ENG09013 2019 Traffic Control and Safety
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 junction operation and control systems to provide safe and sustainable travel for all road users on the public road network is also examined. The requirements and implementation of EU Road Infrastructure Safety Management Directive for the rural and urban road network and speed limit assessments and changes are also key components.
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.
Critique the requirements for traffic signs and road markings for rural and urban road networks.
Formulate the requirements of vehicular traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users at traffic signal controlled and other road junctions and crossing facilities.
Appraise the requirements of road and street lighting and Intelligent Transport Systems to efficiently and safely control and manage the road network.
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.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
The teaching and learning strategy is based on the provision of live and recorded on-line lectures, Moodle resources, independent learning, and workshops that incorporate elements of enquiry and project-based learning and group project work.
Module Assessment Strategies
A blend of final written examination and continuous assessment projects. Learners must achieve an overall grade of 40% or higher to pass this module.
Learners must repeat the final examination and/or continuous assessment elements depending on the failed element(s) at the first sitting.
- Road authorities’ responsibilities, roles and legal framework. Irish road network characteristics and network operations and management responsibilities.
- Road traffic sign type, function, classification and location aspects. Review of DTTaS Traffic Signs Manual and the requirements for signing and marking the public road network. Temporary Traffic Management.
- Road junction layout, selection, and design using TII standards and guidelines. Major/minor priority junction types, layout, selection & design process and provision for crossing of pedestrian, cyclists and other non-motorised users.
- Roundabout characteristics, selection, location and design aspects to TII standards and guidelines. Performance characteristics of roundabout junctions and comparative operational characteristics with respect to other types of junction.
- Traffic signal junction design, operation, installation and maintenance to TII standards and guidelines. Operation and installation of traffic signal installations to meet the requirements of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable users.
- Traffic signal control systems: Isolated, vehicle actuated and UTC systems.
- Street lighting provision and design to TII standards and guidelines. Selection of appropriate lighting class and design process for urban streets and conflict areas.
- Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for Irish road network. Various ITS technologies and schemes.
- Road safety requirements for the rural road network. Application of Road Safety Infrastructure Management (EU) Directive and use of related TII standards and guidelines for Irish legacy and new road network for road safety auditing, network safety analysis, road safety inspection and road infrastructure assessment processes.
- Road safety strategies, road accident trends and statistics, and actions identified in current RSA strategy.
- Traffic calming systems for urban roads and rural communities on high speed routes based on NRA/TII guidelines. Schemes for gateways and transition zones.
- Speed limit selection and management using new DTTAS guidelines for rural and urban roads.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Report on Traffic Control Topic||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||20 %||Week 9||1,2,3|
|2||Workshop project/presentation||Continuous Assessment||Project||5 %||Week 10||1,2,3|
|3||Report on Traffic Safety/Control topic||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||15 %||Week 13||5,6|
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|
Part Time Mode Workload
|Workshop||Classroom Equipped for OLL.||Workshop/Seminar||2.5||Twice Per Semester||0.33|
Online Learning Mode Workload
|Online Lecture||Distance Learning Suite||Lecture||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Tutorial||Distance Learning Suite||Tutorial/Moodle Resources||1||Weekly||1.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self-directed learning||6||Weekly||6.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
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.
2010 Highway Safety Manual Three-volume Set 2010 AASHTO
ISBN 1560514779 ISBN-13 9781560514770
2016-05-31 Highway Engineering John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118378151 ISBN-13 1118378156
The repair, renovation and replacement of highway infrastructure, along with the provision of new highways, is a core element of civil engineering, so this book covers basic theory and practice in sufficient depth to provide a solid grounding to students of civil engineering and trainee practitioners. Moves in a logical sequence from the planning and economic justification for a highway, through the geometric design and traffic analysis of highway links and intersections, to the design and maintenance of both flexible and rigid pavements Covers geometric alignment of highways, junction and pavement design, structural design and pavement maintenance Includes detailed discussions of traffic analysis and the economic appraisal of projects Makes frequent reference to the Department of Transports Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Places the provision of roads and motorways in context by introducing the economic, political, social and administrative dimensions of the subject
Anon 1996 A Guide to Road Safety Engineering in Ireland, DTTAS
TII Publications. www.tiipublications.ie
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
Anon 2013, Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets., Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology, Print ISSN: 0308-1060 Online ISSN: 1029-0354 Taylor & Francis On-line.
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers -Transport ISSN 0965-092X | E-ISSN 1751-7710
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