Match the words with their definitions.

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Match the words with their definitions.

Word Definition
1. sheet aluminium a. tables at the side of or above roads to give instructions or provide information to road users
2. traffic volume b. the number of cars on the road
3. visibility c. to give someone something that they need
4. measurement system d. a type of hard iron that will not bend easily and is made into shapes by being poured into a mould when melted
5. road sign e. a chemical element that is a light, silver-coloured metal, having a form of thin flat plate
6. cast iron f. the amount of space between two places
7. distance g. how clearly objects can be seen, or how far you can see clearly, usually because of the weather conditions
8. to provide h. a set of units of measurement which can be used to specify anything

Look at the illustration from the UK Department for Transport road safety guidelines. Label it with the words given below.

barrier, “end of road works” sign, hazard, “keep right” sign, kerb, lane, “road narrows ahead” sign, “road works” sign, single carriageway, traffic cone, vehicle.

FrendoE. English for construction 2/ Pearson Education Limited, 2012. – P. 63.


5. Discuss in groups road traffic regulations in Russia. Are they necessary? What would you like change?


1. Before you start. · Are there any congestions in your city? · Do the authorities try to solve the problem of congestion?

Read the words and learn them by heart.

1. urban area – городская местность

2. congestion – пробка

3. incapable – неспособный

4. peak-hour – час-пик

5. pedestrian subway – пешеходный подземный переход

6. signposting – установка дорожных указателей

7. directional control – путевое управление

8. cross traffic – пересекающиеся потоки движения

9. side street – переулок

10. to eliminate – ликвидировать, устранить

11. objection – недостаток

12. delay – замедление, задержка времени

13. reservations – отведение участков

14. vertical (grade) separation – разделение уровней дорог


Read and translate the text to learn more about the basic means of traffic control.

Traffic control

It is obvious that in existing urban areas much of the congestion is due to narrow streets and junctions which are incapable of taking peak-hour traffic. The solutions of this problem are costly. They include adequate roundabouts and street widening and the segregation of traffic by means of flyover roads, underpasses, bridges and pedestrian subways.

Much of the congestion in urban areas is due to traffic which has no business in the area but is only passing through.
There is a tendency for drivers to keep to the well-lit shopping streets. If they can be made to use less important streets and those not occupied by shops, then conditions are improved not only for the through traffic but also for the local traffic.

Signposting is, of course, a directional control and a very effective one. In fact it is important for all signs and symbols used on the roads to be seen well in advance by drivers approaching at normal speed. Directional control cannot increase the capacity of the highway system but it can avoid local congestion.

One-way traffic is a special kind of directional control which is very effective in maintaining the traffic flow in congested areas.

A major cause of congestion in towns is the interruption to the free flow of traffic by cross traffic at junctions. But if the need for traffic streams to cross each other can be avoided then the movement of vehicles will be much easier. This easier movement of traffic can often be achieved by making traffic move in one direction only along certain streets and by prohibiting incoming vehicles from side streets from crossing the main stream. The streets may be either one-way or two-way according to local conditions of traffic or width of carriageway, and traffic at the junctions can be guided by constructing suitably-shaped islands. Besides, one-way traffic can also be introduced where the carriageway width is inadequate for two opposing lines of traffic.
The disadvantages of a one-way traffic system are that it increases the distance travelled by some vehicles, that it makes it more difficult for strangers to find their way about. The true aim of a one-way system is to eliminate cross traffic, and under conditions of continuous flow on crossing streets the introduction of a properly designed one-way scheme can double the carrying capacity of the highways.

The two main objections to street intersections are that they are a cause of accidents and that they interrupt the flow of traffic. The best thing to do with intersections is to get rid of them. If that is not possible they may be improved and made safer but they will always remain a source of danger and delay.

Many accidents are caused because traffic streams of different types, or traffic streams travelling in different directions are using the same carriageway, and these accidents can be avoided either by reservations between traffic lanes, or by vertical (or “grade”) separation.

In many cities in America and in Europe segregation of traffic is achieved by means of flyovers or underpasses; at some junctions there are even three different levels. Each has its advantages and disadvantages according to the cir­cumstances. Flyover structures are not always aesthetically pleasing while an underpass may be more expensive to construct. The separation of fast and slow traffic from the heavier and faster traffic is most desirable not only in the interests of freedom of traffic movement, but also of safety. This ideal is not easy to achieve.

Urban traffic control will be of benefit to the general public in the district concerned and will result in greater comfort for road users of all classes, as well as bringing economic advantages to the community as a whole.

Source: Пособие по английскому языку для студентов II-III курсов строительных вузов / М.: Высш. школа, 1978. – C.27-29

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