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Guide to Traffic Management Part 5: Road Management (2017 Edition)


Publication no: AGTM05-17 Pages: 151
Published: 28 July 2017

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 the Guide to Road Design. Guidance on traffic management at intersections is provided in the 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 motorways and 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. It provides the guidance under the four key areas of access management, road space requirements for general traffic use, allocation of road space between road users, lane management and speed limits.

This third edition updates previous Austroads guidance on road management by presenting the latest practices and guidelines for a broad range of road management topics and bringing guidance in line with the latest Safe System practice. Section 1 is updated to provide discussion on the concepts of Movement and Place and Network Operation Planning. Section 3 has been revised and a new Section 4 has been added to provide more detailed guidance on road allocation. Section 6 is updated with differential speed limits and amended guidance for establishing speed limits. 

Webinar | Tuesday 12 September, 11 am AEST Guide to Traffic Management Part 5: Road Management

This webinar will provide you with an overview of the key changes to the 2017 edition of the Guide to Traffic Management Part 5, such as the incorporation of concepts such as Movement and Place, Network Operation Planning, road allocation and the establishment of speed limits.

It will be particularly useful for practitioners dealing with mid-block road management, including speed management.

Join in a live Q&A with Guide author, David Green,  to ask questions about the recent updates.

David is the Senior Engineer, Network Operations at the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and has 15 years’ experience in the road and traffic industry in both public and private sectors. He has wide experience in the traffic and transport-related field including the application of traffic management techniques, road safety improvements, intelligent transport systems, pedestrian and vehicle conflict management, intersection and road network capacity analysis, vehicle access and parking design.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
  • 1.1 Jurisdictional Supplements
  • 1.2 Movement and Place
  • 1.3 Mobility and Access – a Subsidiary of Movement and Place
  • 1.4 Linkage to Other Road Strategies including the Safe System
2. Access Management
  • 2.1 Application of Access Management
  • 2.1.1 Current Approach
  • 2.1.2 Strategic Approach
  • 2.1.3 Access Management Practice
  • 2.1.4 Treatments Used for Access Management
3. Road Space Requirements for General Traffic Use
  • 3.1 Off-road Space for Road Users
  • 3.2 Road Space Requirements for General Traffic Lanes
  • 3.3 Road Space Requirements for Auxiliary Lanes
  • 3.4 Road Space Requirements for Medians (Dividing Strips)
  • 3.5 Road Space Requirements for Outer Separators
  • 3.6 Road Space Requirements for Pedestrians
  • 3.7 Road Space Requirements for Parking Allocation
  • 3.8 Road Space Requirements for Shoulders
  • 3.8.1 All-lane Running
  • 3.8.2 Emergency Stopping Bays
4. Allocation of Road Space between Road Users
  • 4.1 Road Space Requirements for High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
  • 4.2 Road Space Requirements for Public Transport
  • 4.2.1 Bus Lanes on Motorways, Expressways and Urban Arterials
  • 4.2.2 Bus Routes on Arterial Roads
  • 4.2.3 Tram Lanes
  • 4.2.4 Busways
  • 4.2.5 Bus Routes on Urban Local Roads
  • 4.2.6 Bus Stops
  • 4.2.7 Tram Stops
  • 4.2.8 Passenger Shelters
  • 4.2.9 Taxi Zones
  • 4.3 Road Space Requirements for Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • 4.4 Road Space Requirements for Cyclists
  • 4.4.1 On-road Bicycle Lanes
  • 4.4.2 Off-road Bicycle Facilities
  • 4.5 Road Space Requirements for Pedestrians
  • 4.5.1 Paths
  • 4.5.2 Crossing Facilities
  • 4.5.3 Amenity and Other Considerations
  • 4.6 Road Space Requirements for Motorcyclists
  • 4.7 Road Space Requirements for Animals
5. Lane Management
  • 5.1 Lane Management Context
  • 5.2 Lane Management Practice
  • 5.2.1 Movements Permitted
  • 5.2.2 One-way Roads
  • 5.2.3 Tidal Flow Operations
  • 5.2.4 Lane Control Measures and Devices
  • 5.2.5 On-road Parking Control
6. Speed Limits
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 The Safe System and Safe Speeds
  • 6.3 General Philosophy of Speed Limits
  • 6.4 Types of Speed Limits
  • 6.5 Speed Limits and Speed Zones
  • 6.5.1 Differential Speed Limits
  • 6.6 Application of Speed Limits
  • 6.6.1 Legal Basis
  • 6.6.2 Establishing Speed Limits
  • 6.6.3 Localised Speed Limit Reductions at Higher-risk Intersections
  • 6.6.4 Supporting Active Travel, Shared Spaces and Activity Centres Through Speed Limits
  • 6.6.5 Minimum Speed Zone Length
  • 6.7 Signing of Speed Limits
  • 6.7.1 Introduction
  • 6.7.2 Types of Signs
  • 6.7.3 Use of Electronic Speed Limit Signs in School Zones and High Pedestrian Activity Areas
  • 6.7.4 Location of Signs
  • 6.7.5 Speed Limit Repeater Signing
  • 6.7.6 Conflict with Other Signs
  • 6.8 Physical Speed Management Devices
Appendix A Urban Engineering Treatments
  • A.1 Urban Arterial Intersections
  • A.2 Urban Arterial Mid-blocks
Appendix B Rural Engineering Treatments
  • B.1 Rural Curves
  • B.2 Rural Intersections
  • B.3 Level Crossing Treatments
  • B.4 Transition Zones
  • B.5 Rural Routes and Mid-blocks
Appendix C Access and Intersection Density Assessment
Commentary 1
Commentary 2
Commentary 3
Commentary 4
Commentary 5
Commentary 6
Commentary 7
Commentary 8
Commentary 9
Commentary 10
Commentary 11
Commentary 12
Commentary 13
Commentary 14
Commentary 15
Commentary 16
Commentary 17
Commentary 18
  • C18.1 Intelligent Speed Adaption
  • C18.2 In-vehicle Warning Systems
Commentary 19
Commentary 20

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