Local agency traffic and safety

Traffic & Safety Services provides technical assistance and training to local jurisdictions to increase the safety and mobility of multimodal roadway users. We also promote and facilitate information sharing between jurisdictions and serve as a liaison between governments.

A crosswalk and median in Port Townsend, Washington.

Providing technical assistance: Here are some examples of how we can help.

  • Applying traffic laws and rules and design standards.
  • Using traffic control devices, including:
    - The 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which provides national standards and best practices for the use of traffic control devices.
    - WAC 468-95, which modifies the MUTCD for Washington state's circumstances and must be used with the MUTCD.
    Changes and experimentations for the MUTCD
  • Helping apply tools to manage motor vehicle speed and access, including traffic calming, road diets, complete streets, and access management.
  • Helping reduce fatal and serious injury crashes through:
    - Helping analyze crash data once it is obtained. Helping develop solutions that have the potential to reduce crashes.
    - Conducting operational reviews of roads and streets.
    - Developing or updating local road safety plans (pdf 235 kb).
  • Helping develop projects for Federal Highway Administration's Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program funding.
  • Loaning equipment: Contact us to borrow the following:
    • Ball bank indicator for horizontal curves
      (used to determine appropriate curve warning speeds for horizontal curves)
    • Retroreflective sign calibration panels
      (used to calibrate devices to measure retroreflectivity)
    • Retroreflective traffic sign panel comparison kit
      (used to compare existing signs to minimum retroreflectivity levels)
    • Traffic sign retroreflectometer (used to measure sign retroreflectivity levels)
    • Smart level
      (used to measure slopes of roadways and ramps)

Helping local agencies learn from their peers: Traffic & Safety Services provides opportunities for local jurisdictions and their partners to connect with their peers through the Washington Transportation Professionals.

Connecting local jurisdictions with traffic resources from other WSDOT offices and the Federal Highway Administration: Here are some examples.

For more information:
Contact the City Safety & Traffic Programs Manager