ENG09013 2016 Traffic Control and Safety

General Details

Full Title
Traffic Control and Safety
Transcript Title
Traffic Control and Safety
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Brian McCann
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_N09 201600 Certificate in Engineering Road Maintenance Engineering and Network Management

This module examines the requirements for road safety, traffic control and signing, and road lighting for the provision of a safe and effective road network for all users. The use of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), traffic calming and road network design to provide safe and sustainable travel for all road users is also examined. The requirements of Road Infrastructure Safety Assessment for the rural and urban road network and the requirements for speed limit assessments are key components.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Review and investigate the characteristics of the road network and the roles of the authorities responsible for the control and management of the network. 


Formulate the requirements of vehicular traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users at traffic signal controlled and other road junctions and crossing facilities.


Determine the practices and options relating to the installation, design, operation and maintenance of traffic signal, signal crossing and other traffic control facilities and use of Intelligent Transport Systems to effectively control and manage the road network.


Appraise the requirements and design of road and street lighting facilities.


Evaluate the procedures for the implementation of road safety policies and procedures for the assessment of the safety of both new and legacy road infrastructure for the safe and efficient transit of both vehicular and non-motorised users.


Investigate sustainable methodologies for the provision of engineering, traffic calming measures and speed limit assessment to reduce road accidents on the urban and rural road network.


Critique the requirements for traffic signs and road markings for rural and urban road networks.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching and learning strategy is based on the provision of on-line lectures, tutorials and group workshops that incorporate elements of enquiry and project-based learning, both through individual and group assignments. 

Module Assessment Strategies

A blend of final written examination and continuous assessment. Learners must achieve an overall grade of 40% or higher to pass this module.

Repeat Assessments

The learner must undertake repeat final written examination and/or continuous assessment project work depending on the particular failed element to achieve an overall pass grade.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Road authorities’ responsibilities, roles and legal framework. Irish road network characteristics and network operations and management responsibilities.
  2. Road traffic sign type, function, classification and location aspects. Review of Traffic Signs Manual (DTTAS 2010) requirements for public road network.
  3. Road junction layout, selection, and design using TD41-42/11. Major/minor priority junction types, layout, selection & design process and provision for crossing of pedestrian, cyclists and other non-motorised users.
  4. Roundabout characteristics, selection, location and design aspects to TD16. Performance characteristics of roundabout junctions and comparative operational characteristics with respect to other types of junction.
  5. Traffic signal junction design, operation, installation and maintenance to TD50. Operation and installation of traffic signal installations to meet the requirements of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable users.
  6. Traffic signal control systems and vehicle actuated and UTC systems.
  7. Street lighting provision and design to TD34 and BS5489-1. Selection of appropriate lighting class and design process for urban streets and conflict areas.
  8. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for Irish road network. Various ITS technologies and schemes.
  9. Road safety requirements for the rural road network. Application of Road Safety Infrastructure Management (EU) Directive and use of related NRA Technical Directives and Advice for Irish road network, HD15-19 and HA17 & 19.
  10. Road safety strategies, road accident trends and statistics, and actions identified in current RSA strategy.
  11. Traffic calming systems for urban roads and rural communities on high speed routes based on NRA guidelines. Schemes for gateways and transition zones.
  12. Speed limit selection and management using new DTTAS guidelines for rural and urban roads.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Report on Traffic Control Topic Continuous Assessment Individual Project 15 % Week 6 1,2,3
2 Workshop Group project Continuous Assessment Group Project 5 % Week 7 2,3,4,5
3 Report on Traffic Safety/Control topic Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 11 5,6,7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Offsite Workshop/Site visit 2.5 Twice Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.33 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1996-11-29 Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering CRC Press
ISBN 0340662794 ISBN-13 9780340662793

Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering is a comprehensive textbook on principles and practice. It includes sections on transport policy and planning, traffic surveys and accident investigation, road design for capacity and safety, and traffic management. Clearly written and illustrated, the book is ideal reading for students of transport, transport planning, traffic engineering and road design.

Written by senior academics in the field of transport, it is a worthy successor to the widely acclaimed first volume of O'Flaherty's Highways. The content has been expanded and thoroughly updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in this topical area.

Recommended Reading
2010 Highway Safety Manual Three-volume Set 2010 AASHTO
ISBN 1560514779 ISBN-13 9781560514770

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Anon 1996 A Guide to Road Safety Engineering in Ireland, DTTAS

Anon, Design Manual for Roads and Bridges, Highways Agency/DoT UK

Anon, 2000-2014 Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 5 HD15-19 and Volume 8 Traffic Signs and Lighting, NRA

Anon, 2005, Guidelines on Traffic Calming For Towns and Villages on National Routes, NRA

Anon, 2010, Traffic Signs Manual, DTTAS

Anon, 2010, Guidance for the Control and Management of Traffic at Roadworks, 2nd Edition, DTTAS

Anon, 2010, Guidelines for the Application of Special Speed Limits, DTTAS

Anon,  2003 "Traffic Management Guidelines"  DTO/DTTAS/NRA



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