Moving Traffic

While lots of drivers look at highway work as just a charade of orange cones and drums spread out to artificially create congestion, there is, in reality, an intricate science behind maintaining traffic that you don’t see on the ground – and sometimes you’ll need to (figuratively and metaphorically) climb mountains to really understand what’s going on.

Without delving into too much detail, moving and maintaining traffic is really about moving people. Contractors and government agencies that look after roads need to take into consideration the psychology of motorists while a switch happens. Will drivers try to pass us here? Can we completely slow down traffic by this exit ramp? Can we completely shut down entrance ramps? These are just some of the questions we asks ourselves before placing drivers on new road. And, of course, getting a bird’s eye view of the highway doesn’t hurt either…

Traffic switches aren't just simple maneuvers where laborers in hard hats and safety vests move push barrels. Above is a before-and-after of a traffic switch on Staten Island.

Traffic switches aren’t just simple maneuvers where laborers in hard hats and safety vests move barrels. Above is a before-and-after of a traffic switch on Staten Island.