b. Supervised Route
A supervised route is designated when there are some limitations on
the road network and/or the volume of traffic is fairly dense. The highway
traffic division or equivalent authority will exercise a limited amount of
There will be an increase in the number of TCPs required as
compared to an open route. Access to the route may be regulated either by
required for columns of ten or more vehicles.
c. Dispatch Route
A dispatch route is used when there is a high volume of traffic, a
limited road net, and/or a large number of obstructions on the road.
will be fully controlled by the HTD or equivalent. Movement credits will be
required for all vehicles, including single vehicles. Such credits will be
granted based on a priority system.
Both organizational and area control
will be required.
d. Reserved Route
The commander, through the HTD, may set aside a specific route.
This is called a reserved route. It may be set aside for the sole use of a
certain unit, for a specific operation, or for a specific type of traffic.
A historical example was the "Red Ball Express" in the European theater
during World War II. Specific routes were set aside for the exclusive use
of these transportation units while hauling critical supplies to the front.
Those routes are what we now term reserved routes.
How much control is
exercised over the route will depend on the reason for it being designated a
That will be determined by the commander designating the
route. The amount of control on the route will also determine how many TCPs
may be required.
e. Prohibited Route
The final type of route classification is prohibited. It is perhaps
the easiest to define.
The route is exactly as its name implies,
prohibited. It is closed to all traffic. The commander will determine when
a route is prohibited.
How many TCPs are required will depend on the
traffic network and the reason for the route being prohibited.
cases, no TCPs may be required since the engineers may be able to erect
temporary barricades. At other times, TCPs may be required to keep traffic
from using the route.
Task Squads to Operate TCPs.