How to Manage Traffic on a Construction Site.

How to Manage Traffic on a Construction Site.


[Intro] One of the initiatives we thought about early
doors on the project was how we were going to keep traffic off the A96 which
is just over there being a very busy trunk road on the main route between
Elgin and Aberdeen and we thought about well we could build a
temporary haul road and that’s what we ended up doing, this road that we’re standing on at the
moment is, we built this to prevent the build-up of lorries and site vehicles
going up and down the A96. As it turns out thumbs oh this road we were gonna lift
it and put it back to grass but since then the council have come up with a
scheme that trying to encourage more people on their bikes, cycling and the new
cycle way being built through Elgin they they’re going to actually utilize this part of
the haul road as part of a the cycle way so there’s a win-win situation we don’t
have to take away the material and it’s going to be left here for a good purpose. So the roads just about, there’s not an awful lot of work needing done to it other than some timber edging and redressed but its basically there. Prior to actually commencing on site we put together an environmental management plan as part of that environmental management plan we will set up a site compound plan that will include fuel storage areas, waste segregation areas, spill kit locations, any stockpiles that we may have, anything really that’s pertinent to the environment so it could be tree protection areas, everything will be identified. The like of material storage areas will always be away from traffic routes to prevent damage and maybe covered in order to prevent any weather
penetration. At the start of the project we looked to set out a compound plan such as this, which would detail the areas, basically it is trying to get a strategy for the optimal location for each of these areas, so as you can see here the skip area would be kept away from other areas of the site. The concrete washout area will be up here and again that’s so security is able to direct the drivers to that particular location. What we have is this drawing is
sent to our contractors it’s of the site and lets the contractors know
how they enter the site again it’s the shortest route in it for them, its the delivery route which is the least nuisance to the hospital which is
operational at all times. Again our office we drive up to St.
Edmund’s, we have the lorry accept in area and the waste storage area, we then
have a one-way system through site running through to said exit. They
are not allowed to go into hospital grounds they have to turn left I go onto
the main road and exit the whole hospital footprint. We have to avoid at
all times the main hospital entrance routes as it goes to the A&E departments and that’s the ambulance routes which we have to avoid. We use a piece of software called Masternaut Greener Fleets Software, it allows us to actually calculate the miles of each journey that’s undertaken within a GRAHAM van, we can then equate this to the CO2 that has been emitted on that journey based on the drivers style, idling time and the specific emissions associated with that vehicle. So the software actually helped us to
compile a green score for each journey that we are undertaken within within
those fleet vehicles.

Author: Kevin Mason

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