Transportation Engineering is the application of technology and scientific principles to the planning, functional design, operation and management of facilities for any mode of transportation. The goal is to provide safe, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods.
- Traffic engineers strive to provide roadway conditions that contribute to smooth and efficient traffic flow.
- Safety is enhanced by smooth traffic flow.
- Disrupting the smooth flow of traffic increases the probability of crashes.
- Erratic traffic operation may be caused by vehicles stopping or slowing in the roadway, unwarranted traffic signals, lack of street name signs and unreasonably slow speed limits.
- The chances of a driver becoming involved in a crash are least when he is traveling at the average speed of traffic.
Did you know?
Traffic engineers use the following traffic management techniques:
- Installing computerized signal systems to improve traffic flow.
- Recommending the installation of turn lanes at existing or proposed intersections.
- Recommending the installation of bikeways and sidewalks where they are needed.
- Promoting mass transit where it is feasible.
- Promoting ride share programs and Park and Ride Lots.
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The direct benefits to the public can be:
- Improved safety by improving the uniformity of traffic flow.
- Improved air quality by minimizing delays at traffic signals.
- Reduced travel cost by minimizing delays in heavy congestion.
- Reduced travel time by computerizing traffic signal systems.
For more information, contact:
Jon Cheney, Director
Volusia County Traffic Engineering
123 W. Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720-4262