Multimodal Safety & Design is responsible for engineering studies, plan reviews, and field investigations related to traffic safety, traffic counts, street lighting, school zones, developing school zone ordinances, railroad safety & quiet zones, view obstructions, neighborhood cut-through traffic, speed cushions/humps, as well as requests for additional traffic control devices. The team handles various functions related to system planning & design, including the Houston bicycle network, as well as development of transportation projects and general urban design. Multimodal Safety & Design is governed by Chapter 45 of the City Code of Ordinances and the Chapters 15 and 17 of the Houston Public Works Infrastructure Design Manual.
Multimodal Safety & Design has three sections:
Traffic Safety: Team develops long-term strategies to reduce traffic deaths and make streets safer and more accessible for all commuters, while also addressing 311 requests submitted by the community.
Traffic Mobility: Team reviews all traffic control, signage, and pavement markings across the city. They work with the Capital Projects team to provide updated pavement markings for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). This section also manages the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) and speed zones.
Urban Design: Team leads the Design Concept Report (DCR) process for transportation-related capital projects and mobility studies. They provide input for small area planning & design, and streetscape and corridor planning & design.