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Section 2: Action on Requests

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Districts Act on Requests

When a request for a traffic signal installation is received by TxDOT, it must be acted upon by the appropriate district. If the request is received by any office other than the district office responsible for the location, it should be forwarded to the appropriate district for handling.

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Acknowledgment of Request

Should a district office or the Traffic Operations Division (TRF) receive the request initially, the requesting party or agency should be informed, by letter, that the request has been received and is being studied.

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Process Overview

After acknowledging receipt of a signal request, the district does the following:

  1. The district conducts a traffic engineering study (if the city has not already provided this information) to determine if the location meets one of the signal justification warrants in the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD). (See Chapter 3 of this manual, which describes the traffic study.)
  2. If the traffic study shows that the location meets at least one of the warrants for traffic signal installation (as described in the TMUTCD), the district then decides, based on engineering judgment, if the installation of a traffic signal would be in the best interest of the public. If the location does not meet at least one warrant, the request is denied.
  3. If the traffic signal installation is deemed appropriate, the district traffic section then forwards its recommendation and a Traffic Signal Authorization Request form (described in Chapter 5 of this manual) to the district engineer for final approval and signature.
  4. If the signal installation is approved, the district then determines who is responsible for the installation of the signal (based on the “ Traffic Signal Policy” outlined in Chapter 1, Section 1, of this manual). If funding, installation, maintenance, or operation of the proposed signal will involve an entity other than TxDOT, the district must determine if a written agreement is required. Traffic signal agreements are covered in Chapter 16, “Traffic Engineering Agreements,” of the Contract Management Manual.
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