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WV Transportation

WV Department of Transportation

Traffic Engineering Division

​​​​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

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
Key Responsibilities: 

·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
Key Responsibilities: 
·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
Key Responsibilities:

·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 

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
Key Responsibilities: 

  • 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 Vacant

​Strategic Traffic Safety Planning & Analysis
Key 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 Program
  • West Virginia State Police
  • West Virginia Public Service Commission

    Lighting, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) & Incident Management
    Key Responsibilities: 
  • Oversees State's Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program
  • Manages the State's 511 System
  • Monitors and Maintains all ITS Field Devices, including over 200 ITS Devices Statewide
  • Monitors and Maintains approximately 60,000 Lights in Numerous Lighting Systems Statewide
  • Develops 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 

    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 Statewide
  • Develops 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 Studies
  • Coordinates 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 Studies
  • Conducts Speed Data Studies and Provides Speed Zoning Recommendations
  • Recommends Roadway Improvement Projects Identified in Traffic Studies such as Traffic Signal Installation, Turn Lane Construction, & Corridor Widening
  • Provides Operational Expertise for Plan Development including Intersection & Interchange Design as well as Maintenance of Traffic, Traffic Signal, Signing, and Pavement Marking Plans
  • Coordinates with District Traffic Personnel to Provide Technical Assistance and Training
    Contact: Currently Vacant


    Publications and Information: 
    Traffic Engineering Directives (TEDs)
    Driveway Manual
    Traffic Studies Available for Public Comment


    Traffic Services
    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. 

    Contact:Currently Vacant


    Sign Manufacturing
    Key Responsibilities:
    Manages the Central Sign Shop
    Oversees the annual manufacturing of more than 40,000 signs.

    Contact: Currently Vacant 


    Sign Shop Coordination
    Key Responsibilities: 

    Contact: Currently Vacant 
    Sign & Structure Management
    Key Responsibilities:​

    • 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
    Key Responsibilities:

    • 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

    TODS/LOGO Manual 


    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
    Key Responsibilities:  

    • 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 Lehosit

    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 Applications
  • Online Payment Link
  • History and Overview of Outdoor Advertising Control
  • Code of Federal Regulations Title 23 Part 750 – CFR 23 Part 750
  • West 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 Information
  • Byway/Backway Segmentation Applications (PR-SA17)
  • Byways & Backways Map – Needs Updated



    Human Resources & Administration
    Key Responsibilities:  
  • Coordinating the Division's Human Resource Functions
  • Developing/Maintaining Division Administrative Policies and Procedures
  • Managing Division Procurement and Purchasing Processes
  • Managing the Division's CDL Program
  • Preparing Consultant and/or Vendor Payments and Coordinating Audit Functions
  • Assists with Project Management Functions
  • Developing and Managing the Division's Annual Budget
  • Scheduling and Managing Training Activities


    Contact: Missy Bentley

  • Featured Resources:

    Division Contacts
    Outdoor Adver​tising
    Road Conditions (WV 511)
    Roadside Memorials
    Traffic Accident Data
    WVDOT Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program

    Strategic Highway Safety Plan
    Strategic Hig​hway Safety Plan 2022-202​6 (Current)
    Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2017-2021
    Vulnerable Road User Assessment


    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
    (304) 414-7328 ​​​​​