SAFELY IMPLEMENTING ROLLING ROADBLOCKS FOR SHORT-TERM HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE, AND UTILITY WORK ZONES

FHWA

A rolling roadblock, also known as a temporary road closure, rolling block, pacing operation, or traffic pacing, is a common highway traffic control technique used to temporarily slow or stop traffic upstream of construction, maintenance, and utility work activities requiring a short-term full closure of the roadway. Transportation agencies around the country are actively utilizing rolling roadblocks for a variety of road work activities such as:

• Bridge construction and/or replacements.

• Placing or removing overhead lights or sign structures.

• Overhead utility work.

• Blasting for rock excavation or debris removal.

Rolling roadblocks allow for faster completion of road work activities by allowing workers full access on and above a roadway, and the opportunity for a safe environment by completely removing vehicles that would normally be in close proximity to workers.


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  • Work Zone Management

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  • Work Zone Management

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