The Traffic Operations Division is responsible for operation and maintenance of all traffic signals, signal systems, flashing beacons, and school flashers in Pasco County. This includes the Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) and Sixteen Closed Loop Signal Systems. US 19 and portions of SR 54, Little Road and Ridge Road are now under control of this ATMS System. This system utilizes the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS) software to optimize the flow of traffic on the roadway. Our SCATS system is the only system of its type in the State of Florida and the fifth largest of 15 SCATS in the United States. Expansions of ATMS systems are planned along SR 52 & SR 54 within the next 2 years.
All school flashers in the county are computer controlled though a radio pager system. The division is also responsible for roadway lighting on some arterial roadways. Construction of new traffic signals and street lighting systems is accomplished in conjunction with the Transportation Capital Improvement Plan.
A technician is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to all emergencies. All technicians are certified by the International Municipal Signal Association at various technical levels of Traffic Signals and Roadway Lighting. All maintenance and construction is performed to strict federal and state standards by highly trained technicians. Pasco County currently maintains over 1900 street lights and over 260 signalized intersections.
The division conducts traffic counts, speed studies, crash analyses, traffic calming studies and other data collection to support various programs within the Engineering Services Department and Planning. Work orders for new signs and markings or revisions are prepared in response to citizen requests. Annual reports are posted on the Division’s Web page for Traffic Crashes and Counts. This information is used to identify hazardous locations and make recommendations for improvements.
The division also inspects all traffic control devices installed in conjunction with subdivision and roadway construction. Partnering with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Road Safety and Pedestrian Safety Audits are conducted at high crash locations. With design and some support services provided by the Florida Department of Transportation, safety improvements are made at locations identified in the audits to reduce crashes and enhance roadway safety. These audits also identify locations where higher cost, long term future improvements can be made to reduce crash risk.