This investigation examined the decision-making process by which traffic engineering decisions are made in urban areas and developed a methodology that could be used to analyze and improve existing decision-making procedures. A conceptual model was constructed that identifies the traffic engineering decision-making system as consisting of three elements: traffic engineering functions, decision-making participants, and the decision-making process, which interact within boundaries established by a series of external constraints. To test the conceptual model, the decision processes in 17 cities were reviewed by conducting extensive personal interviews with traffic engineers, city officials, and community leaders. It was concluded that the conceptual model provided a method for describing traffic engineering decision-making in local governments. The model had direct practical application by providing a method to evaluate the decision-making techniques used by traffic engineers in the performance of their duties. Data indicated that a restrictive organizational structure could seriously impair the performance of the traffic engineer function and that traffic engineers who were aware of the importance of maintaining good communication with businessmen, elected officials and community leaders, tended to be successful in implementing change. /MW/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Highway Traffic Safety Center, 418 Engineering Hall
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Authors:
    • Lipinski, Martin E
  • Publication Date: 1973-2

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 106 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098836
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR-6
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM