Standard Traffic Signal Configurations

Course Number: T-2015
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Jeffrey Buckholz, P.E., PhD, PTOE
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Overview

In Standard Traffic Signal Configurations, you'll learn ...

  • The five basic types of traffic signal supports
  • MUTCD guidance on signal span design and signal head locations
  • Issues to consider when choosing or evaluating a signal support system for a specific intersection
  • The four materials typically used to construct signal poles, along with their benefits and limitations

Overview

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Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 36 pages

There are significant differences from place to place in how traffic lights are mounted or positioned so that they are visible to drivers. Depending upon the location, traffic lights may be mounted on poles situated on street corners, hung from horizontal poles or wires strung over the roadway, or installed within large horizontal gantries that extend out from the corner and over the right-of-way.

This Traffic Signal Design course provides a description of the various types of traffic signal supports along with a discussion of standard arrangements for vehicular and pedestrian signal indications.

Also included in this course is a discussion of signs commonly associated with traffic signal installations and an explanation of lane use control signals. An understanding of these issues is imperative if an effective traffic signal design is to be developed.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Identify the proper lateral and longitudinal location for traffic signal control indications
  • Compare and contrast the five basic types of traffic signal supports
  • Discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of mast arm supports vis-a-vis strain pole supports
  • Describe the various types of strain pole configurations
  • Examine clear zone issues as they relate to signal supports
  • Discuss the importance of utility conflicts in selecting and locating signal supports
  • Examine standard signal indications as presented in the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Discuss signal-related signing
  • Examine the application of Lane Use Control signals for optimizing traffic flow

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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