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Road Closures:
06/13/15 - 06/27/15
  Sumrall and Oaklon
06/13/15 - 06/13/15
  Town Square
06/13/15 - 06/13/15
  River Center
06/06/15 - 06/06/15
  Independence Blvd.
06/01/15 - 08/01/15
  Joor Rd and Gurney Rd.
06/01/15 - 08/01/15
  Joor Rd and Gurney Rd.
05/30/15 - 05/30/15
  North Boulevard
05/30/15
  Downtown
05/23/15 - 05/23/15
  Downtown
05/20/15 - 05/22/15
  Sycamore bt N. Foster and Elm
05/19/15 - 05/22/15
  Shelley bt Lemonwood and...
05/19/15 - 05/19/15
  Director Dr. bt Profit Ave
05/19/15 - 05/19/15
  Cocodrine Ave. bt PT. Chenier
05/19/15 - 05/19/15
  N. Snowden Ave. bt Shakespeare
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Lee Drive 1105
05/18/15 - 05/18/15
  Elwick Dr. bt Pebble Beach
05/18/15 - 05/25/15
  Dalton St. bt Plank Rd and
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Nokomis St(Weller/Mohican St)
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Evangeline St(Longfellow Dr.
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Beech St. (Longfellow Dr/Dougl
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Shada Ave.(Alexander Ave/
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Winnebago St(Nokomis St./
05/18/15 - 05/25/15
  Chippewa St bt Plank Rd and
05/18/15 - 05/22/15
  Lemonwood bt Evangeline
05/18/15 - 05/18/15
  Armstrong Ave bt Elwick Dr. an
05/18/15 - 05/25/15
  Dalton St. bt Plank Rd and
05/16/15 - 05/16/15
  Parade - Gardere
05/16/15
  LSU Lakes
05/16/15 - 05/29/15
  Boone Ave from Chippenham Dr.
05/16/15
  Downtown
05/16/15 - 05/23/15
  N. 28th St. bt Fuqua St.
05/16/15 - 05/23/15
  N. 27th St. bt Fuqua St and
05/16/15 - 05/23/15
  N. 24th St. bt Gayosa St
05/15/15 - 05/22/15
  N.24th St. bt Gayosa St and..
05/15/15 - 05/29/15
  Boone Ave from Seyburn Dr.
05/15/15 - 05/15/15
  Shenandoah Avenue
05/15/15 - 05/22/15
  Evergreen Dr. bt North blvd
05/15/15 - 05/22/15
  Whittaker Ave. bt N. 7th St.
05/15/15 - 05/22/15
  Chippewa St at Lockwood Ave
05/15/15 - 05/15/15
  766 Alice St.
05/15/15 - 05/22/15
  Winbourne Ave. bt Plank and
05/15/15 - 05/18/15
  Hennessy Blvd @ Essen
05/14/15 - 10/01/15
  336 N. Third St.
05/14/15 - 05/21/15
  N. 7th St bt State Capitol Dr.
05/14/15 - 05/14/15
  Treasure Ave
05/14/15 - 05/21/15
  N. Acadian Thruway E
05/14/15 - 05/14/15
  S. Choctaw Dr
05/14/15 - 05/21/15
  N. Acadian Thruway E
05/14/15 - 05/21/15
  N. Acadian Thruway E
05/14/15 - 05/14/15
  Merlin Ave bt Lancelot Dr and
05/14/15 - 05/14/15
  Percival Ave bt Lancelot Dr.
05/14/15 - 05/21/15
  N.23rd St. bt Capitol Park Ct.
05/13/15 - 05/20/15
  North 23rd Street
05/13/15 - 05/20/15
  Gus Young Avenue
05/13/15 - 05/22/15
  Tunica Street
05/13/15 - 05/20/15
  Fuqua Street
05/13/15 - 05/20/15
  Main Street
05/13/15 - 05/13/15
  9743 Mollyea Dr
05/13/15 - 05/20/15
  Fuqua Street
05/12/15 - 05/15/15
  Dayton(Plank to Myrtlelawn)
05/12/15 - 05/25/15
  Claycut from Bienville St.
05/12/15 - 05/15/15
  Byron Ave(Plank tomaple)
05/12/15 - 05/15/15
  Winnebago( N Acadian to N. 38
05/11/15 - 05/25/15
  North Blvd from Hearthstone Dr
05/11/15 - 05/15/15
  N. Foster bt Evangeline
05/11/15 - 05/22/15
  Nokomis St. (Winnebago St/
05/11/15 - 05/13/15
  Byron St. bt N. Foster
05/11/15 - 05/25/15
  Beverly Dr. from Government St
05/11/15 - 05/15/15
  Shelly St bt Plank Rd and
05/11/15 - 05/18/15
  N. 19th St. bt Gayosa St. and
05/11/15 - 05/18/15
  Laurel St. bt. N. 12th St and.
05/11/15 - 05/15/15
  Prescott bt Accardo St
05/11/15 - 05/22/15
  Weller Ave(Nokomis St to
05/11/15 - 05/22/15
  Mohican(Pontiac St/
05/09/15 - 05/16/15
  Edgewood Dr. Bt N. 22nd St
05/09/15 - 05/16/15
  Edgewood Dr. Bt N. 22nd St
05/09/15 - 05/16/15
  Adella St. from S. 22nd
05/08/15 - 05/15/15
  S. 22nd St
05/08/15 - 05/15/15
  S. 22nd St
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Washington Ave
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  N. 18th St. Bt Spanish Town Rd
05/06/15 - 07/08/15
  Ave K
05/06/15 - 05/15/15
  3036 Twelve Oaks Ave
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Whittaker Ave
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  St Rose Ave
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Convention St.
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Fuqua St.
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Convention St.
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  North St.
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Winbourne Ave
05/06/15 - 05/30/15
  North St.
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  N. 24th St
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  N. 13th St. bt North St and
05/06/15 - 05/15/15
  3498 bon Sejour Drive
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Dalton St.
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Bay St
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  S. 22nd St
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  N. 15th St
05/06/15 - 05/13/15
  Main St. bt Canal St an
05/05/15 - 05/15/15
  Laurel St
05/04/15 - 05/22/15
  Weller Nokomis St/Powhatan St
04/27/15 - 05/15/15
  Mohican St
04/27/15 - 05/22/15
  Pontiac St
04/13/15 - 05/15/15
  Weller Ave(Plank to Dead end)
04/13/15 - 05/15/15
  Greenwell St.
04/13/15 - 05/15/15
  Breckenridge Ave.
04/09/15 - 05/29/15
  Innovative Park
04/06/15 - 05/22/15
  Alliquippa
04/06/15 - 05/15/15
  Ralph(Barksdale/Casper)
04/06/15 - 05/29/15
  Leycester Dr at Kenilworth
04/03/15 - 05/21/15
  North Blvd/Live After Five
04/02/15 - 03/04/15
  College Dr. from S. Foster Dr.
03/30/15 - 06/01/15
  Nelson Drive
03/26/15 - 07/24/15
  150 Third St
03/23/15 - 05/22/15
  Tuscarora Street
03/18/15 - 07/01/15
  740 W. Chimes St.
02/05/15 - 03/28/16
  161 3rd St.
02/02/15 - 07/31/15
  601 Spanish Town Dr.
01/13/15 - 04/30/15
  Amelia Earhart Bridge
01/10/15 - 08/01/15
  740 W. Chimes(Chimes and Alask
01/01/15 - 08/01/15
  740 W. Chimes St.
11/10/14 - 02/02/16
  Laurel Street
11/03/14
  Wyandotte Street
06/09/14 - 08/29/14
  311 North Blvd  (dumpster)
05/12/14 - 09/09/14
  301 Main St (dumpster)
04/29/14
  Cuyhanga Bridge
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
  North St
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
  525 Lafayette St
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
  Main 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
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Traffic Engineering

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


Pedestrian SafetySignal Warrant Studies
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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.