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Metro District Traffic Engineering

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About Metro District Traffic Engineering

What we do

Metro Traffic Engineering is primarily responsible for the design, operation, and maintenance of Metro District's traffic control devices and providing traffic engineering support and expertise to other functional offices and road authorities to create a safe and efficient transportation system. 

Areas of Traffic Engineering

Program Support

Provide traffic engineering, capacity, and safety analysis for the planning and development of all Metro projects; Identify and program traffic safety and capacity projects; Investigate tort claims and law suits; Perform freeway traffic modeling; Conduct speed studies.


Manages and develops the design of all permanent and temporary lighting systems; writes agreements for cost, operation, maintenance, and power.

Signal Design

Develops signal plan packages, which includes, signal plans, special provisions and engineering cost estimates.

Signal Operations

Develops timing and coordination plans; responds to customer inquiries; monitors system performance; detects operational and maintenance problems; provides quality control and inspection, coordinates signal turn-ons; provides arterial modeling services; and evaluates arterial performance.

Design Build

Liaison for design-build projects.


Designs signing plans; provides technical assistance to construction and maintenance; monitors, revises, and replaces existing signing.

Work Zones & Pavement Marking

Designs traffic control and pavement marking plans; provides technical assistance to construction and maintenance; manages "No Passing" zones; manages and publishes the Lane Closure Manual; and manages traffic impacts.