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Road Block and what to consider in your ERP!

roadblock is temporary installations set up to control or block traffic along a road. As events dictate, you move into place at key locations. You set up TCPs, ( TRAFFIC CONTROL POINTS) checkpoints, and roadblocks at key locations to expedite authorized movement into, through, and out of the AFFECT AREAS. You operate dismount points OR restricted zones  and access control points to help control access and provide security at critical points in the emergency area. Throughout the rear area you operate in concert with law enforcement or fire at key locations elsewhere The key is TEMPORARY but I have seen temporary last 30 days pending the event and police are NOT usually the first folks on scene nor do they always have a enough staff to do all of them. HENCE you the company need to be thinking a few dozen things plus training and supplies on what to do and WHERE DO I APPY THEM !

·        When should I apply?

·        How much will it cost?

·        What is a traffic management plan?

A traffic management plan (TMP) is a document detailing how traffic will be managed during an event or program of work. You must include the details of the event or work, proposed traffic management method, work program, site plan, signage to be used and traffic controller details.

What else you need to do

Organizers are also responsible for:

  • Consultation with businesses and residents affected by the road closure or traffic management plan (such as emergency services, transport services and the public).
  • Signposting and policing of the roads to be affected (such as marshals wearing appropriate clothing such as fluorescent or identifiable vests or t-shirts).
  • Arranging the delivery, erection and manning of all road closure barriers and their removal.
  • Taping of gateways at the time of closure and the removal afterwards (for motorsports events).
  • Removal of rubbish resulting from the event.
  • Public indemnity coverage.
  • Health and safety provision.

After receiving your TMP and/or application we will:

  • Assess your application.
  • Liaise with you on any issues that may arise.
  • Publish public notices regarding the temporary road closure and disruption to traffic.
  • Notify the Fire Service, Police, Ministry of Transport, Hospital Ambulance Service and any other groups which may be required depending on the event.


TCPs are set up at critical points on road networks to control the movement of vehicles and personnel. Placement of TCPs is shown on the traffic control plan. At TCPs you–

§ Monitor and assist traffic authorized to use Emergency routes and routes .

§ Redirect unauthorized vehicles to the road network they need.

§ Provide route security for Emergency routes and routes  at critical locations or intersections.

§ Monitor for chemical or cross wind contamination.

§ Reroute traffic as needed.

§ The team leader or event supervisor needs to —

–Selects the specific location for the TCP.

–Does a terrain analysis of the location.

–Positions the team members.

–Maintains communication.

Once in place, you operate a TCP until you are told to stop. Make sure you have the supplies and equipment you need to do so. (If operating for extended periods of time, you sleep in shifts.) In addition to your combat load, set by unit SOP, you need–

§ Flashlights to use at night so drivers can see your directions. Use flashlights with a white cone for high visibility.

§ First-aid kit to give immediate first aid.

§ Supervisors  to give radio frequencies and call signs for the day.

§ Maps with overlays of the area to give directions and to locate new areas.

§ Guide signs to warn drivers that a TCP is ahead. Vehicles too wide or too heavy for a road must be denied access. Reroute them to alternate Emergency routes and routes . No authorization is needed for travel on an open route. But use of a classified route is limited:

§ No traffic is allowed on a prohibited route.

§ Reserved routes are set aside for the sole use of certain units/operations/types of traffic.

You may need special equipment at a checkpoint. You can use wire, a gate, or other barriers for a roadblock to make sure traffic stops. You can post signs along the route to show law enforcement or fire checkpoints are in use. This encourages drivers to comply with regulations. Try to avoid bad locations such as:

§ Near a sharp bend in the road.

§ Just over the crest of a hill.

§ Where a road passes through a heavily wooded area.

§ Place it at an intersection to let drivers change to another route with little delay.

§ Place it near an area where drivers can turn their vehicles around easily.

Select a location that–

§ Has a place where the vehicles can stop and passengers dismount and a place where the vehicles can park.

§ Is easily accessible from a road.

You may need special equipment and supplies when operating an access control point, such as–

§ Flashlights.

§ Night-vision devices.

§ Field telephones or man-portable radios for communications with the facility.

§ Make a map or a sketch of the area, showing the road net, trails, and major obstacles.


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