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Designing Traffic Signals

COURSE NO: C03-023
Designing Traffic Signals
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes principals used in the design of traffic signals.  Included in this course is a discussion of support selection, signal head placement, detection design, and the selection of signal control and timings.  A general step-by-step procedure is presented for preparing a set of traffic signal design plans.


This 3 PDH  online course is intended for traffic engineers and transportation design professionals who are involved in planning and designing traffic signals.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the various types of intersections where signal control is used
  • Familiarizing with traffic signal plans preparation issues using a sample intersection
  • Understanding the design of the pedestrian system at a signalized intersection
  • Learning how signal heads are located using a sample intersection
  • Understanding signal head sight distance requirements
  • Understanding the three basic types of signal control: fixed time, semi-actuated, and fully actuated
  • Familiarizing with the design issues relative to the provision of electric power
  • Understanding the layout of the vehicle detection system
  • Learning about required timing intervals and how they are determined
  • Understanding the design features used to accommodate individuals with special needs
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Designing Traffic Signals".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Designing Traffic Signals (890 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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