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Recurring Traffic Bottlenecks: A Primer

COURSE NO: C03-055
Recurring Traffic Bottlenecks: A Primer
Course Highlights

This online engineering course focuses on relieving recurring congestion chokepoints (as opposed to nonrecurring congestion causes) and the operational influences that cause them.  Alternatives such as widening, lengthening, retiming, metering, or bypassing problem areas to unclog them can often be done with lower cost and less intensive means than required by completely rebuilding the system.  These options and other low cost alternatives are described in the course.  Examples of how some state agencies are dealing with bottlenecks are presented.


Although many of the nation’s traffic bottlenecks must be addressed through costly major construction projects or expensive alternatives such as high-occupancy vehicle lanes, dynamic pricing, or transit alternatives, a significant opportunity exists for applying operational and low-cost solutions at spot-specific locations. This course is based on a primer produced by the Localized Bottleneck Reduction program of the Federal Highway Administration.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for transportation engineers and planners who are involved in the improvement of traffic bottlenecks.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identifying and assessing bottlenecks
  • Understanding how bottlenecks form and disperse
  • Understanding merging at recurring bottlenecks
  • Learning the principles of effective traffic-lane merging
  • Knowing how to evaluate low-cost bottleneck improvement strategies
  • Being aware how some specific state agencies are dealing with some specific bottlenecks
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review U.S. Federal Highway Administration Report No. FHWA-HOP-12-012, “Recurring Traffic Bottlenecks: A Primer, Focus on Low-Cost Operational Improvements,” by R. A. Margiotta, and N. Spiller, April, 2012.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Recurring Traffic Bottlenecks: A Primer (2.3 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this DOT FHA publication.

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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