This training is a high-level overview of the fundamental concepts of traffic engineering and is ideal for people who are just starting to work in the field, or for people that may work in related fields and want to learn the traffic engineering lingo. One of the things that we aim to accomplish in the workshop is to introduce the various topics and point attendees towards resources to learn more if they are interested in additional information.

After this 3-part series, attendees should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is the MUTCD, and what is it used for?
  • What types of traffic data are typically collected, and what is it used for?
  • What is functional classification and context classification?
  • What is speed management, and how do we do it?
  • What are the common types of intersections, and what are the benefits of each type?
  • What are the warranting criteria for the installation of a traffic signal?
  • What are some of the factors that influence the design of intersections?
  • What are some of the critical elements in a modern roundabout?
  • Who are my design users?
  • What is a signal phase, the signal cycle length, and a signal interval?
  • What is the primary consideration when selecting the signal operating plan?
  • What is the purpose of the yellow and all-red intervals at a traffic signal?


Part 1 of 3 – Traffic Data and Studies (8/19/2021)
In this first session, attendees will learn how to determine the 85th percentile speed on a roadway. We will go over the type of data you need to collect and what to do with it once you have it. We will also discuss the various publications and resources available for attendees to learn more about traffic engineering fundamentals.

Part 2 of 3 – Traffic Design (8/26/2021)
In this second session, attendees will learn why our roadways and intersections look the way they do and find out some of the options that are out there. Next, we will discuss the criteria for choosing different types of intersections. Attendees will also learn where to find information on design criteria and controls.

Part 3 of 3 – Traffic Operations (9/2/2021)
In this third session, attendees will learn how to put everything they have learned together to answer the question, “Once I’ve designed it and built it, how do I make it work well?” We will discuss how to decide which signal operating plan to use at an intersection. Attendees will also learn about lane elimination, pretimed control, and actuated control.

This webinar series is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the webinar. Professional Development Hours will be provided to those that request these during registration. Each session in the series will award 2.0 PDHs, and a total of 6.0 PDHs can be earned for fully attending both sessions. Space is limited and Florida local agencies are being given first priority!

Instructor Bio:

Larry Hagen, P.E., PTOE is the owner of Hagen Consulting Services, LLC. He has worked in the public sector, the private sector, and academia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and a former board member of the Florida Section of ITE, serving as President in 2002. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Florida and Georgia, and is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) and a certified Road Safety Professional (RSP). He has over 30 years of experience doing transportation engineering work throughout the state of Florida.

Traffic Engineering Fundamentals
3-Part Webinar Series
Note – you must register for each part individually

Part 1 of 3
Traffic Data and Studies

DATE: Thurs., August 19, 2021
TIME: 2:30 to 4:30 PM (ET)


Part 2 of 3
Traffic Design

DATE: Thurs., August 26, 2021
TIME: 2:30 to 4:30 PM (ET)


Part 3 of 3
Traffic Operations

DATE: Thurs., September 2, 2021
TIME: 2:30 to 4:30 PM (ET)