Why is this measure important?
Traffic studies are conducted to address safety concerns along the
County's roadways. These studies guide the installation and application
of traffic safety measures, such as traffic control devices (all-way
stops, curve warning, speed limit signs , etc.) or traffic calming
features such as bump outs, pedestrian refuge islands and other safety
improvements. The timely implementation of the findings from these
studies is critical to the overall quality of life in Montgomery County.
Tracking the number of studies in the queue (average days to complete a
study) is important because it allows the Department to prioritize
resources when needed to address spikes in demand and to set realistic
expectations when residents request studies be conducted.
Factors contributing to current performance
- Highly trained & experienced staff
- Established technical resources
- The reduction is due, in large part, to modifications in the administrative process that provides better tracking of project closeouts. The methodology associated with this administrative process includes a greater accountability by DTEO leadership in tracking tasks and completion updates, using the existing correspondence log program.
Factors restricting performance improvement
- Providing easy access in the reporting of issues through mechanisms like MC 311 that result in the increase in the volume of requests
- Lack of consultant resources
- Having to consider the impact on all modes (cars, pedestrians, bikes, etc.) that result in longer time to complete studies
- Lack of funds for data collection and analysis