About the research
The Iowa Work Zone Safety Workshops have provided an opportunity for operations personnel from various cities in Iowa to improve their work zone safety and setups when conducting routine street maintenance. While most of the participants are from larger cities, many come from cities with a population of less than 10,000 residents. Small city budgets for this type of work can sometimes lead to a lack of funding for temporary traffic control devices and with the use of signs, barricades, cones, and vests that are deteriorated and may be out of compliance with the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This project was developed to assist smaller cities with the introduction or upgrade of their temporary traffic control devices and vests to meet current standards for compliance and to make their work zones safer for workers and motorist.
This program was first introduced in 2016 and many of the recommendations from the TAC are incorporated into the workplan for the 2018-2019 program.
The goal is to provide an avenue for smaller cities to be able to obtain a basic work zone sign package that is in compliance with the 2009 MUTCD and to make their work zones safer for operations personnel and motorist.
Each of the materials will be of the correct type and size of signs for lower speed city street work. All of the devices will include high intensity retro-reflective sheeting suitable for nighttime use. The process being used to determine which small cities will be awarded the work zone signing package includes the consideration of a city completed application by the project team. Eligibility requirements and award criteria for the consideration and ranking of these applications will also developed. It is expected that approximately 10 cities will be chosen to receive one work zone sign package.