Eddmond Alberto, City Traffic Engineer
Contact Executive Staff
City Hall, First Floor
201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The goal of the Traffic Engineering staff is to promote mobility options and ensure that traffic flows safely and efficiently on city streets. Traffic Engineering oversees the maintenance and improvement of the City's transportation infrastructure.
Staff works with the Transportation & Community Safety Commission, which is an advisory body to the City Council and City staff. The Transportation and Community Safety Commission meets quarterly on the second Thursday of the month at 3 p.m.
Traffic safety questions and concerns can be submitted through the Report-it app; email, email@example.com; phone, 760-839-4595; or in person at City Hall.
When reporting issues or concerns, please provide as much information as possible such as:
- the date/time the issue is occuring
- the street/cross street
- direction of travel
- not which side of the street or corner of the intersection
This information will better assist staff in understanding and evaluating the issue.
Comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy (CATS)
CATS is a strategy that serves as a guide to better connect and provide alternative options to driving. Active transportation includes walking, wheeling, bicycling, scootering, and any other fully or partially human-powered travel mode. Active transportation is also key to accessing transit stops. The strategy will look for opportunities to increase access to these mobility options through supportive policies and new and improved infrastructure such as sidewalks, crosswalks, and bicycle facilities.
Please follow the link to the project website to participate in providing input and completing a community survey. The link will be updated regularly with public outreach events.
Local Roadway Safety Plan (LRSP)
An LRSP provides a framework for identification, analysis, and prioritization of roadway safety improvements on local roads. The LRSP was developed using the process outlined by Caltrans to provide a systematic approach to providing safety improvements. The plan is data driven, using a comprehensive analysis of five years of collision data for the years of 2016-2020. The collision analysis provides various citywide collision statistics, such as collisions per year; collisions involved with vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, or property; types of injury collisions; and collision causes. The process results in a list of improvements and actions that address the areas of highest need, as supported by the data. The LRSP is also a requirement for eligibility to apply for Highway Safety Improvement Program funding; it was also amended to meet the action plan requirement for eligibility to apply for Safe Streets and Roadways for All program funding.
The City of Escondido maintains over 160 traffic signals, while the California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintains traffic signals located at freeway ramps and along State Highway 78 within the City Limits. Caltrans traffic signal concerns can be submitted to Caltrans Division of Maintenance.
How are posted speed limits set?
The California Vehicle Code (CVC) sets the regulations and framework for how speed limits are established. The speed limit must be established consistent with the CVC in order to be enforceable by the Police Department. The CVC requires the speed limit to be based on and Engineering and Traffic Survey that determines the 85th percentile speed. This speed is considered a safe and reasonable speed for a given road.
What can be done about speeding in my neighborhood?
If you have concerns with speeding in your neighborhood, please contact Traffic Engineering staff through the contacts listed above. Traffic Engineering staff follows the framework adopted in the Traffic Management Toolbox to evaluate these issues. The toolbox includes different classes of tools from enforcement, signing and striping, and physical infrastructure improvements.
Can a Stop sign be used to slow traffic?
The purpose of Stop signs is to control the right-of-way assignment at an intersection. This complies with the guidance set in the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD) for when Stop signs should be used. Research indicates that stop signs are not effective at controlling vehicular speeds as drivers go faster after the sign to make up for “lost” time.
How does an intersection become controlled by a traffic signal or add left-turn arrows to a signalized intersection?
Traffic Engineering evaluates intersections to determine the need for signalization or to modify a signal to add protected left-turn phasing. A Traffic Signal Priority List (TSLP) is developed and used to determine which projects will be funded from the current and future capital budgets.
When can red curb and parking restrictions be used?
Red curb and the restriction of parking using signs is reserved for when there are visibility issues at intersections and by the request of emergency services. Parking restrictions are not typically installed at driveways as it is not feasible to refresh red curb paint at all locations.
Do the cameras at traffic signals record footage?
No, the cameras at traffic signals do not record. The cameras are only used for vehicle detection.