Traffic signals are electrically powered traffic control devices that warn or direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic to take some specific action. Traffic signals provide for the orderly assignment of right of way to conflicting traffic movements at intersections.
Traffic signals are not a complete solution for traffic problems. Traffic signals can sometime create additional congestion and cause additional delay to vehicles if improperly designed, installed, or maintained. Correctly designed and operated traffic signals installed at warranted locations will provide for the orderly movement of traffic, increase the intersection capacity, and in some instances, tend to reduce accidents. Coordinating and timing signals are very important.
Traffic signals are listed on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in the description of the type of improvement if there is a probability of future signal control. If signals cannot be justified, they are to be eliminated from the program at the earliest possible date.
The policies, standards and guidelines set forth herein are in general accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices most recent edition and the subsequent rulings on requests for interpretations, changes, and experimentation, herein referred to as the MUTCD. Clarification, elaboration, or the elimination of options of the individual items, is contained herein so that conformity of application will be promoted in Missouri.
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|Adaptive Traffic Signals|
|Evaluation of an Adaptive Traffic Signal System: Route 291 in Lee's Summit|
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If any lighting installation being considered will use a special or nonstandard structure or with dimensions exceeding those shown in the Standard Plans, Traffic and Bridge are to be consulted early in the project planning regarding the installation’s feasibility and necessary contract provisions. Examples of this situation are high mast lighting and exceeding lengths on the Standard Plans.
Since designing details for nonstandard installations is typically performed by an outside engineer employed by the contractor or producer and is certified to MoDOT, the project contract documents must include appropriate requirements about the design standards used. Since structures beyond MoDOT's standard designs are involved, a performance-based specification of the design signed and sealed by a Missouri Registered Professional Engineer is needed from the contractor. Certification to the current AASHTO Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaries and Traffic Signals including the latest fatigue provisions is required.
Articles in "902 Signals"
The following 21 pages are in this category, out of 21 total.
- 902.1 General (MUTCD Chapter 4A)
- 902.2 Traffic Control Signals (MUTCD Chapter 4B)
- 902.3 Traffic Control Signal Needs Studies (MUTCD Chapter 4C)
- 902.4 Signal Installations and Equipment
- 902.5 Traffic Control Signal Features (MUTCD Chapter 4D)
- 902.6 Pedestrian Control Features (MUTCD Chapter 4E)
- 902.7 Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (MUTCD Chapter 4F)
- 902.8 Traffic Control Signals and Hybrid Beacons for Emergency Vehicle Access (MUTCD Chapter 4G)
- 902.9 Traffic Control Signals for One-Lane, Two-Way Facilities (MUTCD Chapter 4H)
- 902.10 Traffic Control Signals for Freeway Entrance Ramps (MUTCD Chapter 4I)
- 902.11 Traffic Control for Schools
- 902.12 Flashing Beacons (MUTCD Chapter 4L)
- 902.13 Lane-Use Control Signals (MUTCD Chapter 4M)
- 902.14 In-Roadway Lights (MUTCD Chapter 4N)
- 902.15 Designing a Traffic Signal
- 902.16 The Mobility Plan – Effective Arterial Management
- 902.17 Execution of Contracts for Signal or Flasher Installation
- 902.18 Glossary
- 902.19 Construction Inspection Guidelines for Sec 902
- 902.20 Material Inspection for Sec 902
- 902.21 Laboratory Testing Guidelines for Sec 902