This course introduces the profession of traffic engineering and its components. The characteristics of road users, vehicles, highways, and control devices and their impact on traffic operations are discussed. Quantification of traffic stream characteristics is treated in detail. The design and use of traffic control devices is covered, including a detailed treatment of traffic signal timing and design for both pre-timed and actuated signals. Coordination of signal systems on arterials and in networks is treated. A broad overview of highway traffic safety issues, policies, programs, and mitigation measures are included.
Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor.