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Road Closures:
12/20/14
  Zion City
12/20/14
  City Park Area
12/13/14
  Downtown
12/13/14
  Gus Young
12/06/14
  McKinley
12/06/14
  Highland @ Terrace
12/06/14
  Broadmoor
12/06/14
  LSU/Hundred Oaks/Garden Dist
12/05/14
  North Blvd
12/05/14
  Downtown
11/27/14
  Downtown Area
11/22/14
  Downtown Area
11/22/14
  LSU Area
11/16/14
  ***South Baton Rouge***
11/15/14
  Southdowns Sub /Stuart @ Hyaci
11/15/14
  Parker @ Kleinert
11/10/14 - 11/21/14
  Barringer Foreman
11/09/14
  LSU Area
11/03/14 - 11/08/14
  Baringer Foreman
11/02/14
  1800 S. Acadian / Hundred Oaks
11/01/14 - 11/28/14
  Kleinpeter Rd
11/01/14 - 11/01/14
  St. Ferdinand
11/01/14 - 11/01/14
  St. Louis Street
11/01/14 - 11/01/14
  Nicholson Drive
11/01/14 - 11/01/14
  North Boulevard
11/01/14 - 11/28/14
  Wilshire and Beverly Dr
11/01/14
  LSU Area
11/01/14
  Downtown
11/01/14 - 11/01/14
  South Boulevard
11/01/14 - 11/28/14
  Beverly Dr
11/01/14 - 11/28/14
  Beverly Dr
10/31/14
  Spanish Town / North 4th
10/30/14
  LSU Area
10/30/14 - 11/01/14
  Burbank
10/29/14 - 10/29/14
  Haynes Bluff Ave
10/28/14 - 11/04/14
  Missionary Ridge at Kennesaw
10/28/14 - 11/10/14
  Kennesaw Dr
10/28/14 - 11/02/14
  South Blvd RR crossing
10/28/14 - 10/28/14
  16834-5504 Fort Pulaski Ave
10/28/14 - 10/28/14
  17248 Sharpsburg Ave
10/28/14 - 10/28/14
  17343 Culps Bluff
10/28/14 - 11/11/14
  Wax Rd
10/28/14 - 10/31/14
  Boardwalk Dr
10/28/14 - 11/02/14
  RR crossing at South Blvd
10/27/14 - 10/29/14
  Iroquois St
10/27/14 - 03/26/15
  East Brookstown Rd
10/27/14 - 10/27/14
  Aster St @ RR crossing
10/27/14 - 10/29/14
  Beech St
10/27/14 - 10/29/14
  Brady St
10/27/14 - 10/29/14
  Iroquois St
10/27/14 - 11/28/14
  North Blvd
10/26/14
  Downtown Area
10/25/14 - 11/10/14
  Missionary Ridge Ave
10/25/14
  LSU Area
10/24/14
  N. 4th & N. 5th
10/22/14 - 10/29/14
  12145 Gebhart Dr
10/21/14 - 10/22/14
  Old Perkins Road West
10/21/14 - 10/31/14
  Byron Ave
10/20/14 - 04/03/15
  North Ardenwood Dr
10/19/14
  400 Main St
10/16/14 - 12/12/14
  440 N 3rd St
10/13/14 - 10/14/14
  Highland Rd
10/11/14
  LSU Area
10/11/14
  Laurel St.
10/09/14 - 10/10/14
  Point Clear Dr
10/09/14
  North Blvd Town Square
10/08/14 - 10/08/14
  North Blvd
10/08/14 - 10/09/14
  Byron Avenue
10/08/14 - 10/10/14
  Longfellow Dr
10/07/14 - 10/09/14
  Bricksome Ave and Various Locations
10/06/14 - 10/10/14
  Blanton and Pecan Creek Ave.
10/06/14 - 01/06/15
  3347 Highland Rd
10/06/14 - 10/06/14
  Eastgate Drive
10/06/14 - 10/06/14
  Oak Villa Blvd at Florida Blvd
10/04/14
  Scenic Hwy / Harding Blvd
10/03/14 - 10/03/14
  North Street
10/03/14 - 10/07/14
  Bricksome Avenue
10/03/14
  River Rd
10/02/14 - 10/31/14
  Kleinpeter
10/02/14 - 10/02/14
  Choctaw Drive
10/01/14 - 11/03/14
  161 3rd St
10/01/14 - 10/04/14
  Marwede
10/01/14 - 10/31/14
  Strain Rd
10/01/14 - 10/17/14
  Celtic Drive
09/30/14 - 10/01/14
  Riley Street
09/29/14 - 09/29/14
  Citadel Drive
09/29/14 - 10/03/14
  Sharp Rd
09/29/14 - 10/03/14
  Oak Villa Boulevard
09/29/14 - 11/28/14
  South Boulevard
09/29/14 - 11/28/14
  Halsey Street
09/29/14 - 11/28/14
  Clark Street
09/29/14 - 10/31/14
  Beverly Street
09/29/14 - 11/02/14
  Government Street/Foster/Jefferson Hwy
09/25/14 - 11/03/14
  Profit Avenue
09/25/14 - 11/03/14
  Profit Ave
09/23/14 - 11/28/14
  Royal St
09/23/14 - 10/31/14
  Royal St
09/23/14 - 09/25/14
  Francis Harriet Dr
09/23/14 - 10/09/14
  East Carriage House Dr
09/15/14 - 12/31/14
  North St
09/15/14 - 12/28/14
  311 North Blvd
09/12/14 - 11/30/14
  326 Third St
09/08/14 - 09/30/14
  Feather Nest Ln
09/02/14 - 09/15/14
  Wildlife Way Dr
08/25/14 - 11/05/14
  St Ferdinand St & Penalver St
08/25/14 - 11/05/14
  Penalver St & St Ferdinand St
08/18/14 - 11/10/14
  7711 Goodwood Blvd
08/15/14 - 08/20/14
  Burbank
08/15/14 - 11/05/14
  Nicholson I-10 ramp & Nicholso
08/14/14 - 08/29/14
  South Blvd - St Phillip St to Illinois Central RR
08/12/14 - 08/29/14
  Burgin Ave
08/11/14 - 09/24/14
  Old Pecue Lane
08/11/14 - 10/24/14
  Pecue Lane
08/11/14 - 10/24/14
  Various Streets in Carriagewood Estates
08/05/14 - 08/08/14
  East Parker
08/05/14 - 08/11/14
  Riverbend Boulevard
08/05/14 - 08/11/14
  Twelve (12) Oaks
08/04/14 - 09/02/14
  South Harrells Ferry Road
08/01/14 - 08/29/14
  Marwede
08/01/14 - 11/03/14
  Parkforest Dr
07/24/14 - 09/02/14
  Kimberton Ave
07/24/14 - 10/31/14
  River Rd
07/16/14 - 10/31/14
  South Blvd - Highland Rd to Napoleon
07/09/14 - 08/28/14
  Halsey St
06/23/14 - 12/31/14
  740 W Chimes
06/09/14 - 08/29/14
  311 North Blvd  (dumpster)
05/27/14 - 01/31/15
  Lafayette St
05/12/14 - 09/09/14
  301 Main St (dumpster)
04/29/14
  Cuyhanga Bridge
04/01/14
  Moss Side Dr
02/19/14
  Maribel Dr Bridge
02/14/14
  Mollylea Dr Bridge
12/01/13 - 09/01/15
  BR Mixed Use Project
10/16/13 - 12/23/14
  302 3rd St & Florida Blvd (dumpster)
10/09/13
  Milldale Road Bridge
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
  525 Lafayette St
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
  Main St
09/17/13 - 09/17/15
  North St
08/19/13 - 09/28/14
  Government St
07/03/13
  E Brookstown Rd
01/09/13
  W. Buffwood & Lavey Ln
07/13/12
  Garfield St Bridge
04/29/12
  East Chimes St Bridge
09/30/11
  Barnett Road Bridge
12/03/09
  Prescott Road Bridge
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Traffic Engineering

DPW 'S TRAFFIC ENGINEERING OFFICE
329 Chippewa Street, Suite A
Phone: 389-3246      Fax: 389-7633


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Mission Statement

The Traffic Engineering Division will provide safe and efficient movement of traffic in the Parish through the optimal use and maintenance of the most appropriate traffic control devices or equipment.  This will be accomplished in a professional manner using the most efficient procedures possible by a qualified and trained staff that are sensitive to the public needs. It is the goal of the division to maximize use of the resources while streamlining the procedures providing for the safe and efficient movement of traffic. We want to respond quickly and eliminate complaints allowing the division to productively process customer needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

May I have a "children at play" sign on my street?

National standards, Louisiana State policy and the City of Baton Rouge policy do not recognize the "Children at play" signs for these reasons: warning signs are designed and intended to advise motorists of an unusual or unexpected physical roadway condition ahead. Signs such as this give the wrong message to both children and parents, fostering a false sense of security. There is no evidence to show that these signs help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents or lower travel speeds.

Federal standards do not support these signs because the signs are suggesting that it is acceptable behavior for children to play in the streets.

May I have a speed limit sign on my street?

In accordance with Louisiana State law, the speed limit in a residential or business district is 30 MPH with or without the presence of a speed limit sign. Although not required, 30 MPH speed limit signs may be posted at entrances to residential or business areas. Multiple postings of 30 MPH speed limit signs on residential streets not only detracts from a neighborhood's curb appeal, but it often fails to achieve the desired result of reducing the speed of motorists.

Louisiana State Law allows local authorities to determine and/or change the maximum speed limit for all streets within their respective jurisdiction to a reasonable and safe speed based on engineering and traffic investigations.

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) published by the United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Administration Highway is the national set of standards for traffic engineering. The MUTCD recommends that the following six factors be evaluated to establish safe and reasonable speed zones.

Roadway characteristics such as shoulder condition, grade, alignment, and sight distances.

Speed characteristics such as the 85th percentile speed.

Roadside development and friction.

Roadway curves and hazardous locations on and along the roadway.

Parking and pedestrian activity.

How does a traffic signal know if a car is present?

There is a wire in the pavement behind the crosswalk called a loop detector. The wire creates an electric field in the air above the pavement. When a large object interrupts the electric field, the signal knows that a vehicle is present and will provide a green light at the proper time in the established traffic signal cycle. During peak travel times, the wait will be a maximum of two minutes. During non-peak travel times, the wait is a maximum of 90 seconds.

Some people think that if they back up and drive forward again, they will make the signal change quicker. This does not work. The mechanism does not count the number of vehicles waiting.

At some locations, motorcycles or "high-rider" vehicles will not be able to interrupt the electrical field. If this occurs, please note the street, the intersection, the lane, and the time of day and report this to the Traffic Engineering Division. Some people feel that if they get out of their car and push the pedestrian button, they will get the green light quicker. They will not. The pedestrian push-button does not make the green light come on sooner. It does make the green light longer. It takes longer for a person to walk across a street than it takes for a car to drive across a street.