Traffic Engineering

Speed HumpWhat is Traffic Engineering?
Traffic Engineering is a branch of civil engineering which deals with the planning, geometric design and traffic operations of roads, streets, and highways. It further analyzes the roadway networks, terminals, abutting lands and relationships with other modes of transportation for the achievement of safe, efficient, and convenient movement of persons and goods.

Purpose
Traffic Engineering applies engineering principles to help solve transportation problems and safety issues, and brings into play a knowledge of psychology and habits of all users of the transportation systems. It focuses mainly on research for safe and efficient traffic flow, such as road geometry, sidewalks/crosswalks, segregated cycle facilities, shared lane markings, traffic signs, road surface markings, and traffic signals.

The purpose of traffic engineering is to then maximize the safety of all users by applying the research, tendencies, and principles while maintaining the maximum level of efficiency in transporting both the system users and the goods they are moving.

Various aspects of Traffic Engineering are discussed in more detail following the links shown at left.