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Guide to Traffic Management Part 5: Road Management


Publication no: AGTM05-14 Pages: 86
Published: 27 February 2014

Guide to Traffic Management Part 5: Road Management is concerned with traffic management on sections of road between major intersections. It focuses on traffic management issues and treatments related to various situations but does not provide dimensions or other details for the design of treatments as these are provided in Austroads Guide to Road Design. Guidance on traffic management at intersections is provided in Austroads Guide to Traffic Management Part 6 – Intersections, Interchanges and Crossings.

Part 5 presents detailed information and guidelines relating to the factors that need to be considered in applying traffic management techniques and treatments to road types that include, Freeways/Motorways/Expressways, Urban arterial roads, Urban local roads, Rural highways and Rural local roads. It considers the needs of all road users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, heavy vehicles and public transport. Part 5 provides the guidance under the four key areas of Access management, Road space allocation, Lane management and Speed limits.

This second edition updates previous Austroads guidance on road management by amending the latest practices and guidelines for a broad range of road management topics. Section 3 Road Space Allocation is updated by amending the latest practices and guidelines for on-road public transport (ORPT), high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, cycling aspects, pedestrian crossing facilities and parking facilities. Section 4 Lane Management is updated by adding current practices, relevant technologies and latest references of managed motorways initiatives. Section 5 Speed Limits is updated by accommodating the concept of Safe System and Safe Speeds, and best practice for variable speed limits.

Guide Review

This Guide is currently under review. We expect to publish a new edition in late July/early August 2017.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Scope of this Guide
  • 1.2 Functional Classification of Roads
2. Access Management
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.1.1 Definition of Access Management
  • 2.1.2 Objectives and Need for Access Management
  • 2.2 Application of Access Management
  • 2.2.1 Current Approach
  • 2.2.2 Strategic Approach
  • 2.2.3 Access Management Practice
  • 2.2.4 Treatments Used for Access Management
3. Road Space Allocation
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Allocation of Road Space for General Traffic
  • 3.3 Off-road Space for Road Users
  • 3.4 Allocation of Road Space between Road User Types
4. Lane Management
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Context of Lane Management
  • 4.3 Lane Management Practice
  • 4.3.1 Movements Permitted
  • 4.3.2 One-way Roads
  • 4.3.3 Tidal Flow Operations
  • 4.3.4 Lane Control Measures and Devices
  • 4.3.5 On-road Parking Control
5. Speed Limits
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Safe System and Safe Speeds
  • 5.3 General Philosophy of Speed Limits
  • 5.4 Types of Speed Limits
  • 5.4.1 Default Speed Limits and Signposted Speed Limits
  • 5.4.2 Speed Limits and Speed Zones
  • 5.5 Application of Speed Limits
  • 5.5.1 Legal Basis
  • 5.5.2 Establishing Speed Limits
  • 5.6 Signing of Speed Limits
  • 5.6.1 Introduction
  • 5.6.2 Types of Signs
  • 5.6.3 Location of Signs
  • 5.6.4 Speed Limit Repeater Signing
  • 5.6.5 Conflict with Other Signs
  • 5.7 Physical Speed Management Devices

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