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Work-Zone Safety, Temporary Traffic Control, and Flagging


In this four-hour comprehensive workshop, attendees will learn key elements required for temporary traffic control, safety, and flagging. Working next to traffic can be dangerous and errors can cause accidents, so it is important for personnel to have a solid understanding of roles, responsibilities, and liability. Safety is incorporated into every aspect of this training. Group exercises and open discussion will keep attendees engaged and enhance learning. In recognition of the high percentage of injuries that happen to employees, refresher courses and continual education is highly recommended.

Date & Location

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • Overview of standards and specifications, including general responsibilities, liability, channelizing devices, and installation of traffic control zones
  • Changes to the Minnesota Field Manual
  • How to use the Minnesota Field Manual, including a review of stationary and mobile work zones, tapers, device spacing, and reading charts
  • Overview of layouts in two-lane, two-way and multilane sections
  • Quality standards
  • Key elements of flagging, including clothing, equipment, position, and flagging situations

Who Should Attend

Road maintenance supervisors, work-zone traffic control supervisors, traffic control designers, city and county public works personnel, local and regional utilities personnel, construction contractors, and consultants.

Course Instructors

Dave Scott is the owner of Roadway Specialists, a consulting and training firm. He has an extensive background in transportation through his work with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Metro Traffic Engineering, Over-Dimension Permits, and Metro Maintenance. Scott has also worked with the MnDOT Speakers Bureau, where he taught safe driving through work zones and in winter conditions to driver's education classes.


Informational Contact

Continuing Professional Education, University of Minnesota, 612-624-4754, fax: 612-624-6225, e-mail:


This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.

Minnesota LTAP | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 55455 | Location & Contact Information