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Signs of Construction: The Art of Traffic Control

Creating traffic control plans is an art. It takes creativity, technical expertise and years of experience to develop the safest and most efficient/comprehensive plans possible. Adam Bennett, traffic control coordinator for American Sign (pictured left), a subcontractor to Kiewit Infrastructure Co., fits this persona.

He is the man behind the scenes, creating the traffic control plans-whether it be a minor shoulder closure or a long-term full closure. He has thirteen years of experience, but has not been on a project of this scope before.

"This project is very challenging because it is so large and demands a lot of traffic control," said Bennett.

He is constantly collaborating with the City of Aurora, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the construction team to satisfy expectations of all entities involved.

Sometimes it may appear that the signage and cones/barrels are placed randomly, but in truth they are all placed according to federal regulations, called the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

"I work with a great team of extraordinarily talented people," said Bennett.

Traffic control is often looked at as a hindrance and an annoyance, but it is a large piece of the puzzle, requiring input from multiple individuals on the project to ensure safety for workers and the traveling public.

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