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Road Closures:
07/23/14 - 07/24/14
 19828-19725 creek round ave
07/23/14 - 07/24/14
 5026-5056 five forks dr
07/22/14 - 07/25/14
 132 third st (dumpster)
07/21/14 - 07/25/14
 goodwood blvd
07/21/14 - 07/23/14
 3rd st & convention
07/21/14 - 07/25/14
 pickett ave
07/21/14 - 07/22/14
 5991 fort clarke dr
07/21/14 - 07/22/14
 16606 bonham ave
07/21/14 - 07/22/14
 15830-15928 confederate ave
07/21/14 - 07/22/14
 5410-5242 antioch blvd
07/18/14 - 07/22/14
 elmer & ave k
07/16/14 - 07/17/14
 15823-15751 hogenville ave
07/16/14 - 07/17/14
 15549-15611 malvern hill ave
07/16/14 - 07/17/14
 4941 piney point ave
07/16/14 - 07/17/14
 deer park ave
07/16/14 - 07/16/14
 seven oaks
07/16/14 - 07/21/14
 mancuso lane
07/16/14 - 07/18/14
 cypress ridge ave
07/16/14 - 07/30/14
 south blvd - highland rd to napoleon
07/14/14 - 07/15/14
 16724 abshire ave
07/14/14 - 07/15/14
 16833 patton ave
07/14/14 - 07/15/14
 15153-15245 seven pines ave
07/14/14 - 07/15/14
 6057-6113 n snowden ave
07/14/14 - 08/11/14
 south blvd - royal to napoleon
07/14/14 - 07/25/14
 12710 leisure rd
07/10/14 - 07/11/14
 n 3rd st
07/09/14 - 07/25/14
 halsey st
07/09/14 - 07/25/14
 kleinpeter rd
07/09/14 - 08/01/14
 royal st @ south blvd
07/09/14 - 07/11/14
 ferrell ave
07/09/14 - 07/16/14
 marwede
07/09/14 - 07/12/14
 claycut
07/09/14 - 07/23/14
 bon sejour ave
07/09/14 - 07/23/14
 belle grove dr @ 12 oaks ave
07/05/14 - 08/04/14
 6234 snowden dr
07/03/14 - 08/04/14
 s harrell's ferry
07/01/14 - 07/31/14
 tom dr
06/30/14 - 07/18/14
 le crete ln
06/28/14 - 07/14/14
 12 oaks ave
06/24/14 - 07/03/14
 n 3rd st
06/23/14 - 09/01/14
 740 w chimes
06/21/14 - 07/31/14
 arcadian shores ave
06/18/14 - 07/29/14
 6477 vineyard dr
06/17/14 - 06/17/14
 18826-18938 beaconwoods & 19312-15021 lost oak
06/16/14 - 06/16/14
 2228 - 2014 godfrey
06/15/14 - 06/15/14
 dalrymple
06/13/14 - 07/23/14
 12 oaks ave
06/11/14 - 06/26/14
 200 - 400 main st
06/09/14 - 06/19/14
 n 3rd st - 423 main st
06/09/14 - 08/29/14
 311 north blvd (dumpster)
06/02/14 - 06/13/14
 dean lee dr
05/27/14 - 01/31/15
 lafayette st
05/27/14 - 06/20/14
 umbehagen ln
05/20/14 - 06/30/14
 appomattox ave
05/19/14 - 05/27/14
 kleinpeter rd
05/13/14 - 07/01/14
 e washington st
05/13/14 - 07/01/14
 e state st
05/13/14 - 07/01/14
 st rose ave/forge dr/anvil dr
05/12/14 - 09/09/14
 301 main st (dumpster)
05/08/14 - 06/16/14
 s river rd
05/06/14 - 06/06/14
 picardy ave
05/06/14 - 08/08/14
 south blvd
05/01/14 - 06/30/14
 tom dr
04/29/14
 cuyhanga bridge
04/12/14 - 07/18/14
 meadow bryan dr
04/01/14
 moss side dr
03/19/14 - 08/29/14
 326 third st (dumpster)
02/28/14 - 08/04/14
 confederate ave
02/28/14 - 08/04/14
 tiger bend
02/19/14
 maribel dr bridge
02/14/14
 mollylea dr bridge
12/01/13 - 09/01/15
 br mixed use project
10/16/13 - 12/23/14
 302 3rd st & florida blvd (dumpster)
10/09/13
 milldale road bridge
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
 525 lafayette st
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
 main st
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
 north st
08/19/13 - 07/27/14
 government st
07/03/13
 e brookstown rd
01/09/13
 w. buffwood & lavey ln
07/13/12
 garfield st bridge
04/29/12
 east chimes st bridge
09/30/11
 barnett road bridge
12/03/09
 prescott road bridge
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Traffic Engineering

DPW 'S TRAFFIC ENGINEERING OFFICE
329 Chippewa Street, Suite A
Phone: 389-3246      Fax: 389-7633


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Mission Statement

The Traffic Engineering Division will provide safe and efficient movement of traffic in the Parish through the optimal use and maintenance of the most appropriate traffic control devices or equipment.  This will be accomplished in a professional manner using the most efficient procedures possible by a qualified and trained staff that are sensitive to the public needs. It is the goal of the division to maximize use of the resources while streamlining the procedures providing for the safe and efficient movement of traffic. We want to respond quickly and eliminate complaints allowing the division to productively process customer needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

May I have a "children at play" sign on my street?

National standards, Louisiana State policy and the City of Baton Rouge policy do not recognize the "Children at play" signs for these reasons: warning signs are designed and intended to advise motorists of an unusual or unexpected physical roadway condition ahead. Signs such as this give the wrong message to both children and parents, fostering a false sense of security. There is no evidence to show that these signs help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents or lower travel speeds.

Federal standards do not support these signs because the signs are suggesting that it is acceptable behavior for children to play in the streets.

May I have a speed limit sign on my street?

In accordance with Louisiana State law, the speed limit in a residential or business district is 30 MPH with or without the presence of a speed limit sign. Although not required, 30 MPH speed limit signs may be posted at entrances to residential or business areas. Multiple postings of 30 MPH speed limit signs on residential streets not only detracts from a neighborhood's curb appeal, but it often fails to achieve the desired result of reducing the speed of motorists.

Louisiana State Law allows local authorities to determine and/or change the maximum speed limit for all streets within their respective jurisdiction to a reasonable and safe speed based on engineering and traffic investigations.

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Administration Highway is the national set of standards for traffic engineering. The MUTCD recommends that the following six factors be evaluated to establish safe and reasonable speed zones.

Roadway characteristics such as shoulder condition, grade, alignment, and sight distances.

Speed characteristics such as the 85th percentile speed.

Roadside development and friction.

Roadway curves and hazardous locations on and along the roadway.

Parking and pedestrian activity.

How does a traffic signal know if a car is present?

There is a wire in the pavement behind the crosswalk called a loop detector. The wire creates an electric field in the air above the pavement. When a large object interrupts the electric field, the signal knows that a vehicle is present and will provide a green light at the proper time in the established traffic signal cycle. During peak travel times, the wait will be a maximum of two minutes. During non-peak travel times, the wait is a maximum of 90 seconds.

Some people think that if they back up and drive forward again, they will make the signal change quicker. This does not work. The mechanism does not count the number of vehicles waiting.

At some locations, motorcycles or "high-rider" vehicles will not be able to interrupt the electrical field. If this occurs, please note the street, the intersection, the lane, and the time of day and report this to the Traffic Engineering Division. Some people feel that if they get out of their car and push the pedestrian button, they will get the green light quicker. They will not. The pedestrian push-button does not make the green light come on sooner. It does make the green light longer. It takes longer for a person to walk across a street than it takes for a car to drive across a street.