Office of Traffic and Safety (Part 4)

Engineering Support Team

The Engineering Support Team is responsible for the provision of engineering support to all design teams in TEDD, and assists the Management Team with various traffic engineering computer technology activities. This team develops and updates standards and specifications for OOTS, as well as develops and updates DOP's and CADD computer programs.

Traffic Operations Division

The Traffic Operations Division (TOD) consists of the Traffic Control Device Inspection Section, Sign Operations Section, Signal Operations Section, Traffic Operations Support Section, Statewide Sign Team and the Inventory Section. The TOD is responsible for constructing, modifying and maintaining traffic signals on the State highway system and for fabricating traffic signs for use on the State system and various local systems. This division is also responsible for constructing roadway lighting, roadway sign structures, and digital message signs in addition to ordering and storing equipment for traffic control device construction and maintenance activities.

Traffic Operations Support Section

The Traffic Operations Support Section initiates the preparation of plans, specifications and estimate packages for the remedial design of damaged traffic control devices. These employees also serve as SHA’s expert witnesses for court testimony related to the interpretation of traffic signal phasing and timing. They monitor and analyze expenditures to the Traffic Operation Division’s maintenance budget.

Traffic Control Device Inspection Section

The Traffic Control Device Inspection Section (TCDIS) is responsible for the technical inspection of various traffic control devices to ensure that contractors build projects according to the plans and contract documents, and follow SHA standards and specifications. They also coordinate electric services for Traffic Control Devices. The section administers the Office of Traffic & Safety's (OOTS) traffic control device, lighting, pedestrian signal and digital message sign contracts. The TCDIS also provides inspection support on maintenance, developer, local government and District administered construction projects that include traffic control device equipment.

Sign Operations Section

The Sign Operations Section creates highway signs for OOTS administered construction contracts, SHA district maintenance shops, Maryland Department of Transportation modals, counties and cities in accordance with SHA guidelines and The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Signal Operations Section

The Signal Operations Section maintains traffic control signals statewide. These employees perform emergency and routine repairs and parts upgrades of traffic signals, signal systems and portable changeable message signs. They routinely support the installation, and turn on, of new traffic signals. These employees also implement and test new technologies related to signal and signal systems. They also develop, and participate in, signal timing. The Signal Operations Section also provides technical support for SHA signals, and some local government signals, to ensure that the signals work together in a safe and efficient manner.

Statewide Sign Team

The Statewide Sign Team assists the 28 SHA maintenance shops with the installation of large ground mounted and overhead sign structures. They also repair, remove and modify sign structures. The Statewide Sign Team responds to large sign and sign structure emergencies by taking immediate action to remove any damaged equipment that poses a safety risk to the public.

Inventory Section

The Inventory Section orders, stores and distributes materials and supplies needed for various traffic related construction project and maintenance activities. They support the Sign and Signal Operations Sections, contractors working for TCDIS, developer and local government projects, and District administered construction projects.