The purpose of temporary traffic management is to provide better traffic control for both drivers and pedestrians and a safer environment for workers on site and the general public. This can be achieved by a comprehensive arrangement for any road disruption and temporary or short-term lane or road closures.
Temporary Traffic Management for Road Intervention Works
Before any road intervention works may commence, all temporary traffic management conditions as stipulated in the corresponding permit conditions approved by Transport Malta have to be implemented on site.
Temporary Traffic Management Guidelines
Transport Malta provides the contractor with a set of standard temporary traffic management plans (STMPs) to help maintain a general standard for all road intervention works.
These guidelines illustrate the typical temporary traffic management schemes for different work sites applicable to various roads within the road network.
Click on STMPs - Guidelines to Improved Traffic Management during Road Intervention Works to download a copy.
It is the contractor’s responsibility to consult with and provide Transport Malta a temporary traffic management plan.
Transport Malta reserves the right to amend the proposed plan as deemed necessary. Other specific conditions given by Transport Malta may also apply.
Transport Malta may also provide the contractor with a pre-planned temporary traffic management arrangement for strategic locations.
Transport Malta may restrict the contractor to carry out works within a specific time during the day or night.
No temporary traffic management plan is to be implemented on site prior approval from Transport Malta.
Approved temporary traffic management plans are to be implemented on site and verified by Transport Malta officials, prior to commencement of the actual works.
Planning for Temporary Traffic Management
When planning a temporary traffic management arrangement, always ask yourself this question:
Will someone coming along the road or footway from any direction understand exactly what is happening and what is expected of them?
Particular attention must always be given to the needs of the visually and/or hearing impaired people, disabled people, children, elderly people and people with prams.
It is the contractor’s responsibility to always seek advice if in doubt about the correct procedures or concerns about safety.
If you are in doubt about the correct temporary traffic management procedures for road intervention works, or if you are concerned about site safety, please contact the Temporary Traffic Management Section.
Safety On Site
It is the contractor carrying out the works who is responsible to;
Drivers and Pedestrians are also responsible to obey all temporary traffic management signs when approaching a site of works.
Temporary Traffic Management for Road Occupancy Works
Temporary traffic management may also be needed for works which may not be directly related to road intervention works (such as maintenance of verges and soft landscaping along traffic islands and junctions, erection of tower cranes, temporary portable man lifts or furniture cranes), but still might need a temporary or short-term lane or full road closure.
Any road occupancy works in particular those obstructing traffic in arterial/strategic roads should follow the Traffic Management conditions stipulated in the respective Road Works Permit.
All road occupancy works to be carried out should have an authorised road intervention works permit issued from the Authority.
Local councils are responsible to register and notify the Authority about all road occupancy works being carried out within their locality before granting the necessary approval. This will enable the Authority to coordinate any other works which will have a direct impact in the vicinity. Moreover, proper coordination between all stakeholders involved will result in less inconvenience to the residents and other road users..
If you are in doubt about the correct temporary traffic management procedures for road occupancy works please contact your local council or contact the Temporary Traffic Management Section within the Roads & Infrastructure Directorate.
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