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Traffic Planning & Control 

 

Inside the Bureau

Traffic Planning & Control with Council Member Candida Affa

  
 

   

The Bureau of Traffic Planning & Control provides for a safe and efficient transportation network through the following activities: 

  • Installation, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices including traffic signals, traffic signs, and pavement markings.
  •  Investigate complaints and requests for new and/or changes to existing traffic control devices. 
  • Prepare traffic studies including capacity analyses, traffic counts, speed surveys, and accident analyses.
  • Provide illumination of City streets through the installation and maintenance of street lights.

     

Useful Information related to traffic rules, regulations and guidelines

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, or MUTCD, defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) 


PA Vehicle Code (Title 75)     

PennDOT Publications:

PennDot Pub.149 - Traffic Signal Design Handbook
The purpose of this publication is to provide design guidance when developing a new or modifying an existing traffic signal in Pennsylvania.

PennDot Pub.212 - Official Traffic Control Devices
The purpose of Chapter 212 is to adopt the National MUTCD, to establish new regulations regarding additional study requirements, warrants, principles and guidelines not included in the MUTCD; and to establish greater uniformity for the design, location and operation of all official traffic signs, signals, markings and other traffic-control devices within this Commonwealth. 

PennDot Pub.213 - Temporary Traffic Control Guidelines
Publication 213 applies to contractors; utilities; Federal, State, County, and Municipal governments; and others performing construction, maintenance, emergency, permit work, utility work, or any other type of work on highways or so closely adjacent to a highway that workers, equipment, or materials encroach on the roadway or interfere with the normal movement of traffic. This also includes any special event that necessitates the need for temporary traffic control.

PennDOT Pun.236 - Handbook of Approved Signs
Approved traffic signs are identified in this publication in sign standards that show the shape, color, dimensions, legends, application and placement of approved signs.  The sign standards in this publication are in conformance with the Federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and shall be used in lieu of signs found in the MUTCD.

LTAP Guidelines: (PennDOT Local Technical Assistance Program)

Technical Information Sheet 140 - Multiway Stop Sign Installation
STOP signs are one of the most common traffic signs and also one of the most often misused In particular, multiway STOP signs are commonly placed in an effort to control speed on local streets.  Multiway stop control should be used where the volumes of traffic on the intersecting roads are approximately equal. This type of traffic control can be an effective method for improving a hazardous location or controlling traffic congestion and safely assigning right-of-way 

Technical Information Sheet 155 - Curb Marking Guidance

Curb marking provides valuable quick visual information to roadway users. It is used to indicate parking regulations or to delineate the curb. This technical sheet will provide guidance on the proper installation of curb markings. 

Technical Information Sheet 165 - Engineering and Traffic Studies & Safe Running Speed
Safe Running-Speed Data Collection 
Contact Information

Nelson Varughese
Traffic Control Superintendent
610-437-7735
Fax: 610-437-7614
Nelson.Varughese@Allentownpa.gov

Curtis Xander
Traffic Maintenance Supervisor
610-437-7769
Fax: 610-437-8722
Curtis.Xander@Allentownpa.gov

General Traffic Phone Number
610-437-7735