 and 1929 have been updated to reflect these inclusions.
Details of changes are recorded in the relevant amendment registers for Technical Specifications, Standard Drawings, Technical Notes and TRUM.
Queensland Guide to Temporary Traffic Management (QGTTM)
QGTTM has been updated in July 2022 with all Parts, excluding Part 8, aligned to version 1.1 of Austroads’ Guide to Temporary Traffic Management.
Austroads’ Part 8 was not updated and so QGTTM’s Part 8 remains aligned to version 1.0 of the AGTTM.
The Temporary Traffic Management Update released in early July provided advance details of the changes released.
Technical Note TN198 Placement and Operation of Temporary Variable Message Signs (TVMSs) has been incorporated in this QGTTM release and the Technical Note has been withdrawn.
The Guideline – Traffic Management at Works on Roads was also updated to make accessible the lookout protection method for workers on roads during short-term low-impact works and to account for updated traffic control sign names, document references, video recordkeeping and alignment to QGTTM and AGTTM.
Queensland’s MUTCD Part 3 was updated in concert with the QGTTM update as was the Event Traffic Management Design Guidelines (ETMDG). Transitional arrangements continue to apply for events with Traffic Management Plans and Traffic Guidance Schemes certified by a Traffic Management Designer prior to 1 December 2021. More detail is available in the ETMDG Transitional Guideline published on Transport and Main Roads’ QGTTM and Traffic Management at Special Events webpages.
Details of changes are recorded in the QGTTM amendment register.