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Metro District Traffic Engineering

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About Metro District Traffic Engineering

What we do

Metro District Traffic Engineering is primarily responsible for the design, operation and maintenance of the 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 Metro District Traffic Engineering

Data Collection

Collects traffic data which is used for turning movement counts, stop sign delay studies, pedestrian/bicycle counts, and gap studies, as well as calculate Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT). Visit the Metro District Data Collection page for more information.

Design Build

Liaison for design-build projects. Visit the Metro District Design Build page for more information.


Manages and develops the design of all permanent and temporary lighting systems; writes agreements for cost, operation, maintenance and power. Visit the Metro District Lighting page for more information.

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. Visit the Metro District Program Support page for more information.

Signal Design

Develops signal plan packages, which includes: signal plans, special provisions and engineering cost estimates. Visit the Metro District Signal Design page for more information.

Signal Operations

Develops timing and coordination plans; responds to customer inquiries; monitors system performance; detects operational and maintenance problems (Contact); provides quality control and inspection, coordinates signal turn-ons; provides arterial modeling services; and evaluates arterial performance. Visit the Metro District Signal Operations page for more information.

Signal Optimization Shared Services

Provides Districts with needed expert signal timing and optimization resources. Visit the Metro District Signal Optimization Shared Services page for more information.


Designs signing plans; provides technical assistance to construction and maintenance; monitors, revises, and replaces existing signing. Visit the Metro District Signing page for more information.

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. Visit the Metro District Work Zones and Pavement Marking page for more information.