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Road Closures:
08/05/14 - 08/06/14
 5849-5702 vicksburg ave
08/05/14 - 08/06/14
 18917-18825 beaconwoods dr
08/04/14 - 08/08/14
08/04/14 - 08/08/14
 kleinpeter rd
08/01/14 - 08/29/14
08/01/14 - 09/02/14
 parkforest dr
08/01/14 - 08/02/14
 barringer-foreman rd
08/01/14 - 08/04/14
 drucilla/jefferson intersection
07/31/14 - 08/01/14
07/30/14 - 08/02/14
 main st
07/28/14 - 07/28/14
 river rd @ florida st
07/28/14 - 07/30/14
 ferrell ave
07/24/14 - 10/31/14
 river rd
07/24/14 - 07/31/14
 thibodeaux ave
07/24/14 - 09/02/14
 kimberton ave
07/23/14 - 07/31/14
 aster st
07/23/14 - 07/31/14
 jennifer jean dr
07/23/14 - 07/31/14
 w roosevelt
07/16/14 - 08/29/14
 south blvd - highland rd to napoleon
07/14/14 - 08/11/14
 south blvd - royal to napoleon
07/09/14 - 08/28/14
 halsey st
07/09/14 - 08/29/14
 royal st @ south blvd
07/09/14 - 07/31/14
 bon sejour 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
06/23/14 - 09/01/14
 740 w chimes
06/21/14 - 08/02/14
 arcadian shores ave
06/18/14 - 08/01/14
 6477 vineyard dr
06/13/14 - 07/31/14
 12 oaks ave
06/09/14 - 08/29/14
 311 north blvd (dumpster)
05/27/14 - 01/31/15
 lafayette st
05/12/14 - 09/09/14
 301 main st (dumpster)
05/06/14 - 08/08/14
 south blvd
 cuyhanga bridge
04/12/14 - 07/31/14
 meadow bryan dr
 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
 maribel dr bridge
 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)
 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 - 08/10/14
 government st
 e brookstown rd
 w. buffwood & lavey ln
 garfield st bridge
 east chimes st bridge
 barnett road bridge
 prescott road bridge
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Traffic Engineering

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.