Common Traffic Control Equipment, And Why We Need It

Everyone hates being stuck in traffic. The thought of “traffic control” probably brings up thoughts of being inconvenienced. However, we need to keep in mind that traffic control equipment such as traffic signs ultimately, in the long-run, streamline traffic.

Think about it, if there were no traffic control measures taking place on the road, traffic would eventually come to a stand-still due to car accidents, pile-ups, and an inability for construction companies to make necessary maintenance and repairs.

Everything would come to a grinding halt. 

Proper Traffic Control Requires The Following

ADA Signs

Common Traffic Control Equipment

These are signs that need to be in full compliance with the regulations established by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). They are made to be highly visible both in the day and the night so they can be seen by those with impaired vision. Many of them also include braille so they can be read through tactile touch. They include:

  • Informational signs
  • Restroom signs
  • Handicap parking signs
  • Safety signs of all kinds

Regulatory Signs

These signs indicate regulations of all kinds, including:

  • Speed limits
  • Parking, yielding, and stopping
  • Weight limits
  • Passing and slow traffic regulations
  • Lane control
  • Truck route regulations and truck speed limits
  • One-way streets

Warning Signs

Common Traffic Control Equipment

These offer warnings in specific areas or under certain circumstances. Warning signs include:

  • Hills and grades signs
  • Wildlife warning signs
  • Divided highways signs
  • Signs that indicate changes in road surface conditions
  • Lanes and merges signs
  • Weather warning signs
  • Advance traffic control signs
  • Traffic control notices
  • Truck rollover warning signs
  • Intersection signs
  • Curve with Speed Advisory signs

Temporary Traffic Control Signs

These are often used during roadside construction projects or around work zones. Temporary traffic control signs include:

  • Incident Management signs
  • Roads Under Construction signs
  • Road Work signs
  • Beginning of Work and End of Work signs
  • Utility and Maintenance signs

Traffic Control Equipment

Common Traffic Control Equipment

These are often used on a temporary basis, as they are required for roadside construction projects and maintenance. Traffic control equipment includes:

Portable Barricades

Ideally, rental barricades should be:

  • Highly durable with the ability to either alert vehicles of forbidden areas or absorb the impact of vehicles and redirect them away from workers and pedestrians.
  • Portable, easy to move, set up, and tear down after their use.

Safety, Traffic, and Construction Cones

These are a great way of controlling the flow of traffic and alerting drivers of upcoming areas that are forbidden. They can also be used to merge lanes, direct traffic along construction zones, keep lanes separated, and separate one work zone area from another.


These are typically arrow top delineators with bases around 12 pounds to keep them stable. They usually come in orange, white, or yellow. This is a common form of rental equipment that regulates traffic and keeps work zones safe.

Barrier Tape

Barrier tape is great for keeping both vehicle and foot traffic out of forbidden areas. It is one of the easiest measures of traffic control as it is effective, highly visible, and easy to set up and takedown.