Traffic Graffix Training Boards are the most practical hands on
traffic control training Iíve ever seen. These boards allow the
class to design and set-up actual 3D Traffic Control Plans. Itís
the next best thing to being in the field. Iíve never seen adults
get so involved in training. When training becomes fun, people get
involved. Great idea! Keep up the good work.
President Michigan Section of IMSA
We had many favorable and encouraging comments made about these
training tools, and passed the name and telephone number of your
company to the interested parties. I have also requested funding
in next yearís budget for the purchase of one of these boards for
our work zone training efforts. I want to thank you for allowing
us to show off these devices and hopefully pass along ideas for
improving otherís training programs. Thanks again for lending us
the boards, magnetic signs and markers. I look forward to working
with Traffic Graffix in the future.
Engineer- Work Zone Safety Coordinator
Commonwealth of Virginia
The hands-on training experience provided in our one-day practical
construction/work zone workshop is by far the most exciting training
experience Iíve been involved in during my 37 years of professional
engineering work. Additionally, in the three years I have been coordinating
traffic safety outreach classes at Michigan State University, this
is the first class where class feedback was, Donít change a thing
. And, I am currently coordinating 18 different classes! It is extremely
gratifying to see class attendees actually get excited over a training
experience and to watch them applaud the instructors at the end
of a workshop for which they had to pay $85.00 to attend.
R. Krycinski, P.E.
Highway Traffic Safety Programs
Michigan State University
The following is an excerpt from "Michigan Details
Its Work Zone Board" by Tim DeWitt in IMAS
Journal, November-December 1997:
The Advanced Construction Work Zone course
was one of those extras offered. Course development had already
started in the late 1980ís. Participants put to practical use the
basics learned in the Construction Work Zone, Level 1. Using the
concept of small group problem solving, the participants are given
a construction or maintenance task to plan. They are instructed
to design a proper, effective construction work zone plan that will
accomplish the work zone plan and accomplish the goals of the project
with an emphasis on safety. Participants are randomly assigned to
small groups of 5-6 people, creating interaction by all group members.
Each group is given a specific construction work zone problem,
covering a wide variety of carefully thought out situations. Working
in these small groups, a traffic control scenario and methodology
is developed and then presented to the full class for analysis and
This presentation is made to the class using a large Traffic
Control Planner Board. In addition to the board, all standard signs
in the MUTCD are reproduced in minature (and magnetized), along
with the barrels, cones, etc. The rural layout shows an inter-state
system complete with on/off ramps and service roads. The second
layout is a five lane, urban street including side streets, bridges,
railroad crossing, etc.
Once each traffic control plan is presented, the class has
a chance to critique, ask questions and discuss alternatives. The
key to making the class meaningful is interaction! Before they are
done, several other good scenarios might be realized. The team might
even be challenged to deal with an incident that requires real time
solutions to the problem.
With interaction like this, everyone in the class goes away
with a heightened awareness of how to apply the requirements of
the MUTCD and improved their own operations.
The training board concept was developed by several capable
board members who had a vision. The first board was made of plywood
and detailed with auto detailing tape. Bruce Gasaway of the Muskegon
County Road Commission, making it on his own time was a labor of
love. Today the boards are full color, high quality, magnetic or
non-magnetic and commercially available from Traffic Graphics at
this website or at 231-773-2696. They are available in a variety
of packages. Signs and devices are included and the board can be
written on with erasable markers.
Originally the work zone problems were designed by several
board members, presented with a standard overhead projector and
hand drawn. Todayís problems are involved and thought provoking.
Each problem is structured in such a way that there is no one correct
way to design the traffic control solution. Many items must be taken
into account including staging, time restrictions, noise levels,
traffic volumes and even special events. These involved problems,
coupled with the visual aspects make a powerful training too!
The training board concept has been embraced by Michigan
State University in their own continuing education program, Highway
Traffic Safety for Civil & Environmental Engineering.