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UTEC - Urban Traffic Engineers Council

The Urban Traffic Engineers Council is a group of local agency traffic, transportation, and public works engineers, technicians, public works directors, managers, supervisors, planners, and related professionals. Partners of local agencies are also members of the group. Members share information and discuss ideas about traffic-related issues at free meetings, through a free e-mail distribution list, and through strong resulting connections in the professional community.

UTEC meetings are organized by WSDOT Local Programs but the group's focus is on local agency traffic-related issues.

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Membership/E-mail list

Being a member simply means being on our free e-mail distribution list. The list provides:

  • Information about upcoming meetings
  • Selected information about training opportunities and updates on technical, policy, and funding topics related to traffic engineering

To join this list, please contact the Traffic Services Manager with your name, title, agency name, e-mail address, agency name, and topics of interests.

Strategic planning effort

UTEC is currently going through a strategic planning effort to determine the direction for the group in the near future. We conducted a strategic planning survey during the summer of 2013 and made changes based on the feedback we received. We are currently in the process of developing a UTEC advisory committee and will make other changes based on the committee's feedback.

Learn more or become involved

To learn more about UTEC, to join as a member and get on our free e-mail distribution list, or to become involved, please contact the Traffic Services Manager .

UTEC Past and Present

UTEC was started in the late 1970s by Washington cities and the group soon grew to include counties. Today UTEC is more than 30 years old. Members include 91 cities, all 39 counties, consulting engineering firms, product vendors, state universities, the Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT, and seven other organizations and associations.


UTEC meets two to three times per year on the west side of the state. Meetings are available by live webinar to reach any local agencies and their partners in the state. Meetings are also held on the east side of the state when members there express an interest. Meetings are free.

Next meeting

Spring 2014

Please check back later for the date, location, and agenda.

Cost: Free

The meeting will also be available by live webinar from anywhere in the state with an internet connection.

Most recent meeting

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2013


  • Results of the 2013 UTEC member survey.
  • Connected vehicles and in-vehicle technology: definition and state of these technologies.
  • Selected Efforts to Reduce Petroleum Use in Washington State.

  • LED street lighting and control/monitoring systems and Seattle Department of Transportation’s new lighting guidelines. Also a brief summary of the city’s research into wind and solar powered street lighting.
  • City of Seattle’s update to their 2007 Bicycle Master Plan and progress on their bicycle program. This includes new facility types such as neighborhood greenways and cycle tracks and some recent/future bicycle projects that have advanced the bicycling environment for Seattle residents.
  • Local agency funding: how local agencies get funding and the current state of funding sources. 

Other recent meetings

  • April 25, 2013 in Federal Way
  • December 4, 2012 in Bellevue

Examples of past meeting topics

  • Pedestrian facilities
  • Safe routes to schools
  • Bicycle facilities
  • Bicycle master planning
  • Traffic Analysis
  • Complete streets
  • Speed limits and traffic calming
  • Reducing petroleum use
  • Electric vehicles
  • Collision Data
  • Clear Zone
  • Signing
  • Pavement markings
  • Roundabouts
  • Traffic Signals
  • Copper wire theft
  • Illumination
  • Connected vehicles and in-vehicle technology
  • Communication, driver/rider information and incident/event management
  • Work zone traffic control
  • ADA transition plans
  • Introducing other professional organizations
  • Safety Funding for local agencies
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices changes
  • History of UTEC
  • Results of 2013 UTEC member survey