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County Codes
Title 10 Vehicles and Traffic
10.10 Temporary Traffic Control
10.10.010 Purpose
10.10.020 Application
10.10.030 Manual on uniform traffic control devices
10.10.040 Authority to approve or deny restriction and issue permits
10.10.050 Permit fees

10.10.010 Purpose

The purpose of this chapter is to establish uniform requirements across all unincorporated towns, general improvement districts (GID), county departments, and public or private agencies for the complete or partial closing of a county right-of-way, street or easement dedicated for the facilitation of public transportation.  The chapter will clarify when temporary traffic control is required, who has the responsibility to review and approve the temporary traffic control plans (TTCP), and when public notifications are required.  (Ord. 1415, 2014)

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10.10.020 Application

This chapter shall be applied to any construction, work, maintenance, parades, special events, or activity where the partial or total closing of the right-of-way, street or road easement is desired.  This chapter does not apply to emergency closures of a right-of-way, street or easement as determined by the sheriff, fire chief, utility company, or other state or federal agencies.  (Ord. 1415, 2014)

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10.10.030 Manual on uniform traffic control devices

A. The board adopts the most current version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as the standard for placement of temporary traffic control within Douglas County.  The MUTCD shall be used in streets, alleys, highways, transit stops or other facilities, hereinafter referred to as “county transportation facilities.”
        B. All temporary traffic control plans (TTCP) must be prepared by an American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) Certified Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor or a Nevada Registered Professional Civil Engineer.
        C. Clarifications and corrections.  The county engineer is authorized to publish changes and corrections to the MUTCD as needed to provide clarification, additional explanation or illustration of any provisions, or to correct typographical or other similar errors.  Such clarifications and corrections shall be in writing and stated on the road closure permit.
        D. The county engineer or designee, is authorized to approve or disapprove temporary traffic control utilized on any county transportation facility, and to take those actions necessary, in his or her professional judgment and in accordance with the MUTCD, to promote, preserve and protect public health, safety and welfare on such transportation facilities with respect to barricading and temporary traffic control.  (Ord. 1415, 2014)

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10.10.040 Authority to approve or deny restriction and issue permits

A. Permit required.  No person shall restrict any portion of a county transportation facility, county right-of-way, street, or easement without first obtaining a valid road closure permit unless otherwise provided for in this title.  The necessity of a road closure permit shall be as follows:
1) For temporary restrictions of a transportation facility that have a duration of under one hour no road closure permit is required if the following conditions are met:
  a. No intersections are restricted.
  b. No roadways within 300-fee of a traffic signal are restricted.
2) For temporary restrictions of a transportation facility that has a duration of greater than one hour, but less than four hours a road closure permit is required.  All provisions of the road closure permit shall be completed except the “Public Notice” provision.
3) For temporary restrictions with a duration of greater than four hours all provisions of the road closure shall be completed.
4) For closures within 300-feet of a Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) owned right-of-way (US 395, 88, 50, SR 756, 757, 759, 206, 207, 209, etc.) the applicant shall contact NDOT to verify what additional permits and requirements may be necessary to gain approval.  The applicant shall forward proof of NDOT coordination prior to obtaining a road closure permit from the county.
5) Parades may be exempt from strict adherence to the MUTCD if intersecting streets will not be closed for more than four hours.  Due to the general “rolling” closure of roads along parade routes, volunteers may be used in lieu of signage to denote the closure of roads.  Proposed parade routes and traffic control measures shall be submitted to the county engineer for review and approval.
6) Transportation facility closures which occur as a result of a reoccurring event may have a traffic control plan on file with the county.  A permit shall not be required for each event, but notification of parties listed under the “Affected Party All Closures” of the road closure permit shall be notified for each event.
B. Authority to approve or deny restrictions.
1) The county engineer or a designee shall have the authority to approve or deny all partial and full restrictions of county transportation facilities located outside the boundaries of an unincorporated town or GID.  The town or GID has the option to defer review and approval to the county at their request.  Additionally, any restrictions of county transportation facilities requested in conjunction with a Site Improvement, Encroachment or Building Permit shall be requested through the county engineer regardless of location.  This is to allow the applicant the ability to obtain all permits in one location.
2) For a closure of an unincorporated town or GID maintained county transportation facility that is not requested in conjunction with a Site Improvement, Encroachment or Building Permit, the town or district engineer may approve or deny the closure permit.
  i. An application shall be made to the unincorporated town or GID on a form provided by the entity.
  ii. The TTCP shall be prepared or approved by the unincorporated town or GID engineer.
  iii. The approved TTCP shall be forwarded to the county engineer for notification and coordination, but not for review or approval.  For closures within 300-feet of a county maintained righty-of-way the county engineer shall review the plan for its impact to the county transportation facility.
1. The county requires that at a minimum the following parties be notified for a planned closure that will be in effect for more than one hour: dispatch, school district transportation division, post office, homeowners or businesses along the street to be affected, and the refuse collection agency.
Notification to the homeowners or businesses may be by mail or door hangers, but shall include at a minimum the date and duration of closures.  Proposed alternate access route if necessary shall be identified.
2. Additional notifications may be required by the unincorporated town or GID.
  iv. For events anticipated to attract more than 500 attendees or that cross jurisdictional boundaries the TTCP shall be submitted through the county’s outdoor festival permit and shall be under the review of the county engineer.  The county engineer shall coordinate with the engineer or manager representing the affected unincorporated towns or GID.
C. The county engineer may establish procedures, rules and issue permits.  The county engineer shall develop, publish and revise from time to time as needed, procedures, for applying for permission to restrict any portion of a county transportation facility, and is authorized to issue or cause to be issued a road closure permit for all such requests that are approved.  The procedures may include blanket exceptions for certain types of work or specific types of restrictions for which a road closure permit is not necessary.  Each road closure permit shall include general and special conditions as determined necessary by the county engineer or designee for the permit holder’s temporary use of the right-of-way to promote, preserve or protect public health, safety and welfare by minimizing impact on the traveling public and gaining compliance with temporary traffic control standards with respect to such restrictions.
D. Temporary traffic control permit modification, suspension or revocation.  The county engineer or designee may modify any condition of a permit, or suspend or revoke such temporary traffic control permit at any time when necessary, in their sole discretion, to promote, preserve or protect public health, safety and welfare.  Such permit may also be suspended or revoked if the permit holder fails to follow the TTCP, applicable laws, or any general or special conditions of the permit.
E. This chapter shall not limit any unincorporated town or GID to require additional forms, information, permits or compensation from the applicant for the temporary closure.  (Ord. 1415, 2014)



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10.10.050 Permit fees
   A. Fees for road closure permit applications shall be set by the board by resolution.
B. Temporary traffic control fees must be paid at the time of submittal of a road closure permit.
C. The county shall not charge any fees in addition to those collected by an unincorporated town or GID under their submittal processes.  (Ord. 1415, 2014)


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