Work Area Traffic Control Handbook (WATCH)
Attention: CDOT has an updated WATCH book, 2014
Edition, which is now in effect for all projects. A limited number of printed
copies are for sale ($8 per copy) on the sixth floor of the Government Center
located at 600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or download the manual
at the bottom of this page.
The purpose of the WATCH is to provide a user-friendly,
pocket-sized book that covers some policy, standards, design elements, and
guidelines for the planning and setting up of temporary traffic control zones.
It is to be used by the entity intending to perform or is performing
construction or maintenance work within the rights of way of the roadway system
in the City of Charlotte.
The WATCH includes diagrams that depict common applications
of Temporary Traffic Control (TTC) devices. Following the fundamental
principles of this WATCH and Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control
Devices (MUTCD) will ensure better accessibility for road users and worker
safety in the vicinity of TTC zones.
Traffic Control Devices are used to direct and assist
motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians in safely navigating any facility open
to public travel. Guide and information
signs are solely for the purpose of traffic control and are not an advertising
Download the 2014 edition of the WATCH manual