Improving the Performance of the Transportation Industry Through Training
My Training My Profile Checkoutshopping cart
Home Contact Us Help
Search for a Course
more search options
Connect with us
Receive regular email updates
Find Training
Browse Upcoming Sessions

Course Description

Traffic Signal Design and Operation

PROGRAM AREA: Design and Traffic Operations
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
2 Days
1.1 Units
$500 Per Participant


CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30


Note: This course will offer special pricing to the following groups: Local Agencies - $75.00 per person; State DOT's - $200.00 per person. The reduced prices are being provided by the FHWA Office of Operations.

There is a need to understand that the congestion and delays that exist on our streets and roadways can be better managed with a thorough understanding of effective traffic signal timing and optimization. Well-developed, designed, implemented, maintained, and operated traffic signal control projects are essential to this process. Engineering tools are available to design, optimize, analyze, and simulate traffic flow. This course addresses the application of the "Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices" (MUTCD) to intersection displays, as well as signal timing, computerized traffic signal systems, control strategies, integrated systems, traffic control simulation, and optimization software. The course is divided into two primary parts: Traffic Signal Timing and Design, and Traffic Signal Systems.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • List the steps required to plan, design, and implement a signalized intersection
  • Devise an appropriate data collection plan for planning, designing, and operating a signalized intersection
  • Perform a warrant analysis using the MUTCD warrants, including local policies
  • Design basic phasing of the intersection - which movements will get a separate phase, and how they are numbered
  • Calculate signal timing at the design stage for both actuated and coordinated operational strategies, including pedestrian clearance intervals
  • Determine location of signal displays
  • Select signal-related signs and pavement markings, including turning-movement signs and advance warning signs


Traffic engineering personnel from State, Federal, and local agencies involved in planning, design, operation or maintenance of traffic signals or traffic signal systems. The course will not assume any prior knowledge of computers and thus will describe the theory of operation and the manner in which it can be applied to traffic signal controls.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


Start Date: 3/14/2017
End Date: 3/15/2017
Location: SEATTLE, WA
Local Coordinator: Ruth Mcintyre (360) 705-7352
No Public Seats Available
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
2 FHWA Seats
Start Date: 4/18/2017
End Date: 4/19/2017
Location: SPOKANE, WA
Local Coordinator: Ruth Mcintyre (360) 705-7352
No Public Seats Available
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
3 FHWA Seats
Start Date: 8/29/2017
End Date: 8/30/2017
Local Coordinator: Susan Baillargeon (860) 594-3600
No Public Seats Available
Please contact the Local Coordinator to enroll in this session.
3 FHWA Seats

Sign up for session alerts to receive email alerts when sessions of this course are scheduled.

Host this Course

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


More Information

Submit Feedback or Questions
Please submit feedback regarding the NHI Web site and services.
Document Disclaimer
The documents available on this site are for printing purposes only. If you have any problems accessing information on this site, please contact for assistance.