Associated Contractors of New Mexico

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This Work consists of providing traffic control management in accordance with the Contract and the MUTCD current edition, including supervision of personnel and the installation, inspection, and maintenance of traffic control devices on the project.

The Contractor may assign more than one traffic control supervisor (TCS) to provide traffic control management for the Project.

If assigning more than one TCS to provide traffic control management, submit to the Project Manager a weekly schedule identifying who shall be in charge of providing traffic control management each Day.

Provide the TCS with a set of traffic control plans and a current copy of the MUTCD. The TCS shall posses these at all times.

If using a subcontractor to provide traffic control management, ensure that the TCS is in accordance with the Contract.

The Contractor may assign one or more traffic control technician (TCT) to assist the TCS in inspection and maintenance of traffic control devices.

618.2.1 Certification
Before commencing Work that requires traffic control management, submit to the Project Manager a copy of the “Work Zone Safety Supervisor” certificate for the TCS (wallet size card) issued by the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), the Associated Contractors of New Mexico (ACNM), or an agency or firm approved by the Department.

The Department will accept the TCS certification by ATSSA, ACNM, or any agency or firm only if the following requirements are met:

1. Successful completion of a Department-approved work-zone traffic control course;
2. Passing a written examination on a work-zone traffic control course;
3. At least one year of full-time field experience, verified by the agency or firm, in work zone traffic control; the Department may verify the experience at its discretion.

The TCT must only satisfy requirements 1 and 2, above.

Before commencing work that requires flagger traffic control, submit a copy of the “Flagger Training” certificate (wallet sized card) issued by ATSSA, ACNM, FHWA, or an agency or firm approved by the Department.

618.2.1.1 Re-certification
Renew the TCS’s certification every four years through the ATSSA, ACNM, or a Department-approved agency or firm.

Re-certify in the fourth year, before the expiration date of the current certification.

Flaggers must obtain refresher training which meets the requirements of ATSSA, ACNM, FHWA, or agency or firm approved by the Department prior to the fourth anniversary date shown on the current certificate.

618.2.2 Duties
The TCS’s only responsibility is traffic control management. The Department may allow exceptions to this rule if the project is small and requires limited traffic control. The Project Manager and the District Traffic Engineer will determine approval of the exception at the preconstruction conference.

The TCS’s primary duties include the following:


  1. Providing management and supervision services at the project site;
  2. Preparing revisions requested by the Contractor to the traffic control plan in the Contract and submitting the new traffic control plan, in CAD format or hand drafted on a 12 in × 18 in piece of 20-pound paper using current drafting standards, to the Project Manager for approval by the District Traffic Engineer. Complex traffic control plans require development by a registered professional engineer prior to submittal to the project manager;
  3. Coordinating the flagging and signing personnel training;
  4. Supervising the flagging and signing personnel;
  5. Coordinating traffic control operations for the duration of the Contract, including those of subcontractors, utility companies, and Suppliers, to ensure that traffic control is in place and fully operational before the commencement of Work. When dealing with utility companies, the TCS shall coordinate concurrent utility traffic control with other construction traffic control to avoid conflicts;
  6. Coordinating, in writing, project activities with the appropriate individual traffic control, law enforcement, and fire control agencies;
  7. Preparing and submitting statements concerning road closures, delays, and other project activities to the news media, as necessary. Before submittal to the news media, the Contractor shall submit news releases to the Project Manager for review and approval;
  8. Notifying the Project Manager of accidents related to the project traffic control;
  9. Recording time and date of accident notification in accordance with Section 618.2.2.1, “Traffic Control Diary;”
  10. Attending the preconstruction conference;
  11. Maintaining, cleaning, and replacing traffic control devices in use per the current traffic control plan during working and non-working hours.


618.2.2.1 Traffic Control Diary
The TCS shall maintain a project traffic control diary in a bound book. Obtain the diary from the ACNM.

The TCS shall keep the traffic control diary current each Day and sign each daily entry.

The TCS shall make entries in ink, in a format approved by the Project Manager, without erasures or white-outs. The TCS shall strike out unacceptable entries and replace with acceptable ones. The TCS may use photographs to supplement the written text.

Ensure that the traffic control diary is available for inspection by the Project Manager at all times and submit a copy of the diary to the Project Manager at the end of each week.
The traffic control diary will become the property of the Department at the completion of the project. If the Contractor fails to submit the diary, the Department may withhold final payment until it is submitted.

618.2.2.2 Inspection of Traffic Control
The TCS shall inspect traffic control devices every day that traffic control devices are in use. The TCS shall provide for the immediate cleaning, repair, or replacement of traffic control devices that are not functioning as required to ensure the safety of the motorists and construction personnel.

The TCS shall conduct inspections of the traffic control devices at the beginning and end of each day that traffic control devices are in use, and as scheduled or directed by the Project Manager during the Work Day.

The TCS shall inspect the traffic control devices during working and non-working hours on a schedule approved in writing by the Project Manager.

The TCS shall inspect traffic control devices that are in use for longer than 7 Days at least once a week during nighttime periods.

618.2.3 Availability of TCS
Provide traffic control management under the supervision and direction of the TCS on a 24-hour-per-day basis throughout the duration of the project.

The TCS shall be on the project whenever Work is in progress, and available by telephone to be on the project within 1 hour at all other times.

The provisions for availability of the TCS will also apply during times of Partial or full project Suspension.


618.3.1 Failure to Comply
If the Contractor fails to comply with the approved traffic control plan or fails to immediately correct unsafe traffic conditions after written notification of the problem, the Project Manager may suspend all or part of the Contractor’s operations.

If the Contractor does not take appropriate action to correct the problem, the Department may proceed with the corrective action and charge the Contractor for the additional cost incurred by the Department.

If the Department suspends the Contractor’s operations, the Department will include the period necessary to correct these unsafe conditions and traffic control deficiencies in the normal assessment of Contract Time.

The Department will not relieve the Contractor of the responsibility to provide traffic control safety to the traveling public, if the Department fully or Partially Suspends the project.

If the Department suspends the project due to the Contractor's failure to comply with this Section, or the Contract is in liquidated damages, the Contractor shall continue to provide traffic control management, at no additional cost to the Department.
If the Contractor requests full or Partial Suspensions, the Contractor shall perform the additional traffic control management at no additional cost to the Department.

618.3.2 Project Manager Modifications
The Project Manager may change requirements for handling and controlling traffic during construction, with the approval of the District Traffic Engineer, due to actual field conditions.
The Project Manager will make these changes and provide written notice to the Contractor.



Pay Item Pay Unit
Traffic Control Management Lump Sum
Traffic Control Management Calendar Day

618.5.1 Partial Payments
If the Department pays for Traffic Control Management by the lump sum, the Department will make monthly partial payments for Traffic Control Management based on the rate of progress of the project, less previous partial payments for this item. The Department will calculate partial payments in accordance with the following equation:


P is the partial payment
L is the Total Bid Amount for Traffic Control Management
A is the number of days charged the Contractor toward completion of the project
B is the Contract Time
C is the total amount of previous partial payments for this item

The Department will negotiate payment for additional traffic control management resulting from an increase in Work beyond the scope of the project. Do not start Work until agreement on payment for additional Traffic Control Management.

For normal increases in Contract Items resulting in extensions of the Contract Time, the Department will increase the original lump sum amount based on the ratio of actual additional days used to the original Contract Time.