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UTEC - Urban Traffic Engineers Council

The Urban Traffic Engineers Council, soon to be called the Washington Transportation Professionals Forum, 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 email 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- and transportation-related issues.

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Membership/Email 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, soon to be called the Washington Transportation Professionals Forum, 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, soon to be called the Washington Transportation Professionals Forum, to join as a member and get on our free email distribution list, or to become involved, please contact the Traffic Services Manager .

UTEC Past and Present

UTEC, soon to be called the Washington Transportation Professionals Forum, 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 95 cities, all 39 counties, consulting engineering firms, product vendors, state universities, the Federal Highway Administration, WSDOT, and other organizations and associations.

Meetings

UTEC, soon to be called the Washington Transportation Professionals Forum, meets two times per year and meetings are available by live webinar to reach any local agencies and their partners in the state. Meetings are free.

Next meeting

Wednesday, March 11 in Tumwater.

Cost: Free

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

Please check back in late January 2015 for the agenda.

Recent meetings:

November 12, 2014 in Federal Way. Topics included:

  • WSDOT's new practical design policy.
  • Dynamic intersection warning signs.
  • Skagit County's Pioneer Highway/Fir Island Road Intersection Roundabout Project.
  • Big data for travel decisions: How can local agencies in Washington contribute and benefit?
  • Implementing and regulating shared transportation in Seattle and Tacoma.
  • The 2014 Corridor Capacity Report: WSDOT's comprehensive annual analysis of multimodal state highway system performance.

September 24, 2014 in Kennewick. Topics included:

  • The state of transportation issues in the City of Seattle.
  • Ideas on bicycle infrastructure design from Copenhagen, Denmark; Malmo, Sweden; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Quantifying bicycle exposure: A mapping tool.
  • Ideas on bicycle infrastructure design from the Netherlands.
  • City of Pasco’s Americans with Disabilities Act Sidewalk Transition Plan.
  • City of Spokane’s photo red in school zones program and using it as a funding source for neighborhood traffic calming programs.
  • Roundabouts - signs, markings, and landscaping: City of Kennewick’s experience.

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 in Washington State
  • Electric vehicles
  • Connected vehicles and in-vehicle technology 
  • Collision data
  • Clear zone and intersection sight distance 
  • Signing
  • Pavement markings
  • Roundabouts
  • Traffic signals
  • Illumination 
  • Copper wire theft
  • Communication, driver/rider information and incident/event management
  • Work zone traffic control
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): self-assessments, transition plans, and construction issues 
  • 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