As discussed in the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Design Opportunity article, Alliant is actively searching for its next MOT Design Manager. To inform candidates about the opportunity, we sat down with our MOT managers and asked them questions regarding MOT and the engineer they are searching for.
Our MOT Managers Bob Green, PE, PTOE and Brett Burfeind, PE have led the MOT effort on numerous high-profile design-build projects in Minnesota, Utah, and Colorado. Now they are committed to passing on their vast MOT knowledge through a unique mentoring experience that will provide direct, hands-on training to establish the successful applicant as Alliant’s next regionally known MOT expert.
This is what they would like you to know about MOT and why the profession is both rewarding and essential.
- Define MOT.
Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) is multifaceted:
- Construction Staging: Determining the best way to maintain traffic through the work zone while providing the contractor with adequate space to safely construct the project.
- Traffic Control: Applying traffic control devices to the construction staging to guide the travelling public through the work zone safely and efficiently.
- Public Involvement: Working with the project team to inform the public and stakeholders of upcoming construction activities and impacts.
- Implementation: Working with the contractor and traffic control supervisor to ensure the devices are implemented correctly. Reviewing the project site to identify opportunities to improve safety and traffic flow.
The goal is to develop approaches to construction staging that are cost efficient, innovative, maximize traffic throughput, and reduce the duration of construction.
- Why is MOT so important?
To the traveling public, MOT is the most visible aspect of a construction project. A thorough and efficient MOT plan increases a project’s traffic throughput, minimizes driver confusion, maintains access to the surrounding community, and promotes safety to both the public and the construction workers. Poorly planned MOT can result in increased accidents, driver frustration, and traffic jams. Alliant’s MOT group takes a lot of pride focusing on all aspects of MOT to realize as many benefits for the general public as possible.
- At what points of a design-build project are MOT engineers involved?
MOT engineers are involved in every phase of the project. We generate alternatives during the project pursuit, work with contractors and owners in the design phase, meet with stakeholders to collect input and disseminate information, and work with field personnel throughout construction to problem solve MOT challenges.
- Describe a day in the life of a MOT engineer.
Every day differs depending on the stage your projects are in. You may lead an MOT meeting with stakeholders in a project office, detail check MOT plans, brainstorm staging approaches with contractors, meet with MnDOT staff, or perform site reviews of currently deployed traffic control to identify opportunities for safety improvements.
- How is Alliant’s approach different than the competition?
Traditionally, construction staging has been the responsibility of a roadway engineer, while traffic control design has been the responsibility of a traffic engineer.
We combine both responsibilities into a single position and that results in our MOT engineers having a thorough understanding of all aspects of MOT, including construction staging; temporary bypasses, alignments, profiles, and geometrics; temporary signing and striping; and traffic control device layout.
Our MOT engineers also have years of experience working hand-in-hand with contractors. This provides them with a unique insight on construction production rates, efficiencies, biddability, and buildability.
With a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of MOT, our MOT engineers approach MOT design and implementation challenges from multiple angles. They understand the relationship between disciplines and how optimizing one element of MOT may negatively impact another element.
- What type of candidate are you looking for?
It is essential that the applicant have technical expertise in roadway design and the desire to develop proficiency in traffic control design.
This position requires a professional that is driven, comfortable making decisions, and enjoys thinking out-of-the-box to generate creative solutions to construction staging. They also need to enjoy interacting with both owners and contractors.