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What is a traffic control plan (TCP)?
A TCP describes traffic controls to be used for helping all modes of traffic through a work zone. All TCPs must be in accordance with the most current version of the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the City of Austin, Transportation Criteria Manual.
Is a TCP always required?
Yes; however, the type of TCP required will depend on your work zone.
What are my TCP options?
- Engineered TCPs: TCPs designed by an engineer which must then be approved/stamped by a ROW TCP Reviewer
- Special Details: Preapproved TCPs that must be sealed by an Engineer
- Standard Details: Preapproved TCPs already sealed by an Engineer and provided by the City of Austin
Does my TCP expire?
Yes. TCPs have expiration dates. If the TCP falls within the DAPCZ, it expires after 6 months. If the TCP falls outside of the DAPCZ, it expires after 12 months. To request a rereview, submit a .pdf copy of the TCP to TCPReview@austintexas.gov. Make sure to put "REREVIEW" at the beginning of the Subject line. Permits will not be issued or extended if the corresponding TCP is expired.
Is a TCP the same as an approved permit?
No. To occupy/close a portion of the right of way, you must have an approved permit AND approved TCP.
Who can set, maintain, and remove temporary traffic control (TTC) devices?
TTC may only be set by a competent and/or certified person. A “competent person” is experienced and knowledgeable in the placement of TTC. A “certified person” is credentialed through ATSSA, TEEX, or another relevant agency. The person who places TTC accepts tort liability for the setup.
What if I need a TCP for work associated with a Site Plan (SP), General Permit (GP), or Small Cell Permit (SCP)?
TCP can either be reviewed:
- During your DSD plan review (i.e. SP, GP, SCP). This is known as an in-process review. Initial reviews are allotted 28 work days. Subsequent reviews are allotted 14 work days. All fees will be collected by DSD.
- Separate from your plan review. This is known as an out-of-process or deferred review. Initial reviews are allotted 9 work days. Subsequent review timeframes will vary. Review fees are assessed at $50 per hour with a 2-hour minimum, plus 4% ATD Technology Surcharge Fee. These TCPs must be submitted to TCPReview@austintexas.gov a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the start of the closure.