Mission: To maximize safety, reliability, and accurate navigation of the highway system for all its users through a variety of proven and innovative traffic engineering methods and traffic control devices implemented with integrity and professionalism. The overarching principle is to make lives better through transportation.
Organization: The Traffic Engineering Division is responsible for all highway infrastructure that communicates with the driver. Similar to a Division of Highways (DOH) District Office, it has aspects of all DOH functions, planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance. The Traffic Engineering Division is composed of 5 Business Sections, each with multiple units.
The chart below depicts the organization of the Division with specific responsibilities and duties of each Business Section following.
Program Delivery prepares plans, specifications and estimates for construction or renovation projects involving traffic signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, highway lighting, crash cushions, or other traffic control devices. Program Delivery also prepares plan sheets and quantity tables, and reviews temporary traffic control plans for inclusion in projects which are being managed by other Divisions or Districts.
Additionally, Program Delivery maintains and distributes many of the Traffic Engineering Division's Standards and Publications.
Contact: Mohammed (Monty) Khan, P.E., Assistant Director
Traffic Signal & ITS Design
·Development of Traffic Signal and ITS Plans
·Review and approval of Consultant Developed Traffic Signal and ITS Plans
·Review and Approval of Traffic Signal and ITS Plans Related Shop Drawings
·Follow-up to the Construction of Traffic Signals and ITS Devices
Contact: Chris Williams
Work Zone Management & Delivery
·Development of Work Zone Traffic Control Plans
·Review and Approval of Consultant Developed Work Zone Traffic Control Plans
Contact: Currently Vacant
Permitted Lane Closure Map
Signing, Lighting & Marking Design
·Development of Plans for Signing, Lighting and Markings
·Review and Approval of Consultant Developed Signing, Lighting and Markings Plans
·Review and Approval of Signing, Lighting, and Marking Related Shop Drawings
Contact: Rubina Tabassum
Standards & Publications
Safety Advancement works to integrate safety into everything WVDOT does. With the responsibility for developing and implementing West Virginia's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), Safety Advancement is responsible for leading the way for achieving WVDOT's established goal of achieving zero highway fatalities by 2050. The SHSP identifies the State's most severe highway safety concerns and establishes a plan for addressing them. Safety Advancement manages the State's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), which seeks to utilize data driven approaches to identify locations on the State's public streets and highways which could benefit from some type of highway safety improvement project. The HSIP also includes a program that seeks to improve safety at the State's many highway railroad grade crossings. In order to support data driven decisions, Safety Advancement manages several highway safety data sources, including the State Crash Records System, the State's Transportation Management Center, and West Virginia's 511 Travel Information System. Safety Advancement also coordinates WVDOT's highway safety improvement efforts with our many highway safety partners statewide by chairing West Virginia's Highway Safety Management Task Force. Additionally, Safety Management is responsible for the implementation, oversight, and maintenance of the Statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS); oversight and maintenance of the statewide highway lighting program; large scale safety studies; and conducting routine, spot location, and intersection safety studies.
Contact: Donna Hardy, P.E., Assistant Director
Highway Safety Programs
- Oversees the technical and administrative implementation of the Highway Safety Improvement Program which encompasses both infrastructure and behavioral components
- Provides leadership to ensure that highway safety is integrated into the DOH design, construction and maintenance activities
- Actively coordinates with the District staff to develop highway safety projects and train staff on safety design concepts, standards and specifications
- Develops safety related design specifications and policies.
- Manages the Roadside Memorial Program (Requires a link – working on updating content)
- Manages the School Zone Flasher Program (Requires a new link – developing content)
Contact: Currently VacantStrategic Traffic Safety Planning & AnalysisKey Responsibilities:
Oversees the technical and administrative development and implementation of SHSP development and implementation which encompasses both infrastructure & behavioral components Prepares annual safety performance targets and conducts evaluation for strategic planning Develops, maintains and expands data systems and data integration to identify highway safety needs and priorities Develops and maintains the Safety Management System (Numetric) including crash data management and accessibility Conducts systemwide safety analysis and develops methodologies for safety context to support sound safety decision making Manages State Crash Records Database and WV Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)Responds to Crash Data Requests
Contact:Marsha Mays, P.E.
Publications and Information:
West Virginia Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Highway Safety Performance Measures
Crash Data and Information
Highway Safety Partners:
Governor's Highway Safety ProgramWest Virginia State PoliceWest Virginia Public Service Commission
Lighting, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) & Incident Management
Key Responsibilities: Oversees State's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) ProgramManages the State's 511 SystemMonitors and Maintains all ITS Field Devices, including over 200 ITS Devices StatewideMonitors and Maintains approximately 60,000 Lights in Numerous Lighting Systems StatewideDevelops and Coordinates Traffic Incident Management Planning and Training Statewide
Contact: Brandi Krofcheck
West Virginia Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Plan (Needs Link)
West Virginia 511 Traveler Information (Needs Link)
Transportation Management Center (TMC)
Key Responsibilities: Operates the Transportation Management Center
Contact: Jim Lambert
Traffic Operations is responsible for ensuring safe and efficient travel on the State's highways. Traffic Operations' responsibilities include establishing appropriate speed zones on the State's highways; managing and maintaining the statewide traffic signal/systems program; reviewing traffic impact studies; conducting traffic operational studies; reviewing and recommending signing and marking plans on state-maintained streets and highways; and providing traffic operations expertise to District and Division personnel during the course of project development.
Contact: Matt Skiles, P.E., PTOE, Assistant Director
Traffic Signal Management
Key Responsibilities: Provides Oversight for Monitoring and Maintenance of Approximately 1300 Traffic Signals and Systems StatewideDevelops Coordinated Signal Timing Plans.Manages Traffic Signal Repairs Manages Traffic Signal Specifications and Material Evaluations
Contact: Dan Ellars
Development & Special Event Coordination
Key Responsibilities: Administers the Scope, Review, and Approval of Development Related Traffic Impact StudiesCoordinates Traffic Operation Plans for Large Scale Special Events
Coordinates with The Commissioner's Office of Economic Development on behalf of Traffic Engineering Division
Contact: Don Meadows
District Coordination, Operational Studies & Project Review
Key Responsibilities:Conducts and Reviews Traffic Operations StudiesConducts Speed Data Studies and Provides Speed Zoning RecommendationsRecommends Roadway Improvement Projects Identified in Traffic Studies such as Traffic Signal Installation, Turn Lane Construction, & Corridor WideningProvides Operational Expertise for Plan Development including Intersection & Interchange Design as well as Maintenance of Traffic, Traffic Signal, Signing, and Pavement Marking PlansCoordinates with District Traffic Personnel to Provide Technical Assistance and Training
Contact: Currently Vacant
Publications and Information:
Traffic Engineering Directives (TEDs)
Traffic Studies Available for Public Comment
Traffic Services performs such duties as coordinating contract work or internal maintenance relating to traffic control and safety; planning specialized signing for safety initiatives, rerouting of major routes, or renaming of roadways; maintaining approved product lists for traffic control products; maintaining open-ended purchase orders for traffic control products; assisting in development and implementation of policies relating to traffic control devices; operating of the Central Sign Shop and the Statewide and Expressway Sign Maintenance Crews; management of the statewide LOGO signing program; and specifications and oversight of the statewide pavement marking program.
Manages the Central Sign Shop
Oversees the annual manufacturing of more than 40,000 signs.
Contact: Currently Vacant
Sign Shop Coordination
Contact: Currently Vacant
Sign & Structure Management
- Oversees Maintenance & Management of Expressway Signing
- Conducts Research and Evaluation of Traffic Related Devices and Materials including Sign Sheeting Materials, Pavement Marking Materials, and Attenuating Devices
- Develops Contracts for Materials and Services
- Develops Specifications and Standards for Traffic Products
- Provides Technical Expertise in all Traffic Related Products/Devices
Contact: Danny Young
Pavement Markings & LOGO Sign Coordination
- Provides oversight of tourism and motorist service-related business signing programs – LOGO Signing
- Plans and delivers annual traffic striping and markings projects.
Contact: Josh Hemsworth
Administration, Enforcement, and Reporting
Administration, Enforcement, and Reporting is responsible for performing administrative and support services for the Division. These responsibilities include managing all human resource functions for the Division such as, scheduling and managing training activities; developing and managing budgets; and conducting the financial, accounting, time, equipment, and payroll, travel management and record retention functions of the Division.
Additionally, Administration, Enforcement, and Reporting houses the State's Outdoor Advertising and Salvage Yard (OA/SY) regulatory functions for the State. OA/SY enforces federal and state statutes and regulations regarding the placement, appearance and physical characteristics of billboards and commercial signs along the State Highway System; issues licenses for outdoor advertising signs; and licenses and regulates salvage yards.
Contact:Michele Higginbotham, Assistant Director
Outdoor Advertising & Salvage Yards
- Managing State's Outdoor Advertising Licensing and Regulatory Activities
- Managing State's Salvage Yard Licensing and Regulatory Activities
- Enforcing State and Federal Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Outdoor Advertising within the State
- Enforcing State and Federal Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Salvage Yards within the State
- Providing Expertise Regarding State and Federal Laws, Rules and Regulations Regarding Outdoor Advertising and Salvage Yards.
Contacts: Pat LehositPatrick.S.Lehosit@wv.gov
District Outdoor Advertising & Salvage Yard Inspectors
Outdoor Advertising Forms and Information:
Outdoor Advertising License Application (DT-12)Outdoor Advertising Sign Permit Application (DT-10)Outdoor Advertising Changeable Message Sign Permit Application (DT-11)IRS Form W-9 – Request for Taxpayer Identification Number & Certification – Must be Included with All Submitted ApplicationsOnline Payment LinkHistory and Overview of Outdoor Advertising ControlCode of Federal Regulations Title 23 Part 750 – CFR 23 Part 750West Virginia State Code (Need Reference. Current Link appears to be broken)West Virginia Legislative Rule Title 157 Series 6
Salvage Yard Forms and Information
Byways and Backways Forms and InformationByway/Backway Segmentation Applications (PR-SA17)Byways & Backways Map – Needs Updated
Human Resources & Administration
Key Responsibilities: Coordinating the Division's Human Resource FunctionsDeveloping/Maintaining Division Administrative Policies and Procedures Managing Division Procurement and Purchasing ProcessesManaging the Division's CDL ProgramPreparing Consultant and/or Vendor Payments and Coordinating Audit FunctionsAssists with Project Management FunctionsDeveloping and Managing the Division's Annual BudgetScheduling and Managing Training Activities
Contact: Missy Bentley
Ted J. Whitmore, P.E.
Director, Traffic Engineering Division
West Virginia Division of Highways
Building 5, Room 550
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305