Traffic Engineering

The Traffic Engineering Division strives to increase the efficiency and safety of the City’s transportation network. This division of the Community Development Department is responsible for: 

  • Planning and operating the roadways, sidewalks, and bikeways in the City to provide for the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services within Pleasanton.
  • Evaluating development proposals to determine their impacts to traffic flow and ascertain necessary mitigation.
  • Balancing the needs of the different modes of transportation: walking, biking, and driving.

The division:

  • Has installed a sophisticated communications network that links most of the traffic signals, traffic cameras, and detectors to the Traffic Operations Center.
  • Responds to common requests involving safety, speed, traffic signals, signs and markings, as well as school and neighborhood traffic conditions.

What's New:

World Smartest Intersection Technology – In early spring 2018, the City will be installing advanced traffic management technology as part of a pilot study for smart intersections. This technology will implement connected vehicle technology, measure the traffic signal system’s performance, conduct video analytics for improved safety and operations, and inform citizens of incidences via social media and Waze integration. As automobile manufacturers continue and begin to incorporate connected vehicle technology in their vehicles, this pilot study will give the City valuable experience and will be better prepared for the future of transportation.

I-680/Sunol Boulevard Interchange Project – Conceptual design and preliminary engineering will soon begin for modifications to the 1-680/Sunol Boulevard Interchange.  The goals of this project are to provide congestion relief, operational safety improvements, and improve bicycle facilities through the interchange.  The City will be the lead agency and will partner with the California State Department of Transportation during project development.  It is anticipated this work will begin early spring 2018.

New Illuminated Street Name Signs – We recently purchased 56 LED Illuminated Street Name Signs (ISNS) as part of our city-wide five-year program to replace or install ISNS at all traffic signals with energy efficient LED signs. We are currently in year three of this five year program.  Installation of the newly ordered signs to start within the next month. 

Traffic Signal Operations Grant - We anticipate being awarded a $290,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to deploy Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures equipment.  The grant – Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials (IDEA) encourages municipalities to implement mature and proven technologies to improve a variety of traffic operations applications.

Foothill Road Bicycle Corridor Plan - The Foothill Road Bicycle Corridor Plan develops a comprehensive improvement plan for Foothill Road. The plan focuses on bicycle improvements but will also provide information on other modal improvements to pedestrian facilities, automobile operations, and transit to ensure that Foothill Road accommodates all users.  The study is expected to be completed by spring 2018.

I-580 and I-680 Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvement Plans – A study is underway that will prepare design and cost estimates for bicycle and pedestrian improvements at all of the City’s overcrossings. The study will include both near term and far term improvements. The study is expected to be completed by spring 2018.

Hansen Drive Speed Lumps - Three new speed lumps were installed as part of the expedited speed lump pilot program on Hansen Drive. An after study will be conducted in the spring to measure effectiveness and potential changes to traffic patterns. 

Independence Drive and Junipero Street Traffic Calming – Four new speed lumps (two on Independence Drive and two on Junipero Street) were recently installed as part of a comprehensive neighborhood traffic calming plan. An after study will be conducted in the spring to measure effectiveness and potential changes to traffic patterns.