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Code of practice for temporary traffic management (CoPTTM: Part 8 of the Traffic Control Devices manual (TCD Manual)

Published: | Category: Signs & markings (permanent & temporary) , Manuals | Audiences: Road traffic engineers & consultants, Roading contractors

This is the standard reference for all temporary traffic management on state highways and local roads. It includes levels of temporary traffic management, signs and forms used, and a series of sample traffic management plans. 

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Hard copies of CoPTTM can be ordered from NZ Print: email info@nzprint.co.nz or phone (04) 801 7892.

Electronic copies of CoPTTM can be downloaded at no cost from the following link: Manual sections

Publication details

  • Author:
  • Published: 01 November 2012
  • Version: 4th edition
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0-478-04701-0
  • Also known as: COPTTM

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Application

The 4th edition CoPTTM was available for use from 1 August 2012. It became mandatory on 1 November 2012.

After 1 November parties to existing contracts signed using the 3rd edition were able to continue to apply the 3rd edition, or both parties by mutual agreement were able to move to the 4th edition.

Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM

TitleDate
Overview of changes to CoPTTM Nov 2018 [PDF, 108 KB] Nov 2018
Overview of changes to CoPTTM July 2018 [PDF, 57 KB] Sep 2018
Change to the CoPTTM pages of the NZTA website June 2018 [PDF, 30 KB] Jun 2018
TTM Conference presentations added to website May 2018 [PDF, 24 KB] May 2018
Overview of further changes to CoPTTM February 2018 [PDF, 30 KB] Feb 2018
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM February 2018 [PDF, 39 KB] Feb 2018
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM January 2018 [PDF, 37 KB] Jan 2018
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM September 2017 [PDF, 40 KB] Sep 2017
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM August 2017 [PDF, 33 KB] Aug 2017
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM April 2017 [PDF, 24 KB] Apr 2017
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM March 2017 [PDF, 199 KB] Mar 2017
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM February 2017 [PDF, 2.3 MB] Feb 2017
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM October 2016 [PDF, 47 KB] Oct 2016
Overview of recent changes to CoPTTM June 2016 [PDF, 31 KB] Jun 2016

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Manual sections

The manual sections listed below may be downloaded at no cost. Hard copies can be ordered from NZ Print: email info@nzprint.co.nz or phone (04) 801 7892.

4th edition manual sectionsDate
Feedback form [DOC, 51 KB] May 2016
Section A – Introduction and general [PDF, 785 KB] Feb 2017
Section B – Equipment [PDF, 1.9 MB] Feb 2017
Section C – Static operations [PDF, 1.8 MB] Feb 2017
Section D – Mobile operations [PDF, 891 KB] Feb 2017
Section E – Standard forms and descriptions [PDF, 1.2 MB] Feb 2017
Section F – Level LV and level 1 layout drawings [PDF, 4.4 MB] Feb 2017
Section G – Level 2 layout drawings [PDF, 3.3 MB] Feb 2017
Section H – Level 3 layout drawings [PDF, 2.3 MB] Feb 2017
Sections A to H – Combined sections [PDF, 16 MB] Feb 2017
Section I – Specific activity procedures and diagrams Feb 2017
Section J – Level 1 temporary traffic management handbook Oct 2014

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Forms used for traffic management

FormsDate
01. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - full form [DOC, 233 KB] Feb 2017
02. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – full form [DOC, 181 KB] Feb 2017
03. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - short form [DOC, 166 KB] Feb 2017
04. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – short form [DOC, 109 KB] Feb 2017
05. On-site record [DOC, 115 KB] Feb 2017
06. CoPTTM incident report [DOC, 597 KB] Feb 2017
06a. Guidelines for completion of CoPTTM Incident report [DOCX, 20 KB] April 2018
07. TSL decision matrix [PDF, 813 KB] Feb 2018
08. Engineering exception decision (EED) [DOC, 74 KB] May 2013
09. Checking process for generic TMPs [DOC, 86 KB] Feb 2017
10. Site condition rating - full form [DOC, 185 KB] May 2013

10a. Paper SCR form [PDF, 208 KB]

Sept 2017

10b. Electronic SCR form (Smart PDF – Adobe Reader) [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Sept 2017

10c. Electronic SCR form (Excel spreadsheet) [XLSM, 580 KB]

Sept 2017
11. Notice of non-conformance [DOC, 75 KB] May 2013
12. Site condition rating - short form [DOC, 146 KB] May 2013
13. Examples of ratings - short form [DOC, 68 KB] May 2013
14. Notification of road closure [DOC, 80 KB] May 2013
15. Schedule of specific job requirements [DOC, 83 KB] May 2013
16. Application for delegated authority [DOC, 78 KB] May 2013
17. Application for TMC approval of TMP [DOC, 84 KB] May 2013

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CoPTTM Consult submissions

CoPTTM Consult submissionsDate
CoPTTM Consult minor change submissions received since 1 Oct 2016 [PDF, 1.2 MB] May 2017
CoPTTM Consult policy change submissions received since 1 Oct 2016 [PDF, 378 KB] May 2017

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Technical notes

Technical notesDate
Technical Note: Change to Land Transport Rule - Setting of Speed Limits 2017 - Rule 54001/2017 [DOC, 1.8 MB] Feb 2018
Technical note: Revised audit approach [PDF, 528 KB] Sep 2017
Technical note: High visibility garments [PDF, 648 KB] Sep 2017
Technical note: Changes to ROPE [PDF, 40 KB] Oct 2016
Technical note: ROPE form master [XLSX, 25 KB] Oct 2016

Technical note: portable traffic signals [PDF, 54 KB]
Superseded – Now included in Section I-19: Register of TTM equipment

Aug 2017
Level 2 low speed (2LS) [PDF, 387 KB] Jun 2016
Information on Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015 [PDF, 295 KB] 1 Mar 2016

Technical note: specification and approval for portable signals [PDF, 41 KB]

Nov 2015
Technical note: TMA national register [DOCX, 69 KB] Nov 2014

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Training

TitleDate
List of accredited NZTA temporary traffic management trainers [PDF, 213 KB] Aug 2018

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NZ Transport Agency training calendar

Workshop

Location

Dates

Registrations

ATMP workshop

Organised on demand 
(requires minimum of 8 participants)

To be advised

ATMP Flyer [DOCX, 547 KB]

KCTL Train the Trainer workshop

Organised on demand 
(requires minimum of 10 participants)

To be advised

KCTL Flyer [DOCX, 1.2 MB]

Traffic Management Coordinator (TMC) workshops

Locations of TMC workshops are included below

Dates of TMC workshops are included below

TMC Flyer [DOCX, 988 KB]

Traffic management Coordinator workshop Napier 14 & 15 August 2018 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Whanganui 11 & 12 September 2018 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Hamilton 9 & 10 October 2018 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Whāngārei 17- 18 October 2018 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Dunedin 13 & 14 November 2018 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Auckland 20-21 November 2018 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)

Train the Trainer workshop

Taupo

20, 21 and 22 November 2018

Registration form [DOC, 54 KB]

Trainer Refresher workshop

Taupo

26 and 27 November 2018

Registration form [DOC, 71 KB]

Traffic management Coordinator workshop Christchurch 12 & 13 February 2019 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Wellington

26 & 27 or 27 & 28 February 2019

Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Rotorua 12 & 13 March 2019 Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
Traffic management Coordinator workshop Nelson

26 & 27 March 2019

Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)

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Barriers workshops

Workshop

Location

Dates

Registrations

Road safety barrier - IMI workshop (installation and maintenance inspections)

Auckland

24, 25 and 26 July 2018

Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
REGISTRATIONS FULL

Road safety barrier - IMI workshop (installation and maintenance inspections)

Lower Hutt

28, 29 and 30 August 2018

Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
REGISTRATIONS FULL

 

Road safety barrier - Design workshop

Hamilton

25, 26 and 27 September 2018

Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
REGISTRATIONS FULL

Road safety barrier - IMI workshop (installation and maintenance inspections)

Hamilton

6,7 and 8 November 2018

Registration via Conference http://conferencebrokers.co.nz/(external link)
REGISTRATIONS FULL

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CoPTTM governance group

TitleDate
Minutes of CGG meeting – 11 July 2018 [PDF, 1.9 MB] Jul 2018
Revised list of CGG members [PDF, 41 KB] May 2018
Minutes of CGG meeting – 13 December 2017  [PDF, 2.3 MB] Jan 2018
Priority project: Use of ITS for TTM (awaiting project plan) Jan 2018
Priority project: Managing delays on the network - Part 1 [PDF, 18 KB] & Part 2 [PDF, 18 KB] Jan 2018
Priority project: Review of P37 VMS standard - possibly including P35/6 (awaiting project plan) Jan 2018
Priority project: Include 3-way and 4-way portable traffic signals in CoPTTM [PDF, 22 KB] Jan 2018
Priority project: Worksite clutter and excess TTM [PDF, 20 KB] Jan 2018
Priority project: Effectiveness of electronic speed signs (awaiting project plan) Jan 2018
Minutes of CGG meeting – 7 June 2017 [PDF, 1.3 MB] July 2017
Revised CGG members and terms of reference [PDF, 46 KB] Oct 2016
Minutes of CGG meeting – 6 October 2016 [PDF, 412 KB] Oct 2016
Minutes of CGG meeting - 21 April 2016 [PDF, 192 KB] May 2016
Project - Low speed level 2 roads [PDF, 69 KB] May 2016
Project - Advanced Planning workshop [PDF, 36 KB] May 2016
Project - Auckland Transport audit pilot results [PDF, 29 KB] May 2016
Project - Cyclists/Temporary bus stops/Pedestrian temporary signage [PDF, 29 KB] May 2016
Project - CoPTTM for new H&S legislation [PDF, 27 KB] May 2016
Project - Central reporting procedure for incidents at worksites [PDF, 27 KB] May 2016
Project - Workers riding on back of work vehicles (research project) [PDF, 25 KB] May 2016
Project - Competency assessments for training [PDF, 26 KB] May 2016
Project - Value for Money assessment of CoPTTM (potential research project) [PDF, 26 KB] May 2016
Priority Project - Produce a policy for low speed level 2 roads [PDF, 36 KB] Oct 2015
Priority Project - Develop Advanced Planning workshop [PDF, 18 KB] Oct 2015
Priority Project - Review of AT audit pilot results [PDF, 21 KB] Oct 2015
Priority Project - Revise CoPTTM requirements for cyclists, temporary bus stops and pedestrian temporary signage [PDF, 20 KB] Oct 2015
Priority Project - Revise CoPTTM for new H&S legislation [PDF, 18 KB] Oct 2015
Priority Project - Develop a central reporting procedure for incidents at worksites [PDF, 18 KB] Oct 2015
Priority Project - Value for money assessment of CoPTTM [PDF, 13 KB] Oct 2015
Minutes of the CGG meeting on 26 August 2015 [PDF, 99 KB] Sep 2015
Minutes of the CoPTTM Governance Group (CGG) meeting [PDF, 99 KB] Oct 2014 (amended on 2 Sep 2015)
Terms of reference for the CGG [PDF, 35 KB] Oct 2014

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Documents under discussion

TitleDate
Discussion document: Managing site access (feedback due 1 Dec 2018) [DOCX, 536 KB] Nov 2018
Discussion document: MASH TMA (feedback due 9 Nov 2018) [DOCX, 221 KB] Oct 2018
P34 Draft VMS Operating Policy 7 April 2011 [PDF, 158 KB] Jul 2018
P36 DRAFT VMS Notes 15 June 2011 [PDF, 795 KB] Jul 2018
P36 DRAFT VMS Specification 15 June 2011 [PDF, 221 KB] Jul 2018
Proposed Training and Competency model – Amended after feedback [PDF, 842 KB] Jan 2018
Proposed Training and Competency model – Amended after feedback [PDF, 842 KB] Jan 2018
Consolidated feedback on Proposed Training and Competency Model [PDF, 935 KB] Jan 2018

P37 Specification for mobile variable message signs [PDF, 569 KB]

Oct 2016
Information on trial to improve visibility of manual traffic controllers [DOCX, 101 KB] Sep 2016
Report on Improving the visibility of manual traffic controllers trials [PDF, 2 MB] Sep 2016

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Levels of temporary traffic management (TTM): diagrams

All state highways are classified as a particular TTM level dependent on the traffic volumes. Four levels of TTM are described within the code and, in increasing order of complexity, these are:

  • Level LV - Low Volume Roads (AADT less than 500vpd)
  • Level 1 - Low to Moderate Volume Roads (AADT 500 to 10,000vpd)
  • Level 2 - High Volume Roads (AADT greater than 10,000vpd)
  • Level 3 - High Volume, High Speed Multi-lane Roads, Expressways and Motorways (AADT greater than 10,000vpd and speed greater than 75 km/h)

Signs used for temporary traffic management

For the dimensional, colour and layout requirements for traffic signs in New Zealand see the Traffic sign specifications section of the Traffic control devices manual.

To get a GIF image of a particular sign (eg to use in a traffic management diagram) follow the Get GIF image of sign [PDF, 228 KB] instructions.

L2/3 ROPE / Practical assessment documentation

TitleDate

Technical note: Changes to ROPE [PDF, 40 KB]

Feb 2017
Technical note: ROPE form master [XLSX, 25 KB] Apr 2018
L2/3 trainers and assessors [PDF, 101 KB] Aug 2018
Candidate guide L2/3 practical assessment [DOCX, 922 KB] Aug 2017
Candidate guide L2/3 re-assessment [DOCX, 786 KB]   Aug 2017

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Amendments

Amendments made in the February 2017 update Date
Details of amendments made for the February 2017 update [PDF, 2.3 MB] Mar 2017
Amendments made in the July 2015 update
Date
Details of amendments made for the July 2015 update [PDF, 266 KB] Jul 2015
Amendments made in the January 2015 update
Date
Details of amendments made for the January 2015 update [DOC, 111 KB] Jan 2015
Amendments made in the October 2014 update
Date
Details of amendments made for the October 2014 update [DOC, 2.1 MB] Oct 2014
Appendix G for Update Notice - October 2014 [DOC, 162 KB] Oct 2014
Amendments made in the July 2013 update
Date
Details of amendments made for the July 2013 update [PDF, 68 KB] Jul 2013
Amendments made during period 1 November 2012 and May 2013
Tracked changes have been used to record amendments made to
CoPTTM 4th edition during the period of 1 November 2012 and May 2013
Date
Section A – Tracked changes [PDF, 693 KB] May 2013
Section B – Tracked changes [PDF, 2 MB] May 2013
Section C – Tracked changes [PDF, 2.6 MB] May 2013
Section D – Tracked changes [PDF, 752 KB] May 2013
Section E – Tracked changes [PDF, 14 MB] May 2013
Section F, G & H – Summary of changes [PDF, 15 KB] May 2013
Amendments made to forms during the period of 1 November 2012 and May 2013
Date
01. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - full form - tracked changes [PDF, 76 KB] May 2013
02. Traffic management plan (TMP) – full form with on-site record - tracked changes [PDF, 91 KB] May 2013
03. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – full form - tracked changes [PDF, 94 KB] May 2013
04. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - short form - tracked changes [PDF, 43 KB] May 2013
05. Traffic management plan (TMP) – short form with on-site record - tracked changes [PDF, 59 KB] May 2013
06. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – short form - tracked changes [PDF, 64 KB] May 2013
07. On-site record - tracked changes [PDF, 29 KB] May 2013
08. Engineering exception decision (EED) - tracked changes [PDF, 16 KB] May 2013
09. Checking process for generic TMPs - tracked changes [PDF, 35 KB] May 2013
10. Site condition rating - full form - tracked changes [PDF, 46 KB] May 2013
11. Notice of non-conformance - tracked changes [PDF, 23 KB] May 2013
12. Site condition rating - short form - tracked changes [PDF, 53 KB] May 2013
13. Examples of ratings - short form - tracked changes [PDF, 29 KB] May 2013
14. Notification of road closure - tracked changes [PDF, 21 KB] May 2013
15. Schedule of specific job requirements - tracked changes [PDF, 25 KB] May 2013
16. Application for delegated authority - tracked changes [PDF, 21 KB] May 2013
17. Application for TMC approval of TMP - tracked changes [PDF, 20 KB] May 2013

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Archived CoPTTM documents

4th edition documents
superseded February 2017
Date
01. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - full form (superseded) [DOC, 239 KB] Jun 2016
02. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – full form (superseded) [DOC, 183 KB] Jun 2016
03. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - short form (superseded) [DOC, 171 KB] Jun 2016
04. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – short form (superseded) [DOC, 110 KB] Jun 2016
05. On-site record (superseded) [DOC, 117 KB] Jun 2016
06. CoPTTM incident report (superseded) [DOC, 599 KB] Jun 2016
09. Checking process for generic TMPs (superseded) [DOC, 88 KB] May 2013
Technical note: High visibility garments (superseded) [PDF, 314 KB]  Sep 2016
Changes to CoPTTM for HSWA 2015 (superseded) [PDF, 157 KB] Jun 2016
Guidelines for managing cyclists where cycle lanes are impacted by a worksite (superseded) [PDF, 469 KB] May 2016
Levels of temporary traffic management (TTM): diagrams
Date
The state highway network (superseded) [PDF, 657 KB] 2005
Auckland Region (superseded) [PDF, 487 KB] 2005
Waikato Region (superseded) [PDF, 1.3 MB] 2005
Bay of Plenty Region (superseded) [PDF, 491 KB] 2005
Manawatu Region (superseded) [PDF, 686 KB] 2005
Wellington Region (superseded) [PDF, 561 KB] 2005
Christchurch Region (superseded) [PDF, 195 KB] 2005
Christchurch City (superseded) [PDF, 144 KB] 2005
Dunedin Region (superseded) [PDF, 256 KB] 2005
4th edition forms
superseded June 2016
Date
01. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - full form (superseded) [DOC, 165 KB] Jul 2015
03. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – full form (superseded) [DOC, 185 KB] Jul 2015
04. Traffic Management Plan (TMP) - short form (superseded) [DOC, 101 KB] Jul 2015
06. Guidelines for completion of traffic management plan (TMP) – short form (superseded) [DOC, 109 KB] Jul 2015
07. On-site record (superseded) [DOC, 115 KB] Jul 2015
4th edition manual sections
 from 1 December 2014 to 31 July 2015
Date
Feedback form (superseded) [DOC, 371 KB] Oct 2014
Section A (superseded) [PDF, 1.1 MB] Jan 2015
Section B (superseded) [PDF, 2.3 MB] Oct 2014
Section C (superseded) [PDF, 2.4 MB] Oct 2014
Section D (superseded) [PDF, 1.2 MB] Jan 2015
Section E (superseded) [PDF, 7 MB] Oct 2014
Section F Level LV and level 1 diagrams (superseded) [PDF, 5.3 MB] Oct 2014
Section G Level 2 diagrams (superseded) [PDF, 3.8 MB] Oct 2014
Section H Level 3 diagrams (superseded) [PDF, 2.7 MB] Oct 2014
Sections A to H (superseded) [PDF, 17 MB] Jan 2015
4th edition manual sections
from 1 July 2013 to 30 November 2014
Date
Section A (superseded) [PDF, 1.1 MB] Jul 2013
Section B (superseded) [PDF, 2.1 MB] Jul 2013
Section C (superseded) [PDF, 2.1 MB] Jul 2013
Section D (superseded) [PDF, 1.2 MB] Sept 2013
Section E (superseded) [PDF, 6.9 MB] Jul 2013
Section F Level LV and level 1 diagrams (superseded) [PDF, 4 MB] Jul 2013
Section G Level 2 diagrams(superseded) [PDF, 3.1 MB] Jul 2013
Section H Level 3 diagrams (superseded) [PDF, 2 MB] Jul 2013
Sections A to H (superseded) [PDF, 10 MB] Jul 2013
3rd edition manual sections
Date
Covering letter and memo (superseded) [PDF, 77 KB] Nov 2004
Foreword (superseded) 13 Mar 2006
Section A: Introduction and general (superseded) [PDF, 227 KB] Nov 2004
Section B: Equipment (superseded) [PDF, 798 KB] 13 Mar 2006
Section C: Static operations (superseded) [PDF, 1.6 MB] 27 Jan 2005
Section D: Mobile operations (superseded) [PDF, 173 KB] Nov 2004
Section E1: Level LV roads - static and mobile operations (superseded) [PDF, 386 KB] Nov 2004
Section E2: Level 1 roads - static operations (superseded) [PDF, 3.1 MB] Nov 2004
Section E3: Level 1 roads - mobile operations and TMP diagram (superseded) [PDF, 1.1 MB] Nov 2004
Section F1: Level 2 roads - static operations (superseded) [PDF, 7.6 MB] Nov 2004
Section F2: Level 2 roads - mobile operations (superseded) [PDF, 1.5 MB] Nov 2004
Section G1: Level 3 roads - static operations (superseded) [PDF, 3.9 MB] Nov 2004
Section G2: Level 3 roads - mobile & special operations (superseded) [PDF, 1.7 MB] Nov 2004
Section H: Appendices (superseded) [PDF, 268 KB] Nov 2004
February 2006 update notice (superseded) [PDF, 118 KB] Feb 2006
November 2007 update notice (superseded) [PDF, 42 KB] Nov 2007
November 2008 update notice (superseded) [PDF, 35 KB] Nov 2008
December 2009 update notice (superseded) [PDF, 586 KB] Nov 2010
Proposed timetable for Edition 4 (superseded) [PDF, 84 KB] Dec 2010
Traffic management plan (superseded) [DOC, 117 KB] 26 Nov 2004
Schedule of specific job requirements (superseded) [DOC, 100 KB] 26 Nov 2004
Application for temporary speed limit (superseded) [DOC, 105 KB] 26 Nov 2004
Site condition rating form (superseded) [DOC, 309 KB] 26 Nov 2004
Notice of non-conformance (superseded) [DOC, 93 KB] 26 Nov 2004
Notification of road/lane closure of state highway roads (superseded) [DOC, 145 KB] 26 Nov 2004
Technical note: level 2/3 sign stand bases (superseded) [PDF, 163 KB] Dec 2011
Technical note: new requirements and recommendations for truck mounted attenuator (TMA) (superseded) [PDF, 214 KB] Dec 2008
Technical note: TMA register project [PDF, 21 KB] Sep 2010

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